I got my first Gordon Setter almost 15 years ago and ever since this is my favorite breed. "Balu" had great hunting potential. We lived in Germany (I am German) where one has to have a special hunting and shooting permit, which I never had. But he did great in the field when ever he had the occasion to joint a hunter.
Years later "Celine" came into our household. She was trained by a professional hunter and passed her junior hunting test in Germany. She too is excellent in the field.
Her success in the field was the first step that had to be taken to get a breeders permit in German under the German Gordon Setter Ass. (Verein fuer Pointer und Setter).
Next came the hip x-ray, which is handled very strictly in Germany. "Celine's" hips are "A" which is the best result.
Then she needed at least two "Excellents" in show under two different judges. Not a problem.
She has such a wonderful disposition, is great with people, kids, she just loves everybody. She is a sound and beautiful dog, and so I decided to breed her. That was when I was already in the US, in 2005.
Now, in May 2008, she had her second litter, and one male and five very promising females are still available. One of the girls will stay here. I am a hobby breeder and did this litter also to keep one of "Celine's" puppies for myself. They all show great potential as pets, in the show ring and as hunters.
My aim is to improve the breed and I hope to achieve that with this litter, as I had done with her first one.
And, by the way, my dogs are much better than my English :-).