since you want a hunting dog, I would not plan on one from there. these folks seem to be pretty show oriented and brag about the versitility of their dogs. the biggest problem that i see with that is the few dogs that have titles are JH and they brag about one little girl who has "placed in three field trials" but the highest she has placed is 2nd and they have all been puppy and derby trials. in a puppy trial, the dog does not even need to point. all it has to do is run and stay ahead of you for the most part. not that it is bad if you win one, but it means very little. a derby trial is only a little better. the dog must show that it will point but it does not have to hold. again, these are not bad to run (under certian circumstances that we will talk about later in training) but as to the true quality of the dog just placing does not do much, what they do is show "potential" and that is what the judges are looking for. If the dog really has a lot of potential, taking firsts in these levels of trials is pretty easy. the one male that they have that is an FC does not appeared to by named the same way, makes me think they bought him to help out their lines, this is a good thing but we don't know his history in the field or how much we are diluting his field ability with their line of bitches. again, if you get some of their akc pedigrees, we can take a look at them and talk about how to read a pedigree and what is important in a pedigree for a field dog. they might have some really good field prospects but what they show on their website makes me wonder is all. get some pedigrees and we will take a look. we are looking for a history in the bloodline of field titles. you really want a large number of either field champions (FC) or master hunters (MH). even if the father or mother is not titles, if their is a lot of that in their history then you still probably have some good blood. if the pedigree shows mostly CH (show champions) with just a few or minor field titles then they have focused on the show and even on occasional FC might just be luck of the draw. worth further research but don't expect to much. hope that doesn't burst any bubbles to much!
and no, you are not being a pest. asking and discussing is how you learn things! and as you talk to more field people you will come accross opinions that differ from mine sometimes. listen to both, learn until you understand both, then go the direction that makes the most sense to you. talk to the older folks running younger dogs in the Master division at the hunt test. that is often where some of your best info will come from (even though a lot of them are "old school")
Thanks. This kennel sent me an email saying that they had one 9wk old pup left from their Angel Henry litter. They gave me their phone number to call, but I haven't called yet. (don't know what they are asking for their pups) I've also sent emails to 2 other kennels this morning, but haven't received any responses yet.
well call them up and get angel and henry's pedigrees and lets take a look. just make sure to ask for the official akc pedigree because it will list titles. also ask if they are registered with american field, if so see if they have those pedigrees as well. even if you decide that you don't want one out of that litter or from that kennel it will start giving you an idea of the different bloodlines out there.