About us

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Kennel Østnevarg is run by Pia Sofie Nilsen and Inge Solhaug, who lives on the farm Graven Østre in Verdal, Norway. The farm is idyllically situated in the hamlet of Ness, with rural surroundings and great hiking opportunities in both woods and mountains just outside the door. The farm is located in a place called Gravin (local spelling for the Norwegian word «gravene» wich means «the graves») and has therefore been named Graven Østre (Grave East). The site name originates from the fact that there are several burial mounds in the area. The burial mounds are protected because they are, like the breed Stabijhoun, very rare. Therefore, we think it was appropriate to use the farm name with its origin from the area for the kennel name (Østnevarg – East nevarg – nevarg = graven backwards, «varg» is a Scandinavian word for wolf).

We both have years of experience with dogs and great interest in hunting. Pia Sofie has been active with dogs since the family acquired an Irish Setter in 2000, and has even had a German Shepherd Dog as her own. In 2014, the interest in hunting with bird dogs really began to build up. Breed selection was already done several years ago, when Hundesport (Norwegian Kennel Club’s magazine) had a breed presentation of Stabijhoun. In the summer of 2014 Pia Sofie was a happy owner of her very first Stabijhoun, and could finally start hunting with her own bird dog. Inge has many years of experience with both breeding and hunting with bird dogs. Today he has a bird dog of the breed of Breton. We spend a lot of time through the year in the mountains with our dogs, mainly on our cabin located at Bulleråstjønna in Steinkjer. The cabin is located in a terrain that provides a good starting point for both training and hunting with bird dogs.

Here on the farm we have plenty of room for our dogs both inside and outside. There is no farming on the farm today, so we have a lot of free space. All installations that include dog yard and associated dog houses have been approved by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. When we are at work during the days, the dogs are outside in a yard of about 17 square meters with two houses attached to the barn. The houses are spacious and insulated with the possibility of heating in the winter. In the barn we have made room for our quails and pigeons, with a fenced yard on the outside. These birds are used for embossing and tame bird training on our dogs. Outside we have large and varied areas that provide excellent opportunities for training on tame birds, as well as other things like search and tracking, retrieveing etc.melbygravin

You are welcome to visit us on the farm if you wish to meet our dogs and see how we live. Please contact us here.

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