On Friday 14th July I went to Stavanger to bring home our new pack member Anortositts Dine Beretta. Beretta comes from the same breeder as Rozzie, Kennel Anortositt, run by Arne and Sølvi Irene Havsø in Hellvik. Beretta also has the same mother as Rozzie, lovely Clarissa. Father is beautiful Duplo (StabyWorld’s Duplo Frost Fan Leffe) from Denmark. There are several reasons why we chose to buy our second Stabijhoun from the same breeder and same mother. We are first and foremost very pleased with Rozzie who is from their first litter, with her lovely temperament, good mentality and good hunting qualities. We have a close cooperation and good contact with Kennel Anortositt, and we know how much work they put in their puppy litters. They put mental health high and work to maintain the hunting qualities of the breed. The litter was mentally tested and received the following description in its puppy analysis: «A wonderful and mentally even litter. Several show very good hunting and working abilities. Shows good adaptability in new environments. New owners can go as far as the owners themselves are capable in all dog sports with these puppies.» In addition, this is a very exciting combination between two dogs who have good bird interest and good hunting genes in the lines. You can read more about Clarissa and Duplo, as well as the rest of the gang in Kennel Anortosite here. Having two dogs from the same lines in a kennel may not be so common. But considering how the situation is for our small breed today we have no worries about this. According to numbers from NVSW (Dutch breed association for Stabijhoun and Wetterhoun) at least two puppies from each litter should be used for further breeding in order to see a significant advance in the genetic variation of the breed.
Beretta is lovely, definite and tough little Miss who does not seem to be afraid of anything. She is affectionate and friendly and goes along very well with our other dogs. Rozzie and Raya welcomed her and seemed to have settled down with their new pack member. Rozzie thinks is very exited to have little sisters here and seems to have taken on some kind of motherhood for our new little friend.
There are lots of good news coming in from Rozzie’s breeders Arne and Sølvi Irene Havsø in Kennel Anortositt these days. Rozzie’s father Marrondales Yerke has really impressed lately. Here is what Sølvi writes on her Facebook profile about the latest results:
«Today we finally received the confirmation that Yerke also has the title of International Beauty Champion. This title is high, as there are very few Stabyhouns who have achieved the working demands for this. Yerke is, as far as we know, the only one in the Nordic region of Stabbyhoun, and among the three who hold this all over the world by Stabyhoun. And Yerke can do more than look nice and find/retrieve birds, he became the first blood tracking master in Eigersund Hunting and Fishing Association. Full title/name will be: CIB, CIE NORD UCH, NL CH, N SE VCH, NORDJV-10, DKV-11,15, NORDV-12 Marrondales Yerke. «
We are really proud to have an offspring from this beautiful gentleman. We congratulate so much!
Today we received the last confirmation of applications for hunting cards, thus this year’s season is finally planned. This year we have focused on a somewhat later hunting start than before. One of the reasons for this is that we are expecting a new pack member in July, and we would like the puppy to grow as much as possible before we start hunting. With a puppy on the hunting team we have to take some shorter and less challenging trips this year. Another reason is what we’ve been having unusually hot and dry weather in early autumn in the past few years. Such weather type is unfavorable to any hunting dog, and extra challenging for young dogs. The heat makes it very tiring in itself, and dry conditions minimize the amount of smell in the terrain. Therefore, we have set the hunt until the end of September this year. We will hunt both on state and private grounds this year, and on the last weekend in September we will bring more acquaintances with Stabyhoun for hunting with us in the mountains of Verdal. So now the training for the season can begin. We really look forward to it!
In mid-May 20 quail chickens came to the farm. They grow and thrive in the barn, and will gain access to a fenced outside area as soon as they get a little bigger. Once they have become able to fly, we can start using them to train the dogs. Tame birds are suitable for educate young dogs and for training and perfecting obedience in bird situations. By training with tame birds, repeated and controlled bird situations are obtained. The birds are never in direct contact with the dogs, and with many birds the sessions are evenly distributed, giving minimal strain on each bird. Tame bird training is not something one should do too often, the main exercise should take place in the mountains and woods.