We use dog databases like DogWeb and ZooEasy to thoroughly investigate the studs and their offsprings for planned breeding combinations. We strive to avoid doubling of disease genes and high levels of inbreeding as far as possible. Scheduled matings are always reviewed and approved by the NVSW breeding council before they are implemented.
Our goal for breeding is:
Diseases that occur in the breed to varying degrees are:
Unfortunately, we see Stabyhouns with severe fear, especially for loud noises such as gunshots, fireworks and thunder. It has in some cases been so bad that the dog has not worked in everyday life and therefore been euthanized. Generaly weak mentality is also seen more often than we like. This is very unfortunate in a breed that should be able to function as a versatile hunting dog. In our breeding we wish to breed dogs that can work both for hunting and at home as a family dog. Therefore, we put mental health very high, without compromising physical health. Dogs that show signs of weak mentality and fear of noises will not breed at Kennel Østnevarg.
Here at the farm our dogs have plenty of room both inside and outside. We place great emphasis on socialization and environmental training of the puppies. The puppies will grow up in a homely environment where they get used to everyday sounds and objects, and they will greet different people and animals during their adolescence. In the weeks before delivery we will try to make sure that the puppies are able to experience varied environments and situations outside the home as well.
For us it is important that the puppies get positive associations with the smell of birds and other game as well as the sound of gunshots. Therefore, we will begin gunshot habituation (and sound habituation in general) with the puppies early and presenting the puppies for birds and other game in the form of wings, fur and skins. In the days before delivery, those puppies who are going to go to owners with bird hunting in mind will have a small presentation of tame birds.
None of our puppy buyers may choose puppies themselves. Nor is it the «first come, first served» that applies when you sign up on our puppy list. We will take a comprehensive assessment of the puppies’ different characteristics and traits, and then try to match each puppy with the one on the puppy list which has the best prerequisite for giving the puppy the everyday life it needs and deserves. Each puppy will also undergo a puppy analysis of an educated behavioral specialist. We prefer that our puppies should come to owners who want to use the dog for hunting or other hunting-related activities such as tracking, but this is not an absolute requirement. In any case, a Stayhoun should be mentally activated, whether it is in the form of hunting, tracing/searching, retrieving, obedience, agility or similar activities that give it challenges.
If you are interested in a puppy from Kennel Østnevarg, please contact us here.