Earl loves the water and he handles well on the whistle. His formative training in Scotland makes him best suited for walk-up and driven shoots, and he excels in picking up multiple blind retrieves once the guns are finished.
|Sire||FTCH Hillus Clyde|
|Dam||FTCH Rockingstone Hope of Leadburn|
|Natural Breeding Available||Stud Fee Available for approved matings|
On the top side we have FTCH Hillus Clyde. Clyde was recently featured on the cover of “The Best of the Best: A History of the IGL Retriever Championship 1909-2011″ with his handler Billy Steel Jr. Clyde managed to qualify for the IGL seven years in a row (2004-2010), a feat only accomplished by one other dog (FTCH Hedenhampark Holcot Fay 1969-1975). Clyde placed 4th in IGL at Lauder in Scottish Borders in 2008. He is the sire of FTCH Leadburn Mist, who earned a D.O.M. and Top Scottish Dog in the 2013 IGL Retriever Championship. Clyde’s sire was FTCH Bracken of Berrybrae, who won the IGL Retriever Championship in 2000. His dam was FTCH Broadlaw Eva.
Earl’s Dam, FTCH Rockingstone Hope of Leadburn, has been an excellent producing bitch from Billy Steel’s Leadburn Gundogs. Hope received a D.O.M. in the 2004 IGL Retriever Championship. She has produced both FTW’s and FTCH, most notably FTCH Leadburn Viceroy who placed 2nd and was top male dog in the 2008 IGL Retriever Championship. This pairing with FTCH Hillus Clyde produced such high quality dogs that it was repeated, and many of Earl’s siblings are currently running in field trials.
Earl has produced some very high quality retrievers. We have personally trained Earl’s pups out of several different litters. Earl’s offspring have two key characteristics – manners and drive.
Every pup from Earl has had a ton of prey drive. They absolutely love to retrieve game, and they have flash and speed. Additionally, Earl’s pups are known for being very good house companions. They are as calm and quiet in the house as he is. Contact us for more information about planned and upcoming litters sired by Earl. We are currently placing names on our waiting list.
Earl is a very handsome boy. He is extremely photogenic, landing him on a massive billboard photograph for Sitka Gear and the 2014 ShotShow in Las Vegas. He spent much of the 2013-2014 hunting season with Aaron Hitchens of Rockhouse Motion, picking up birds and posing for photographs. He is very muscular and an overall medium size, weighing around 58lbs.
Earl earned himself the nickname “The Duke of Earl” with his stern facial expressions and stoic personality. He loves to receive affection, but he isn’t a “cuddly” dog. He remains very still and quiet while having his ears scratched. Once you pet him, he will follow you around the yard like a young pup looking for more attention.