Our goal at Claddagh is to produce German Wirehaired Pointers that are truly versatile hunting companions with strong natural instinct. Dogs aren’t added to our breeding program until they have proven themselves as ideal hunting dogs, conformation champions that meet breed standard, meet health testing requirements, and have successfully tested in advanced sanctioned hunt/field/NAVHDA trials.
We believe testing programs from North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and American Kennel Club (AKC) are excellent tools to help assess a dog’s working potential. Since our puppies go to homes across the country, we require all pups run in a NAVHDA Natural Ability test, so that we’re able to get a better understanding of what each of our breedings produce. See NAVHDA’s test rules for more information.
Since puppies aren’t always available, we recommend you contact us early, as we usually have a lengthy waiting list. Some people are on our waiting list for 2-3 years, as we match our puppies with owners, and just because there is a puppy available, doesn’t mean it’s a good match for every home.
If you are interested in our dogs or puppies from us, we strongly recommend you come visit and watch them work in the field. We want you to see for yourself their hunting style, temperaments, and get your hands on them and feel their coats. We are extremely proud of the dogs we produce at Claddagh!
The best way to contact us is via email firstname.lastname@example.org, as the first step in getting a dog/puppy from us is filling out our questionnaire. We have you fill this out so we get to know you better, what your goals and objectives are, and if it matches ours. We aren’t the typical breeder that just sends a puppy out the door and you never hear from again. We expect and seek frequent contact, as well as provide lifetime mentorship.
*must be avid hunting homes with prior bird dog experience, and willing to NAVHDA NA test*
To get on our waiting list for a future litter, request our puppy questionnaire, email email@example.com
*Fully health tested sire and dam, including: Hips, Elbows, Thyroid, CERF, and Cardiac
*Esteemed and Accomplished Hunting Titles on sire and dam (much more advanced than the puppy Junior Hunter and Natural Ability tests)
*Show champion sire and dam, which credits that the dog has defeated several other gwp’s in a competitive show ring, exhibiting proper breed type and conformation.
*All of our dogs are hunted heavily each year on wild birds. Our favorite, grouse in northern Wisconsin, to pheasants in South Dakota, as well as huns and chukar in Oregon.
*Lifetime support and mentorship in every aspect of the German Wirehaired Pointer. We have trained for, hunted and competed in the most esteemed events and places, and shown in the most prestigious of dog shows.. we enjoy helping people meet and exceed their goals with their dogs!
*Educated and experienced breeders…. BS Degree in Biology and Animal Science, as well as over 10 years experience working as a veterinary technician, with special interest towards nutrition and canine athletics. Each year we take advantage of several opportunities for continuing education.
*We provide heavily discounted professional gun dog training, exclusive to our puppy owners.
*All of our puppies are raised in the house. We take socializing in earnest, getting many visitors of all ages and sizes, take the pups to different environments, and around other dogs and animals.
*All of our puppies are evaluated by a panel of outside experienced evaluators at the age of 8 weeks.
*All of our puppies get bird exposure and are evaluated for field ability.
*We only breed when we want something from the litter for ourselves, which is typically only 1 litter per year.
*Puppies are all dewormed, vaccinated, microchipped, and registered before 8 weeks of age.