As a result
of breeding quality English pointer bird dogs for over 30 years, Phantom
Kennels has developed a line of outstanding dogs that have been tested
and proven across the world. Our
dogs are used to hunt all upland game birds in North America and used in
Europe and even as far as the Canary Islands near
Our goal is to produce tough, classy bird dogs
with outstanding noses and a desire to please.
Trainability is very important to us, since many of the dogs that
we sell come back to our training program.
We have been able to directly assess the success of our breeding
program as a result of that. A
dog that learns quickly is much easier and faster to train.
This all goes back to intelligence, a very inheritable trait.
There are various bloodlines in the pointer
breed today. It is our
philosophy and practice to breed to the top All-age type field trial
dogs that have been tested at the National Championship in
, a three hour endurance stake. If
you study the pedigrees of our dogs, you will see many dogs that have
not only competed there, but have won the event.
These dogs have the class, style, nose, and endurance it takes to
produce the type of dogs that we want in our program. They all have
demonstrated that they can run big, yet handle.
They run huge on the prairies of the Dakotas and
and then come back and adapt to the woods of
or the dryer, rougher country of
. All of these dogs have
impeccable manners around their game and all are considered in a class
of their own. We believe
that the closer one gets to these dogs, the better chances one has of
getting a top quality bird dog.
There are those that say, “I’m not looking
for a field trial dog, just a hunting dog.”
It is our experience that field trial dogs produce the best
hunting dogs. To produce a
field trial dog is not easy, even if you breed to National Champions.
The “law of averages” kicks in and most of the time you end
up with a class shooting dog that out performs the average hunting dog
because of his genetics.
Over thirty years ago, I acquired a
granddaughter of the great National Ch. Red Water Rex and she became my
first great shooting dog.
I entered Dan’s Sugar Candy in the Panhandle Bird Dog
Club Walking Shooting Dog Stake held on the Gene Howe Game Preserve near
in the fall of 1977. She
easily beat a group of over 20 shooting dogs with 7 wild covey finds in
30 minutes. She was a
phenomenal bird dog and taught me more than I could ever teach her.
I realized that her bird finding ability was no
accident. Her grandsire,
National Ch. Red Water Rex won the 70th renewal of the
Continental Open Championship with eleven finds!
He did this when other noted dogs were not finding birds.
Rex won nine Open All-age Championships including the National
and the Purina Award twice, two championships and one runner-up of the
National Ch. Dunn’s Fearless Bud, sire of our
Ch. Whippoorwill Razor and Sanel Ochoa, was another tremendous bird dog.
He won the 1990 National Championship with 10 wild covey finds
and was the 1989-1990 Purina Dog of the year.
It is interesting to note that even the late
Robert Wehle, founder of Elhew Kennels, found it necessary to breed to
the great All-Age National Champions Red Water Rex and Dunn’s Fearless
Remember, the water of a fresh spring becomes
polluted, the further downstream you go! Of course, we have some
foundation dogs that might have some shooting dogs in their pedigree,
but if you follow them back a few generations, you will find the great
all-age dogs referred to above. Field
trial competition is very important to improving all breeds of bird