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So my husband is very interested in getting a hunting dog, and his curiosity is piqued in a Poodle (surprisingly), as well as Cocker Spaniels, and some other breeds. This probably won't happen for 2-3 more years, perhaps longer, but I want him to start researching and following breeders on social media and whatnot to get as much of a feel for them as possible, and perhaps figure out where they trial their dogs so he can watch. I need a little help vetting these breeders!

Poodles:

Spirit Poodles |https://www.spiritpoodles.com/home
They seem to be good breeders, although they're not specifically for hunters, though they have a few in their lines and seem incredibly versatile.

Ben-Cher's |http://www.ben-chers-poodles.com/index.htm
I'm not too sure about this one...They breed for Chocolate colored poodles? They say they health test and title, but I can't find anything to prove it. The website is kind of terrible, though, so perhaps I missed it.

Rose Point Kennel |http://www.rosepointkennels.com/STANDARD-POODLES.html
They appear to do a lot with their hunting dogs, but they appear to have multiple breeds, as well.

Lakeland Hunting Poodles |http://www.lakelandhuntingpoodles.com/Training.htm
Seems like he does a lot with his dogs, but he has the attitude of "Poodles are good, but not as good as, say, a Lab" which kind of turns me off of this guy.

Cocker Spaniels:

Absolute Gun Dogs |http://www.absolutegundogs.com
Not sure if this is like a high volume operation or not, or if they just retain a lot of their pups to train and then sell as finished dogs.

Oahe Kennels |http://www.oahekennels.com/index.html
Looks decent, but they have two breeds.

Stonewalker Kennels |http://www.stonewalkerkennel.com/index.html

Any advice is appreciated! Kind of a lot of places, I know, so sorry!
 

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I know it wasn?t one of the ones that you had posted, but my brothers lifelong friend has a Harmony poodle out of Utah. I haven?t met the dog personally, but he is always posting pictures of it online when he takes it hunting.
 

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I know it wasn?t one of the ones that you had posted, but my brothers lifelong friend has a Harmony poodle out of Utah. I haven?t met the dog personally, but he is always posting pictures of it online when he takes it hunting.
I actually did look at that site and I liked them, but we're in North Dakota and we don't really want to go that far. We'll probably need help with certain aspects of training, so we don't want to be an unreasonable distance from the breeder, especially since there are a number of breeders within 3-4 hours of us. So unless all of the nearby breeders turn out to be terrible, we probably won't go more that 6 hours from our home for a dog!
 

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I don't know much about Absolute Gun Dogs, but they do look like a larger operation. Since your husband is looking for a true gundog, though, they may be worth contacting though I personally am not enthralled with them (but then, I'm not really a hunter).

Oahe and Stonewalker are both on my "list" for a future dog. Their dogs are gorgeous. Their sites don't say a lot about health testing, so that might be something to look into, but their dogs are pretty awesome.
 

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I don't know much about Absolute Gun Dogs, but they do look like a larger operation. Since your husband is looking for a true gundog, though, they may be worth contacting though I personally am not enthralled with them (but then, I'm not really a hunter).

Oahe and Stonewalker are both on my "list" for a future dog. Their dogs are gorgeous. Their sites don't say a lot about health testing, so that might be something to look into, but their dogs are pretty awesome.
Thanks, good to know!
 

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Breeding two different breeds is seriously not a big deal or a sign of a bad breeder, so I'd take that off your list of concerns about those two breeders. I'd only be concerned if they bred more than 3 different breeds, and even though the one TECHNICALLY has three breeds, two are just coat variations on the same breed, so that hardly counts. I really wouldn't stress about that. I'm not a hunter, so can't really speak to the breeders otherwise, but just wanted to say something about the multiple breeds comments.
 

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Breeding two different breeds is seriously not a big deal or a sign of a bad breeder, so I'd take that off your list of concerns about those two breeders. I'd only be concerned if they bred more than 3 different breeds, and even though the one TECHNICALLY has three breeds, two are just coat variations on the same breed, so that hardly counts. I really wouldn't stress about that. I'm not a hunter, so can't really speak to the breeders otherwise, but just wanted to say something about the multiple breeds comments.
Thanks! It seems to be a pretty common thing around here, actually, as I look more, and most seem to be good breeders otherwise.
 
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