We enjoy puppies and may have an occasional litter if a breeding makes sense and fits our goals. We are very committed to proper socialization and we follow the “Bio Sensor” / “Super Dog” method developed by the U.S. Military canine program. We will not place our pups until the Human Socialization period begins on the 50th day. All of our puppies come with a health guarantee. We prefer that our pups go to hunting homes. Brittanys are very active dogs and need excersise daily to keep out of trouble. You should have a good size fenced back yard and a second companion dog to keep them occupied. If you are looking for a house pet I would suggest you consider The American Brittany Rescue. Too many of these fine animals are given up for adoption. We have a rescue Britt in our family and I am a volunteer for the Nationial Brittany Rescue.
We compete our dogs in American Field and American Kennel Club Field Trials.
Our blood lines have been evolving over the past several years. Although we still use Holiday Britt in our foundation, we have introduced Ajax VII, Magnum's Masked Man and Rebel Jac's A Hammerin Dandy. We will continue to develop our lines with appropriate “nicks” that are complimentary to our goals. All of our breeding stock is OFAcertified along with their Sires and Dams. All of our dogs are registered with the AKC and our competition dogs are also registered with the American Field.
inebreeding, Inbreeding and Outcrossing. We occasionally are questioned over the merits of Linebreeding. MasonRidge uses the practice of linebreeding and I will try to give an overview of what this means. Merriam-Webster gives the following basic definition. "the interbreeding of individuals within a particular line of descent usually to perpetuate desirable characters" Serious dog breeders trying to better the breed they love almost always practice some form of linebreeding. Through years of observation, research and breeding we have narrowed the traits we look for in a dog to, intelligence, conformation, bidability, athletic ability, and prey drive. To achieve these traits in a consistent manor linebreeding is used in a thoughtful manor. Below are several articles that go into further detail on theapproach to this strategy.
One of the most recognized methods of linebreeding was done by Lloyd C. Brackette in 1950. BRACKETTES FORMULA Even though this approach was established 65 years ago, it still stands as the standard for many breeders in the "purebred world" today.
Over the years much has been written about selecting your four legged hunting partner so you don’t need me to give my version. I do want to say a few words about the value of a pedigree though. Many of us never get a chance to see the pups mom and dad hunt. In some cases you never see the parents. All you have to go by is the word of the breeder and a few close friends. Not that they would give you bad information as most likely they are honest, well intentioned people but the sire and dam may have never been “proven”. There is no guarantee that your pup will be the next Michael Jordan of Birddogs but there are things you can do to increase your odds of having a good hunting partner. The pedigree is one important tool to use in the selection process. Every registered dog has a pedigree that shows his linage. Certified pedigrees are available from FDSB or AKC for a small fee, and can often be researched on the Internet. When researching sires and dams, look for field titled ancestors. Its important to understand that each registry has unique designations for champions. FDSB has one designation for field champion and it appears on the pedigree as "CH". Do not confuse with the CH on an AKC pedigree (which means Show Champion), so its important to know the reistry.
American Field, FDSB (Field Dog Stud Book)
CH Field Champion
AKC Registry (American Kennel Club)
FC Field Champion AFC Amateur Field Champion DC Dual Champion ( both field and show) CH Champion (show) NAGD Nationl Amateur Gun Dog Champion NAFC National Amateur Field Champion NFC National Field Champion
To earn these titles, a dog must prove itself by displaying superior hunting skills in front of Judges that have no personal affiliation with the dog. These dogs are competed at many trials in front of many knowledgeable people that have spent years hunting, breeding and competing their own dogs in field trials. Of course it’s a given that you want to personally see the pups and find the one that looks like a good fit. Just start with a well bred litter from which to make your selection.