This exciting litter is very near and dear to our heart. Our line was founded in 2012 by breeding Bailey to Chance. These puppies turned out to be everything we ever wanted in a companion and competition dog, as all who have met the fabulous Stella, can see!
Nessie is the daughter of Bailey's full sister and is basically exactly like Bailey, just taller! Our dream was to one day breed Nessie to Chance, to get back to that original line. Unfortunately, Chance was sterile by the time Nessie was old enough and we never froze semen on him. This past June, we lost him unexpectedly at the age of 12, just two days after finishing his first AKC agility title. When the owner of Chance's only brother (Hoops) reached out to us to offer use of Hoops' frozen semen, we couldn't say no.
This breeding is the closest we will ever get to recreating that incredible first litter. We expect puppies to be higher drive, but with a solid off switch. They should be athletic, eager to please, and able to compete in any performance venue. Our First Litter puppies have shown they can go from asleep in your lap to zooming through an agility course or after a mark in the field in about two seconds. They will be well suited for competition homes, though a few may be available to experienced, active companion homes.
Hoops was a dream come true for his owner in so many ways. Sue had tried to breed her own girl to Hoops' phenomenal sire, HRCH UH Morninglo Daybreak Oer Dixie** CDX MH WCX OS, but the pregnancy didn't take. Thanks to Sunshine Kennels trying again with this phenomenal boy, out of two attempts, one girl finally produced two male puppies. One of those was our foundation boy, Chance, and the other was Hoops.
Hoops is a wonderful companion at home with an excellent temperament. And like Chance, he is a certified therapy dog through TDI. In training, he has always given 100%, always eager to please and try anything asked. Hoops excelled in the field and earned HITs in obedience. He has sired high achieving offspring both in the obedience ring and field, as well as several hard working search and rescue and therapy dogs.
He has all of his clearances, which can be viewed here, and is genetically clear for all testable diseases.
We are heartbroken to report that Hoops did pass away in early October 2020 due to an intestinal torsion at the age of 12.5 years. No underlying cause was found and no cancer was observed. He was healthy and happy, racing up the stairs and playing until his last moment. Our hearts go out to his family for this unexpected and inexplicable loss.
Nessie is the niece of our foundation girl, Bailey, and granddaughter of OTCH High Times Wild Turkey UDX10 SH OGM U-UD OS OBHF, "Tommy" who is one of our all-time favorite boys. On her sire's side, she is the granddaughter of DK.BR.CH Clockburn Clooneen, "Clyde," who was the 2003 field trialer of the year in the UK. The top five contributors in Nessie's pedigree are all Field Trial Champions. Very slow to mature, Nessie is just beginning to compete in obedience and rally. She also has incredible natural field instincts, but we have not pursued much formal training in this venue yet.
Nessie is a very sweet girl with a bombproof temperament who gets along with everyone she meets. While she does love her humans (and her cat), she is also very independent and is perfectly happy to grab a toy and go do her own thing. As she's matured, she's shown us that she really does enjoy training and gets SO excited when she knows what you're asking (she may have the happiest "down" command I've ever seen :).
Physically, Nessie has a shorter, wash and wear coat with adequate feathering that truly repels everything. She is taller than standard for a female at 24" and a well muscled 63 lbs. Nessie has OFA good hips and normal elbows, heart, and eyes. All genetic testing has been done and she is an ichthyosis and PRA-2 carrier.