Hi, and welcome to the Glencuan Pointers blog site. While my main interest in pointers is in field trial competition I am also very keen to raise the profile of the pointer as an all round working gundog. For years I didn’t teach my dogs to retrieve on the basis that since in competition they wouldn’t be required to retrieve I was running the risk of encouraging them to be unsteady. I no longer believe this to be true and in fact careful study of the usage of pointers in Europe, where in the main they are required to retrieve, suggests that a correctly trained retrieving pointer is in fact less likely to run in and also a retrieving dog appears to be a harder hunter. These factors, combined with a desire to become involved in competition in Europe means that several of my current dogs are being trained to retrieve and the next couple of pups will also learn this task.
I am now working with the fifth generation of dogs to emanate from Ombra, Echednei Hendi, the black Italian bred bitch that I bought from Marino d’Urzo. The next generation, Sophie is in whelp as I write this (28/01/14) is on the way and I’m excited at the prospect as I really enjoy working with and moulding pups. Although I ended up with some good dogs out of these last five generations it was all rather a fluke but the hopes that I have for the future are based on the result of long exhaustive research. Basso, Oksby Basso and Chris, Toften’s Chris came from one of the oldest and most reverred kennels in Denmark and combined with the breeding lines in my own kennel form a sound breeding platform. The really exciting prospect though is Uno, Fugledes Uno. Flemming Fuglede Jorgensen is the current holder of the Fugledes prefix having taken over from his father and the success of the kennel dates back to 1947. Argueably Flemming has the top kennel in Denmark. He is now consistently breeding generation after generation of champion dogs from his own stock and if you need convincing go to the “Dansk Pointer Klub’s” site and look at the Scandanavian trial results for 2013. I rest my case.
Basso doing his thing above The Quarry. 16/11/2014.
Photo Des O’Neile.
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Dalton the Captain, Getty and O’Neile,
Lynch and Kieran_
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
Apologies to The Bard.