Nobelle Kennels / vom Nobelle Haus
The final Chapter...... After some 4o plus years of loving this breed, I have decided that’s it’s time to devote my weekends to working less and relaxing more. At this point in my life, what’s most important is having time to share with my family and friends. This wasn’t an easy decision. As some of you know, I’ve said this before. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, and have waffled a bit—as the breed has been a huge and deeply satisfying part of my life. But it’s really time. It’s time for the next generation to take over and reap the rewards of this work; in the same way that it’s time for me to check off some of the things on my bucket list. I have always had the mindset to be the best in what ever one chooses to do in life. It takes total commitment, which I’m no longer prepared to give. For the past 40 years, weekends and vacations have been committed to training and testing; and during hunting season, spending as much time as weather permitted in the pursuit of upland game—I will continue to do the latter, it’s something I love. I am so grateful that I’ve been able to bring my passion and expertise to cultivating this breed. Over the span of these years I have been an AKC judge, started two chapters of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association chapters, a member of the North American Deutsch Kurzhaar club and had the pleasure of meeting some pretty wonderful people. Many hours were spent on the phone assisting people in their search for dogs, recommending responsible breeders, or helping with issues that came up. It was my pleasure and I hoped I helped. I am sure I will miss the excitement of watching a raw puppy mature into a fine hunting dog. I will miss the anticipation of a planned breeding and the results of that effort. Most of all I will miss the people I have met along this incredible journey. Putting time and age into perspective I have perhaps one more puppy in my future, and so, I will breed one more litter. This next and final litter will enable me to keep a puppy which is surely to be my last. Thank you for trusting me with your dogs and your questions. I wish you great times and all the best in your endeavors.
Our journey with this wonderful breed started some 43 years ago.
A sound solid breeding program coupled with the passion for upland hunting add in a life long love for this breed and you will know why this journey has lasted over 40 years. Over that span of time I have tested within the AKC ( Hunt tests for Pointing Dogs), NAVHDA,(started two chapters) and the NADKC. Each venue is important as there are differences in each how ever the sum makes for an outstanding hunting and family companion! Consistency in producing pups that mature into not only great hunting dogs but perhaps more importantly great family members is what our breeding program is all about. Experience is not just the sum of years one partakes in a particular endeavor, it takes years and years of experience to understand how to produce the kind of dogs that will hunt with the best of them, yet be content to lay by your feet . Our goal is a pup with an even blend of desire and cooperation coupled with pups that when mature have developed tremendous drive and biddability! Our breeding program is based on the knowledge and experience that the years have taught me, my personal beliefs is one of honesty and integrity!
When you are researching the possible breeders do not rush the process take your time as the decision that you make will be one that hopefully will be around for some 12- 15 years. Find a breeder that breeds the type of dog that will fit into your lifestyle in both the home and the field. Look for a breeder that can identify the reason(s) for the pairing of the sire and dam as well as be objective into their own breeding programs and not those of other breeders.
While actual work in the field and water is important do not overlook the bloodlines that a pup comes from.
We pride ourselves in the fact that we are neither kennel blind nor breed blind. We are more than happy to help you find the right hunting partner as well as referring/recommending other breeders to suit your needs.
We started this journey many years ago out of my love for the outdoors hunting and fishing. Little did I know that my passion for this sport and the breed would stand the time it has! Over the course of this journey I have come across many wonderful people; while there are way too many to list there are four that I want to mention:
- Clyde Vetter for placing Belle with me and for the breedings we did with both Shooter and Ty so many years ago. For without that first breeding that seems like a lifetime ago there would not be Nobelles.
- Julie Griswold and Rich Runge for all the work you and dedication you do with the NADKC but also for unselfishly sharing your knowledge with me.
- Frank Hulsman my training buddy and friend that spans some 35 years.