Shooter's balance of cooperation and desire made him an ideal dog to own. His instincts came to him naturally. Included with these talents, came a very trainable dog who maintained that training with little upkeep. Additionally he was a wonderful house companion. We called him our no bull#(*! hunting dog.
At one year of age, Shooter completed his Natural Ability test with a Prize I. At two years, he completed his AKC Master Hunter title. Soon after he achieved a Prize I in Utility. His crowning achievement came at three years of age when Shooter passed the NAVHDA Invitational test with a maximum score to gain the title of Versatile Champion.
Shooter was a fourth generation Utility dog and a third generation Master Hunter. It's evident that Shooter's progeny inherited his positive traits since he produced 17 NAVHDA Natural Ability Breeder Award litters, and sired six NAVHDA Utility Breeder Award litters. Fifteen of his offspring are Versatile Champions, and 45 are Utility dogs with nearly 70% of them obtaining a Prize. Ninety-seven are Natural Ability qualified, 61 with Prize I’s. There are more than a dozen AKC Master or Senior Hunters, one is a NSTRA champion and one has an obedience title.
Shooter proved himself in everything he touched, from training and testing to the wonderful dogs he helped create. When his body didn’t let him hunt as hard and long as it used to, he still put forth 100%. His eyes lit up when he went on point and he would retrieve bumpers and birds all day long. We were truly blessed to have Shooter be a part of our kennel and our home.