After several years of dedication to the English Pointers, it was again time to pick up the work with
English Setters when I arrived in New Zealand. Looking at the English Setter blood lines present in
New Zealand, it really made it an easy choice for me, but still I am heavily involved with Pointers and
will certainly come back to them later.
Background female line
I decided to import "the right bitch" to put into breeding with the New Zealand lines.
Dr Leon Mortensen and I were searching just about all over the planet for two years, until we found
what we both considered to be the right litter. During the process I had been tempted by a couple of
litters in Scandinavia + one in Spain, but our choice fell on a litter in Vesterålen in North Norway, not
far from where I grew up myself. The mother was Lapphaugen's E. Evita, who is a very strong bitch,
and had given good progeny in two earlier litters. Her blood lines are an interesting mix of
Scandinavian and American dogs. Leon of course knew the American lines and insisted those were as
good as they get from "over there". The father of the litter was the Danish import Kogtveds E. Philip,
who has bred well in several litters and who also has many interesting siblings. I had pretty good
insight into his breeding, knowing his mother well (out of very strong Danish lines), and having been
very impressed by his French father Cow Boy des Rives de l'Estrigon.
Lapphaugen's H. Moulin arrived in New Zealand in February 2002, 5 1/2 months old. The breeder had
given me first choice among the females. With assistance from breeder Kjell A. Myhra and my good
friend Geir B. Larssen, giving me photos and describing the pups, I chose Moulin to be the ONE.
Certainly she has also been a number one. One wouldn't get any closer than this to an Alpha-bitch! She
is strong and dominant, with a massive hunting instinct and suberb bird work. Most importantly: Moulin
has lived up to all expectations as a brood bitch, which of course was the reason for importing her.
A strong female strain is for me the very basic foundation. From that starting point one can compliment
to this. Preferably they are no "lonely swallows", but also have several siblings and parents with good
proven records. I am looking for mentally strong and focused workers, with excellent natural abilities
for optimal use of wind and terrain. The ability of finding and working the birds is overall important.
Birds should rarely or never be missed or accidentally bumped. The dogs must be trainable. If I as a big
enthusiast, spending a lot of time on these dogs, can't train them - then how can I expect my buyers to
do it? I also put a lot of emphasis on good movements and stamina, good pigmentation and that the
dogs keep a decent English Setter look.
Picking the stud dogs
Moulin gave birth to her first litter in February 2003. Initially I had four different males I considered
using at stud. After a while I excluded two of them, because of various smaller things I wasn't quite
satisfied with. That Moulin's first litter happened to be with the English import Chywoon Entrepreneur
of Jonsmae ("Woody") was also further encouraged by Leon. The reason wasn't only because he at the
time was the best trial dog in New Zealand or that he had a strong pedigree, but more important that he
had already shown that he bred his good abilities further to progeny he already had left. So in my first
New Zealand litter I actually used two imported dogs from Europe.
"Woody" has impressed a lot of people in his many trial wins. Though I really came to appreciate his
greatness at a hunting trip in the 2000 shooting season. This was when Leon still had the dog (later
co-owner Noel Allen took over), and Leon described that hunting situation in his book "Bird Dogs -
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow". I quote:
"His nose is exceptional. He demonstrated this many times. One instance happened when I was
pheasant shooting in sand dunes that had heavy fern and rush cover. Woody pointed a covey of five
brown quail. I got one on the covey rise. Normally, if I am shooting quail, I sit down for ten minutes
before looking for the singles. This time allows the air washed birds to give off scent. However, I was
after pheasants and sent Woody straight on. He found three of the four singles, one after the other."
This was just before we were about to meet up for lunch, and I sat on a little hill watching the whole
scenario with my then one year old Woody-son Wingfield Warrior.
This lead us on to the second stud used on Moulin - -
|Woody locked on a pheasant