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Goals at Idaho Outback Griffons

Idaho Outback Griffons
Outback’s Ridgeline

Goal 1: Health and conformation

Our philosophy is to produce a puppy at the height of its potential. We start by carefully selecting our breeding stock. I use AKC/NAVDA registered, health-screened, tested dogs that perfectly fall within AKC standards, giving us the best chance to produce a healthy, long-lived dog. I keep the best examples of the breed for my own program and use likewise superior specimens for outside crosses.

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Goal 2: Well-Rounded Family Companions

My second mission is to raise our dogs to be our household pet as well as a hunting companion and a best friend for my children and grandchildren. When I select a potential breeding animal, I am looking for the joyous attitude Griffons are famous for, not too meek or too dominant. You will not see rows of concrete kennels with Griffons in them at my place. Our dogs are part of our household. We co-own with friends, so other dogs in our breeding program have their own family life. Temperament is our second stated goal.

All the puppies are raised in our house and are handled from day one. There was a great study done by a Monastery of Monks who raise quality German Shepherds. They discovered techniques all of which involve early handling and human interaction. They were able to create more adjusted and trainable adult animals.  Once the puppies begin crawling about, they are underfoot, placed all day in the center of the action where even a crowd can’t get ignored. Again, temperament is important 364 days per year, we believe it is potentially an inheritable trait, thus all our breeding animals are wonderful, adjusted Griffons.

As our Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppies mature, they sleep in their own runs at night. They have access to open Vari-Kennels so they learn early that being in a kennel is a safe place and learn to walk out of the kennel to eliminate.  Weather permitting, they have access to ground or grass from the beginning, in the house they learn about using paper not bedding for their potty training.   I love and use vari-kennels. They are excellent as their dog den and as a tool in house training and transporting.  I do have larger runs that keep the puppies safe both at night and when we leave the farm.  For the most part the adults and puppies have access to roughly a couple acres to explore and exercise during their waking hours.

We start introducing the Griffons, at an early age to water, wings, and all sorts of exploring.  I begin to the puppies on adventure walks at 5 weeks of age, exposing them to problem solving, and confidence building experiences. This is our “Raising Brave Puppies” techniques that I incorporate in every litter of Griffon Puppies.  There is nothing like falling into a little ditch or playing in a woodpile with your siblings that brings out inquisitive, confident and balanced minds.

  

Goal 3: Breeding for Natural, Versatile Hunting Abilities

Lastly, we want to retain and selectively breed for natural, versatile hunting abilities. All the dogs we retain for potential breeding animals, range tight, hunt hard, naturally point, and honor, love water, and retrieve willingly. We are looking for Griffons that have all these skills. Though we do not participate personally in the local NAVDA groups these dogs do well in that venue. Many of our puppies have tested extremely well.  We seek out Griffons to add to our Breeding program that are proven Superior hunters, either through testing or personally hunting with them.   NAVDA is a wonderful organization that gives you a venue to test both your Griffon’s natural abilities, develop your personal handling skills, and meet like minded people… 

Not just because they are hunting machines.  

Though we do not participate personally in the local NAVDA groups, these dogs do well in that venue. Many of our puppies have tested extremely well. We seek out Griffons to add to our breeding program that are proven superior hunters, either through testing or personally hunting with them. NAVDA is a wonderful organization that gives you a venue to test both your Griffon’s natural abilities, develop your personal handling skills, and meet like-minded people.

AKC has some great opportunities in confirmation but also has obedience, hunt testing and good citizen dog competitions.  I have some Outback bred puppies now competing in Agility courses.   Someday I intend to participate myself.  Beyond these organizations, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are being used as health alert animals, and school resource officer animals. 

Our 3rd Goal puts us on a strong path to breed Griffons with strong prey drive and an inborn hunting instinct. My high point is getting the right puppy to the right folks.  We love working with people who are seeking an extraordinary experience with a puppy at the height of his potential.  We work so much with the Griffon Puppies, we know their personalities, and make it our goal for you to know your puppy by the time he or she arrives in your home. If you are particular, you have found the right breeder.

All puppies are sold with a 36-month Genetic Health Guarantee.

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