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Hunter's Heart Puppies

Hunter's Heart is currently taking reservations for our 2021 litter of Brittany Spaniel puppies. Our lines of Brittanys have consistently produced outstanding puppies: for hunters, scent detection dogs, partners for dogsports, and companions for families that enjoy an active lifestyle.

Dr. Carla Simon has bred and trained hunting dogs for Hunter’s Heart since 1999, as featured in the Pointing Dog Journal, Dogs in Canada, Clean Run and American Brittany magazines. She's a professional scent detection trainer, instructor, Certifying Official and Senior Representative on the CKC Scent Detection Council. She is a Contributing Editor for the American Brittany Magazine, and a sought-after speaker who drew a sold-out crowd of more than 600 at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Learn more at

Her Brittanys are purpose-bred, athletic working dogs from field lines. Owners report strong desire to hunt, intense, stylish points, avid retrieves on land and in water, smooth movement and sweet temperament.

Hunter's Heart Brittanys have multi Elite High in Trial international wins in UKC Elite Nosework, and qualified in Iron Dog (California, USA). In addition to field and scent titles, her dogs have won gold at AAC Alberta Agility Championships, National High in Trial Agility Brittany and Best in Specialty at the Canadian National Brittany Specialty. Her Brittanys have achieved numerous Top 5 national rankings in agility, conformation and obedience competition.

If you're interested in reserving a puppy, please complete the screening form. Puppies are generally all reserved before the litter is born, so please reserve early to avoid disappointment.

About ZZ (a Boo x BB daughter)

ZZ retreiving an arrow, surrounded by brothersOur 2020 reservation list has closed. We'll be breeding Huntersheart She's Got Legs, "ZZ", an orange and white female, born Sept. 22, 2017 (shown surrounded by brothers in the photo). She shows great promise as a bed bug detection candidate. ZZ's hips certified OFA Good #BS-18743G27F-VPI (see OFA website). The stud dog will be announced around the time of mating.

About "BB" (the Grand Dam)

Black Betty (BB) in the Rocky Mountains, Photo by Wags UnlimitedHuntersHeart Black Betty NC NI NE PTE AGNJ (BB, the liver female in this photo) is an avid hunter and bed bug detection dog. Around the house, she's a gentle girl who likes snuggling, and is an excellent mother when raising pups. BB's hips have been PennHip certified and her eyes have been CERF certified.

BB won High in Trial at her first weekend of UKC Scent Detection competition (2018). She was Canada's #4 Agility Brittany and won National High in Trial Agility Brittany (CKC 2017). BB is the daughter of Canada's #3 Agility Brittany, Vite, (CH HuntersHeart Prairiestorm Vite FDJ MSCDC AGDC ADC AGNJV HPN NAC, CKC 2015, #1 Agility Brittany CKC 2016) X USA National Amateur Gun Dog Champion AFC DC CH GCH Triumphant's To Hot To Handle JH.

Boo's reward, photo by Black Cat PhotographyAbout "Boo" (the Grand Sire)

CH HuntersHeart RedDevil Fantome FDJ CGN AN SGDC SDS-SP TOG MN EV EC EI (Boo, the orange male in this photo), is exceptionally friendly and outgoing. He's eager to please as both a bed bug detection dog, and bird dog. Boo's elbows and patellae are normal and he's been certified OFA Good, CERF (2014).

Boo is a bed bug detection dog, hunter, and multi-High in Trial winner. For example, in Elite UKC Nosework, he searched an Exterior area over 3000 square feet, to find 3 hides in under 38 seconds (Calgary, June 2018). In 2017, Boo was Canada's #2 Agility Brittany (CKC) and a Regional Steeplechase Finalist at AAC Regional Championships.

Ranked Canada's #4 show Brittany in 2013, Boo is the is son of National Specialty Winner BISS Can/Mex/Int'l CH ATChC HuntersHeart Big Chief FDJ CDX RE CGC (who was Canada's top agility Brittany several years, and ranked top 5 in both obedience and show) x BPIG winner CH RedDevil's Fire Without Flame CD. Thank you to breeder/owner Joseph Pownall for letting Pepper stay with us a while and produce some amazing kids. They are a joy to live with, each and every day.

Cost and Details

Hunter's Heart breeds occasionally, striving for health, temperament and biddability. Sound, balanced structure leads to function, for healthy dogs with fewer injuries, even into old age. Our Brittanys have great noses, and are a pleasure to hunt over (we mostly find grouse in the foothills). Their eagerness to please helps make these Brittanys great companions for families who enjoy an active lifestyle.

Please don't consider a Brittany unless you're searching for a high energy dog that loves to run, that will fit into your active lifestyle. Brittanys are not a good choice of pets for most families, since they are athletes requiring daily exercise. Without adequate exercise, Brittanys can misbehave, be destructive, and end up in Brittany rescue. These are high maintenance dogs that need a job to do, during hunting season, and every day of the year.

photo: Chief (Boo's sire) hunting with GaryEach puppy costs $1500 Cdn + tax. This is split into 3 payments: a $200 non-refundable deposit and signed contract are required to reserve a puppy, $500 is due when the pups reach 2 weeks of age, and the remainder is due when the pups reach 8 weeks of age. The price includes deworming, first vaccination and health check by a vet, microchip, CKC registration papers and our written guarantee. The earliest that puppies can safely go to their new homes is 8 weeks of age.

We encourage families to pick up their puppy if at all possible. Canadians may be able to fly home with your puppy in a soft sherpa crate under your seat, if your puppy is small enough. Many puppies have traveled large distances and they generally do very well (with rare cases of car sickness).

Hunter's Heart is renowned for extensive socialization. Litters are whelped in the bedroom and grow up in the living room, as part of our family.

Even before the puppies ears are open, we fire a capgun before food and going for a run. This classical conditioning means that by the time that puppies go to their new homes, loud noises are either ignored, or a reason to come running in anticipation of something rewarding. Provided that owners transition to louder guns in the field, slowly and at decreasing distances, the puppies are off to a good start in accepting gunfire.

Every litter is exposed to birds and scent. As early as 5 weeks of age, puppies start their scent detection training. We also work on retrieving, agility and balance.

Puppies are matched with families based on temperament testing at 8 weeks of age. Please note that we cannot accommodate preferences for color, size or markings. Matches based on a cute appearance are far less likely to succeed in the long term. If you want a hunting dog, we'll match you with a bold pup who offers flash-points, excels at scent training and/or is highly motivated to retrieve. If you have young infants at home, we'll match you with a less active pup who enjoys spending time with children.

photo: puppy Vite (BB's dam) with toyAs an all-breed Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator for the Canadian Kennel Club, and former Behavior Assessor at the Calgary Humane Society, Carla offers extensive experience evaluating good versus risky temperaments. Our puppies' temperaments are guaranteed in writing, as long as the owner completes the requirement of attending a 6-week puppy socialization class.

A puppy is a lifetime commitment, for both families and the breeder. All puppy owners must sign a purchase contract, non breeding agreement, and paperwork from the Canadian Kennel Club. (Registration papers are included in the price.) Hunter's Heart will take back any dog we bred, at any age, for any reason.

We give our puppies the very best start we can, but when you bring your puppy home you need to continue socializing and training to ensure (s)he is a joy to live with rather than a problem adult.

Intact Tails and Dewclaws

Please note that we leave tails and dewclaws intact. We do not dock tails or remove dewclaws because these functional parts of the body help a dog to run, turn, climb out of icy waters, and balance best, for maximum performance and longevity.

According to "Mastering Jumping Skills", "the tail helps with rear-end awareness, turning, jumping, balancing, accelerating, and braking. When the dog takes off for a jump, his tail is low; but as he crests the jump, his tail rises. This tail movement helps shift the dog's center of gravity and raises the dog's rear end to clear the jump. As the dog lands, the tail comes back down to help the dog find his balance.... Dewclaws add stability by digging into the ground as the leg rotates, especially when the dog is bearing weight on one front leg, as when he lands from a jump. Dogs without dewclaws will put more stress on their shoulders and spine when turning" (Linda Mecklenburg, DVM, 2015).

While leaving tails and dewclaws intact supports optimal health and performance, our puppies are not eligible for conformation shows in Canada under current CKC rules. (They are eligible to compete in ALL field and performance events, and UKC and AKC conformation shows). If you prefer for your puppy to have a docked tail and dewclaws removed, please contact another breeder, as the majority of breeders in North America follow that traditional practice.

Reserving a Puppy

The first step in reserving a puppy is to email Carla your completed screening form to learn more about your family's needs.

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Provided that both parties agree that a Brittany puppy is a good fit, the next step is to reserve a puppy by placing a non- refundable deposit.

Thank you for considering Hunter's Heart Brittany Spaniels.

Dr. Carla Simon
Hunter's Heart Brittanys Reg'd
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(403) 813-9831

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