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THE STORY OF RAVENWOOD KENNELS

      Thank you for visiting our web site.  If you are looking for a puppy to purchase, no matter if you are an avid hunter or just want a hearth dog to sleep by your fireplace, we hope you will consider a Ravenwood puppy for your next companion.

     Ravenwood Kennels is owned by my husband and myself, Larry and Suzanne Hill.  For over 30 years Larry has hunted for ducks and geese, as well as upland birds such as grouse, quail and pheasant.  In 1986 we set about to purchase a good chocolate Labrador and discovered there were very few to be found.  Indeed, what dogs we did see were either short, squatty bench type dogs, with highly questionable hunting and retrieving instincts, or the more typical American field trial dog, which often times more closely resembles a Greyhound.  So... we began researching pedigrees and studying photos.  

    Our breeding program here at Ravenwood is the result of that research.  We started out crossing the lines of FC/AFC Snake Eyes Double or Nothin' ( a black dog with chocolate recessive) with the lines of AM/CAN FC Ginger's Chocolate August, who was a chocolate dog. Chocolate August was the first chocolate field champion, and who with his son, FC/AFC Mueller's Stormy Canada went on to become the first chocolate father-son combination to achieve these titles.  

    Our two foundation bitches, Ravenwood's Ima Tootsie Roll, shown at left,  and Ravenwood's Miss Deflite are grand-daughters of European imports, who had completed their European titles in both field and show.  To be called a champion in Europe, a dog must have shown the ability to excel in both areas.  If he only has bench show points, he is referred to a "show champion" or SH CH on the pedigree.

    The great dog CAN/AM FC/AFC Aces High III, a black dog also with chocolate recessive, was sired by the above named Snake Eyes.  Our black male, Ravenwood's Ace of Spades CD, who is also chocolate recessive, is a son of Aces High III.  The dam of our Spade has a Master Hunter title herself, and she is sired by the famous old dog FC/AFC/CFC/CAFC Ironwood Tarnation.  "Tar" as he was known came from the best of foundation bloodlines, being a grandson of the great field trial dog NFC/NAFC Super Chief and Dual Champion Dart of Netley Creek.

    Needless to say, Spade is an important part of our breeding program.  In addition to Spade, we also have a son of his, Ravenwood's Rum 'N Coke CD JH who is chocolate.  To complete our stud force, we have Ravenwood's Taxi's Tonka Toy CD and Steamer Be Brown Too.  "Steamer" has not been in competition due to an injury at a young age, though he has sired a Master Hunter when bred to a daughter of Spade.

        While most of our puppies go to homes as family hunting dogs, we are extremely proud of the fact that two of the dogs we have sold have went on to achieve their Master Hunter titles, with one qualifying for the National Master Hunter Test.  She in turn, produced in her first litter, 7 Junior Hunter titled dogs, with three of those currently working on their Senior Hunter titles.  Here at Ravenwood, we have several Junior Hunter titled dogs and also several Obedience titled dogs.  

    The typical Ravenwood dog weighs between 72 to 85 pounds, being a very deep dark chocolate or black.  Straight legs, with good angulation in the rear are emphasized, with heads being neither very slim and overly refined nor massive with a Mastiff or Rottweiller look.  All breeding stock is tested for the intense desire and willingness  to hunt and retrieve.  All are x-rayed and found to be free of dysplasia as well of congenital eye defects such as PRA and cataracts.  Fortunately we have never had a problem in these areas.  Dew claws are removed at five days of age and the pups will have had their first or second shot before being shipped. 

    Again, thank you for visiting our site.  Be sure to check out the Puppy Room for current litters, and our Guarantee area for prices, shipping and guarantee information.

Ravenwood's Taxi's Tonka Toy  CD shown above at 4 years, now 13
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