Litters have been bred primarily to advance the restoration of the original working type in the breed. In the early days no one else was breeding solely for work. In more recent years, puppies have been produced only when they are needed for the Venaticus kennel, with the inevitable surplus available to other owners who can satisfy an expectation that the dogs will lead fulfilling working lives.
This is not a prolific breeding establishment. It is not a commercial kennel.
There will be further litters in future, hopefully. As always, the puppies bred will be from proven working parent dogs, with the emphasis firmly on performance, and a strong regard to temperament, trainability, soundness particularly in hips and eyes, and a combination of modest size, absence of exaggeration, and athletic build.
Coat colour is not a major consideration, and although more and darker markings have been sought for the beneficial effect of reducing skin sensitivity, the majority of the offspring remains obstinately lightly-marked.
Venaticus Henrietta is the latest dam. She is litter sister to Venaticus Hercules, their litter being the first in the history of the breed to be born to two field trial winning parents – sired by Flintwood Blizzard out of Sedgehurst Rosamund Venaticus. She has already run creditably against English springers in field trials and has achieved an outstanding record of historic significance. Exceptionally, her litter was sired by a young Swedish import chosen specifically to introduce new blood into working lines that are evidencing unhealthy levels of inbreeding.
One of the puppies retained - Venaticus Isabella - is showing particular promise
Adult Clumbers are sometimes available, but not frequently. Training for clients is not currently undertaken, although it has in the past, with success, and may be again in future.
Stud services are available from Venaticus Hercules and V. Ivan. Full details and pedigrees can be provided. No fee for the mating itself will be asked. Instead, there is a fee for the siring of a litter. The distinction means that if no litter results, there is no charge. Full fee applies to a litter of four or more puppies surviving to seven weeks. The fee is reduced pro rata for fewer surviving puppies. The fee is payable at eight weeks or when the first puppy is adopted. And the fee? That is up to the breeder! Not completely, of course. But whatever the breeder decides to charge for a bitch puppy, that is the fee. First choice of a puppy may be asked instead. These terms have applied to owners bringing their bitches to Venaticus dogs for four decades, and are perhaps the fairest they will encounter.