Litters have been bred primarily to advance the restoration of the original working type in the breed. In the early days, i.e. the 1970s, no one else was breeding solely for work. In more recent years, puppies have been produced only when 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.
It is unlikely there will be further home-bred litters in future. Breeding is always stressful and exhausting, and it is time to allow other, younger enthusiasts to carry the flame. It is to be hoped that, following the practice here, 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 should not be a major consideration, although more and so-called orange markings may be sought for the beneficial effect of reducing skin sensitivity. Even so, the majority of the offspring will likely remain obstinately lightly-marked.
Some notes about current Venaticus dogs figuring in later pedigrees may be useful to owners and breeders. Venaticus Henrietta (Bella) and Venaticus Hercules (Boris) came from a litter that was 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. Their achievements are noted elsewhere in this site. Exceptionally, Bella’s one and only 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 three puppies retained, Venaticus Isabella (Spot) has surpassed even her dam’s record in trials, and her only litter, sired by Midori Diamond Huddlestone (Rigg) was the first ever with both parents award winners in Any Variety field trials.
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, Venaticus Ivan and, when he is old enough, Venaticus Julius (Spot’s son). 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 (after the breeder’s) 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.