Superior Pointers - Fine Bird Dogs - Elhew Pointers

2022 Litters

A successful, sustainable, breeding program achieves two equally important objectives – it incrementally improves the overall phenotype, and simultaneously reduces variability, in each successive generation. It is such continuous improvement and overall consistency in soundness, conformation, temperament, and performance attributes that characterize the Superior Pointers companion gun dog breeding program. As accomplished as were the Elhew pointers we produced two decades ago, successive generations have clearly been – on average – even more capable. As Bob Wehle often observed, “If they are not, you’re doing something wrong”.

Continuous improvement and reduced variability of the phenotype is accelerated when breeding only superior, complimentary individuals within a homogeneous gene pool, or “family”. Random, indiscriminate breeding with a restricted gene pool, conversely, results in the inevitable decline of the phenotype. It is, therefore, imperative that practitioners of line breeding possess comprehensive knowledge of individual and family characteristics, critically evaluate breeding stock, and “know what good looks like” . The Superior Pointers breeding program reflects sixty years of experience with pointing dogs, including decades spent observing multiple Bird Dog Hall of Fame enshrined canine performers in major circuit FDSB/AFTCA recognized field trial competition.

Our thoughtfully crafted breeding’s are informed by experience, and guided by exacting standards. The dogs that we use are all exceptional representatives of their breed and bloodline, and exhibit the very best pure Elhew companion gun dog genetics. While such genetics are a generally reliable indicator of anticipated soundness, conformation, temperament, and performance characteristics, they are not an absolute, infallible predictor. Every dog used in the Superior Pointers breeding program is, therefore, critically evaluated to confirm that they are physically and temperamentally sound, and accomplished on wild birds. It is these exemplary wild bird handling credentials which, we believe, differentiates the Superior Pointers breeding program from many others.The eight equally promising spring 2022 breedings detailed below represent a continued refinement of our proven breeding strategy, and will yield the overall best Elhew companion gun dogs that we have ever produced. Early reservations are recommended.

2022 Planned Litters

Striking Elhew Mack x Striking Elhew Katie - Whelped on December 2nd, 2021. All are sold.
Striking Elhew Axel x Striking Elhew Moxie - Whelped January 1st, 2022. All are sold.
Striking Elhew Axel x Striking Elhew Josephine - Whelped February 2nd 2022. All are sold.
Hot Elhew Frank's Sauce x Hot Elhew Pace Picante - Expected in July, 2022
Striking Elhew Bo x Striking Elhew Darby - Expected in April, 2023
Striking Elhew Axel x Striking Elhew Lola - Expected late May, 2022
Striking Elhew Odin x Regan's Elhew Pixie - Expected late July, 2022
Hot Elhew Frank's Sauce x Hot Elhew Cholula - Expected in July, 2022


Mack x Katie

Mack

Striking Elhew Mack

Katy

Striking Elhew Katie

Striking Elhew Mack, Superior Pointers foundation sire, is considered by many knowledgeable students of the Elhew bloodline to be the most prepotent Elhew companion gun dog sire since Elhew Mr. McGoo. Mack’s outstanding conformation, ideal temperament, and exemplary performance characteristics have had an unparalleled, positive impact on the Elhew totem in the last two decades. This frozen semen breeding offers the Elhew enthusiast a rare opportunity to acquire a direct Mack daughter.

Katie, a beautiful Striking Elhew Rex daughter, and Mack granddaughter, has produced exceptional pups by both Mack sons and double grandsons, and is a proven producer of accomplished gun dogs in her own right. She is well made, exudes class on the ground and on game, and has had over a thousand pheasants shot over her points. Katie is a litter sister to Lola.

This special frozen semen breeding of Mack to an outstanding granddaughter will exceed the expectations of the most discriminating companion gun dog devotee and Elhew enthusiast. These pups will be companion gun dogs of uncommon natural ability, and worthy of heading up any kennel, or breeding program. Eight females – three black, three orange, and two liver - whelped December 2nd. will be raised in Garrett, Indiana by Katie’s attentive owner, Andy Giegold.


Axel x Moxie

Axel

Striking Elhew Axel

Moxie

Striking Elhew Moxie

Axel is an impressive double Mack grandson with the conformation, temperament, and performance characteristics required of a breeding quality dog. Moxie is a well made, fast, athletic, young female with an excellent temperament. As shown in the above photo, she backs naturally with admirable style and intensity. Both Axel and Moxie are well proven on multiple species of wild birds.

These two fine young dogs represent the best of the current generation of Superior Pointers. This promising litter will, on paper, be the genetic equivalent of direct Striking Elhew Mack offspring, but with the greater genetic diversity of four – rather than a single – maternal lines. These promising pups will be whelped and raised in Bethel, Minnesota by Tim and Michele Olsen, Moxie’s devoted owners. All four colors are anticipated.


Axel x Jo

Axel

Striking Elhew Axel

Josephine

Striking Elhew Josephine

Axel is a handsome, 56-pound double grandson of Superior Pointers’ foundation sire, Striking Elhew Mack. He is a classy, athletic, attractively gaited dog, and is well proven on seven species of wild birds. Axel’s first two litters have proven to be quite precocious.

Jo is a fast, athletic, powerful, well made, 50 pound female with a smooth, fluid gait, who is captivating on the ground, and on game. She runs with a high head and high, cracking tail, and hunts ambitiously. Jo is equally proficient on forest and prairie grouse. She is a double Mack granddaughter.

Superior Pointers’ prepotent foundation sire, Striking Elhew Mack, appears four times in the third generation of this impressive pedigree. These pups will be, “on paper”, the genetic equivalent of direct Mack offspring. Their genetic diversity, as compared to direct Mack offspring is, however, enhanced by the incorporation of four exemplary female lines, rather than just one. This promising litter will be whelped and raised in Bayfield, Wisconsin. All four colors are possible.


Frank x Pace

Frank

Hot Elhew Frank's Sauce

Pace

Hot Elhew Pace Picante

Frank is a well-made, exciting young male with a great temperament, and smooth, fluid stride, who “floats over the country”. His exemplary pure Elhew genetics represent a concentration of Striking Elhew Mack “blood”, and he exhibits his illustrious sire’s most admirable characteristics. That Frank will be a prepotent sire, is preordained.

Pace is an industrious hunter and proficient bird finder with a great temperament who adjusts to any terrain, and who is equally accomplished on pheasants and quail. She is squarely built, moves attractively, and handles effortlessly. Her intelligent, forward quartering pattern is genetic, and will be exhibited by her progeny.

The pure Elhew genetics of this breeding are primarily influenced by the Elhew Strike x Elhew Kiwi “blood” proven to produce companion gun dogs of uncommon natural ability. This promising litter will be whelped and raised in McRae, Arkansas by Pace’s justifiably proud owner, Josh Atkins. Mostly black pups are expected, with liver and orange a possibility.


Bo x Darby

Bo

Striking Elhew Bo

Darby

Striking Elhew Darby

Bo is a powerful, fast, athletic, 65 pound, hard running male who hunts ambitiously. and has proven equally proficient on seven species of wild birds. Bo is a frozen semen son of Pal’s Maverick, who is by 6x grouse champion Autumn Elhew Gold, out of 4x grouse champion – and 2x Grand National Grouse Champion – Elhew Autumn Whisper. He is, thus, “bred in the purple” and is uncommonly close up to Elhew Mr. McGoo and his incomparable sire, Elhew Strike. Bo’s dam, Gypsy, is one of the finest females that Mack ever produced, and the dam of Regan, Lu, Thor, and Kit – all exceptional wild bird dogs.

Darby is a beautiful, well made, athletic, 46 pound young female accomplished on multiple species of wild birds. She is classy on the ground and on point, adjusts to any terrain, and handles kindly. Darby is a daughter of Striking Elhew Rex, the most proficient ruffed grouse dog that Superior Pointers has owned.

This litter is rich in the Elhew Strike x Elhew Kiwi genetics proven to produce exceptional companion gun dogs. One does not often see this much McGoo “blood” in a pedigree and, particularly, this close up. This promising litter will be whelped and raised by Darby’s devoted owners, Brian and Amy Johnson, in Bay City, Michigan. Black, liver, and orange pups are expected.


Axel x Lola

Axel

Striking Elhew Axel

Lola

Striking Elhew Lola

Axel is a well made, fast, athletic, 56 pound male with a compliant temperament, who handles kindly and exhibits an appropriate range in all terrain. He produces good looking, precocious pups.

Lola is a classy, fast, athletic, exciting young 46 pound female who exhibits exceptional style on the ground, and on game. She is equally accomplished on both prairie grouse, and pheasants.

This impressive litter pedigree, rich in the Elhew Strike x Elhew Kiwi genetics which Bob Wehle regularly noted produced his best gun dogs, represents the best of the Superior Pointers companion gun dog breeding program. These promising pups will be whelped and raised in Plankinton, South Dakota by Lola’s devoted owners, Scott and Stacy Flatt. Black, liver, and orange pups are anticipated.


Odin x Regan

Odin

Striking Elhew Odin

Regan

Regan's Elhew Pixie

Odin is a well made, solidly built, athletic 55-pound male who is thoroughly proven on seven species of wild birds. He is – like his sire, Striking Elhew Rex – an uncommonly proficient bird finder.

Regan is a beautiful 46-pound female with a compliant temperament, who is accomplished on multiple species of wild birds. She is especially proficient on ruffed grouse. Regan is a litter sister to Lu, Kit, and Thor.

Superior Pointers’ prepotent foundation sire, Striking Elhew Mack, appears four times in the third generation of this impressive litter pedigree. These pups will, “on paper” be the genetic equivalent of direct Mack offspring. Their genetic diversity is, however, enhanced by virtue of the incorporation of four exemplary female lines, rather than just a single. This promising litter will be whelped and raised in Winchester, Virginia by Regan’s justifiably proud owners, Kevin and Julie Shanabrook. Pups will be liver, and dark orange with brown pigmentation.


Frank x Lu

Frank

Hot Elhew Frank's Sauce

Lu

Hot Elhew Cholula

Frank is a fast, athletic, well made 52-pound young male with a confident, yet compliant, temperament. He is the product of a frozen semen breeding of Striking Elhew Mack to an outstanding Rex daughter, and Mack granddaughter. Frank, like his illustrious sire, will undoubtedly prove to be an unusually prepotent stud dog.

Lu is a quick, athletic, hard running 46-pound female, and an especially proficient bird finder. She is as attractive on the ground, as she is on point. Lu is a litter sister to Regan, Kit, and Thor.

This breeding concentrates the genetics of Superior Pointers’ foundation sire, Striking Elhew Mack, coveted by so many knowledgeable students of the Elhew bloodline. These promising pups will be whelped and raised in McRae, Arkansas by Lu’s devoted owner, Josh Atkins. Black, liver, and orange pups are expected.