SUMMER   2016  SAUK   RIVER   LITTERS
PUPS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY:
posted June 14th, 2016
We have no pups ready to go home at this time.
First available pups are listed below.
All yellow litter   due ...  July 24th,   2016 .
SAUK RIVER   BOZ     x
SAUK RIVER AUTUMN
Males         ... $1000    As of  June 14th,   2016         Male # 2  is available
Females      .. $1200    As of  June 14th,   2016          Female # 2  is available
* Please note: prices listed are gundog prices, limited AKC registration is included at this price.   Please call to discuss possible full registration and price with breeding rights.
* Please note: prices listed do not include MN state sales tax of   .06875.   All transactions, including cash transactions made in the state are subject to this tax.  * No Sales tax on dogs shipped out of State via air.
This is a repeat of a very successful pointing litter bred a little over a year ago. Pups hunted hard at an early age. Both genders having nice heads, and a good upland cut to their bodies.
females run 55-60 lbs. Males about 70-75 lbs.
Families report that although the dogs work hard. They have an "off" switch. and are very livable dogs at home.
Was born here, and trained here.   He is a the brother of our logo dog... Tess.
Boz is owned by a gentleman in Brandon, MN who hunts Boz on waterfowl and Pheasants
Boz's two grandmothers are our two foundation females here at Sauk river. He is good!.
He has the lean athletic cut of his Father Phoenix.
A perfect upland cut, with a deep chest and medium feet.
Boz is a 70 lb athlete.
Once he points, it is difficult to move him off point.
He is one of the strongest pointing labs I have worked with in terms of desire, point, and endurance.
He marks like a lab should, and is very strong in the water.
AUTUMN...( pedigree )     is a a beautiful female who is owned by a local couple
Soft temperament. Very people focused. Unsually intense bird interest. Autumn reminds me of our "Tess"
She is an ideal cross for Boz.
I have trained several of Autumn's pups.
They have been outstanding.
Boz is a Phoenix and Misty pup. The video is shot after his 1st pheasant season
We aren't hunting.   Just walking.
Boz hits only the upwind edge of the scent cone with wind quartering away from him.   Not a real satisfying point, but enough to see that his instinct is quite good.
Today, Boz is so staunch that it is difficult to move him off point.
Below are two videos of a Boz x Ebony pup which I trained this spring.   In the first video, Emmet is about 6 months old.   He is just tuning in to birds. Emmet points at about 25 yards off the bird.   He is not quite in the actual scent cone.   Emmet proceeds to stalk the bird on the edge of the scent cone.   The second video was taken by Emmet's owner on pickup day about 2 weeks later.   Emmett does well for a young dog.
Video 1.    Neat footage of a long stalk with several lock-ups. I believe this was the 5th bird experience for this Ebony pup... and his first shot bird. Puppy stuff.
As you will see he handles the situation like a young pointing dog :) !   Good instinct, but Somewhat comical to watch. Big training mistake by me on the first video. Did you catch it?
I need some duct tape for my mouth ( and a launcher that has the receiver plugged in. )
2015 / 2016:   SAUK RIVER PRICES:
*Our prices are "gundog" prices. We have intentionally set prices below market value as a service to our customers.   Dogs sold at this price are sold with a limited AKC registration as "non-breeding dogs".
If you are interested in breeding your dog,   please inquire about price.   Thank you.
*Litters sired by a stud outside of our kennel will carry a price that reflects the stud fee and travel involved.
*Purchasers please note: The prices above do not include...
MN state sales tax of   0.07375   applies to all pups and started dogs.
No Sales tax charged on dogs shipped out of State via airline.   All transactions made in the state are subject to the sales tax.
Our 2016 prices should again allow most hunters to look at obtaining a pointing labrador from the Sauk River program.
PRA and EIC Testing for Sauk River Foundation Dogs
We continue to move toward PRA / HIP / ELBOW / CERF / EIC clearances on all parents by direct test or (for PRA / EIC ) by parental test.
(outcross studs may still be used without certain clearances.)
During 2008 Sauk River Retrievers began genetic tests to screen for EIC, and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) in our foundation dogs.
Optigen has a genetic test for the mutant prcd gene which causes progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) in Labrador Retrievers..
The prdc gene is the only known mode of inheritance for PRA in labrador retrievers. The optigen test complements annual CERF exams. The optigen test will pick up carrier dogs that CERF tests can not detect. The optigen prcd test will
also find definitive results at a much earlier age than would a CERF exam where even affected dogs may not show visible symptoms of PRA til after they reach beeding age.
Sauk River Retrievers is committed to
our new puppy owners and providing the most valuable information that we can reasonably provide. The tests are not cheap and we can't perform all genetic tests. However, we are monitoring and choosing tests which make sense for our owners.
Sauk River Retrievers will not be producing any litters in 2015 / 2016 with a chance of EIC affected dogs.
There is no need for our puppy owners to worry about testing their Sauk River puppy for EIC
Sauk River Selected Breedings 2016
2015 again saw nearly all Sauk River Pups spoken for prior to the whelp. We know that many of you waited up to a year for your pup.
Jane and I appreciate your trust in what we are doing. We know that it will be worth the wait.
We value your feedback. We have spent time in the field with new dogs nearly every day this year this year. There are some exciting new options coming up.
Jane and I will continue to evaluate and select options for obtaining a Sauk River Pointing Lab in 2016.
To reserve a Sauk River Pointing Lab puppy in 2015 / 2016... Send a $200 deposit. The balance is due when your pup goes home.
We can safely ship pups all over the world and are glad to make arrangements for you. Call or e-mail David or Jane for details.
If pre-whelp deposits have filled, ask about getting on the waiting list for extra pups.
The Sauk River Breeding program: A Service to Hunters. Sauk River Retrievers is committed to providing Premier Gundogs at a price that the general public can afford.
Price doesn't determine quality. Titles don't determine quality. Genes and rearing practices determine quality. Selecting quality traits is our #1 service to our new owners. Anyone can count GMPR's and FC's in a pedigree.
We make every effort to stay true to finding the dogs with the traits that hunters value. Dogs that people will be successful with. That means we buy and evaluate a lot of dogs each year. We also see dogs from all over the country.
in our training program. By working with dogs from breeding programs throughout the country, we certainly have an increased ability to evaluate what is really good in the pointing lab world. That's what
the Sauk River program is about. Selecting the best genetics in the PL world. You get what you breed for, not what you pay for. We aren't afraid to purchase dogs with no titles, or breed to studs with lower titles.
If their traits are better...we want that dog in our program. Sauk River Retrievers is out to provide a service to our new owners. That service is to sort through and select the best possible set of traits for
an outstanding pointing retriever. Sauk River prices may not be as high as some. Rest assured...Your Sauk River Labrador is bred to be a premier gundog.
The Sauk River Rearing / socialization Program: A good thing made better.
As a person who buys many pups each year to evaluate,...I am less concerned about my pick in the litter than in how the pups are reared and socilaized.
Jane is able to spend a great deal of time with our pups...getting them used to positive touch and being handled....spotting any dominance / submissive issues
and regrouping pups accordingly. Pups are exposed to various people, vehicles, obstacles, surfaces, noises...and of course birds.
Jane has become very good at what she does. She is allowing owners to experience an even better start with their young Sauk River pup.
I trust Jane to choose all Sauk River pups right now. You can trust her socialization / early start program for your upcoming puppy.
As 2016 arrives...  We remain proud of our planned breedings.   Jane and I have worked to keep prices within
reach of the majority of hunters.
Our pricing is a committment to the average hunter who wants to access the best Pointing lab breedings in the nation.
If you are looking for breeding stock,   or have plans to breed your dog,   please talk with us about your plans.     We are excited to have some of our pups in other breeding programs. but we will be selective.
Sauk River obtains OFA and CERF certification or prelims on parents.   Pups have shots,   anti-coccida,   anti giardia meds,   Superdog stimulation from
days 3-16,   full socialization,   dews removed.   We back our pups with the     SAUK   RIVER   GUARANTEE.
How deposits work.
Most often, our litters are sold by deposit before the dogs are bred.
* Your deposit is your comittment. It is important that you are sure.
* Your deposit of $200 will be cashed and deposited to keep your records current.
* You must choose to deposit on either a male or female. You may switch gender, but only behind other depositors on the list.
* The deposit counts toward the purchase price of the pup.
* If a pup of the gender you deposited on is not produced... Your deposit is refunded or you can switch it to nother litter.
* The First depositors on male and female may choose their own pup. I will choose for everyone else based
upon traits desired by the depositor. I match pups in the order of deposit. Please send a note with your
deposit. List the gender you chose. List traits in the order of importance.
* Please keep in mind the order of pick has little to do with how great your pup is going to turn out. Much more important is the time you spend with
it after you pick it up and of course the single most important factor is the breeding. We always say if you want a great dog forget color and pick
order and just look at the traits the parents are bringing into the breeding.
example of traits list:
prefer lighter yellow
prefer blocky head
prefer strong chance of pointing
prefer a bold pup
David and Jane Mork,   14062 170th Street.
Osakis, MN 56360.     (320) 859-5463.    firstname.lastname@example.org