Dakota

Dakota was retrieving at 8 weeks old and live birds (pigeons) at 10 weeks old. Dakota excelled through all of his training, finding tossed scented bumpers in high grass he quickly knew to use his nose and the wind. The dummy launcher that used 22 caliber blanks making the sound of a shot when fired from a distance, he never paused in his retrieve only excitement would build in him. At 5 months old Dakota was retrieving shot pheasants. While in western South Dakota, at 6 1/2 months Dakota found, flushed and retrieved pheasants like 5 year dog that would make any owner happy, especially the downed roosters that buried themselves in thick cattails. In January 2014 at 8 1/2 months old Dakota competed against Springers and Labs of all ages in Ohio Pheasants Forever Hunt Challenge and won it, he is the smarted English Springer I've known with extremely strong hunt prey drive and at home is personable loving attention. Dakota at 10 months old is 17 3/4" tall and weighs 43 pounds, once fully mature he will likely weigh 48 to 50 pounds.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

To win Ohio Pheasants Forever State Hunt Challenge is a very nice accomplishment for any dog especially given the line up of excellent upland bird dogs competing. For an eight month old puppy to win it like Dakota did is very impressive and I've never heard of any pup ever winning it.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

At only 10 months old Dakota gets another win at Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association 2017 Upland Hunt Challenge held 03/02/2017 at Brier Oak Hunt Club near Bellevue OH.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

There were 40+ entries dogs of all ages and out of State competitors and Dakota beat them all for another 1st place at only 11 months old. Dakota has competed in three Hunt Challenges and has three 1st place, his first win at 8 months old and this one at 11 months old against dogs of all ages.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota at less than 1 year old and he has been at 4 competitions and has won at every event.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

May 2017 a Hunt Challenge with the Ruffed Grouse Society Le Grand Traverse Chapter with 34 entries. Different rules at this Hunt Challenge and still an excellent performance by Dakota at only 12 months old a 2nd place. Chukars were used for the event and Dakota quickly winds them with his nose.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota at ten weeks doing retrieves at the breeder in Minnesota

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota at 12 weeks old calm assessing things

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

At five months old Dakota retrieving pheasants.

Video of Dakota at 10 weeks old

Video of Dakota at 2 months old

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Most of the pheasants were flushed & shot out of cattails. Sometimes we got lucky as they were flying out the birds dropped in a field but most of the time the pheasants dropped in the cattails making them difficult to find.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Those eyes say it all "hunt prey drive".

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota licking his chops after a retrieve.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

I believe this retrieve Dakota has a partridge.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Some repositioning apparently was needed as Dakota gets a better hold of the rooster before completing his retrieve.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota finds any upland birds to include Grey Partridge they were fast flying as the grabbed the South Dakota winds. I was only able to drop one and Dakota so easily finds and retrieves he makes it such a pleasure to watch. In all the years hunting out west this was the first covey of Partridge that the dogs ever flushed and Dakota will ensure any bird shot goes into the game bag.
Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Pictured left Dakota an awesome English Springer Spaniel with his nose down checking the days harvest of pheasants.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota 5 1/2 months surveying things on the Cheyenne Sioux Indian Reservation in western South Dakota, he did a great job on hardy wild pheasants finding, flushing and retrieving.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota at 7 months old on a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt, he has an extremely strong hunt prey drive he loves to get them birds and is big on retrieves.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota at 7 months old on a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt, he has an extremely strong hunt prey drive he loves to get them birds and is big on retrieves.
Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Pheasant hunting December 24, 2016 Dakota enjoying holding a pheasant.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

In the 6 pictures above Dakota is on a late December pheasant and continued to find, flush & retrieve every shot pheasant, he is quite the upland bird dog.
Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

On Dakota's first ever quail hunt March 2017 he easily scented the quail finding them, flushing and retrieving shot quail. Dakota proudly holds a quail in the photo.
Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

April 2017 Dakota pictured retrieving a Chukar, Dakota so readily scents any upland game and finds and flushes them. Dakota was training for an upland Hunt Challenge out of State that used Chukars and since Dakota has never been hunted on Chukars I thought it would be wise to do so at least once before the competition. Also pictured above is a Chukar.
Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Early May 2017 cold, raining and very windy did not matter to Dakota he was excellent in the field.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota and I waiting our turn to compete at a Ruffed Grouse Society Hunt Challenge.

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota Springer
Dakota - AKC English Springer Spaniels

Dakota holding two Chukars in his mouth in the picture where he is standing. The picture where Dakota is sitting he is holding three Chukars in his mouth.