We prefer that you pick up your puppy in person, but we will ship to some locations, for some people, during certain times of the year. We can use Alaska Air and sometimes Delta out of Montana's larger cities. We will not ship to companion homes to any of the southern states, but we will always offer shipping options to competition homes, ESSFTA members, and of course, people we personally know or have purchased a puppy from us before. We use a flat rate that varies between $500 - $650 depending on what airline we use - it includes shipping fee, crate/bedding/water cups, health certificate and all misc. travel costs.
All Hellfire hunting companion and pet puppies, both ESS and Sussex, are sold with AKC Limited Registration and a non-breeding purchase agreement/warranty.
We do not give breeding options on companion dogs and they are expected to be spayed/neutered by age 2 years old.
All field performance and conformation breeding prospects, are co-owned with us, no exceptions. Our warranty for both breeds is for 4 years (with pet insurance).
If you have never purchased a puppy from us before, a screening questionnaire/puppy application is required to be filled out in order to be considered for a litter list. We ask questions about your work, ages of your human and pet family, and housing/fencing situation. We want to make sure we are the right breeder for you, and that you will provide one of our puppies with the best and safest home we can find. We give preference to people that have purchased a puppy from us before and people who compete in AKC sports.
We accept a limited number of $300 deposits (usually just 4-5 per litter) and use a "wait and see list" for everyone beyond that. Deposits are sometimes transferable to another litter, are always refundable in the event there are not enough puppies, or as we deem necessary. They are NOT refundable if you change your mind for any reason, find another puppy along the way, or don't want to wait for the litter to be born. We do not ordinarily accept deposits for Sussex puppies.
We use well established science based puppy rearing, enrichment and socialization methods. Our puppies are matched to families, not "picked" through pictures. We begin temperament testing at week 4, and placement matching is based on a process done over an observation period of weeks. We have been breeding a long time, your input certainly matters to us, we want you to love your puppy, but ultimately the breeder knows best.
Our puppies are released at week 9-10 weeks old, when they are the most developmentally ready to leave.
Our springer puppies are in the $1500- $1800 range, depending on the sire we use and if we fly out a bitch to be bred. Prices are the same for males and females. Special breedings with irreplaceable frozen semen, or National Champions, will drive up our normal prices into the $1800-$2000 range. Welcome to the 21st Century.
Note: Our puppies are entirely home raised. They are born on soft clean bedding in our whelping room, and they are not raised in a kennel or on sawdust or straw! They start using a doggy door to go outside and potty around 4.5 weeks old, and have full time access to their own very large private yard.
People who have purchased a dog from us are always welcome to stop by and say hi, we love our puppy families! However, we do NOT allow visitors when we have a litter of puppies on the ground. We have added Puppy TV and our litters are livestreamed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so you can check on their progress, as often as you want. Keep in mind that our home is a private residence, not a business, and we have some rules: We do not allow spur of the moment drop ins, and no strangers - people who have not filled out a puppy application. Sorry, it's not being rude or evasive, it's being cautious and smart. If you haven't met us a dog event, and have a special request, or would like to see a certain dog, puppy parents, we'd be happy to accommodate through video and photos.
Our puppy tails are docked to proper FIELD length, which means at least 2/3 of the tail is left on. Strong front dew claws are left on both our ESS and Sussex puppies (UK and Euro style), rear dew claws are always removed to prevent tearing. Science has shown front dews strengthen the leg and prevent foot and wrist arthritis as a dog ages, and aid in running and turning...they actually use them!
Sussex Spaniels are a rare breed riddled with many reproductive challenges. They are bred through AI's, whelp with C-Sections, can have a high neonatal mortality rate and stay with me much longer than the springer puppies. We only breed finished champions that are fully health screened, and our puppies are socialized and enriched using Puppy Culture techniques, the same way our springers are. Our puppy prices vary between $2800-$3000. All of our parents and puppies have their eyes, hearts and ears screened by SPECIALISTS. A puppy application is required before one is considered for our litter list. We have a page just for Sussex information to read prior to contacting us.
Safety first! After having a close encounter with parvovirus, we have changed our conservative vaccine protocols to a more aggressive plan and have added NeoPar vaccine as puppies start weaning, and the NeoVac DPv (Distemper/Parvo) vaccine at 8 weeks. No puppies leave our home, not even for vet check ups, without being vaccinated first. Hellfire puppies are released at 10-12 weeks old...no exceptions to this.
Gun dogs, performance dogs and active lifestyle pets aren't like regular companion dogs. What they do and the drive they have can put them in harm's way. Injuries, accidents, weed awns, viruses, allergies happen and we are strongly suggesting pet insurance for our puppy owners. We've even built it into our purchase contract and have increased the warranty to 4 years, for dogs that continue on with pet insurance coverage.
Hellfire Kennels is an approved Trupanion Breeder - what this means is that our puppies go home with seasonal starter kit and a health insurance policy that is activated with our kennel's special breeder code 24 hours before or after they leave our home. (Note: Puppies residing in FL and NY require additional Trupanion accommodations.) There is NO financial benefit to us for offering this to our puppy families other than the peace of mind that our puppies will receive excellent pet care after they leave our home.
Overview of the Go Home Day Offer:
• 30 days of coverage with no obligation
• Immediate coverage, waiting periods are waived
• $250 deductible, applies per condition for the lifetime of the pet
• 90% coverage with no limits on what we pay out
• Vet Direct Pay
• Coverage for any new injuries or illnesses (more information about Trupanion online)
Hellfire field bred english springer spaniels
The grain free trend is over. Hellfire puppies are not to be fed grain free foods, especially Taste of the Wild, Zignature and Acana. The FDA has issued three warnings showing the relationship between certain dog food brands and canine heart disease.
The 16 brands the FDA has listed for causing heart disease in dogs: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/29/us/dog-food-heart-disease-fda.html
NOTE: Hellfire puppies and adult dogs are fed all life stages food called Victor High Pro Plus Active Dogs and Puppies. Both Victor and Taste of the Wild (new!) have formulas with gluten free "ancient grains" like sorghum and millet. Until research pinpoints the root cause of the grain free issue, it's best to avoid all grain free foods, period.