Toby is one of those rare gems we all hope to own someday. His work ethic is unmatched - there just isn't anything that he hates learning to do.
His lifetime achievement and accomplishments are significant. He was 2013 January OFA Champion of Health and in 2014 was awarded the ESSFTA Versatile Springer Award, making him one of the few field trial dogs to ever earn it. (One of the few others is a dog I bred). He won the ESSFTA Multi-Title Medallion twice and even surpised me by winning 2012 Novice Obedience Dog of the Year, beating out all the show dogs! Although he wasn't always a team player in the field, he was never a quitter and still qualified for many National Championships. Toby is also the only field trial champion, of any breed to earn an AKC VCD (Versatile Companion Dog). On top of all that he was an amazing gundog and hunted wild Montana roosters into his 13th year! Best of all he is a very affectionate couch potato and the best buddy ever.
Toby was only bred a few times, but he has been a successful sire producing a handful of kids who easily achieved Master Hunter titles and several noteworthy field trial winning offspring, including Checkers (2010 #1 US High Point Puppy), FC AFC BCR's Back in the Saddle (Second place @ 2011 National Amateur Championship) and FC AFTW Paragons Macks of Hellfire (COM @ 2016 National Open Championship). His kids can be very smart and very high drive, not for the faint of heart!
Toby died as I knew he would - perfectly healthy one day, then gone the next after a massive stroke. Thankfully, we have frozen semen saved away for the future. He truly is a very special guy and a lovely representative of what field springers can do.
Toby is fully health tested with normal OFA certifications for heart, thyroid, eyes, DNA and hips.