Category Archives: Breedings/Litters

July Puppies

We have been very busy here raising Belle’s litter born on July 14th. The pups are now 5 weeks old and doing great! Heads are taking shape, color and pigment is coming in nicely and the personalities are really starting to show. We have 7 pups, 5 females and 2 males. We currently have one male available to a hunting-companion home, if you are interested, please email me at

New Litter Summer 2016 at Classic Setters

We will have a new litter out of Classic Russian Blue bred  to Classic Max’s Ellie.  Ellie is due to whelp the end of June or beginning of July.  It is a repeat of a breeding that produced excellent pups.  Both parents have been extensively hunted on wild birds and have OFA certification with a good rating.  Our setter, Fiona, out of Hazel (Ellie’s sister) bred to Blue has an excellent rating.

Our breeding program emphasizes natural hunting ability, good conformation,  health and longevity, and biddability.   Our focus from the early 1980’s has been to line breed Ryman and Old Hemlock bloodlines with strategic outcrosses to foot hunting type Llewellyn line setters.  These outcrosses have produced some of our best dogs and when they have been line bred back into our lines have produced remarkably uniform litters with the traits we are looking for.  We believe it is essential to have periodic outcrosses to increase genetic diversity to maintain a line over the more than 30 years we have had these setters.

Our dogs begin hunting ruffed grouse and woodcock but we hunt pheasants, prairie grouse and quail as well.  They generally begin hunting after only basic obedience training and quickly begin pointing and retrieving when exposed to birds.  Since they are so easy to handle, you can adjust their range to remain close in grouse and woodcock covers and let them open up on the prairies.

For more information on our new litter go to our website:  If you have any questions please e-mail:

July Litter

I am very excited to announce that we had a successful breeding of Belle, our four year old blue belton on May 15th.

The offspring of two grouse dogs, Belle has proven herself on grouse and woodcock over the last four seasons and just about everything she does is natural. Before her first season, she was exposed to only a few training birds, her natural instincts came out right away. Her first trip of the season was in the grouse woods and within fifteen minutes out of the truck she pointed her first grouse as well as other great points that day, and overall her first season was remarkable. During her second season, she learned to walk running birds and started retreiving on her own. She hunts at what I consider a medium range, very athletic, checks in naturally and is very cool headed when it comes to handling birds. Belle is 56 lbs, hips OFA excellent, elbows OFA good, thyroid normal.

Belle was bred to Dark Hollow Jeter (Jet), an orange belton grouse dog from Pennsylvania. Jeter is 60lbs, very well conformed, hips OFA Good and has strong natural retrieving instincts.

We are not taking any more deposits for puppies at this time, pending whelping to know litter size and gender ratio. However, if you are interested please email me at


Spring Litter at Firelight

Our close friends, Warren & Roni Coleman of Vermont, have entrusted us with breeding and raising a litter from their Dixie. Dixie is a daughter of my late, beloved Tweed. Dixie spends most of her hunting time pursuing ruffs in New England but she and Warren also join us each fall for hunting time in Montana and Kansas so we are second home to her. The week of Feb 22nd Dixie is being bred to October Mountain Heath from October Setters. Both are OFA excellent and strong grouse dogs. We had previously bred Dixie’s sister to Heath and were so pleased with the pups and feel this litter should be just as nice. We are not taking any more reservations for puppies at this time, pending whelping to know litter size and gender ratio.

Dixie laying

Upcoming litters

We plan to have two litters of Old Hemlock Setters this spring.  One will be in Duluth, Minnesota . We are breeding Aaron Hislop’s Old Hemlock Blue Sky to Scott Hanshue’s  Old Hemlock Copper. This will be a blue belton bred to and orange belton. The other litter will be in Templeton, Mass. We will be breeding Karen and Jim Killay’s Old Hemlock Miss Kathryn.  We are waiting for the health clearances on the sire, which have been submitted to OFA . This litter will be all orange beltons since the sire and Katie are both orange.  We are accepting $200 deposits on these litters which will be applied to the purchase price of $1000.  Puppies will be available at 8 weeks of age and will picked up where they are whelped. If interested please call 740-567-3569 or contact me, Roger Brown, at