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SSJ Farm and the Florida German Shorthair Clubs will host several training events and AKC Hunt tests. These events are open to all pointing breeds and offer opportunities for you to learn from others and spend more time with your dog in the field.

Information for these events may be found at, or on SSJ Farm's Facebook page. For additional information, contact Cheryl Applebaum 813-910-2389 or


Nothing is more enjoyable than hunting over your own dog. If you enjoy wingshooting and have had the opportunity to shoot quail, chukar, pheasant or any game bird, you know what a joy it is. If you would like to multiply that enjoyment, get your own bird dog.
The decision to take the step toward owning your own hunting dog should not be taken lightly. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered before bringing home the new dog. If you are thinking about venturing into the wonderful world of bird hunting dogs, be sure to do your homework.
In addition to considering the time, energy and cost of dog ownership, the choice of breed is an important decision. Just as someone prefers a Chevy over a Ford, they also have ideas about the different breeds available. There is also the question, flushing, pointing or retrieving breed. When doing your due diligence in researching a hunting breed, read a lot about the different breeds, go to breed websites, visit kennels, and talk to a lot of hunting dog owners. There are field trials that showcase many of the dog breeds. Owners are more than happy to tell you about their dog.
Lastly, remember the dog is a full time responsibility that last for a decade or more. Please do your homework and select the right dog for the right situation and you.