Castiron Kennels D-Litter

Manitou des Terres D’Argos and Castiron Cleo vom Helmriegel

whelp date: 22Dec22
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Manitou des Terres D’Argos (Manny)

Manny, our foundation sire, came to us from Eric Chivot in France. He is a rugged, muscular hunter whose strength allows him to take on all types of cover with ease. Manny shows a good bit of independence in the field, actively seeking out areas where there’s a high likelihood of birds. He’s also a great family dog who is very chill in the house. He has successfully passed those characteristics on to his offspring. See the gallery below for pix of prior Manny/Cleo litters.

Castiron Cleo vom Helmriegel (Cleo)

We typically describe Cleo, our foundation dam, as a “beast afield and a couch potato in the house.” Exceptionally intelligent, last year Cleo taught herself a very successful method for hunting NoDak cattail sloughs. She will run outside the cattails about 50-75 yards, hop into the slough and hunt her way back to us, effectively pinching and pinning birds. Cleo always appears to be “smiling” when hunting, but she equally enjoys just hanging out on the couch with us at night. This will be her third and final litter.

Manny/Cleo A-Litter

Manny/Cleo B-Litter

At Castiron Kennels our goal is finding Picardy Spaniels that will expand the gene pool in North America, and also maintain the breed standard. We want to help establish a self-sustaining population of Picardy Spaniels in North America and to produce pups that meet our definition of “the perfect” Picardy Spaniel for North American hunters.  We’ve been fortunate enough to work with breeders around the world to acquire cooperative Picardy Spaniels with excellent genetics and solid hunting instincts. Dogs that would complement the gene pool in North America and be best suited for North American hunters. Manny is from Eric Chivot in France. Cleo came to us from Di Nadolph in Austria. Remi, our second female, is from Todd & Wendy Shury in Canada. And Whiskey, our youngest female, came to us from Laura Giovannini in Germany.

Ric, Ellen and their Picardy Pack live in New Glarus, WI, just 25 minutes southwest of Madison. An avid hunter, Ric has owned, trained and hunted Gordon Setters, Small Munsterlanders, and for the past 6 years, Picardy Spaniels. Ellen has an extensive background in animal genetics and a PhD in Reproductive Physiology. She bred and trained Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs prior to Picardy Spaniels.