Versatile hunters and winners don't just happen. It takes a well-bred versatile dog from proven lines to rise to the challenge. That's where we come in.


HEARTS ON FIRE IS A NAVHDA REGISTERED KENNEL.  WE ARE A SMALL KENNEL WHOSE FOCUS IS ON DUAL PERFORMANCE DOGS...GERMAN SHORTHAIRS AND BRACCO ITALIANOS.  WE BREED AND MAKE MATCHES BASED ON PROVEN LINEAGES WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL ABILITY, INTELLIGENCE, PREY DRIVE AS WELL AS CONFORMATION, BUT STILL ARE CALM AND CONGENIAL FAMILY MEMBERS.  WE ARE HUNTERS THAT ENJOY HUNTING OVER THESE STELLAR DOGS. THIS GIVES US MORE FUN IN THE FIELD AS WELL AS MORE GAME. BELIEVING IN THE PHILOSOPHY THAT A DOG'S FORM = THEIR FUNCTION, WE ACTIVELY TEST OUR DOGS IN THE NAVHDA AND AKC SYSTEMS. OUR DOG'S GENETICS ARE IMPORTANT AND WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT ALL OUR SIRES AND DAMS HAVE BEEN TESTED AND ALL HAVE OFA GOOD HIP AND NORMAL ELBOWS.  WE ALSO TEST EYES AND CARDIAC THROUGH OFA, CERF FOLLOWING THE BREED'S MOTHER CLUB'S RECOMMENDATIONS.


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German Shorthairs & Bracco Italianos

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HEARTS ON FIREShorthairs are from NAVHDA lines.  I was very fortunate to get both of my Dams, V and JUJU, from a gentle and giant of a man, Jim "DOC" Rieser and are 100%  Shooting Starr.  My GSP Stud, Gunther, is of Shooting Starr lineage with an outcross mixed in from Feather Hill's Kennel, Marengo IN..  They are full of natural ability, intelligence,  drive and are delightful companion dogs fitting right in to the family.  Even though they are easily trainable, they literally think the problem through and solve it on their own.  So you need to be smarter than one of these awesome dogs to be their hunt buddies. They only way they will not succeed will be due to handler error........because the breeding is dead on.  I have had a relationship with German Shorthairs for over 40 years.  My first ones came from the original German imports of Arrak Von Heisterholz and Gretchen von Grief......first time I took that offspring into the field, I was 18 and could not have been more impressed. Without any training, when he first went on point at a great distance, I walked up and there he was on a hard point and quail were weaving a path in and around his legs.........he NEVER broke point until I flushed the birds and shots were fired.......I WAS SOLD ON THE GSP..........and I still am.


HEARTS ON FIRE BRACCOS are from an old lineage from Denmark and Hungary.  We work in cooperation with L'ANGELO D'ORO KENNEL in creating a old world lineage of bracco to the States.  Braccos are an original and ancient breed dating back to the 4th-5th century BC.   This rare breed is Italian and is a Versatile Pointing Breed that is gaited.  This allows them to work the fields longer.  We felt this was a great combination as GSPs are like the Thoroughbred and the Braccos are like a Walking Horse.  The balance in the field is very nice.  These dogs will easily find their way into your heart and home as well as into your kennel by their very expressive nature. I first met one about 4 years ago in my Navhda chapter and knew after getting to know Vittoria that one day they would  be in my pack and home.  They are easy going and reserved, but put them in the field or on a track and they become all business!  We affectionately call them "LONG EARS".  I have become family with Lisbeth Bo Strunck, founder of L'Angelo D'Oro Kennel.  Working closely together, we are preserving the common goal of the old Bracco Italiano in Denmark as well as here in the USA. In 2017, Hearts On Fire is bringing in to our lineage old bracco lines from another part of Europe.  Anouncement coming in April of 2017. 


Breeding & Testing Versatile hunting dogs

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