About

Chris and John at the 2006 Cocker National

Welcome to DarttWood Kennels!

Our dogs are not our fulltime job – just our fulltime passion.

We are field trialers who also HUNT our dogs!

Current Spaniel count is 9:

  • 8 Cockers and 1 Springer
  • 4 Champions, + 3 field Trial competitors, 2 with multi-Field Trial placements 
  •  3 youngsters are up and coming, at  just 2 years old; and a year and a half,  and 9 months – stay tuned for progress!

We typically breed at least one litter a year, in the Spring if we can make the timing work.

Our puppies are whelped and raised in the house, with lots of attention from us, the neighbor kids who visit daily during puppy time,  our grown kids and grandkids, Chris’s family at our holiday get togethers, and John’s family when we take them to our cabin in Spooner, WI. 

“Dartt Puppies” are very bold and well socialized so they adjust easily when it is time for them to go to their new homes.

(Be sure to click the photo album link to the right – lots of pictures!)

Thanks for sharing our experience!

Chris and John Dartt
31175 Heather St NW

Cambridge, MN  55008

cjdartt@msn.com 

763-689-9626

16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeff France on September 19, 2011 at 17:02

    Do you have any breedings currently planned for next spring?

    Reply

    • Hi Jeff-
      I have a cocker litter Blaze/Max just bred that will be due the 2nd week of Nov, with delivery late January – 1 female spoken for so far.
      This is a great combination that we have repeated 5 times – we have 2 very talented girls from this, one who is 4 and the other almost 2 that is just finishing her training.
      Also many, many references – smart, bold, and extremely talented.
      May be the last opportunity as Blaze will be 8 this Fall.

      I am also in process of breeding Dusty, our Springer, to Taff – a British Import owned by Paul McGagh – and this will be our only springer breeding as I want a puppy out of Dusty.

      I will also be breeding Marlo in Feb and have not decided on a sire at this point.

      What is your interest, Springer or Cocker, and for what purpose?

      Thanks,
      Chris

      Reply

  2. Posted by Jeff France on September 19, 2011 at 18:37

    We currently have a 16 yr old springer and a 6 yr old british lab. I am looking for a replacement for the springer. Our dogs are currently outside dogs, but my wife wants a dog she can keep in the house. It has to be smaller. I hunt ducks every weekend until freeze up and would like a dog that could retrieve in the early season and field retrieve waterfowl in SD. I hunt grouse a couple times a year, I go to SD for a couple pheasant trips as well as some field duck hunting and I pheasant hunt in western Mn.

    Who were the parents of the pups in your pictures from this year? What colors are Blaze and Max? I can’t get to the link for your dogs for some reason. What colors do you expect from this breeding? What is the price of a pup and what do you need for a deposit?

    Reply

    • Hi Jeff- The parents are Blaze (Black with white markings) and Max (liver and tan with white markings) – if you go to photo albums you can find pictures of them. (I couldn’t get into Dartt dogs either) Most recent Blog pictures are of the last litter – and as you can see with this combo we get a very colorful variety – different every time, but usually one white with either liver or black, and combinations of black, liver, balck and tan, liver and tan, and we even had a couple gold ones once. If you go into older blog there are parent pictures. Puppy price is $900., deposit is $200. – at this point you would be second pick female or first pick male. Do you have a preference male/female, and where do you live? Chris

      Reply

  3. Posted by Jeff France on September 20, 2011 at 00:00

    Chris,

    We live in Plymouth, Mn. I’ve always had male dogs, but I was thinking about trying a female this time. However, I could go either way on the sex of the pup. I will discuss with the family this evening.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

    Reply

  4. Posted by Jeff France on September 20, 2011 at 00:18

    Chris,

    While this will sound shallow, certain family members are very outspoken about colors. Our springer was black and white, because my spouse didn’t like liver and white and she does not really want a dog with a lot of white on it. I have showed them the puppy pictures with a lot of differences. At this point, the color of the pup is more important than the sex. As I said, I am fine either way. If you could shoot me an address I will send you a check. Is it possible to have either the second female pick or the first male pick????

    Thanks,

    Jeff

    Reply

  5. Posted by Jeff France on November 13, 2011 at 02:25

    Chris,

    I have been out of town, but the girls just called me all excited and said you had called. Earlier you had written that the pup would be available late-January. At how many days old do you prefer the pups to be for pick up?

    Jeff

    Reply

    • Hi Jeff- Glad you and the girls are excited! Right now it’s kind of the boring part until they open their eyes at about 2 weeks and start moving around. Got their tails and claws done yesterday and everybody is doing fine – even the baby that I had to bottle feed who I am calling “little big man” :) I must have miscalculated the late Jan – as they will be 7 weeks on Dec 26th – so I am thinking that week between Christmas and New Years. I hope that is good news, as they are usually ready to go locally at 7 weeks and 8 weeks if they have to fly. Have you decided boy or girl? Chris

      Reply

      • cjdartt@msn.com
        Submitted on 2011/11/13 at 6:48 pm | In reply to Jeff France.
        Hi Jeff- Glad you and the girls are excited! Right now it’s kind of the boring part until they open their eyes at about 2 weeks and start moving around. Got their tails and claws done yesterday and everybody is doing fine – even the baby that I had to bottle feed who I am calling “little big man” I must have miscalculated the late Jan – as they will be 7 weeks on Dec 26th – so I am thinking that week between Christmas and New Years. I hope that is good news, as they are usually ready to go locally at 7 weeks and 8 weeks if they have to fly. Have you decided boy or girl? Chris

  6. Posted by Jeff France on November 13, 2011 at 23:34

    Chris,

    We are thinking of getting the black and tan boy. We had planned on being out of town between Christmas and New Years. Therefore, it may be closer to New Years before we can pick him up.

    Reply

    • Good choice! Not a problem for pickup – whenever it is convenient for you. Last Winter litter we kept a puppy for 3 weeks as the family went on vacation after the holidays. The young kids could hardly stand it though – were more excited about coming home to thier puppy than going to Arizona:) Chris

      Reply

  7. Posted by Jeff France on November 16, 2011 at 06:02

    Chris,

    At what point could the girls and I stop by to see the pups?

    Jeff

    Reply

    • 4-5 weeks old is best – that is when you can see action and personality. Next week – eyes open @ 10 – 14 days – ears open a few days after that 3 weeks – starting to walk around, still a little startled with new noises 4 weeks – wrestling, tail wagging, walking 5 weeks – off and running

      Reply

  8. Posted by Jeff France on May 27, 2012 at 05:50

    Chris,

    I dropped Brutus off this morning with Morgan Haglin to start some training! Brutus is such a good dog and I can’t wait to hunt with him this fall.

    Jeff

    Reply

    • I saw Brutus when we were training at Haglins – where Morgan was training Mars.
      He is such a happy guy – very excited and animated retriever.

      Can’t wait for hunting stories – and pictures!!

      Chris

      Reply

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