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Payton von Kings Crossing passes VGP with Prize 1

September 7, 2016 @ 3:01 pm posted by mike

Payton made us proud on achieving a Prize 1 award at the NADKC Mid West VGP test held September 3/4 2016. He did his famous launch to begin each of the three water tests. You will also see this picture on the inside cover of the September issue of Gun Dog magazine. Payton now has entered 3 tests – the Derby, the Solms, and the VGP and received Prize 1 on each test.

Payton excels even beyond test scores when hunting in the field. His field search, point, and water work is the dream of every bird hunter. His field capability is matched with his V ( excellent ) rating for conformation. Weighing 85 pounds and standing 27 inches at the shoulder he is a most impressive looking male DK.

Payton is now standing at stud for approved females. Females must be registered and qualified DK’s. Qualified means having passed the Solms test and having positive hip x-rays.




Randy also handled Qutella von Kings Crossing in the same test and Qutella also achieved Prize 1.

Qutella on the left and Payton on the right taking in the Little Bow river, south of Calgary.






Mike Kennedy, owner of Qutella von Kings Crossing says this:

” Randy is the master at taking dogs from basic pointing and fetching into an allstar bird dog. He has now handled several dogs through the VGP with excellent results. ”



Meet our newest client dogs!

July 10, 2016 @ 9:10 pm posted by mike

At Blackfoot Kennels we currently have quite an assortment of breeds all designed for the same purpose – versatile hunting. That means we are working on pointing and retrieving with all of them and some of them destined for the Deutsch Kurzhaar tests will also be trained for advanced blood tracking.

It is amazing to see them progress and perform as expected. Here are some of them – pointing birds:

Griffon – a young male Pudelpointer points with great style well back from the bird.

Chester – a 3 year old Wire Haired Pointing Griffon – slams into a point and holds like a rock.

Zeke is a highly experienced Brittany Spaniel – and he locked on point so hard, he would not move.

Tori – a 5 month old DK points a planted bird for the first time.

All pointing dogs do point – they just need the opportunity. Some point sooner than others depending on breeding and opportunities. So if you have a young dog, introduce it to birds early and build the staunchness early on. If you need to find out more about this – call us and we are happy to assist.


Blackfoot Kennels support Pheasants Forever

June 19, 2016 @ 1:14 am posted by mike

Randy and Linda Blanchard are sponsors of Pheasants Forever. We want to include our clients and friends in supporting this worthy cause. Please keep in mind the annual fund raising dinner and note that we contribute annually on your behalf to maintain and improve wildlife habitat.

Preparing for the VGP

June 9, 2016 @ 7:22 pm posted by mike

In the Deutsch Kurzhaar Club, the most revered test to demonstrate the hunting capability of an adult dog is the VGP. It is comprised of 19 separate test components which challenge the trainer/leader. There are multiple drags ( fox, rabbit, duck ) multiple blind water retrieves and searches, field search, pointing demonstration, obedience in the field, retrieve of a fox over a 1 meter barrier and more. It is comparable to the NAVDHA test, but more challenging and longer. Training a dog which has already passed the Solms test will take a minimum of 3 months. The complexity of the test requires the trainer to follow a calender and be continuously assessing progress. Randy Blanchard has successfully lead several dogs through the VGP and is available to provide advice and tips to the first time leader.  You can download Randy’s training outline here.


Gus is looking for a hunting home

May 10, 2016 @ 3:45 pm posted by mike

Gus – a 4 year old DK continues to look for a good home.


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Preparing for the Derby

April 12, 2016 @ 7:26 pm posted by mike

Spring has finally arrived and many D.K. owners are gearing up for the spring derby. The excitement of running the derby can be intoxicating for a young dog. Look at it from the dog’s point of view. He’s still a puppy and he’s running on new grounds, there are new and different smells, he’s surrounded by other dogs, people and vehicles. If anything can go wrong, it will occur on test day. The question is how to you plan for success with a young dog so that the owner and the dog can run the derby in comfort, show off the abilities of the dog and maintain some degree of control.  read morePayton points and Lucy honours.

Excellent Breeding – puppies available soon

March 30, 2016 @ 12:05 am posted by mike

Jurek vom Kings Crossing and Qutella vom Kings Crossing will breed in November  2016. These Deutsch Kurzaars are the best of the best and the pups will be natural pointers, retrievers ( land and water ), and trackers. Jurek and Qutella have proved themselves on numerous hunting excursions for all types of game. They specialize in pointing and retrieving upland birds and waterfowl. They naturally honor each other’s points. They both love the water and cold water does not deter them.

For detailed information on how to reserve one of these pups call Mike Kennedy in Montana 406 342 5616. To find out detailed information about these outstanding dogs visit:


Happy Holidays to all our friends and their canine companions

December 25, 2015 @ 11:19 pm posted by mike

On behalf of our team at Blackfoot Kennels we wish you the best of the season. Keep those best friends safe and warm so we can start spring training with everyone healthy.




Randy and Linda Blanchard

Cody and Belle – Pheasant Hunting Team

December 2, 2015 @ 5:52 pm posted by mike



Belle and Cody score big in the pheasant hunting fields. Belle was one of the finest dogs I’ve trained and Cody was my assistant for a while. He turned into a pretty good dog handler as well as an excellent shot. Now he has moved on to train herding dogs. The best thing about training is the end result.



Danny’s first year in Alberta

December 1, 2015 @ 4:40 pm posted by mike

Randy imported Danny from the United Kingdom a year ago. He was then trained to be a flushing dog for upland bird hunting. He has become a star and is now the main pheasant hunting dog at Chief Mountain Hunting Lodge in south west Alberta. The combination of his faultless retrieving and well organized search pattern makes him a joy to hunt with.