In my school years, I read Big Red and ever since then I have been hooked on Irish setters. At the age of 16, I bought my first two show quality setters from a breeder in Connecticut.
After some growing pains, I found Barb Lockwood from Motley Acres, from whom I purchased Lee's Red Texas Gold Rush, a beautiful male puppy that has thrown some excellent puppies. Since then I have bought more championship puppies from Barb and other breeders in several countries. Our breeding stock consists of seven females and two males.
Over the years I've sold puppies to customers all over the United States. Most of them go as companions to loving homes, but once in a while someone will want to show or hunt with them.
People wonder why I charge what I do for my puppies. The price may seem expensive, but we are very concerned about quality. Health guarantees, champion bloodlines, and hip x-rays are all very expensive.
At one time Irish Setters here in the states were seriously inbred. My mission is to help bring more good bloodlines into the USA to reduce the chances of this happening again. Because I would like to expand my business, I may eventually start raising other breeds, but for now I'll keep raising the happiest and healthiest Irish Setter puppies I can.
—Ivan Stoltzfus, owner
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