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Puppy Placement:

Owner Responsibility:


Owning a versatile hunting dog is a demanding yet rewarding lifestyle; it is not a hobby.  Without proper planning, the day dream of owning a cute and cuddly puppy can quickly fade into a nightmare as the dog reaches maturity because it will require routine exercise and consistent, alpha discipline.  I am interested in placing Drahthaars von Makoshika in forever homes that are committed to the following:


  • safe and healthy hospitality for the puppy

  • properly socializing the puppy to people and other dogs

  • a lifestyle of wildlife conservation through hunting 

  • realizing the full and objective potential of the pup through testing.


Cost of Puppy von Makoshika:


Any hunting dog who is worth its salt will destroy at least $1500 worth of your belongings (mostly expensive gear such boots, e-collars, and doggy beds) in the first year of life.  Just kidding, but seriously, no matter what the breed, the average dog will cost a minimum of $1000 per year.  That means if it lives to be 12, you will have spent $12,000; do not let anyone tell you differently as I have over a decade of first hand experience to back up this claim.  Therefore I challenge everyone to think critically about affordability before committing to a puppy of any breed and/or from any kennel.  Consider also the minimal difference in overall cost between a quality pup from a committed breeder and an inferior pup from a backyard operation; why not choose the highest potential for a quality versatile companion?

One value that I possess personally and apply to the breeding business is forthrightness.  You must understand the effort required to achieve superior genetics and a superior breeding program is tremendous, and it has to be shared with potential puppy buyers. Great hunting dogs are a product of 50% genetics and 50% handler skill and owner commitment to developing the dog and pursuing breed certification.  My aim is to be one of the finest kennels in North America, therefore I am continuously "interviewing" and trying to "hire" the finest possible colleagues for the handling team von Makoshika.  To these ends, I must reserve the right to "fire" at will, those who demonstrate inferior attitude, knowledge, and commitment!


A $500 refundable deposit is required to hold a spot for a puppy of the preferred gender.  The best possible candidates will be selected for a pup; the rest will receive a full refund of their deposit. Color preference will be considered but not guaranteed.   If the litter is not able to provide a puppy which meets the expectation of sex, a full refund will be provided.  $1000 will be due at pick-up in Bismarck, ND, roughly 8 weeks after the whelp date.  Select puppies which are crucial to moving our genetics forward will be identified before placement; they will require an additional $1000 deposit for the M-TIP Program described below.

Makoshika Testing Incentive Program (M-TIP):

To aid in the commitment to further the genetics through testing, I am administering an incentive program to select puppy buyers to share in the risk of not testing and also in the rewards of testing success.  

A $1000 refundable testing deposit is due at pick up for the select puppies.  The refund schedule is as follows:

  • $100 for VJP score of 1-64 or $500 for a VJP score of 65+

  • $100 for HZP score of 1-174 or $500 for a HZP score of 175+

JGHV Testing:


As a breeder, objective feedback is vital to assess the outcomes of each pairing, therefore we seek hunting homes who will commit to testing their puppy in the first two JGHV tests (VJP and HZP).  Testing will ensure your puppy will be better prepared for any hunting situation encountered in the field, marsh, or forest! 


The elements of the tests replicate typical hunting situations, therefore testing is just like hunting, only with official judges watching and assessing the expressed traits of your dog simultaneously.  Undoubtedly, testing will develop the full potential of both the handler and the dog, but ultimately the choice is yours to make. 


Visit the following link for a description of the JGHV Hunt Tests :



Please submit your information below if you are interested in learning more about owning a pup von Makoshika and want to be considered for puppy placement.  After submitting the information, I will provide a complementary personal consultation regarding your goals/aspirations to see if a puppy from my kennel maybe a good fit for you.


Gender Preference:
Testing/Trialing Experience:
Color Preference:
JGHV Testing Commitment:

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