Are they "just show dogs?" Do not be fooled by all the pretty pictures of pretty dogs, these dogs are our companions first and foremost. And they hunt too! We believe that it's equally important to be a healthy, structurally sound, and temperamentally stable member of the family when the day is done. Unlike other breeders, we do work with non-performance homes. We believe "pet homes" deserve pretty dogs too. Many of our homes are hobby hunters looking for a dog they can take out on public land with little training and bring home some birds. Plenty others just want to enjoy a healthy beautiful dog to chase squirrels and snooze on the couch. Kei-Rin Kennel (pronounced "KEY-rin") started as a dream of Pam's nearly forty years ago. Growing up, her Yorkie has been shown by its breeder, and upon marrying her husband Randy, she knew she wanted to get back into dog showing, but with a dog that Randy would enjoy hunting with as well. That's when he introduced her to the American Water Spaniel, a breed his parents and grandparents had been breeding since the 1930s! Coincidentally, Pam purchased their first AWS from Paul Bovee, who had dogs from George Kozak and Leon Stafford if you looked far enough back in pedigrees. Kayla is Pam and Randy's youngest child, and is the other half of Kei-Rin. Kayla fell into dog showing by default--one of the kids had to go to shows if Pam was going to be leaving! When Kayla was nine, a family friend offered Kayla a chance to co-own and show an English Setter by the name of Flo, Ch. Set'r Ridge's Quest for the Gold. Several years later they acquired Billie- Rock Rainbow Blues Holiday and we were hooked. Billie came from Deb and Ron Springer, and she laid the foundation for Kei-Rin English Setters. Randy and Pam's sons Nick and Nate share in the love of dogs and actively participate in hunting with both breeds. Living in northern Wisconsin, in the Roughed Grouse Capitol of the World no less, our dogs are able to get out of hunt all fall and winter! Nick's dogs are used as part of his guiding business; so they are out nearly every weekend during Grouse season putting up hundreds of live game every year. Throughout the spring and summer, we occasionally run our dogs in hunt tests and field trials but this is admittedly not our focus. We know that our dogs have purpose bred drive and ability, and even though most of our pet owners do not compete in field events, we know many are used every fall in pursuit of real game and they are irreplaceable. Kei-Rin dogs are consistently dominating the show ring in both breeds. Kei-Rin dogs have been Best of Breed at National Specialties, the National Dog Show, and Westminster Kennel Club multiple times over the years. Recently, a Kei-Rin setter by the name of Hank became the 14th EVER in the breed to earn the status of DUAL CHAMPION (field and show championships). His first litter has already added several more Dual Champions to the breed's ranks. At the heart of it all is our deep rooted passion for bettering the breeds we so love. We breed only health tested and clearance carrying dogs, backed by a health guarantee and buy-back policy. Our dogs are companions, so temperament is extremely important to us. We raise each litter in our home, usually in our bedrooms to start, socializing them to as many new experiences as possible before they become yours. We will have already begun crate training, house breaking, grooming lessons, first innoculations, and deworming before you pick up your puppy. Our females typically have 2 or 3 litters before being "retired," and each breeding is carefully planned to improve upon faults and solidify strengths within our pedigrees. It is important to us that you do your research and find a breeder who works for you. Sometimes this means sending homes to other breeders and sometimes this means waiting on a list. The perfect puppy doesn't always come at the perfect time, and perfect timing doesn't always result in a perfect pet if you aren't prepared and informed. Breeding dogs is our hobby and passion, but this is not a business. Please understand that we receive many requests and have to screen each one before proceeding. Even then, it is our sole discretion who we place our puppies with. Please understand that this is not a corporation, but a labor of love. Sometimes patience is required! If you have read the contract (below) before we speak, bonus points to you! We love seeing our dogs in performance and show homes, however, the most important factor is witnessing you prioritize the arrival of your new family member and demonstrating a solid knowledge (or quest for knowledge) of the breed you plan to acquire. Price should not be a determining factor in your decision but to set some perspective, our litters start at $2,000 and can be as much as $3,00 if using a frozen semen breeding, etc. You will be required to initial and sign a contract and send a deposit (minimum $500) once you have been confirmed for the wait-list. Please do not send a contract or check until you have been instructed to do so.
About Our Breeds
From the American Kennel Club on American Water Spaniels:
American Water Spaniels are muscular midsize gundogs, not flashy in looks or performance, recognizable by a luscious brown coat that is either tightly curled or wavy.
Bred to work the icy waters and marshy banks of the Great Lakes region, AWS are ideally outfitted for the job: The coat is dense and waterproof, the feet are thickly padded, the toes are webbed, and the body is small enough for the dog to hop in and out of a skiff without rocking the boat.
AWS admirers describe a merry, intelligent, and versatile spaniel suited to a variety of dog sports.
As hunters, they combine working traits of spaniels and retrievers.
The key to AWS happiness is activity, especially alongside their adored human—an underemployed AWS can be barky and destructive.
AWS Quirks (some noteworthy tips about our beloved breed)
From the American Kennel Club on English Setters:
English Setters are elegant but solid dogs of beauty and charm.
The word “belton,” unique to the breed, describes the speckled coat patterns of colors that sound good enough to eat: liver, lemon, and orange among them.
Under the showy coat is a well-balanced hunter standing about 25 inches at the shoulder. A graceful neck carries a long, oval-shaped head proudly, and dark brown eyes convey a soft expression.
The merry English Setter is known as the gentleman of the dog world but is game and boisterous at play. English Setters get on well with other dogs and people. A veteran all-breed dog handler says, “As a breed to share one’s life and living space with, no other breed gives me more pleasure than the English Setter.”
Please review our contracts below to get a sense of what we expect and require. We will be modifying these before the 2023 litters go home, and these links will be updated when the final draft is completed, however most will not change.
Below we will be adding links and downloads to content that we think is valuable to new puppy owners!
Developmental orthopedic disease in large-breed puppies
New in 2023, we have created forms for each breed that you can fill out to get in touch with us directly. This will be a great way to reach out about getting a puppy.
If you want to talk first, you can reach out to Pam or Kayla, but we will contact everyone from the form submission as well.
Pam is in Park Falls, Wisconsin and can be reached by phone at 715-762-2602 (landline with spam blocker, please press #) and by email at email@example.com
Kayla is in Montello, Wisconsin and can be reached by phone at 414-841-8211 (call or text) and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org