About

The talent behind
the reputation

Our lives have always been centered around animals and the outdoors. We enjoy big-game hunting as well as our time together hunting upland birds, particularly chukar and Hungarian partridge at home in Oregon.

Scott purchased his first German Shorthaired Pointer at 19 and since then has never been without them. Tyla has a passion for training and working with animals that developed from a very early age.

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PROVEN PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD

Our top priority is placing the right gundog with the right person or family

Sunsage Sporting Dogs was developed due to the demand of guests and clients inquiring about the availability of quality gundogs with the proven performance in the field as demonstrated by our own personal gundogs while working as professional guides.

We take great personal pride and enjoy the beauty of a well-trained dog performing at the peak of it’s natural instinct and ability in the field. Given the nature of our involvement as professional wingshooting guides and lodge managers at top venues thought the world, our dogs have a resume of experience and exposure that speaks for itself.

We look forward to helping you find your best hunting partner and hearth companion from Sunsage Sporting Dogs where proven perfomance in the field is a daily reality.

25
Years

Of combined experience hunting, handling, training

Our Guarantee

We guarantee all of our dogs to be free from congenital defects and disease, free from parasite infestation at time of sale, and selectively bred to preserve true breed-type, ability, and temperament. This guarantee is backed by the following health test performed on all dogs sold:

DNA Genetic Testing

Conducted on all breeding sires and dams (off-spring from parents, that are both clear of the following genetic tests, will also be clear) and includes Degenerative Myelopathy, Exercise-Induced Collapse, Familial Nephropathy (cocker spaniel type), Glycogen Storage Disease VII, PFK Deficiency, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration

OFA Hips & Elbows

Screenings for Hip and Elbow Dysplasia are performed by a veterinarian with x-rays sent to OFA for grading and certification

OFA Eye Certification Registry

OFA (Orthopedic Foundations for Animals) Eye Certification examinations are screening exams performed by board certified veterinary ophthalmologists. A dog that is registered by OFA ERC has been examined and found to unaffected by major heritable eye disease. The screening and examinations are performed annually as many ocular diseases may not appear until late in life.

The combination of annual screening eye exams and DNA genetic testing to help rule out heritable disease, shows our commitment to ensuring the quality of dogs we produce as well as our integrity to the breed. All breeding dogs are screened each year with the genetic testing being valid for life. Every puppy or dog sold has a valid eye certification exam and paperwork at the time of sale.

Orvis Endorsed English Cocker Spaniel Breeder

Sunsage Sporting Dogs is proud to have been selected as an Endorsed Dog Breeder by The Orvis Company.  This honor demonstrates the quality of the dogs produced by Scott and Tyla Kuhn at Sunsage.  However, the best way to explain what this endorsement means is through the words of Perk Perkins – CEO at The Orvis Company:

“The Orvis-Endorsed Hunting Dog Breeding Program makes your search for the right dog for hunting and companionship as easy as possible. With so many gun dog breeders out there, it takes a lot of research and knowledge to find one that you can trust to deliver the dog you’ll be spending years with, in and out of the field. Well, we’ve done the research for you. We set very high criteria to find the best of the best bird dog breeders, true professionals, acutely mindful of the drastic genetic variation in a breed, and who breed for certain characteristics over many generations. We’ve picked the best and the most reliable of these breeders. Each breeder agreed to uphold our customer-first approach: They guarantee your satisfaction with their dogs. Whether you want your dog strictly for hunting or for a good companion at home, you will find the breeder right for you.”