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Pawleys Island Gun Dogs

Preserving the Breed

About Us

At Pawleys Island Gun Dogs, we have been slowly, methodically building our foundation

to be recognized as a trusted, reputable breeder of Labrador Retrievers & Spinone Italiano

in beautiful Pawleys Island, SC. 


We breed for quality, health, temperament and take our commitment to safeguarding

and following ancient breed standards very seriously.   

Our dogs are are first and foremost, our loving family members.

"Purebred dogs are history and art. They are beauty and brains. They are living, breathing conduits to our past and to our future. They are our heart and our soul…and they are so much more."  L.R.

Our Dogs

Webfoot's Yellow-Tailed Blackbeard SH CGC TD
Proven Sire / Standing Stud

The Labrador is a retrieving gun dog of medium size, with a dense, water-resistant coat, an "otter" tail, and a clean-cut head with a "kind" expression.  The first Labradors arrived in England from Newfoundland aboard fishing boats early in the 19th century, and imports to America began in the early 1900's.  Labrador temperament is outgoing, indulgent with peers, human-oriented and tractable.  Labradors can be found in guide and assistance dog programs, and substance detection and search and rescue work.  Since 1992, the Labrador Retriever has headed the list as the most popular breed in the U.S.


The Spinone is a versatile hunting dog of ancient heritage, with origins in northern Italy.  Suited for working in all climates and all terrains, he is a cautious hunter who follows the scent, moving ever so gradually and proceeding with utmost discretion.  His prey stops and he stops; the prey moves again, and the pursuit resumes.  He moves with an easy, free moving trot, geared for endurance.  He is an excellent swimmer and a model retriever.  The Spinone is a large, rugged dog of distinctive appearance, with a hard-textured, weather-resistant coat, longer eyebrows, beard and mustache, and eyes described as human-like.

Bellaebravo Happy Camper SH CGC TD

Pawleys Island Gun Dogs
S.S. Tugboat SH
Proven Sire / Standing Stud


Tugboat, Teach's son, continues to impress everyone who has the privilege to work with him.  This lad has a rugged, robust personality with a incredible, natural drive to retrieve


Tugboat exudes confidence and desire to please.  He earned his AKC Junior Hunter title in December 2021 and his AKC Senior Hunter title in October 2022.

2023 Tugboat was introduced to dock diving 

and has proven a natural.  He is looking forward to adding a dock diving title in 2024.

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GCHB CH Bellaebravo Happy Feet

2024 SCOA Parent Club Specialty

Award of Merit


2023 National Standing

#11National Owner-Handled Spinone

Top 20 NOHS Spinone

AKC Grand Champion Bronze


2022 National Standings

#5 National Owner-Handled Spinone

Select Bitch Westminster Kennel Club

 Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY

Top 20 / Top 20 NOHS Spinone

2022 Natonal Stand

2021 National Standings

#8 Spinone Italiano

#2 National Owner-Handled Spinone

AOM SCOA Parent Club Specialty

BOS Morris & Essex

Top 20 / Top 20 NOHS Spinone

AOM Royal Canin AKC

National Championship, Orlando, FL

RBIS Owner-Handled 2021

Multiple Owner-Handled Group Placements


Gia is a beautiful breed representative.

She is sweet and extremely confident. 


CH Collina d'Oro Big Sky's Yellowstone
at Pawleys Island Gun Dogs JH NAVHDA NA III


Dutton joined the Pawleys Island Gun Dogs family in October 2022 from breeder, Collina d'Oro Spinone of Grants Pass, Oregon.  Dutton has an impressive family tree and has some huge paws to live up to!  This one is going to be one to watch....stay tuned.

2023 National Standing

AKC Champion

#4 National Owner Handled Spinone

Top 20 NOHS Spinone


2024 SCOA National Specialty

Best in Gun Dog Sweepstakes

Best Overall in Gun Dog Sweepstakes

Best of Opposite NS Sweepstakes

Best of Opposite PC Sweepstakes


Pawleys Island Gun Dogs Pretty Woman

Vivian, along with her Pawleys Island Gun Dogs Pretty Woman littermates, are making history as the first US born litter sired by Italian import "Wess" from reknown breeder, Giacomo Bini.  

Affectionately known in the whelping box as "Food Truck", Vivian was never shy at the milk bar and quickly outpaced her brothers and sisters in size.  


Bright, social and self-assured, Vivian is thoughtful in her approach to life's new adventures.


Vivian's soulful expressions along with her regal appearance remind us the old world, rustic Spinoni treasured as versatile hunting dogs by generations of Italians.


Pawleys Island Gun Dogs Miss DeLuca

Kit, another keeper from our Pawleys Island Gun Dogs Pretty Woman litter, was our "bonus puppy".  While the smallest at birth, she made up for it quickly and is by far one of the more adventurous.  She is independent, lively and very birdy.  Kit is beautifully marked and has her mother's beautiful, soft expression.

We are excited to watch Kit grow up and have high hopes in the field and in the ring for this little gal.


Webfoot's Yellow-Tailed Blackbeard SH CGC


Certified Therapy Dog

Teach x Bristol Litter


Pawleys Island Gun Dogs S.S. Tugboat SH


AKC Pointed

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Bellaebravo Happy Camper SH CGC

AKC Pointed / Certified Therapy Dog




Grand Champion Bronze 2023

NOHS Silver 2022

Westminster Kennel Club Select Bitch

Multiple Owner-Handled Group Placements


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2023 Breeding Announcement

The first litter born in the USA from Italian Import, bred by Giacomo Bini, Wess del Montecani.

"Welcome to Hollywood.  What's Your Dream?"


Parentage confirmed by DNA

Hampstead, NC
Houston, TX
Lancaster, PA
Charleston, SC
Leland, NC
Edmonds, WA
London, England
Cumberland, MD
Pawleys Island, SC

 2022 Low Country Love Litter

Whelped 01/29/2023

3 brown roan puppies, 1 male and 2 females