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Pawleys Island Gun Dogs

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At Pawleys Island Gun Dogs, we have been building our reputation as a trusted Dog Breeder/Stud Dog Service in Pawleys Island, SC.  We breed for quality, health, temperament and take our commitment to preserving ancient breed standards very seriously.   Our dogs are not only our hunting partners, but members of our family.

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Our Dogs

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

Labrador Retriever

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.


Bellaebravo Happy Camper SH CGC TD


Spinone Italiano

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.

Pawleys Island Gun Dogs S.S. Tugboat SH


Proven Sire / Standing Stud

Labrador Retriever

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.

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GCH CH Bellaebravo Happy Feet

Spinone Italiano

2021 National Standings

#8 Spinone Italiano

#2 National Owner-Handled Spinone

Award of Merit SCOA Parent Club Specialty

Best of Opposite Morris & Essex

Top 20 Spinone / Top 20 NOHS Spinone

1st Award of Merit Royal Canin

National Championship, Orlando, FL

2022 National Standings

#5 National Owner-Handled Spinone

Select Bitch Westminster Kennel Club

 Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY

Multiple Owner-Handled Group Placements

RBIS Owner-Handled 2021

Gia is full of personality and extremely confident.  .  She is very affectionate, inquisitive, smart, driven and of course, a complete clown!

Webfoot's Posh's Tally JH

Labrador Retriever

Tally is the Grand Dame of Pawleys Island Gun Dogs.  She has been an essential hunting partner of both water fowl and upland game.  Now in retirement, Tally still rules the roost and keeps the youngsters in check.  Tally's beautiful personality and unwavering commitment to the retrieve is what lead us in the direction of the Sporting Dog breeds.

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Collina d'Oro Big Sky's Yellowstone at Pawleys Island Gun Dogs

Spinone Italiano

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.

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Webfoot's Yellow-Tailed Blackbeard SH CGC

Certified Therapy Dog


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Teach x Bristol Litter


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Pawleys Island Gun Dogs S.S. Tugboat SH


AKC Pointed

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Bellaebravo Happy Camper SH CGC

AKC Pointed / Certified Therapy Dog


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GCH CH Bellaebravo Happy Feet

NOHS Silver 2022

Westminster Kennel Club Select Bitch

Multiple Owner-Handled Group Placements


Origin - Italian

God's Gracious Gift

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2022 Breeding Announcement

Puppies expected January 2023

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Collina d'Oro Big Sky's Yellowstone at Pawleys Island Gun Dogs


This stunning young pup came out strong at his showing debut.  He took two 4-6 Month Puppy Sporting Group 1 placements!  It's going to be a blast watching him grow.

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Labrador Retriever is a type of gun dog that retrieves game for a hunter. Generally gun dogs are divided into three major classifications: retrievers, flushing spaniels, and pointing breeds. Retrievers were bred primarily to retrieve birds or other prey and return them to the hunter without damage; retrievers are distinguished in that nonslip retrieval is their primary function. As a result, retriever breeds are bred for soft mouths and a great willingness to please, learn, and obey. 

Spinone Italiano is recognized as a versatile hunting dog.  NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) defines the “versatile hunting dog” as one that is bred and trained to dependably hunt and point game, and both track and retrieve on land or water. The versatile breeds were developed to give hunters one dog to use on a variety of game in a variety of environments, as opposed to having a kennel full of “specialty” dogs bred for one type of hunt or skill. Whereas many hunters expand breed purposes by hunting upland birds with retrievers or using their flushing dogs to retrieve ducks, the Italian Spinoni are trained for land and water work intentionally and simultaneously.

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