I started with Weimaraners, competing in obedience and rating tests. While at an obedience trial, I walked to the “dog show” building; it was love at first sight. My first conformation dog was a Weimaraner bitch “Heather”. She and I traveled a lot and earned her championship, novice shooting, novice retrieving and CD. Through obedience classes and competitions, I met Sandra Hamilton. It’s because of her that I got involved with English Springers and owned them for over 25 years. Most were from Loujon Kennels – Karen Prickett Miller. Since my Springers were seniors and John wanted a hunting dog, a co-worker suggested Pointers. I headed to the Pointer ring every chance I got. I liked the size of the Pointer; their sleekness, the variety of colors, personality and temperament.
Our first Pointers were from Solivia. That’s where my love for liver/white Pointers began. I acquired “Tristan” (CH Solivia’s Alpha Aquarii JH); he was my show dog and later became Chaz’s junior’s dog.
Through the years we’ve had great Pointers but with adding two girls to the breeding program, put us where we are today. “Ceylon” (CH Solivia’s Ceylon) bred to OZ produced a litter with three standouts: “Token” (CH Southern Mister Man JH), “Mina” (CH Southern What’s Mine is Yours) and “Julia” (GCHB Southern Enough Said JH TKI). Those three, in turn, have each produced a litter for us with spectacular results.
“Muse” (CH Malmason Alydar Shining Example JH CGC) bred to Token produced a litter that gave us a solid foundation to build on. Her second litter sired by “Matthew” (CH Fieldstone Alydar Heaven in Your Eyes) produced a multitude of winners in their own right.
Each breeding is carefully thought out as to researching the appropriate stud dog to match the brood bitch. We greatly appreciate the stud dog owners that have worked with us to build our breeding program. Our goal is to produce a litter that can contribute to the breed in a wholesome way.
Lydia Frey joined Southern in 2016 when she started showing a few dogs for Tina having met through her son Chaz who showed with Lydia in junior showmanship. Lydia began in dogs in 2007 with a standard schnauzer and since then has amassed many awards both as a junior handler and as a professional handler. With her main breed being Bedlington, Lydia was looking for an easier grooming dog to add to her household, the pointer was the perfect fit. Now a college student, Lydia continues to show most weekends all over the country, and she collaborates with Tina on the breedings.
Together we combine our different backgrounds to produce top quality dogs that are not only successful in various venues, but also fantastic companions. What we do wouldn't be possible without our fabulous co-owners. We have dogs all over the country and Canada that are with co-owners, and they not only give our dogs fantastic lives but also provide them with lots of opportunities. Our relationships with these people we hold very dearly and we appreciate everyone who has helped Southern get to where it is today. We can only do so much ourselves, but seeing our dogs go off and do great things with others both in and out of the show ring is what really makes everything worth it. We love to mentor and encourage new people to the sport, and we especially love sharing this fabulous breed with all those interested. Our goal is to promote the pointer breed and see it flourish for years to come with health tested, and purposefully bred dogs.