Welcome to ATJ Squirrel Dog Kennel!
My name is Mike Croucher. I am originally from Connersville, Indiana and was born into a hunting family as well as a family with strong Christian values. My faith and family are very important to me and define who I am as a person. I moved to Moultrie, Georgia in 1993. I have hunted with squirrel and coon dogs for as long as I can remember. I have vivid memories of hunting when I was 4 years old following in my Daddy's boot prints to where our dogs were treed...the love of hunting with dogs was instilled in me early! I am now 40 years old, and hope to provide the same opportunity for others to fall in love with this wonderful sport, creating their own memories with an Atomic Feist!
I am a very particular hunter; my treeing feist must have a head full of sense and utilize their eyes, ears, and nose to tree game. They MUST hunt hard, tree quickly, and stay treed. I also want my Atomic Feist to have the "Heart of a Lion" and NOT know what the word quit means. I want the treeing feist that I hunt and breed to be a pleasure to hunt with, and yet be able to contend in the competition realm.
Atomic Feist will range between 15" to 17" tall at the shoulder and weigh between 17 and 26 pounds. Some will have "Stand Up" ears, which is preferred, and other's ears will break over at the tips. Their colors will vary from brindle or red with white trim, black and tan to anything in between. Most importantly the Atomic Feist are bred to be Squirrel Dogs.
"ATJ Dog Kennels" is NOT a puppy mill. We do try to have several litters of treeing feist puppies each year from various crosses within our kennel. We do NOT breed our dogs just to have a bunch of puppies to sell. In our breeding program, it is our goal to advance the Atomic Feist as a squirrel dog. Plus, to promote the sport of Squirrel Hunting with dogs. I carefully select which dogs I cross based on the genetic traits of each, in hopes of creating a squirrel dog with more well rounded abilities. As you may see, we have several dogs in our kennel. We are fortunate to have a few different hunters that can help out hunting our dogs. Our Treeing Feist are NKC, UKC and ATFA registered. The puppies we sell are NKC registered and eligible for ATFA registration once they start treeing their own game.
I offer a "Full Guarantee" on my Atomic pups. If hunted and the puppy isn't at the level it should be by the age of 14 months and it is delivered back to me completely healthy, I will replace the puppy for another puppy from another litter. I am confident that if given a chance to do what they are bred to do, you will be completely satisfied with an Atomic Feist from "ATJ Squirrel Dog Kennels". Enjoy our website.