Flint Hills Epagneul Bretons
Epagneul Bretons (French Brittanys)
The Epagneul Breton, or French Brittany, has been bred for the foot hunter since 1907. They are a smaller sized bird dog yet possess excellent natural hunting skills, requiring very little training other than obedience training: they will naturally point, honor and have a strong retrieve. EB’s come in a variety of colors, we own orange roans. This is an ideal breed for the hunter who wants a natural, high quality bird dog yet a smaller sized dog for the home. Our EBs are very biddable and want to please. They have a high prey drive that in the field translates into hard running, hard hunting bird dogs. On the Montana prairie our EBs range as far as we let them but in ruffed grouse cover or the plum thickets of KS for quail, they hunt close and thoroughly.
Our dogs are hunted hard on a wide variety of wild bird species and we have high performance standards: to us wild birds are the best way to determine which dogs should be bred to continue the high level of natural ability. However, at this time we have also chosen to occasionally run in wild bird trials sponsored by Epagneul Breton clubs. The Gun stakes of these trials are very competitive but require the same level of bird handling and competency that we require in hunting so we feel they are a good way to demonstrate the natural ability of our dogs versus training. Not to mention they are a fun way to be in the field with the dogs off-season!
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Nate is a homebred son of Jack x Lass, whelped May 1, 2017. He is a youngster but it has been clear all along that he would be staying with us. With these parents Nate has a blend of his parents incredible hunting resume in addition to a pedigree blending some of the top European lines of EB’s. This fall of 2017 he will be introduced to wild quail and pheasant through hunts and walks and he will be allowed to develop completely naturally to show us what he has to offer. We are very excited about this boy.