Bent River Bretons - Illinois Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel Breeders

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About Bent River Bretons
Our breeding stock comes from some of the best Epagneul Bretons from the United States and Europe. We strive to breed quality Epagneul Bretons focused on structure, function, and temperament. We enjoy competing with our dogs in the field and the show ring, focusing on the total dog that can do it all. Our dogs are excellent conformationally, in the field, and in the home, our focus is on producing the "Total Dog".

We have our dogs hips evaluated using OFA and PennHip to ensure our dogs are free of degenerative joint disease. We guarantee our puppies to be free of hip dysplasia. We also test our dogs for the sable AY gene and guarantee that our puppies are not carriers of this gene.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel
Breeder Contact Info
Doug Bollin
Illinois 61275
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 3 years.
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Testimonials (7)
Submitted by: Tom Peterson on Oct 26, 2018
We decided after 35 years to get a dog. I spent a lot of time researching breeds and decided on an Epagneul Breton. They are good hunters, family dogs about the right size for me. After deciding on the breed, I talked to half a dozen breeders about the breed and the bloodlines they were offering. All of the breeders seemed very professional. I decided on Doug Bollin from Bent River. He spent 2 hours on the phone discussing the breed and his dogs. I could feel his enthusiasm for breeding and the challenge to breed only the best.

Doug is a farmer, engineer and a passionate breeder and person. I bought my puppy, Oliver, at 8 weeks and he just turned six months. As a new dog owner, I leaned on Doug a lot. He was always there to help and answer my questions. Most of the time he would text or call back in less than 5 minutes. Also, I should add that he is a very patient guy! Amazingly, he still talks to me!

Oliver is a beautiful, smart and loving puppy. He's responsive and will be a great hunter and that's not because I'm a great trainer but because he is a champion.

If you want to learn more about Epagneul Britons see Doug and his wife Julie. They are truly committed to breeding the best!

Tom Peterson
Submitted by: Phil and Susan Stachewicz on Apr 14, 2018
It has been 30 years since we had s puppy, rescuing last few times. Doug Bollin was exceptional to work with when we were ready for another pup. Open, constant communication is his strength with fantastic recommendations. Still 6 months later he checks in on her and us ! We do not hunt Naia, however are training her to point and be the best frenchie she can be ,
We were blessed to have found Bent River Bretons and our Naia
Submitted by: Michel Hebert on Apr 03, 2018
Got my puppy back in Oct 2017. She is now about 7 1/2 months old. The breeder is very attentive to our wishes. He does follow-up and stays in contact after the puppy has gone to his/her new home.
I am very happy with my puppy. She is a very fast learner loves to cuddle but always ready to go for a walk or explore the surroundings. Great potential as a hunter. Pass her TAN at 5 months. Very satisfied.
Submitted by: Megan Norris on Mar 27, 2018
We could not be more pleased with our Epagneul Breton, Norma, from Bent River Bretons. My husband I and embarked on a search for second dog and were previously unfamiliar with the breed. While we both have experience with various bird dogs, the EB was a new breed for both of us. Doug was more than helpful in educating us on this special breed and giving us all the information necessary to ensure we were making the right decision for our family and needs. He spent hours on the phone with me happily answering my questions and, through it all, demonstrated a passion for quality in his breeding program and a true love for all his dogs and puppies. Now that Norma has been a part of our family for a little over two months I can say, without hesitation, that we made the BEST decision in going with Bent River Bretons. Norma is conformationally correct, has an incredible drive and enthusiasm for birds and is as sweet at home with the family as she is talented in the field. She is the perfect mix of hunting dog and family companion which is one of Doug's main goals in his breeding program. Norma easily earned her TAN at 7 months old with minimal preparation beforehand and then spent the afternoon curled up in my lap to sleep. Doug's commitment to his puppies and ensuring their long-term success is evident in the amount of time he's spent answering our questions related to training long after Norma came home with us. Doug is proud of his dogs and their offspring and has ample reason to be. We cannot thank Doug enough for all the time he's spent educating us on this wonderful breed and would absolutely contact him again for another puppy. in our minds, Bent River Bretons produced a quality puppy that will be a cherished member of our family for many years to come!
Submitted by: Jenna Brown on Mar 14, 2018
In October of 2017, we got our precious pup Leo from Bent River Bretons out of Lanz X Jolie. Before Leo, I had not had much experience with training dogs, especially hunting/bird dogs. My husband and I wanted a companion in the field as well as in the home. Since we have had Leo, Doug and Julie have gone above and beyond providing us with countless resources to help us learn the ropes. Any time we have had a question or concern, they always respond in a timely manner and with great detail. Each of them genuinely want to produce pups that are good-looking, healthy, and great in the field. As far as our pup Leo, we couldn't be happier. We are so in love with him. He is very sweet, intelligent, energetic, and has great bird drive in the field. He is a very sensitive pup (as is the breed in general), and does best with positive reinforcement rather than any kind of punishment. Eager to please and loving would describe our Leo best. We couldn't be happier with our choice of breeder or dog. Would definitely recommend!
Submitted by: Todd Butler on Dec 12, 2017
My wife and I purchased a puppy from Bent River and couldnít be more pleased with her and our experience with Bent River. Doug is extremely knowledgeable about the breed and his dogs. I learn something new every time I visit with him. The Bollinís are committed to improving the breed. They were very accommodating to my needs and wants in the process. Was able to go meet the little pups a couple times between whelping and pickup.
Submitted by: Clint LaFary on Feb 21, 2017
I have really enjoyed working with Doug and his family over the past few years. Doug is truly a student of the breed and is willing to put in the time to prove his dogs. If you are looking for very solid proven puppies take the time to check out Bent River.

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