Sur le Delavan Kennel, LLC is a small family own kennel in Central Illinois that is committed to professional pointing dog training and to continuing a strict breeding practice of Epagneul Bretons that only improves the traits and temperaments that took generations in Europe to achieve.
Submitted by: Ralph on May 23, 2018
The paperwork/awards finally came in from NAVHDA for Topanga's testing
She received a prize 1 natural ability, a prize 3 utility preparatory and and prize 1 utility preparatory
My wife is making copies of the paperwork and will be mailing it to you shortly.
We are aware Jake Bartells is keeping records on EB's who test in NAVHDA and will be sending him copies as well.
We intend on getting Topanga OFA'd after she turns 2 and and will mail you copies of those documents too.
Topanga is having a solid hunting season-including woodcock/grouse in Michigan/Northern Wi and it will extend into late March at the hunting preserve.
I also dropped a mallard, 2 wood ducks, a blue winged teal and a a Canada goose over her when jump shooting the creek during the duck season.
Topanga is doing great and is VERY spoiled (pink nose and all). In the morning, she will hide our daughter's shoes because she does not want her to go to school :-)
My old Griffon which I retired (going blind-nuclear sclerosis) when I got Topanga is still alive and kicking at 15. They sleep together at night.
Best regards to you and your family,
Submitted by: Travis on May 23, 2018
Hi Clint and Suzanne,
Last spring I introduced Gabby to birds and at 6 months she would point, hold and retrieve. She canít clean them or drive yet but everything else I ask her to do she does it well.
She is very very sweet and has a huge desire to please us. She comes to my office with me every day and sits in the chair across from my desk. We could not be more happy to have her. The way your family raised the puppies and the interaction with your kids definitely makes a big difference in how they turn out as a dog. The next time we are in the market( which could be soon) we would want one of your puppies.
If there is anything I can do to endorse you guys or help further your efforts in marketing your puppies please let me know.
Submitted by: Katie on May 22, 2018
Teddy is doing great and weighed in today at 23.1 lbs! He is energetic but still very snuggly. He loves everyone and other dogs, and he is fearless. He goes to the door when he has to pee and 95% of the time we get him outside in time to pee. He comes and sits and lies down, backs up, gets off, shakes, spins, waits/stays, goes to kennel, fetches, brings toys when we tell him to, and is learning more. Thinking I might do agility with him... he is teething now and has about 9 of his adult teeth in! He has been the picture of health since he stopped the panacur and started his kibbles like you suggested. Can't thank you enough for your help solving those stomach issues and for giving us such a great family member! You have gone above and beyond since I first called you, and I'm so glad we made the decision to buy a Sur le Delavan EB. Teddy may have ruined other dog breeds for us! If anyone ever wants to talk to someone who has bought a puppy from you, please give them my name!
Photos of Teddy from today attached.
Submitted by: Tina Laurence on May 09, 2018
Nash turns one today. (Hera x Leo breeding) He is currently at foundation training right now. I'm missing his 1st birthday, but I bet he is having a blast chasing birds. I have attached a few photos I received from the trainer. He is a great dog all around and gets compliments all the time about how good looking he is. He weighs 38.4 lbs!!
I am testing him in NAVHDA at the end of August for Natural Ability. He will be almost at cut off point (16 mos) for age, but I chose the later test so I have time to get him swimming reliably in warmer weather. I will keep you posted on how he does.
I am looking forward to his 1st season hunting in September. I didn't take him last year because I didn't want to rush things with him.
I connected with Janna with Neal on Facebook. It's nice seeing one of his siblings grow up too.
Just wanted to send some photos.
Thanks for the best dog ever!!
Submitted by: Doug Bollin on May 08, 2018
When I first spoke with Clint over the phone, I quickly realized that he had exceptional knowledge about this breed. I had looked long and hard for the right breeder and I knew soon after speaking and meeting clint and his family that my search was over. I could easily tell his heart was in the right place and his passion with strong. Clint, Sur le Delavan kennel is astounding. Thanks again!
Submitted by: Judy Casper on May 08, 2018
Clint is one of the top breeders and trainers out there. You will never go wrong getting a puppy from him or hiring him for training your dog. No one has done for the breed or the cub then Clint Lafary. He is a very honest person and truly loves this these little pocket rockets as they are known as by many. I got my first EB from Sur Le Delavan. Nothing has changed my life more then my Bo! He maybe more dog then I can handle as he is one strong hunting buddy if there ever was one. I am sure had he been in Clint's hands Gun Ch Gracen Sur Le Delavan TAN (aka Bo)would be a grand champion as so many of his family are. There are few trainers out there as loving with your dog when training as he is.
Submitted by: Jackie Hutwagner on May 08, 2018
GRCHF CH Gallant Thor Sur Le Delavan TAN came to our family as a puppy and has excelled in the field. He has earned his grand champion of the field title and his champion of the show titles at 3 years old. Thor had a close call at 8 months old when he and his 6 month old girlfriend ran away from home. We found Thor and Harriett 8 days later. He had been hit by a vehicle and his front leg was shattered. A surgeon in Dothan Alabama was able to fix him up and with a plate and 14 screws in his leg Thor almost won best of show but he had a limp that cost him the win. We had the plate removed and Thor healed up good as new and has never looked back. He has hunted birds all over the US including ruff grouse, huns, prairie chicken, pheasant, woodcock, and so on. He has 8 open class wins on wild birds, liberated birds in solo and couples. Thank you for producing our dog. Not only can he hunt, field trial and show but he is an excellent house pet and our family truly loves him as part of our family.
Submitted by: Phil Bowers on May 08, 2018
Clint runs a topnotch facility. He strives to produce dogs of the best quality. As he says, he will not cut corners. He is always willing to help with training questions whether you have one of his dogs or not. He is totally dedicated to the concept of a "Total Dog."
If you are looking for a puppy, help with training, or just information on this wonderful breed, he is the one to talk to...
Submitted by: Lynsi Hammond on May 07, 2018
There are many breeders out there on the web, and we checked into most of them. After weeding through the masses we settled with a few breeders we felt very comfortable with. Real breeders, ones that import dogs, trial dogs, show dogs and aren't afraid to move away from dogs that aren't working out. Sur le Delavan made the cut for us. We are looking forward to their June 2018 litter! This will be our 5th EB and the first time going outside our first breeder. Clint hunts his dogs. The same dogs are some of the best trialing dogs in the UKC. Clint is very willing to train his puppies or any other dogs for that matter...I encourage you to find a breed of EBs that will also train your puppy for you.
I highly recommend you give Clint a call if you are looking for a puppy or gun dog training.
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Submitted by: Rex Holmes on Apr 10, 2018
I wanted to take a minute to share my experience using Sur le Delavan Kennel with others. Clint was very willing to work with me in trying to get us a puppy. At first, we were willing to wait for one of his puppies and looked elsewhere. When we spoke to many other breeders we quickly learned what set Sur le Delavan Kennel apart from many other breeders, respect. Clint was willing to listen to me for what I was looking for and never tried to tell me what I was looking for. Clint was also willing to train the puppy when it was ready, I found very few "breeders" train dogs also. I strongly believe this is another very good reason to look at Sur le Delavan Kennel. I don't believe my experience is any different than many others... I highly recommend Sur le Delavan for your puppy or training needs.