Submitted by: FRANK LAY on Apr 11, 2016
First, let me say that I'm an avid bird hunter and I wanted a female Epagneul Breton puppy.
I already had two males of the same breed out of another kennel. After considerable research, I decided to get a pup from Ed Smith.
I bought a black tri color female puppy, Jules, out of Dollie and Fergus. I got first pick and took the runt.
Incidentally, the pair are expecting again this May 2016.
She was born May 2014.
I started Jules bird training at 3mo old with a trainer, working pigeons on a check cord.
She hunted with me in MI, IN, ND, SD and back to ND at the end the 2014 season. Jules started her hunting career at 5mo old and, in my opinion, was amazing. She hunted hard, pointed and fetched.
As a hunter, that was most satisfying.
She made one of the greatest fetches I've ever witnessed in ND at only 5mo old, tracking a downed rooster 1/4mi into a swamp and found it even with the distraction of other birds flushing wild in the swamp.
Then we trained some more to prepare for the club Nationals in IL Feb 2014.
She got a pass with honor on liberated birds the fist day. Then another pass with honor on wild birds the next day.
She also won Best Female in the US in the confirmation show which qualified her for my proudest award, "Total Dog".
She was confirmed Excellent at the Nationals this March.
I bought another puppy, Lodi, from Ed in August 2015 out of another set of parents. He is an orange and white. Just like Jules, Lodi has proven to be an excellent hunter and a handsome lad, winning Best Puppy in the US at the club national conclave in March.
Obviously, Ed Smith, owner of Smith's Epagneul Breton, breeds excellent dogs, both in ability and confirmation.
Please give Ed a call if you would like a promising puppy.
Submitted by: Elizabeth Morton on Apr 20, 2015
A bit of background: We are a family with tweens/teens who love the urban and county outdoors, and we are big supporters of Pheasants Forever. We have had labs for years, but when we've been heartbroken over the sudden loss of our most recent girl (a master pointer lab and all-round gun dog). After much consideration, we decided that we would investigate the Britanny, and we've met some really great ones in past bird seasons. We also wanted the French Britanny (not the American Brittany Spaniel), since we have a town home, can take the dog to work, and have many daily visitors, and thus need a gun dog that will adapt naturally to this environment.
We were thrilled to find Smith's and went to visit. This is wonderful breeder! He is small-scale, takes great care of his dogs, and is very serious about breeding excellent lines. We also saw instantly everything we read about the great qualities of the breed.
We put our deposit down right away on one of Joyce's pups. Can't wait!