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Great Lakes Gun Dogs - Michigan Braque Francais Breeders
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About Great Lakes Gun Dogs
At Great Lakes Gun Dogs we are more a family than a kennel. While we strive to breed an exceptional bird dog, we know how a dog functions in and around the house is just as important. Our dogs and puppies are well socialized by our three active kids and are all part of our family.
Great Lakes Gun Dogs is located in the small country suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here, classic northern woodlands and grassy, rolling terrain meet the warm inland lakes, which prove to be the perfect locale for pheasant, grouse, woodcock and waterfowl. All of which are perfectly suited for the Braque Francais breed.
We particularly admire the breed for its eagerness to please, gentle temperament and compact medium size. Not to mention their versatility in the field, close ranging and natural ability.
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Breeder Contact Info
Keith & Bridgette Leyendecker
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 3 years.
616-260-7332Send Email to Great Lakes Gun DogsClick here to visit Great Lakes Gun Dogs website
Submitted by: Brad Christensen on Aug 18, 2014We couldn't be happier with our Braque from Great Lakes Gun Dogs. The first thing we noticed about him was how well socialized he was. He is comfortable with everyone and absolutely loves children. He is a quick learner and crate training/house training was very fast and easy. In terms of a family pet he is ideal; good with people and a fast learner.
Before i got a Braque i had heard that they were "big in the field and small in plenty of hiking in California and Colorado. On the trips he runs all day and loves the water.
At home he has his activity periods in the morning and afternoon but spends most of the day sleeping.
I've started to train him using the Delmar Smith/Huntsmith style and it is working really well. He has a strong prey drive and a good natural retrieve.
I would highly recommend Braques Francais as a breed and Great Lakes Gun Dogs as a breeder.
Submitted by: Kerry Batty on Aug 05, 2014Great Lakes Gun Dogs is the best!! We were new to Braque Francais as a breed but not new to bird dogs. After researching this breed online, BFs seemed to meet our needs for a new family pet & hunting companion for my husband. The team at GLGD was SO helpful, answering all our questions. We were lucky to put in the last deposit on the litter they had just welped.
Throughout the next 8 weeks, the Leyendeckers posted photos & videos on Facebook with updates. They comment back, are quick to answer emails & questions. We never felt far away from what was happening, how they were developing or who was doing what in the welping box. Bridgette was a master at coordinating transportation for the pups & pick ups. We felt that we were in good hands all the way.
Fast forward a year and a half, our BF Sophia is a delight. She is everything we anticipated. She is easy to have in our Brooklyn apartment, quiet & cuddly. Outside she is raring to go, eager & attentive. We are constantly stopped on the sidewalk by folks asking questions about her & telling us how beautiful she is. She is mistaken for a GSP all the time. Easy to do. And when we tell them she's a French Pointer, everyone is amazed. They've never seen anyone like her. We hand out GLGD info all the time :) The Leyendeckers have been available to answer any questions along the way. We are so lucky to have found them & Sophia!
Great Lakes Gun Dogs are a wonderful family who truly knows what they are doing & the dogs they are breeding. What's more, they are diligent about proper breeding practices & keeping bloodlines separate. They take great care of their dogs & pups. I would highly recommend them!!
Submitted by: Garvin L on Feb 04, 2014The folks at Great Lakes Gun Dogs made us feel like family. After losing my first bird dog early to cancer, I started the search for a new hunting companion and family member. With a young family, I needed a dog that could perform in the field and be in a home with a toddler. I set my sights on the Braque Francais, and began the search to find the right breeder. I spoke to a few Braque breeders (and they all were great) but I felt a strong connection with the brother breeding team of Seth and Keith of Great Lakes Gun Dogs truth be known, wives Tammie and Bridgette were equally a part of the decision to select GLGD as my BF breeder of choice a fantastic family who also have young children and understood what I was looking for in a dog.
I had a lot of questions for them. After a number of conversations on the phone and building a comfortable rapport with them, I decided it was time for a visit to see these dogs in person. The trip took some planning as we were making the trek from South Western Ontario, across the border to Western Michigan. The GLGD family was overly-accommodating and planned a wonderful day for us. My family was able to spend a few hours getting to know breeders, the breed, and their dogs better. On the long journey back there was no debate on the breed or breeders we loved them both.
Fast forward about 10 months and we have a healthy seven month old pup that is a great family dog and by all indications, will be a first class gun dog. My first dog will never be forgotten he was great, but my Braque is making is easier to move on. What enhances the experience with my Braque is the great relationship I have with my breeder. They were there to answer my many questions in the beginning via e-mail and phone. They opened their home to my family to get to know the breed and their dogs better. They used social media effectively to keep us informed during the pregnancy, the selection process, and for general updates on their dogs and extended Braque family. Seth and I have regular dialogue on training techniques and all things NAVHDA. Importing my dog into Canada required some paperwork from their vet Seth had it organized and ready when I picked up my dog. The folks at GLDG run a great business. If I could sum them up with one word, it would be integrity. If you are considering a Braque Francais, I would encourage you to contact Great Lakes Gun Dogs and have a chat youll be glad you did I am.