We raise, Field Bred English Springer Spaniels, on a limited basis, to improve the breed. In the heart of the Alexandria MN lakes area.Our dogs have proved themselves in the field as well as the water and would be happy to let you see them work. They are great looking and of sound temperaments. They are excellent bird finders with tons of drive and great around the house. Many references. Our dogs are home raised and well socialized.
They are backed up with a " 36 " month full health guarantee in writing. We take great pride in what we produce as gun dogs.
They are great dogs for the field, the water, and the family. Check out our site below for current news.
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Referring to the training, we are willing to help anyone interested in gun dog training. We are involved with a few different training clubs, and welcome any new comers. There is no cost to you above birds. So if you are interested get in touch. We are in the Alexandria MN lakes area.This training starts out at the puppy stage. Feel free to call any time.
Submitted by: Ryan U on Dec 28, 2017
We purchased our ESS from Ken and had a great experience. Lindy is a very bright dog and is training well. She is 5 months old and responds well to verbal, hand and whistle signals. She has a lot of energy in the field and is a very affectionate dog in the house.
I would recommend Ken and his dogs to anybody who is interested in a Springer. Ken has a very nice and clean facility and cares for his dogs.
Submitted by: Mel Hanson on Dec 26, 2017
We received Easton a year or so ago out of Hardy their beautiful stud dog. When I saw Hardy run it was amazing. And also the best looking spaniel I have ever seen. I did not know a springer could run and find birds like that. I knew in about 10 seconds I wanted a pup out of that dog. I am so glad I made that decision. Easton has been great in the house, easy to train. And was hunting wild pheasants at just 9 months old. He out hunts dogs 5-9 years old. Thanks, and when I am ready for a new pup I will be in contact.
Submitted by: Cheri Wiley on Aug 08, 2017
We now own 3 Blue River Kennel field bred springers!! Our dogs are used for upland game and now they are also competing in field trials with great success.
Ken Hanson has developed a strong line of intelligent and driven dogs with an amazing nose and flush. Each of our Blue River Kennel ESS are also fabulous family dogs as they spend their down time in the house. Ken has also remained in contact over the years to check in on how each puppy/breeding has progressed. There is simply no substitute for good breeding.
By far, one of the best decisions I have ever made was getting a Blue River ESS puppy from Ken Hanson.
In short . . . great dogs, great guy!
Submitted by: David Holmbeck on Jul 24, 2017
We purchased Aspen from Blue River Kennel after I researched various Field Bred Springer Breeders in the Midwest.
As an owner of another FSS, I knew what I was looking for in a puppy. Specifically, Ken and his family raise family & hunting dogs that are well socialized with other dogs and humans. Ken also breeds dogs with field champion bloodlines that allows them to excel when in the field.
I should also note that Aspen was retrieving the same day we picked her up at 8 weeks which demonstrates Blue River Kennel's dedication to producing a great gun dog!
Submitted by: John on Jul 23, 2017
Had a great experience getting our field ESS pup from Ken! Moose is developing well at about 4 months old. He is a great family dog, with excellent disposition and incredible smarts! He is relentless and determined in the field. I can't wait to watch him grow more in his hunting. As the BIGGEST boy from Ken's rockstar, Odie and Willow litter... I think this guy is going to be something SPECIAL and chip off the ol block (he already is something special in the house and with the kids)! Thanks Blue River Kennels for a great experience and a very well bred pup!
Submitted by: Mark Wimmer on Jul 23, 2017
Isabelle is our 3-month old female puppy. She is a Blue River puppy. Although it is early. She has a great nose. We have not allowed her outside our yard as yet. Just a precaution. But she will sit and watch birds, barking beneath our Spruce. I can't wait to get her in a field filled with game birds. She has great pursuit. I already see a difference with her from earlier experiences. Very distinct. She will hunt with great determination. It's getting the bird away from her that will be more the concern (she has captured one backyard bird already, sorry to say). I seriously doubt chasing her...discouraged her in any way. She nearly swallowed the bird whole. We are excited to be taking these first steps with her. She has a loving home. She is rowdy, and rebellious with a hint of sweetness yet to come. Honestly. Her talents outmatch mine.
Submitted by: Jaremy Day on Jul 21, 2017
We purchased Summit from Blue River Kennel a little over two months ago. At 18 weeks he is showing all the signs of a great hunter. Summit absolutely loves people and has been a great addition to our family. He is very eager to learn and loves to please. He is a very smart dog. I cannot wait until this years hunting season to see how he truly works in the field on live birds.
I did extensive research to find Blue River Kennel's. I spent a lot of time on the phone the with Ken, as I live about 2000 miles away from his kennel. Ken spent the time to guide me through the process of picking the right dog for the personalty traits I was looking for. Thanks Ken!!
Submitted by: Matt Leisch on Sep 25, 2016
Our 20 month old English Springer Spaniel, Soul, has been an awesome addition to our family. We hunted North Dakota twice last fall when he was 8 and 10 months old and he did great. Can't wait to get back out there this season. He is affectionate, well behaved around the house and gets along great with other dogs.
I visited Ken's facility twice in the months before we got Soul. Ken's kennels are spotless and his dogs are well cared for - he rotates them all through his house so they are friendly and well socialized. He welcomed me to tag along with him while he trained so I had a chance to see both his mature finished dogs and his younger dogs work on live birds.
Soul is not even 2 yrs old so I'm not looking for another dog, but if we decided to add a second dog to our house, I would definitely go back to Blue River Kennel.
Submitted by: eric duke on Sep 24, 2016
Rumour was trained up and did exactly as expected when I got him as a 10 month old from Ken. Little guy doesn't know when to quit. My lab friends don't like him because he out hunts the labs during waterfowl season. Very versatile dog. Hunt geese 1 day and hunt chukars the next and then quail after that.
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Submitted by: DWIGHT OSTENSON on Sep 21, 2016
WE PURCHASED ABBEY OUR 14 MONTH OLD FIELD BRED SPRINGER SPANIEL FROM KEN AS A PUPPY. SHE WALKED WITH ME DURING LAST FALL'S PHEASANT AND GROUSE SEASON AND WAS SCENTING AND RUNNING DOWN BIRDS AS NEEDED. A REAL JOY IN THE HOME ALSO. KEN IS EXCELLENT AND A REAL DEDICATED BREEDER OF HIS DOGS. HE FIGURED OUT REAL QUICK WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR AND HAD THE RIGHT PUP FOR US. COULDN'T BE HAPPIER. THANKS KEN !!