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Nissen's Classic Brittanys - Missouri American Brittany Breeders

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About Nissen's Classic Brittanys

We are grouse & quail guides who guide for grouse/woodcock in Wisconsin, Bobs and pheasant in Kansas, Chukar/Quail in California and three species of quail in Arizona. Our dogs hunt wild birds over 100 days a year in the forests, the plains and the desert. We have roughly 13 dogs on our guiding team at any one time. When the need to add young blood to the team arises we've found the best way to insure getting a high quality pup is to have a breeding of our own. Every two or three years we have a litter at Nissen's Classic Brittanys. The latest litter is due to hit the ground in August 2013. Training programs available.

As we have been in the guiding business for over 30 years and hunted with thousands of dogs, we are in a unique position to evaluate dogs for possible pairings. The dogs we select must be natural pointers, hard hunters that will adapt to the style and range needed to hunt a variety of wild game birds in their natural habitat. They will show the cautiousness needed to point ruffed grouse but also be able stretch out and hunt birds in the prairie and the desert. Around the home they will be calm, lovable and charming, well socialized with all types of people and other dogs. As one or two of these pups will find a home with us you can be assured this is not a random breeding as our livelihood depends on having top notch dogs not only in the field but in the house.

Classic Bird Hunts and it's Brits were recently featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Shooting Sportsman Magazine. Pick a copy up at your local bookstore or link to a copy of the article here.


Litter info here www.nissensclassicbrittanys.com

See photos and action videos of our dogs at our web site www.classicbirdhunts.com

View photos Dam, Sire (Sabrina & Destry) here.

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
American Brittany
Additional Services
Hunting, Fishing, Lodging, Meals, Training
Breeder Contact Info
Pat Nissen
16 Thoreau Ct
O'Fallon, Missouri 63366
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 31 years.
314-780-4977
Click here to visit Nissen's Classic Brittanys website
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Testimonials (24) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Armstrong Family on Dec 17, 2013
We own a puppy from Nissens Classic and have had a wonderful experience, enjoying every minute. This is especially remarkable considering we are first time pet owners. Rudy is four months old and has adapted to our family and routine so easily. He is everything we wanted in a pet; lovable, enjoys the outdoors like we do, low shedding, smart and easy to train. He is the star at training and if we had a nickel for every person that stops us to comment on the breed of dog or just how darn adorable he is we'd have a hundred dollar bill in our pocket. My husband enjoys bird hunting as a hobby and in the spring Rudy will begin bird hunting training. Our experience with Nissens has been excellent. Pat helped us get Rudy home which was 4.5 hours away,included all information we needed for our vet, his AKC registration, his food to get him started with little adjustment and is available for questions too. She loves her dogs and has a tears in her eyes as they leave her home. Our puppy is part of our family and it is hard to imagine life without him.

Submitted by: Carol Earley on Dec 11, 2013
Bogey is awesome! We lost our 20 year old cat this summer and the house was too lonely and organized so I did my research and decided a Brittany would be a good fit. Little did I know how wonderful Pat and Mark would be to work with. We met with Pat and Sabrina (the mom dog)prior to the puppies being born. Pat kept us informed and shared pictures for the first 8 weeks. During puppy classes, the trainer commented often how smart Bogey was and how quickly he learned besides just being adorable. Our little Brittany puppy turned the family room into a play zone. Our house is filled with love and excitement and we could not be happier!! I did read "Puppies for Dummies" before we got our Bogey since I have not had a dog since childhood. That was a huge help in knowing what to expect and no surprises. Bogey is a wonderful addition to our family. We do not hunt but go for long walks and jogs. I recommend Nissen's Classic Brittany's to anyone interested in a Brittany.
Submitted by: Barrett on Dec 08, 2013
I've not owned any of this breeder's dogs, however I've hunted over them since 1998, so that covers several generations of their dogs in the field. Training certainly makes up a part of the experience, but these dogs are obedient, enthusiastic, biddable, and dedicated in the field. You spend little or no time waiting for the dog handler to get the dogs attention, or to get a runner back to business. they know their job; they do it very well; they point, flush and retrieve as they are instructed to do; they back and perform with abilities that are hardwired into the bloodlines. To have lunch among a dozen or so of them sleeping happily and dreaming of the afternoon's birds to come, is something of value.
Submitted by: Don Kirmess on Dec 08, 2013
Well Beau is going to be 4 years old in the coming January and I can say that having Beau has been a real pleasure since we got him as a puppy. This is easily the most intelligent dog I have ever owned. I've hunted Ruff Grouse and Pheasant with him and he's done a great job at both. Among his tributes are hunting wild birds(obviously)and being a very loving pet that wants to be with us and please us no matter what we ask of him. My wife has taught him to ring a cowbell when nature calls, do his outside business in a 6'x6' gravel pit we affectionately call "the potty pit" (no stepping in something unwanted under foot), when he plays with his toys that we keep in a bin we put it on the floor (or ground outside) and he picks his toys out one by one to play with, when he's done we tell him "Clean Up" and he puts his toys back in the bin. He also does the typical doggy tricks like rolling over, sitting, staying and many others. For the hunters out there thinking of getting one of the pups from Classic Bird hunts all I can say is this French Britt that I got from them is a hunting and retrieving machine. Points well and holds the point, retrieves are nothing short of fantastic and has a soft mouth. In the 4 years I have hunted Beau I have yet to have a tooth hole in any of the birds that Beau has retrieved. At home Beau is a real treat too! His laying at my feet as I type this and when done he will follow my to watch TV and either snuggle on his bed or lay with my wife on the couch. He's one very easy going dog with us and with strangers that come to visit. When we decide to get another Britt it will be from Mark at Classic Bird Hunts. I have been at their home base during hunting season and have been with as many as 8 of Marks Britts at one time. All have been biddable and very affectionate and possibly the most easy going bunch of dogs I have ever been around.

I would highly recommend that anyone considering a Britt to look at the Britt's from Classic Bird Hunts. Mark really has some great dogs!

Don Kirmess
Submitted by: Rick Whiting on Dec 07, 2013
Are you in need of a friend or a bird dog? Why choose when you can have both? These dogs have personality, are quick to learn and devoted to pleasing their owner. They have the stamina to be your partner in the field day in and day out, and once back at home they are wonderful members of the family.
Submitted by: Steve Stickler on Dec 07, 2013
I have never spent much time with the Classic Brittany breed until hunting with Mark Nissen and Randy Matis. Their dogs were as amazing in the field, as they were laying next to me in the house. Each dog had their own personality and they were simply just happy dogs. I only spent 3 days with them(wish it could have been more), but I am verified Classic Brittany breed lover now.
Submitted by: Don Kirmess on Oct 11, 2010
My wife and I were looking for a French Brittany knowing that it could be both a family member and a hunter. I was glad that I had done my homework and found Mark. After talking to many breeders in my search I couldn't be more pleased with our choice of Classic Bird Hunts for our puppy. Mark is a conscientious breeder that likes to keep track of how the pup's are doing in their new homes and is happy to help out with any question that my wife or I have had regaurding Beau's (formerly Conan) training. This last Sept./Oct. was Beau's first time in the big woods chasing Grouse and he more than exceeded my expectations for his first hunt. At only 8 moths old he was pointing birds and retreived every one I was able to knock down and worked tiredlessly for the 6 hours that we would spend in the woods every day for 6 days straight. Amazingly Beau went from hunting mode to family pet like he flipped a switch which made me and my wife very happy! Mark did a great job picking the Dam and Sire for his pup's, hard hunters and happy and enjoyable family dogs, Mark has breed some real champs of the dog world. After getting Beau and meeting several other of Beau's litter mates and mother I would highly recommend Mark and Classic Bird Hunts if you are looking for a lovable and hard hunting Britt !

Don Kirmess
Submitted by: Teresa Kische Wright on Jul 27, 2010
I have grown up around brittnays and have never been so impressed by a breeder! After observing Mark and his dogs in the field and at home, my husband and I decided to get a pup. We have been overjoyed. His ability to learn commands while adapting to a home with an older dog has been wonderful. We look forward to fall hunting season and a lifetime of brittnays from Classic Bird Hunts.
Submitted by: Bob Oldenburg on Jul 07, 2010
For my 50th birthday my wife Lisa gave me the green light to order my dream dog...a Brittany. This lead me all over the US via the internet and found me at Mark's doorstep. In March I decided to "hand pick" my pup from the litter...WOW was I in trouble! I left with two, Max & Maggie. I had the priviledge to meet Mark's Mom who saw over the pups for their first (6) weeks. Molly, Max & Maggie's mom, was a real sweetheart as well. So far they are the perfect house pets & travelers and are already "hunting" moths, butterflies and mice...I just know they'll do fine this fall on their first real outing with Mark in September. Max & Maggie have already met (4) of Mark's trained, professional dogs and they all get along great. I would recommend Mark and his dogs to anyone with "puppy fever"!
Submitted by: Mary Ullrich on Feb 10, 2010
We own a brother to Molly and couldn't be happier. He is easy to train and calm and sociable with all other dogs and people, a pleasure to have around the house. Our 12 grandchildren love him and he returns the affection. I am not a hunter myself but I occasionally tag along with my husband and can vouch for his love of hunting, intensity, pointing and retrieving. My favorite part of the hunt is the dinner that follows!

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