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LEtoile du Nord kennels - North Dakota Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel Breeders

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About LEtoile du Nord kennels

I am a breeder of superior quality AKC/UKC Epagneul Bretons (French Brittany Spaniels). Bred for high natural hunting ability, and to be your companion by the fireplace after the hunt.

Home of GrCHF GRCH Vernon de L'Escarbot MH. The first Pointing dog of any breed to receive the "Grand Champion of the Field" Title in UKC history. Vern is also the first American bred and trained dog to receive a C.A.C.T in France. In addition to Trialing my dogs in AKC, UKC and Europe, I hunt my dogs extensively. By doing both I insure excellence in the field.

I am located north of Jamestown, in Sykeston North Dakota

Please feel free to call or email me. I am always happy to talk dogs!

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel
Additional Services
Training, Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Mark Dinsmore
Sykeston, North Dakota 58486
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 11 years.
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Submitted by: Theresa Plummer on Apr 03, 2016
When my husband and I decided we wanted another Epagneul Breton. We currently have two males that are great hunters/all around dogs. I wanted a high quality female all around Epagneul Breton that I could do conformation UKC, possibly breed if all her tests came back good. I started my research until I narrowed it down. After checking over the internet, asking people for a respectful breeder that I could trust. Marks name kept coming up. After checking out his reviews, I sent an email about what I was looking for to Mark. He told me the next step would be to talk. I gave him a call and explained what my intention were. After we talking I felt great about Him. He knew alot about Epagneul Breton and told me things that I didn't hear from other breeder. From DNA, breeding, hunting and about them being an all around dogs. He made me feel so comfortable that I know I could trust him and call for any question I might have. After about a year we received a little orange and white roan girl named Liberty. Since The day I flew out to ND and brought her home she has been everything I wanted. She has been a little spit fire and has an unbelievable nose with a great personality. She loves being in the field training, to the point when she hears a gun shot go off and it isn't her turn she start jumping and crying. Liberty has been involved with all kinds of different dog spots WP, Confirmation, core fitness, barn hunting and bird hunting I'm so impressed with Liberty at 8 months old there hasn't been anything she hasn't been able to do. That's what I call an all around pup :)
I'm looking forward to seeing the many things my little Liberty is going to do.

Submitted by: Richard on Mar 04, 2016
Looks like the Hellion pups are nice & healthy, growing everyday.
I am trying to figure out which ones are the females and enjoying every minute
watching the video. My wife and I are watching the video all the time and
think it is great. Thanks for taking the time to do this for the folks that are getting
a pup.

Submitted by: Jesse on Feb 14, 2016
We were looking for a French Brittany breeder when we discovered Mark at LEtoile du Nord. After a couple of phone conversations with him, it was evident that he is very knowledgeable and loves his dogs. He was more than happy to answer any questions we had. It is obvious that he wants his dogs to go to a good home and for the owners to be happy. To that end, he is always ready to give you support after you've brought your dog home.

We brought Charlie home in September of 2015 and couldn't be happier with him. He is intelligent and loves people. We constantly hear others comment on how good-looking he is, whether they're taking about his face, markings in general, or watching him run. At 6 months old, his hunting instinct has been growing stronger by the week and we can't wait to get him into his first full hunting season. I have no doubt that Mark will want to hear how Charlie is doing and provide any support we may need along the way.
Submitted by: Kirk on Feb 07, 2016
A few years back I decided to move forward with getting a bird dog , that was the easy part . As I began my journey, the questions began to mount: what breed?, what birds I would be hunting? , what equipment would I need? , Vet? ,medication? , vaccinations?, training? ,money and time . With all of these who, what, where, racing through my head, I realized I needed help and lots of it . I purchased some books and did the internet thing . I began answering my questions breed? , French Brittany . I felt the size and all around hunting ability that was described in so many articles really connected with me . Armed with enough information to get myself in trouble I started to look for breeders. Eventually I found an article on Breed Profile in Gun Dog Magazine on line about the French Brittanys . The article had some good info and a small section on finding a dog . They interviewed Mark Dinsmore owner of "LEtoile du Nord" kennels , so I gave him a call . I explained to Mark my situation, wanting to be a first time bird dog owner and what I perceived the French Brittany's to be . At that time I had no idea of the time and dedication Mark had put into his animals or the extraordinary accomplishments Mark and his dogs had achieved but from that first contact with him , I knew I was dealing with someone who was not only interested in finding the best home for his pups but also willing to make himself and his wealth of knowledge and experience available to a rookie . He even allowed me to spend some time at my request working with him and his dogs . That experience was invaluable .

Ultimately I did get a pup from Mark , not only did he provide me with a beloved family member and hunting partner but it has been his support through the training process that has keeped me and my dog on the right track .

My dog Jakez, he is a good dog . He loves to hunt . He loves his family and his family loves him back x 10 .

Kirk Aham and Jakez

Submitted by: Bud Shipp on Jan 30, 2016
When my Epagneul Breton turned 11 mos. of age, he qualified to run in the Open Class of UKC Field Trials. His retrieving was inconsistent at best which is not unusual for a young dog. The following season, I campaigned him only in UKC Wild Trials which do not require retrieving. Throughout his training for that year, he was still inconsistent with his retrieving. I sought the advice of his breeder, Mark Dinsmore. Mark said he could take care of the "Force Fetch" but didn't like to start a dog until it was 2 years old. I went to Mark because he deals almost exclusively with EB's and knows the breed very well. Some trainers I know are too harsh and don't understand this breed.

My Ike is a very stubborn, intelligent dog with a high hunt desire. Mark took extra time with Ike above and beyond his usual 6 week Force Fetch program. I couldn't be happier with the results. Ike loves retrieving and doesn't hesitate when I send him for a quail, pheasant, or any size bird in between. He has made some water retrieves this year during the hunting season which he had never been faced with and performed to a very high degree of proficiency. He is soft mouthed and I sometimes have to remind him to "hold" all of the way back to me. I usually do this a day or two prior to a Liberated trial. For my money, Mark Dinsmore was the obvious choice to train Force Fetch for my EB. I have no doubt that he would be just as proficient with any breed.

Bud Shipp, Illinois
Submitted by: Penny on Jan 30, 2016
After researching what breed to go with and then weeks of research and speaking with many breeders, I put a deposit on a female puppy from Mark Dinsmore at L'Etoile du Nord Kennel. When speaking to Mark it's evident his passion is his dogs and he is always willing to provide guidance and professional knowledge about the breed. He is more than willing to share his time and expertise before and after you purchase one of his pups.

Isis de L'Etoile du Nord is a pup out of sire, 2XTR CH Darius de L'Etoile du Nord and dam, GUN CH Chloe de la Crete Bleues. She comes from excellent breeding and it shows. Although I was last on the list for picking a pup out of the litter, Miss Isis, has exceeded my expectations, not only in the field but as a housemate as well. It just goes to show that any pup from Mark Dinsmore, even last pick of a litter, will be an outstanding bird dog.

I drove to North Dakota to pick her up September 2013. She was just perfect and, despite all the warnings I received about how poorly puppies travel, her ability to travel without incident was unbelievable, literally fussing for only the first 10 minutes of the 23-hour drive back to New York. To date, any time we travel to trials or hunting, regardless of the miles, Isis gets out of the car and gets right to the business at hand.

Although I have not had the time to do the amount of training I would like to do with her, her natural ability shines. I did take her to CEB National trials last February where she rightfully earned her TAN. She is a naturally gifted bird dog and did what she was bred to instinctually do. She continues to teach me about her capabilities every day. My friends are amazed with her when they watch her work in the field with her remarkable bird/prey drive and beautiful points.

As for temperament, she is a sweet, sweet girl. She is quite a clown, extremely intelligent, and persistent, both to get affection and while hunting! Every time we are out hunting she wants to keep going even when its time to quit for the day. It is a complete joy to have her as my partner in the field!!
Submitted by: Bret H on Jan 02, 2016
Hello Mark,

I've seen a few of your videos of Vern-- great stuff. I just wanted to say hello--- looks like you're building a great gun dog dynasty. I did a LOT of research back in 2008 and 2009 and had found some of Vern's pups in White Bear Lake, MN-- the Whiteoaks-- Rachael and Allan. I had contacted you and you didn't have any pups at the time I think you may have directed me to them or found them on

I saw all of Vern's accomplishments and had read all about the history of the breed and temperament. We added one of Vern and Windy's pups to our family in April of 2009. Since she was born in '09 she had to be named with an "E", thus, Eloise was chosen (aka Ellie).
She's been a GREAT gundog and family member, she is absolutely bird crazy and been so since the day we got her. I had her "trained" with a local trainer/breeder here in IL. I say "trained" because he even admitted, "she only needs to be fine-tuned, she's got a TON of natural ability". Even in the car, she focuses on every bird in flight, running from the front seat to the vary back to follow a flying bird and even whines when she sees a clump of bushes in the hopes that there's a bird in it!

She's found and pointed 200+ birds in the last few years, she has never retrieved, but I never forced her and never took her to more training to assist with that, but she will often help me find a downed bird if I call her back in.

I see you've moved over to ND, I'm sure you love being in pheasant country.

Thanks for a great hunting partner and family companion, I've attached a few pics-- she looks a lot like Vern and Windy, and got Windy's coloring.

She looks small in the pics, she may be on the smaller side-- she weighs approx 33 lbs.--- but big on spirit. The first pic was at 10 mos. old holding a pigeon while at training, the next is her first "live hunting pheasant" at 10 mos old and the last was Dec.18 2015 at 6 yrs old. The pic with the birds was after a 6 hr day of chasing pheasants, she must've logged 15-20 miles--- she was exhausted.

Best Wishes,


Submitted by: Jerry on Jan 01, 2016
Tess is rockstar! That picture I sent you is 10 birds. Limit for myself and friend. We took 4 birds from area some guy just hunted with his setters. We laugh about it all the time. He had just went though the area.
Submitted by: Doug Shevelow on Nov 26, 2015
I first met Mark 4 years ago when I wondered down his lane to ask permission to hunt ducks in the flooded field next door. So I have seen his operation and dogs first hand. His enthusiasm for the breed is contagious. Two+ years ago I bought an orange/white roan pup from Darius X Etoille, "Indie," call name "Ralphie." I have a pretty good American Britt who was 7 at the time.

Ralphie lost part of his first year to a broken leg (long story, my fault). Ralphie is now going on three and is coming on strong--almost steady through wing and shot. Works close, checks in when he gets out too far, quarters beautifully, very athletic, hunts dead well, very enthusiastic and has a natural retrieve. Not afraid of water, either.

House manners are good, although sometimes a little mischievous when left unattended. He was easy to crate train. He is a big time cuddler.

Mark has been there every step of the way, always quick to return an email or phone call. I surely will pick up another pup from him in the next few years.

Submitted by: Sean Fritzler on Nov 08, 2015
My name Sean Fritzler. I'm a third generation bird hunting guide on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana. My experience with Mr. Dinsmore has been great! Mark always makes time to talk to you about your pup and how it is coming along and progressing. Mark truly cares about the dogs that he sells to you and wants you to be happy with your choice. Can't wait for the next one! Thanks Mark!

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