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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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Testimonials (10)
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!
Submitted by: Jim thompson on Jun 03, 2015
Mark is a great spokesman for this breed , if you are exploring
These packets off dynamite , I was as well three years ago ,and got my first EB from Mark. I have since gotten a second EB . I have had English pointers , English setters , Wirehairs and now I have two french Brits and a lab - for my point in life , mid 60's , I could not be happier with my choices . Mark is very knowledgeable about the breed and bloodlines - give him a call ! - Jim t.
Submitted by: Ryan K. Kappes on Sep 06, 2012
We bought my father a pup from Mark Dinsmore/L’Etoile du Nord Kennels. The pup was a surprise gift. The pups name is Georgia (aka ‘The Roan Rocket’ or ‘Porgie’). She is out of Vern x Ardoise.

Ardoise is my favorite!

Georgia is the most natural bird dog we’ve ever seen. She’s definitely “all” bird dog. She’s a little beast in the field and has a motor that just doesn’t quit. Bird findin’ fool. She’s very driven but yet very biddable.

The most impressive thing has been her steadiness on wild birds at a very young age. At three months old she was handling birds like a veteran.

Her range/cast is fabulous. She naturally adjusts according to the cover.
She’s a wonderful natural retriever, very soft mouth, brings our training quail back alive and unharmed, that’s with minimal training.

Mark is a wonderful guy and has unbelievable dogs. You can tell Mark loves his dogs and that his dogs are his life. Mark always has time for questions, whether over the phone or over email. He always makes you feel welcome and is very sincere. He is also very passionate about what he does and is a true advocate of EBs, like stated below.

We highly recommend Mark and his dogs. Our family is very proud to own a dog from Mark and will continue to work with Mark in the future.

Georgia loves life, loves everyone and is a little clown.

Can’t go wrong with an EB…especially one from L’Etoile Du Nord Kennels!

Submitted by: Clint LaFary on Nov 08, 2011
The first time you talk to Mark you know he loves his dogs. Furthermore, the first time you meet Mark in person you know the dogs are his life. I never felt more comfortable in dealing with an individual (he is much more than just a breeder) in selecting a stud as I did with Mark. We used his Vern twice now as stud. Since the first time contacting him, Mark has gone way past what is expected from a breeder. Always making time for our questions, and there have been many very long phone conversations. We had the opportunity to visit with Mark in ND a couple of times during the breedings. He has always made our family feel welcome. We believe Mark deeply cares about his dogs and the pups he raises but his passion goes past his dogs, he is a true advocate of the breed! I highly recommend working with Mark.
Submitted by: Arlette hennessey on Feb 05, 2009
I had the pleasure of watching Vern here in Az when they held their national trials here...

Though I am into the American Brittany If I were to ever get into french Brittany aka Epaguel Bretons Vern is one dog I would definitely chose for the sire. He is well put together and has lots of drive and a very good looking dog to boot

if your seeking a french brittany You will not go wrong with Mark and his very special dog Vern or anything Mark is working on. He has a great eye and knows what he likes in his dogs

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