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Windy Acres French Brittanys - North Dakota Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel Breeders
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About Windy Acres French Brittanys
ABOVE: Above DeLane with his 10 year old dog Max. See testimonial below soon!. Max is an amazing dog and has given DeLane many great trips afield. As you can see he loves goose hunting and Max can point!! all bird and find them all as well . Thanks for the pass. Windy Acres is a small kennel located in bird country and croplands of South Central North Dakota near the SD boarder. For over 50 years the black nose Brittany has been a favorite of Phil and his friends. When we started the kennel there were just 7 Registered Epagneul Breton kennels in the country Wow how that has changed. The popularity of the breed and the eager buyers have increased that to way over 100 and counting.
All of our dogs are Duel Registered or tri registered UKC, AKC, NAVHDA. Proven excellent Hunters and Huntress. We do insure all breeding pairs are exceptional hunters.We cater to hunters and Family hunting dogs.
Our Lines are all superior and proven . We give a full 2 year guarantee on all our dogs.
We have several training plans and cater to all levels of training requirements. Phil has trained over 500 dogs and loves it.
Our desire is to become a kennel family with and for our clients, we strive to provide the best lines, proven breeding pairs and professional training and most of all superior Customer Service before and after the sale.
My goal is to breed for a client, not have a litter, and It is proven a good plan. Having only 2-3 litters can mean a wait, at times but clients tell me it was worth the wait to get a well fit dog for the field and family. I look forward to finding one for your family.
Also a Huge thank you all for the support Kind words and for Loving my dogs !!!
I love to, and am very proud to, show these dogs and everyone is invited to come visit for a field run any time.
May you all have a Super year and Id like to say Thank You and God Bless to our New , Repeat and Future clients
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel
Training, Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
2991 70th St SE
Napoleon, North Dakota 58561
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 17 years.
701-332-6352Send Email to Windy Acres French BrittanysClick here to visit Windy Acres French Brittanys website
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Submitted by: Brian Vrablick on Jan 20, 2017Our lab was getting too old to hunt and we started researching different dog breeds. My wife wanted a smaller dog and I was thinking of switching to a pointing breed since I mostly hunt upland birds and not much waterfowl anymore. We stumbled onto the French Brittany and also Windy Acres Kennel.
Phil knows the French Brittany and he is more than willing to talk to you about his dogs, the breed, and he makes sure you understand what these dogs do.
We put ourselves on the list and Phil kept us informed when the female was bred and also throughout the pregnancy. When the puppies were born is when Phil really goes all out for his clients. We were sent videos of the birth of almost every puppy! It was like we were there to share in the joy and surprise. Is it a boy or girl, what color is it, etc. Then every week Phil would send pictures of each puppy. He would also do short videos once the pups started getting some personality to help us make our decision as to which puppy we would choose.
We decided to make the drive to ND and turn it into a family adventure. Our lives have not been the same since we made the trip. Of course, the puppy stage was challenging especially with young children at home. Potty training happened fairly quickly. Our dog loves to chew so we have plenty of toys around. Mylo is very sweet and loving, but he is also very persistent about getting what he wants. He definitely does better in the house if he gets exercise. He does even better if it is a lot of exercise. I would not get a French Brittany if you are not going to get the dog outside.
Fast forward to the fall and hunting season. I hunted him over planted birds three times before I took him out for wild birds. Mylo has an incredible nose. He will pick up scent from a long ways away. He will point, creep up, point, creep up, point. He just does it on his own. Of course with the planted birds I knew approximately where they were and he never bumped them. His second time out on wild birds we had a running pheasant go about 500 yards. He pointed about 8 different times and he ended up pointing the bird near a field edge and I was 10 yards from the flush. Unfortunately it was a hen, but I never would have been within shooting range of that bird with my lab unless I was an Olympic sprinter. He was about 7 months old when that happened and I am really excited for the future.
If you want a French Brittany you will not be disappointed with Phil, his dogs, or the experience of buying from Windy Acres. Phil is always there to answer questions and give you training advice if you ask for help.
Jill and Brian Vrablick WA
Submitted by: Cheri Meidinger on Dec 21, 2016We are blessed to have 2 of Windy Acres beautiful French Brittanys. Loki is almost 10 years old and has a passion for hunting. Although Faith who is almost 8, was purchased as a family pet due to a slight heart murmur at birth, she has proven to be an excellent hunter as well. Her heart murmur corrected itself and she hunts every chance she can get. My favorite thing about these dogs is their excited nature in the field and calm nature in the house.
Our dogs are not only hunters, but part of our family. They know when one of us is feeling sad or ill and come to cheer us up or lie next to us so that we are never alone. My daughter looks for Faith first thing when she returns home from school. These two have the child/pet connection you see in the movies and it's great to see. They are our constant companions and make our lives complete.
Submitted by: Pat Chapin on Dec 21, 2016Coral, From Phil's super dogs at Windy Acres is my five year-old tri-color, she had a great season in Montana this year. Pheasants were down somewhat but we still managed to get lots over five months of almost daily hunting in unusually spectacular weather. It was downright hot most days but thanks to extraordinary rainfall during early October before we arrived, the coulees and creeks all had water running in them till Thanksgiving weekend. Cover was incredibly dense. But Coral rose to the occasion. Every day saw her pointing upwards of dozens of birds. Because of the wet early season, most pheasants had seen little hunting activity by the end of October when we got to Montana. They held nicely but the problem was often simply seeing her in high grass when she was on point. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Coral is her level of expertise in spite of essentially no competent training. I have always been a flushing Lab man and basic obedience is about all that's needed to make them work. Coral started out being merely "something to keep me busy" after the tragic losses of my wife and son. No barrels, tables, long leashes, or e-collars. If she turned into another flushing dog, that would be fine with me. In spite of my lack of training expertise and equipment, Coral has developed into an extremely "sleuthy" pointer, and when she goes on point, she stays rock solid till either I or the Labs get to her. No need to command whoa. Never knew it was supposed to be in my vocabulary. I'm sure I can count on both hands the number of false points over five weeks of hunting this fall. It's so rare that I'll usually come back and work the same spot after a half hour or so. As often as not the bird turns up. Blame those near misses on heavy cover and lots of standing water this year. About the only distraction I have to worry about is cottontails. Coral is quite interested in them, though she hardly blinks at jackrabbits or deer. Porcupines are briefly noted before proceeding on to work. Coral is easy to work with. She's sensitive and worships me. Keeping her under control is generally not difficult. She is not a running dog and stays home even if the gate gets left open which is very unusual for a pointing breed. We are very close - she sleeps against my heart most nights. Thanks for the great dog!
Submitted by: Delane Dollinger on Dec 17, 2016Max, Hank and Gypsy's son. He is almost 10 years old and is still in top condition as a pet and foremost as a bird hunter. These dogs are mostly known as upland pointing hunters, I would like to add that they also love to hunt waterfowl. He is fearless and will run down a wounded 15 pound Canada or run into the water to get a downed Snow goose. Max loves to be in the layout blind with me and will lay, watching quietly, even when there are 100s of birds overhead. I have lost count of all the pheasants he has pointed and run down when the shooting was not quite up to par. I have had people hunt with me that had not seen a French Brittany before and had hunted with many different breeds of dogs. They have been amazed at his all around performance, his nose for birds, his solid lockup points, and his ability to run down any wounded bird. Phil has a wonderful set of dogs for hunting. They are also great house dogs. Hunting Pheasants in the snow.
Submitted by: Jim Tormey on Dec 13, 2016Phil,
My Doolin is ready to celebrate his fifth year on God's green earth shortly. He is still full of life, and ready to run and/or swim all day. My Grandson (2 1/2 years old) loves to give him the signal to jump into and out of the deck of our truck, his record is 11 without a miss. I still struggle with Doolin always taking the best chair when we are at the fire pit or on the patio, but in spite of that bad habit, he is still my constant companion, my shadow and my best friend.
God bless your dog-making formulas (Gypsy and Finn), and your ability to match the pups with the best suited human.
Hope all is well.
Submitted by: on Dec 05, 2016This is a Gypsy and Finn male pup:2012
With another season almost finished here I wanted to give you an update on Hap. With 12 dogs under my belt so far, in my life, I can confidently tell you Hap is the smartest and by far the most birdie dog Jessie and I have had. We hunted from Maine to Georgia and have enjoyed great hunts in every state. No matter the species Hap has pointed and retrieved them all. We decided to send this in because, I see as usual, you are sold out already for next seasons litters . We wanted those of you that are willing to wait , to know, it is well worth the time for a dog from Phil. We waited an extra year and would and will, if necessary, do it again. The payback for the wait is huge! My grandson is going to hunt next fall and he is already talking about getting a dog like Hap! All my friends are convinced as well. I think you have 2 of them on your list. Here is wishing you a Merry Christmas and continued good health for many years to come.
From Pete and Jessie, the O'Conner's of Wisconsin.
Submitted by: Barry B. on Nov 28, 2016Foxy got a Thanksgiving rooster!. We approached a slough and foxy was immediately birdie. She knew there was a bird in there and went into overdrive trying to find it. I thought I covered the slough well and was on the way back to the truck, down wind, when Foxy went on point facing me about 20 yards in front of me. As I approached her eyes would look at me then to where the bird was and back at me and where the bird was. It was so neat. When I got to her I moved the grass with my foot in front of her and the rooster flushed. I shot the rooster and foxy retrieved it. What a way to spend Thanksgiving morning. Thanks again Phil, for the great friend, companion and gun dog! Tomorrow is another hunting day for us. Fun!
Submitted by: Cody Kottre on Sep 11, 2016We would like to send a huge thank you to Phil. We spent some time at Windy Acres a few weeks ago with our pup Finnley (Hank and jipzee litter). We were having a few issues with him and needed that boost to not feel like we were doing everything wrong. In Over 3 hrs. Phil walked us threw a few training tips. He set 2 birds for Finnley,which He pointed like a champ!! He pointed till he was told okay. We went there thinking we were doing everything wrong and our little 13 week old pup proved us beyond wrong! Phil has amazing genetics in his dogs, we are thankful for all he has done for us!
The Kottre family
Submitted by: Toby Bradshaw on Aug 21, 2016Theo (Hank x Jipzee) is just under 16 weeks old, and has really gotten fired up over the valley quail that we come across in our daily walks through the high desert. This evening Theo got into a big covey, chasing them on the ground until they flushed, then following them for awhile as they flew. He came back to check in with me, then went off after the singles, quartering (which he does naturally) with his head high into the evening breeze. It wasn't long before he started getting birdy, then catwalking, and finally pointing. He rolled his eyes back at me, probably thinking, "Are you smelling what I'm smelling?"
Pretty impressive for a pup that's never seen a wing on a string, or anything other than a wild bird, since I picked him up from Phil at 7 weeks. I never say a word to Theo in the field -- he just seems to know what to do. I couldn't be happier with him.
Submitted by: Toby Bradshaw on Aug 13, 2016(In all these years, This is the first Pup Iv sold to a Falconer/Hawker, Seems to work for him. :-)I'm told he is one of the best.
Theo is 13.5 weeks now Spring 2016 Hank and Jipzee pairing.
On yesterday evening's walk he came across his first quail up close -- a pair of valley quail with chicks just a few days old. The hen led Theo on a chase through the sagebrush, away from her chicks, before flushing. He kept chasing the hen as she was flying. Now that he knows what quail really are, he may show more interest in the coveys that come into the yard every day to feed.
Theo has a terrific nose, and every jackrabbit foot, dried-up chipmunk, and duck wing lying out in the desert is his chew toy. It's very funny to have him come galloping past me, then spin around when he catches the scent of an old rabbit skull half-buried under some greasewood bush. He loves to carry his treasures all over the place, so I'm expecting him to be a natural retriever. He quarters in front of me without ever having been taught. In fact, in an hour's walk in the field I generally don't say anything at all to him -- he just seems to understand what I want without being told. He checks in periodically, get a drink of water from the bottle, and then he's off in search of smells again.
Theo has a wonderful personality. I'm really impressed with how he can go from super-active to resting calmly when the situation calls for it. He's been completely housebroken for several weeks now, and had very few "accidents" even when he was much younger. Just as advertised, he's great in the field and equally great in the house. I'm really looking forward to his developing more and more bird drive as he gets more exposure. It's an outstanding year for quail here in central Oregon -- I see several hundred every day when I'm out with my hawks. I haven't done the wing-on-a-string thing at all. Theo already flash-points jackrabbits in their forms, so Hank and Jipzee gave him the right stuff. :)
I don't mind if he chases quail for a few months. He'll figure out that he can't catch them, eventually, I'm sure. I have all the time in the world, and I'm enjoying watching him be a puppy. It's such a pleasure not to have to handle him, call him, whistle for him, etc. He explores his big, new world without forgetting that he's with me. I can see why you're so keen on EBs.
Unlike most guys, I don't mind Theo pointing rabbits. My hawks will appreciate the advance notice of a flush!
Theo has learned that the pellet rifle discharge might mean a collared dove or house sparrow for him to find. I imagine that the transition to a shotgun will be very easy when the time comes.
Moira is just as attached to Theo as I am. He's quite the charmer! He makes new human and canine friends wherever
I'm probably too old to have many more dogs, but if I get another one it will be an Epagneul Breton.
Hope all's well with you!