ABOVE: PICTURE OF Noah, A 6 MONTH OLD liver/white pup out of Lexa and JJ March of 2017. on his First MN grouse hunt. Please read His owners story below. Jon is doing a super job with this pup. 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
Submitted by: Jon Bardow on Sep 19, 2017
Hi Phil, I bought Noah out of Levi and Lexas litter this spring. Just want to keep in touch and let you know how things are going so far.
First the little guy is doing awesome. I have had him on birds since mid July and he's a natural. He took to the gunfire right away no issues there. Last weekend was grouse opener in MN and we out for a walk. We came across a covey of five and he locked up ended up with one that flew in the open. The cover is still very thick. In all we saw or heard 8 birds yielding no more shot opportunities. The entire time out I never said a word to him he stayed within shooting distance the whole walk. This dog is the BOMB!!!.
Submitted by: Mike and Laurie Willett on Sep 19, 2017
Phil , thanks again for the chance to meet you and all your girls and guys, wonderful dogs , all of them! We appreciated your knowledge and hospitality! It was nice to meet someone in the business, that loves his trade and his dogs. We look forward to being a part of your program. Sincerely, Mike and Laurie Willett, God Bless and have a wonderful weekend. Please. Keep in touch, and I will sure swing by when I am in the area. Let me no how the new boat works, enjoy!
Submitted by: Dennis Luszcz on Sep 15, 2017
Please Note Niko is a young pup , from this spring Just 6 months old out of JJ and Jipzee March 2017 , These are some excerpts from a lovely long letter I received today from Dennis. Gota Love new Pups!! Enjoy as I did.
Finally got the pup out after grouse yesterday. He did great ,I couldn't shoot straight. Started out bad. He was a little timid in very thick cover when we first left the truck. At one point I heard a yip and turned to see him hanging by a rear leg from the middle strand of an abandoned barb wire fence, which had grown over with grass. I ran over and stopped him from thrashing expecting to see serious damage. Fortunately he was barely caught by a single barb and I got him free. After a bit he started to quarter nicely responding well to the whistle. Once and a while he would get out too far in front but would come back in with a single tweet.
I was starting to think that the area had already been hunted hard as an hour or more went by without any birds. He suddenly stopped and ran full speed uphill into the wind. Just short of the trees he busted into three blue grouse. I poked a long shot while he was excited to see how he reacted to the shotgun noise. No problem, his mind was on birds. I have been shooting 22 blanks on our hikes and he never showed any nervousness. Two of the birds landed in trees and as I climbed up the steep slope Nik moved into the woods flushing one of the grouse right at me. The bird flew right at my head and as I shot at him going away I lost my footing and went down completing a perfect downhill double tuck and roll. Nik was not impressed and kept looking for the remaining bird. The Berretta and I were not injured. :-)
As to his handling I have found him to be very controllable in the field. He quarters naturally, responds to the whistle well. I will have to work on the too far out in front. I think I can limit his range with the whistle and back it up with the vibration or ecollar shock. I found him initially to be supersensitive to the ecollar and was worried that I couldn't use it with him. He would ignore the vibration altogether and would yelp at a setting as low as 5 out of a maximum of 100. Yesterday he started to respond to the vibration and if he did ignore he would shake his head and respond at a low setting shock. I think now it will work. At one point we were walking through a thick patch of brush on a cattle trail. The pup suddenly stopped looking downhill. Dummy me not recognizing a point when I saw one kept walking and the grouse flushed behind me. I had a good shot but I would have had to shoot right over Niks head. He had to settle for a lot of praise instead. Oh well.
I really appreciate your feedback Phil on these kind of things. We get to work with a pup only every 10 or 12 years and you work with them constantly. I really value your help.
Submitted by: Kenneth Jessop on Jul 16, 2017
I am pleased to pass on some good news . If you recall out 8 year old Pacer, from (removed) Was suffering from intestinal issues. We then purchased from you, a splendid male, now 3 years old, that we named Leon De Acres Venteuses :-). I have decided that that puppy had healing powers. LOL. They became such great friends and now, do everything together. The vet says he had no real idea just how Pacer healed up, but gave him a clean bill of health just last week. That's why I am writing you. Fran and I feel it was using the food you recommended for Leo as a puppy. We have a elevator near that now carries Country Vet and the sales are great!
Phil, These two dogs are amazing together!. It seems one can cover areas that the other can't. Just wonderful in my thinking. We are so very pleased we came 600 plus miles to pick a pup from your kennel! When the time comes for another you will be the first call we make.
With our Gratitude :-).
Kenneth, Francis, Pacer and Leo Jessop
Submitted by: Paul Fredrick on Jun 29, 2017
Phil, a long overdue note to you my friend. Ginger is 10 this year and it does not seem possible. She hunted eagerly last year, but I slowed more than she! We are moving to Arizona this winter . Purchased a small home there several years ago but I was stubborn and did not want to leave MN. I have plans to minimally hunt Ginger and slow my normal grouse pace to about a third for some quail. Marge will not let me get another pup and I have to agree. My expectations are this little girl will outlast me. We both wanted you to know we could not have purchased a finer family or hunting dog. With hundreds of grouse and timber doodles she has been a fantastic hunting companion and an amazing member of your family. We often say the dog is so much smarter than we. Our very best wishes and hope your remission is permanent. Please keep in touch with the Christmas letter. We thoroughly enjoy them.
You have been a Super breeder, advisor and friend over the years. We wish you continued luck in that endeavor.
Dr. Paul, The Boss Marge and Ginger
Submitted by: John Hiltunen on Jun 05, 2017
The family and I picked up our little guy Oscar from Phil in April of 2017.
Prior to picking our pup up the entire family and I visited the kennel to see the litter in person. Phil went above and beyond what we expected for that day. He even fed us all lunch and treated my two toddlers like his own grandchildren.
Although I myself am a man of few words while talking with Phil and meeting all of his breeding dogs I could tell he is very passionate about what he does and specifically the French Brittany breed. Phil was always available to promptly answer any questions throughout the process. The photos and videos he sends are especially helpful in getting to know the pups before making a selection. I highly encourage anyone looking to get a French Brittany pup to make a trip to Windy Acres Kennels. You will leave there confident knowing no matter what pup you get from the kennel, it will be a great dog.
I have always owned Labs prior to researching and deciding on a French Brittany for my next hunting, and also just as important, family dog. We have had Oscar in our home for 6 weeks now. By night two he slept through the night in his kennel and did so without whining. He will sit, down, and stay. When feeding I no longer have to give the stay command, he simply waits until he is told "ok" to begin eating. Other than the normal puppy stuff Oscar is very great with my two children who are 3 and 2. He follows them around the back yard as if he himself is a child.
Just last night while taking Oscar for a walk through the neighborhood I was complemented on what a good looking puppy Oscar is. Many ask about the breed.
Phil was very upfront and honest throughout the entire process which made getting a new family member that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend Windy Acres to anyone looking for a new hunting partner/companion.
Submitted by: Eric Hansen on May 22, 2017
To anyone interested in a pointing dog -
I had never had a bird dog before, so when I started researching breeds, I set my mind on certain criteria that I was unwilling to compromise on - family oriented, pointing breed, smaller to medium size, docked tail (so kids don't get whacked in the face!), and most of all, a solid natural hunter. The French Brittany fits ALL of the criteria, and they are beautiful to look at as well.
From there I started researching breeders. I called a few breeders, but most I spoke with seemed more interested in field trailing dogs than pure family oriented hunting dogs. I came across the Windy Acres website, and since I live in North Dakota, decided to give Phil a call. Best decision I could have made!
Phil met and exceeded all of my expectations for a dog breeder. He readily answered emails and phone calls, and answered all of my concerns or questions honestly.
I picked up Riggs, a Jipzee and JJ pup, 3 weeks ago. He is so wonderful with the kids, and every time someone new meets him, they comment on how handsome he is and about his calm and steady demeanor. That doesn't mean he won't play, but he is an absolute joy to be around! He points beautifully in the yard, and he takes very well to sit/stay and other basic commands. That was another great thing about Phil - he is just as helpful after you purchase the puppy as he is before, answering training or any other questions.
As you can probably tell if you read the testimonials, you will probably not be able to do any better than a Windy Acres pup! Don't hesitate to get one if you are thinking about it. I can't wait to get Riggs in the field this fall, I am sure he will do great!
Submitted by: Terry Winnop on May 19, 2017
I have now owned, and avidly hunted, 2 French Brittanies. I just purchased my third from Phil at Windy Acres Kennel in Napoleon, ND. Phil was great getting photos of the litter out to all of us, and when it came time for our 8 hour drive to ND Phil fed us, and put us up for the night. He is a wealth of dog knowledge and has led a very interesting and busy life; he loves his dogs and wants all of his clients and puppies to succeed. We have now been home in Wyoming for 3 weeks, and Ollie (kennel name: Nash), is all I could ask for: from night 4 he's slept through the night, he is 70% house trained, sits, tries to stay, has a phenomenal nose, retrieves better than either of my other FBs, plays ceaselessly with my other 6.5 yo FB, comes when called, knows he's not supposed to steal shoes from the closet( it doesn't stop him), is very inquisitive , smelled a Eurasian dove today and retrieved it 20 yds past me( he was in shoe mode and didn't think he was supposed to have it:), I am super pleased and know 3 other Windy Acres FB owners who are happy as well. Get on Phil's waiting list today, you will probably get your lifetime dog from him.
Submitted by: Jon Bradow on May 11, 2017
Puppy news again,
Gus is doing great. His nose is phenomenal. We are working on come, sit, stay, and heel. He does well with all of them in short sessions. I work on these commands for 5 minutes each throughout the day. Any longer and he wants to start playing. Which is fine, he is a puppy.
Last night I put a pheasant wing in the yard and walked him by it. At twenty yards away he got the scent. He pointed for a couple seconds when he was a few feet away then went in. His excitement level was off the charts for a puppy that has never had a snoot full of feathers. I'm sure you've seen it many times, but I thought it was amazing.
I want to thank you again. The experience from start to finish was awesome. Hope your doing well and and getting some fishing time in.
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Submitted by: Jon Bradow on Apr 23, 2017
I am so glad I found Windy Acres. You have been a joy to work with from day one. You have always been honest with me through the whole process. The weekly videos you do of all the pups were priceless to me. I know of no other breeders that do this!
From the minute I picked Gus from the whelping pen till now (1 night)he only whimpers if he needs to go potty. And no messes in the house yet. He never even soiled the newspaper in his kennel overnight. At 2 in the morning he started to cry and we went outside and went one and two. We came back in and he went right back to sleep.
He is always smelling and very inquisitive. I can tell he is highly intelligent. My family has fallen in love with him immediately. I am very excited to have him. Can't thank you enough for your hard work. I will keep you informed on how he is doing from time to time.