ABOVE: 2, just one year old brother pups from the same litter in 2016. Hank and Jipzee. Mike and Matt are owned by a good friend, Father Todd Kreitinger They are doing exceptionally well. Pointing and Backing came natural. Padre Todd has one heck of a family in them. Nice work.
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: 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.
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.
Submitted by: Lynn Van Vleet on Jan 24, 2017
A note with Pictures ABOVE, That was sent to Windy Acres. Great News and Thank You Lynn and Jada!
I hope you are staying warm and doing well. I'm so glad you and the dogs enjoyed your gifts.
I did get the Epagneul Breton magazine. I was very exciting to see her. She has become such a great agility partner.
With that being said, I would like to tell you that Jada is now a Master Agility Champion (MACH) I am so proud of this sassy yet oh so sweet girl. I have attached a couple of pictures and will try and send you a video.
She has also qualified for AKC Agility Nationals which is in Perry GA. in March. Some friends and I have decided to drive down, I can't wait.
Thank you so much for trusting me with one of your pups!
Take Care and Stay Warm!
MACH Galejade De Acres Venteuses CD UCD MX MXB MXJ MJB
Submitted by: Brian Vrablick on Jan 20, 2017
Our 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
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Submitted by: Cheri Meidinger on Dec 21, 2016
We 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.