Bird Crazy Gun Dogs - Wisconsin Labrador Retriever Breeders

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About Bird Crazy Gun Dogs

Welcome to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs, we are located in Portage Wisconsin, one hour north of Madison. We are a full time, upland gun dog training facility. We specialize in young Retriever, and Flushing breeds.

We are breeders of Labrador retrievers. Our puppies come with a 26 month health guarantee, Full AKC Reg, and a CVI (Certified Vet Inspection), Dew removed, shots, wormed 2x, Outstanding pedigrees, well socialized, smart ,good looking, hard charging hunters that will be calm faithful family companions.

Please feel free to visit our web site, Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.com

We are State of Wisconsin licensed breeder LIC#400521-DS

Wisconsin Labrador breeder.

Labrador Retriever puppies for sale.


Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Labrador Retriever
Additional Services
Training, Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Steve and Amy Pappas
N9029 Fox River Rd
Portage, Wisconsin 53901
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 20 years.
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Submitted by: Margaret Suprak & Matt Reid on Jun 07, 2018
It was with a large hole in our hearts from the loss of our first hunting buddy and running partner that my husband and I began our search. We were beyond disheartened and shocked by the practices of many breeders. We then found Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and knew immediately after our first conversation with Amy that we had found our perfect match. From our initial conversations it was clear that Steve and Amy were extremely knowledgeable, ethical and passionate. Not only were we allowed to visit and meet them and their dogs, but we were encouraged to do so. The training facility, and grounds are impeccable. We were immediately smitten by the dogs, especially Chance. We knew we wanted one of her pups and were beyond excited to welcome Rigby to our hearts a few months later. Rigby is almost 2 years old, and he possesses the most perfect Labrador features, a true testament to his lineage. We were amazed at his trainability, temperament and instincts. My husband began his training and repeatedly insisted that Rigby was born to retrieve. He would come home from Pheasant hunting and rave like a proud daddy about his fabulous new hunting partner. Although a non hunter I am an avid outdoors woman so I decided to join the next trip, Wow was I impressed! His drive and intensity was amazing. Wanting to keep Rigby challenged off season he and I began agility training. The trainer was amazed that he was a beginner. No matter where we go or what we do we get compliments on our perfect dog. He is a sweetheart to everyone from our young nephews to my 96 year old grandmother. Having so much fun we decided to expand our family and just welcomed Kodi to our harts. Our boys are true brothers, Chance x Charlie boys. Kodi is a few moths old and already excelling The knowledge that Steve and Amy have shared with us has been invaluable. Steve and Amy are the best of the best when it comes to breeding and training top notch Labradors. Thank you, Margaret & Matt
Submitted by: Margaret Suprak & Matt Reid on May 25, 2018
It was with a large hole in our harts from the loss of our first fur child, hunting buddy and running partner that my husband and I began our search. We were beyond disheartened and shocked by the practices of many breeders. We then found Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and knew immediately after our first conversation with Amy that we had found our perfect match. From our initial conversations it was clear that Steve and Amy were extremely knowledgeable, ethical and passionate. Not only were we allowed to visit and meet them and their dogs, but we were encouraged to do so. The training facility, grounds and kennel areas are impeccable! Bird Crazy Gun Dogs have exceptional blood lines for both mom and dad. We were immediately smitten by all of the Bird Crazy Dogs, especially Chance. We knew we wanted one of her pups and were beyond excited to welcome Rigby into our harts a few months later. We were encouraged to visit often and were given so much insight into his development. Rigby is almost 2 years old and we are still amazed daily. He has been our over achiever since day one! Rigby possesses the most perfect Labrador features, a true testament to his lineage. We were amazed at his trainability temperament and instinct. My husband began his training and repeatedly insisted that Rigby was born to retrieve. He came home from Pheasant hunting raving like a proud daddy about his fabulous new hunting partner. Although a non-hunter, I am an avid outdoors woman so I decided to join the next trip. Wow was I impressed! Was this really my running buddy so serious about his birds? Having been involved with his training it was very evident that his training was being supplemented by pure natural instinct and talent. His drive and intensity was amazing. Wanting to keep Rigby challenged off season he and I began agility training. With his incredible athletic Labrador build Rigby was a natural. The trainer was amazed that he was a beginner, ha was obeying hand signals and leaping over the jumps! No matter were we go or what we do we get compliments on our perfect dog! He is a snuggly sweetheart to everyone from our young nephews to my 96 year old grandmother. He loves water and is completely at home on the boat at the marina. Having so much fun we decided to expand our family and just welcomed Kodi to our harts. Our boys are true brothers, Chance and Charlie boys. Kodi is a few months old and already excelling! The knowledge that Steve and Amy have shared with us has been invaluable! Steve and Amy are the best of the best when it comes to breeding and training top notch Labradors!
Margaret Suprak & Matt Reid
Racine, WI
Submitted by: Wade & Keri Hall on May 22, 2018
After losing our 13 year old female yellow Lab in 2016 we hoped and prayed for a new female puppy that could live up to our desires of a loving family member that can also hunt. Looking for superb breeding lines and a highly recommended breeder of yellow Labs, several sources directed us to talk to Amy & Steve of Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
After a thorough review, we called Amy and in July of 2017 picked up our female yellow Lab, Chance. She is from a litter of Charlie & Chance. Picking up Chance we could see that all the dogs and pups from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs were loved and part of the Pappas family. Amy & Steve actively communicated with us through the breeding process, kept us informed on the delivery and sent nice photos of the new and growing pups. We were provided exactly the future family member we hoped for. Amy and Steve gave us all the information we needed to safely get Chance home to Virginia.
Chancy Girl is now a year old and has grown into a wonderful all around family member. She's also working well to become a great hunting companion. She swims like a fish! She has a loving demeanor and an aggressive hunting spirit. Smart, learns quickly, and never backs down from a challenge. Clearly evident that she has great breeding lines.
Chance is now the envy of our Virginia neighborhood. We are consistently asked, "Where did you get such a beautiful and loving puppy?" We just tell them, "Bird Crazy Gun Dogs!"
Well done and thanks to Amy & Steve!
Wade & Keri Hall
Fredericksburg, VA
Submitted by: Nick Hengel on May 21, 2018
When it came for another duck dog and family companion we checked with several breeders. Then we discovered Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. What a blessing! Steve and Amy are first class breeders and the pedigrees of their dogs are very impressive.
We chose a male yellow Lab pup sired by Chuck and born to Jo Jo. What a magnificent animal! So smart and easy to train with a super disposition. At 10 weeks old he was potty trained, slept through the night, doesn't bark, retrieves to hand, heels and sits on command, and goes in the water on his own! I am at best a novice trainer but this little guy catches on to his training so fast it has been easy and so much fun for my wife and I.
If you are searching for a gun dog and a family companion that's great with children you will be so happy with a pup from Steve and Amy at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Nick Hengel, Onalaska, WI.
Submitted by: Ed & Shelly Ladwig on Apr 17, 2018
When we decided to get another puppy we knew we wanted a yellow Lab. My husband wanted a bird hunting dog and I wanted a good family "snuggling" dog. We both got what we wanted from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs! When we went to look at the facility and met Steve and Amy they were so friendly and understood exactly what we were looking for. They are so knowledgeable and have taught us so much. We enjoyed going to visit our puppy and play with her before we could bring her home. They are so willing to help you with your puppy training and you can call them if you ever have questions! I really liked that help as this was only our second dog we ever had. We have a wonderful dog who listens and has a great demeanor. We will always get our dogs from Steve and Amy.
The Ladwigs, Lodi WI
Submitted by: Jeff & Katie Bloomer on Mar 15, 2018
A dog is a family member, a companion and an investment. When it came time for us to get a hunting dog, we researched a lot of breeders and their dogs and made site visits. After visiting Bird Crazy Gun Dogs, we instantly knew we wanted a lab pup from Steve and Amy. They have a passion for their dogs, this is evident when you meet them. During our visit, we met a few of Steve and Amy's dogs and were very impressed with their looks and temperament. Thought is put into each breeding. Their dogs have instinct in the field but are able to come back home and turn it off to be a family dog. Puppies are raised in their home and exposed to people, different sounds and smells from day one.
We had our Lab bird trained by Steve and Amy. If you plan to bird hunt your dog, we recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs for training. The second week of training we stopped out to watch our pup in action and he was flushing birds and retrieving. Steve and Amy are very knowledgeable. We tagged along during training and were given tips and advice to take home with us to use for successful hunts. Our pup is now 18 months old and so much fun to watch out in the field. He is an exceptional bird dog and we all have a blast.
We are happy with how our pup performs in the field but even more important to us is how he interacts with people, especially our toddler. He is loving, gentle and very tolerant. We have a lot of respect for Steve and Amy and their program. They truly care about their dogs and love to get updates on how their pups are doing. We couldn't be happier with our dog and strongly encourage a dog from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Jeff and Katie Bloomer
Submitted by: Jeff & Judy White on Jan 14, 2018
We have a four month old yellow Lab from Steve and Amy. We have had many great Labs throughout our lives. So far this little man is the best temperament and ease to train than any we have had. It shows that Steve and Amy take significant efforts in addition to great physical attributes to breed excellent temperament and intelligence in their puppies. Our Vet was impressed with this puppy going on and on about his great personality stating he has controlled exuberance! That is what we wanted in a puppy, a very active energetic puppy that can also calm and be the perfect cuddly house pet. That is what we got from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. Zuma goes outside and chases the ball with crazy drive energy and then will come in and snuggle up on my lap. Perfect dog to have!! Although it has only been 4 months Amy and Steve repeatedly show that they really care about their puppies and how they are doing in their new home. This was very evident when we picked our puppy up. Each one seems like it is loved as if it were the only one in their home. What a great start for a puppy. Zuma has been the most enjoyable dog for us to train and of course to fall in love with. We are not planning on him to be a hunting dog but he already in running through agility tunnels and following hand signals consistently! What we received was a very energetic, smart, eager to please puppy that can be controlled and then calm down and be a super loving, snuggling, sweetheart. Perfect!!! Regardless of your goal for a puppy I would not hesitate one bit to recommend buying a puppy from Steve and Amy.
Jeff and Judy White, Kirkland IL
Submitted by: Scott & Nancy Gore on Dec 28, 2016
It has been a little over four months since we picked up our little Lab pup, Finnegan, that we purchased from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. We couldn't be more impressed. When we began our search for a breeder last January, we encountered a few less than desirable breeders. Then we found you! Bird Crazy is such a fantastic environment. After meeting your female Labs, we knew we wanted a pup from Shelby. We were even more convinced we were with the right breeder after getting to know the both of you. We were impressed with your philosophy of breeding Labs not only as good hunting dogs, but as great family pets as well. After putting down a deposit for a male from Shelby's first litter, we were as excited as expectant parents. We appreciated the regular updates on Shelby's status, and we were elated to hear she had a beautiful litter of pups. We couldn't wait to visit them! We were so impressed when we first got to visit the pups at four weeks old. You were caring for 25 pups all born ten days apart. We expected to find chaos and instead found a calm, clean, stress-free environment for the pups. You were very nurturing to all the pups and gave them each, one-on-one time for bonding. As difficult as it was to not be able to take him home that day, we knew he was in very capable, loving hands. On a hot August day, with great anticipation, we headed up to Portage to pick up Finn. All the pups were frolicking outside, under a shady tree, with a huge fan to keep them cool. Each litter of pups had their own fenced in area in which to play. Since then, Finnegan has proven to be an exceptional puppy. Amy gave him the nickname, Mr. Personality, and she was spot on. Whenever we encounter people with Finn, they can't help but comment on what a beautiful puppy he is. Not only is he very handsome, but he is an awesome companion, has exhibited exceptional retrieving skills and has responded well to obedience training. We are very excited to witness his continued growth and development and anticipate many seasons of great hunting and many years of exceptional companionship.
Thank you both for all your dedication.
We have no reservations recommending Bird Crazy Gun Dogs to anyone!

Scott & Nancy Gore
Submitted by: Larry Kriese on Apr 05, 2016
When my daughter bought her Springer (born 5-15) from you I agreed to train her but felt she would likely be to young for our trip to North Dakota last October.I've worked with and around bird dogs most of my life and soon saw that this puppy was something special. Her enthusiasm for work and an absolute passion for finding game, along with an easy going disposition and desire to please, made working with her a fun and rewarding endeavor. With a lot more work to do I nevertheless knew she was ready to go to ND at 5 months of age. Her performance in ND was nothing short of amazing and surpassed even my high expectations. I have stories of blind water retrieves for ducks made almost flawlessly even though we had spent only minimal training time in this area.But, for anyone who has hunted wild Dakota Pheasants here's the story of the first pheasant scent she EVER encountered.
Put down in promising pheasant cover after a morning duck hunt she quickly hit a scent and worked across a field to flush a long tail.I only broke a wing and saw the bird run into a tangled cattail marsh. I was not very hopeful. The puppy hit the track and plowed into the marsh. I tried to follow her progress by listening for her. After ten minutes all was silent and I pushed my way into the cover by following deer trails. Eventually I spotted some white color under a heavy mat of downed cat tails and realized I was looking at the dog and she was not moving. A little worried, I went to her and began pulling cat tails off her. I had her half uncovered before I realized she had the rooster in her mouth, still alive, and she wasn't about to let it go even though she was too small to pull it out from the cover. She popped up out of the cover with the bird in he mouth and I let her carry it out of the marsh before she delivered it to hand. I'm claiming it was the raw October wind and stinging sleet that had my eyes watering as I took the bird from her but it may also have had something to do with how I was feeling after almost 70 years of working with bird dogs.
Keep up the good work guys!

Larry Kriese
Suamico, WI.
Submitted by: Monica and Al Blatz on Feb 09, 2016
Our new Springer, Max is the best thing that ever happened to us. After we had a very unfortunate experience with an unscrupulous breeder, we did much research. We decided to go to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and are so glad we did. We were able to take a tour of the clean and well run facility. We were impressed with the knowledge and dedication of Steve and Amy. Responsible breeders, not a puppy mill. So we were very lucky to get our "Max".
Our dog first of all has to be a loving tolerable house dog and companion. Second he has to hunt birds. Our dog is great in both respects. Max has already flushed many Pheasants just walking the nearby marsh with my husband. This puppy at 6 months knows his job. His intelligence is high. Very good companion dog, such a sweetheart. Very good with children and other dogs. Loves to snuggle. Best decision we ever made.

Al and Monica Blatz
Fond Du Lac WI
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