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Bird Crazy Gun Dogs - Wisconsin English Springer Spaniel, 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 Retrievers, and Flushers.

We are breeders of black and yellow Labrador retrievers. We also are breeders of Field bred English Springer Spaniels. Our puppies come with a 30 month health guarantee, and a CVI (Certified Vet Inspection),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.

Wisconsin English Springer Spaniel breeder.

Labrador Retriever puppies for sale.

English Springer Spaniel puppies for sale.

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
English Springer Spaniel, 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.
608-742-8048
Click here to visit Bird Crazy Gun Dogs website
Puppies for sale
Our Pedigrees

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Submitted by: Don Kush on Jan 28, 2016
"Mickki" at 8 1/2 months weighs 39 lbs and stands 20" tall. Her instinctive retrieving is full time.She responds well to commands, both voice and whistle. I knew early on that she was going to be a good one.
At 5 months, I took her to North Dakota with me. We hunted heavy cover around cattail sloughs with tall marsh grass. I have to tell you, that at 5 months, she worked like a much more mature dog. She was not intimidated by heavy cover at all. She worked birds really well, both ground and casting the air. She put up a fair number of birds and made her first retrieve on a rooster out there. Later in October I took Mikki up north for some Grouse hunting. Again she preformed really well and got her first Grouse retrieve.
I have to compliment you on your breeding program and your overall operation. "Mischievous Mikki Lee" is certainly a credit to your Bird Crazy Gun Dogs Kennel. She is also a much welcomed and loved addition to our household. I look forward to many more years of enjoyment with her

Don Kush,
Fall Creek WI
Submitted by: Dennis & Sandra Kempken on Jan 28, 2016
Last May we purchased a female yellow Lab from Steve and Amy. Right from the beginning she's been an excellent dog. We were so pleased she was crate trained when we brought her home at 7 weeks. The first night she happily slept in her crate until early morning. At around 6 months she spent 4 weeks with Steve and Amy for hunting and obedience training. While at training, we observed her steady improvement each week. At her young age, she is already an excellent hunter, retrieving 40 birds to date! We are also pleased with her gentle temperament. She is an excellent hunter in the field and a wonderful companion in the house. Not only are Steve and Amy great trainers, they are very knowledgeable about breeding, researching and testing their dogs for good genetics.
We are pleased with our entire experience with Steve and Amy and of course, our dog, "Poppy"!

Dennis and Sandra Kempken,
Winneconne, WI

Submitted by: chip courtney on Nov 30, 2015
When we decided to purchase another Lab puppy we had a list of criteria that were essential for us including certified health, excellent breeding with some FC, MH, or SH titles in the past 3 generations, a reasonably calm demeanor, excellent drive, and well socialized since birth. Our dog needs to be first a great household companion and then a great hunter. After doing much research we visited Steve and Amy at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. We saw their kennel, whelping area, met the mother of the pups, and got to watch them do some training. Their passion for the breed and love for the dogs was obvious immediately. Their whole operation is spotlessly clean and they are very attentive to all of the dogs - especially the pups. We've only had our new friend Ozzy for a week now but I know we've found the dog that we were hoping to find. He loves people and all other animals. He's not afraid of new situations or things and he has a good "off switch" considering he's a Lab puppy. He's already learned to "come" and "sit" and loves to chase a Pheasant wing on a string. He has a great nose and is very inquisitive. We are grateful to Amy and Steve for giving us the opportunity to add Ozzy to our family. We're looking forward to many years of companionship with him. I would absolutely recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and Amy and Steve to anyone interested in a pup. If you have the same criteria that we did I highly doubt you'll find a better breeder or a better dog.
Chip and Sue Courtney
Submitted by: Don & Kathy Mezei on Jul 13, 2015
Buying a dog is a big investment and I believe in the saying, "You get what you pay for". It really paid off for me in this case. I contacted Steve and Amy Pappas at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs after much study. My 8 year old Springer Spaniel had passed 6 months prior and I realized that my "want" for a new dog was really a "need". I wasn't ready to give up hunting birds and I craved the companionship a good dog offers.
They invited me to visit their home and it was clear from the get-go that they love what they are doing and run a first class operation. They offer selective breeding resulting in handsome dogs, well socialized and instinctively attuned to hunt. Their facilities are clean and well organized. Steve and Amy know their business and share their expertise freely. I bought a female Springer and have been so pleased with her progress.
I decided to have Piper go to their "hunt-em-up" program this summer in order to get her ready for her first bird season this coming fall. Bot was I impressed with her progress! I'm 66 years old and I know I could never have had her bird ready as of now and believe me she is! She is ahead of the learning curve and we'll be sharing some great adventures in the years to come. Piper is the "complete" dog for me and a great return on my investment. Not only that, I've made friends with Steve and Amy and I know that I can always bank on their advice should I have the need.

Don Mezei
Retired Wisconsin Conservation Warden
Wausau, Wisconsin
Submitted by: mark geisler on Jun 21, 2015
My search for a gun dog that would be a great family companion led me to Steve and Amy Pappas. My first requirement was temperament, I needed a docile, well mannered dog. I have a young family and my wife operates an in home day care, I needed to be sure that the puppy we brought home did not have a mean bone in it. Our girl Millie, who is out of Zippy and Eight is just a sweat heart of a dog. She is a house dog that has an awesome disposition and has been a wonderful addition to our family. However, head out to the field and she knows her job. This puppy has impressive hunting skills that have been easy to hone. If you want a Springer Spaniel puppy with all of the right ingredients to give you the foundation to make a great family hunting dog, give Bird Crazy Gun Dogs a call. You wont regret it.

Mark Geisler
Mazomanie, WI
Submitted by: Brian Haanstad on Jun 27, 2014
When I started my search for a new hunting companion all I knew was that I wanted a German Shorthair. I was prepared to visit and talk with a bunch of breeders to find the right match for me and my family. Our first visit was to Steve and Amy's home. I was immediately impressed with how clean and well cared for the puppies and kennel were. I could tell right away the pups well socialized and brave, coming right up to us and letting our 2 year old daughter handle them. With Steves assurance they would be good bird dogs with lots of drive and a calm personality, we made our decision right there and picked a black male we named Aldwin. Ten months and we could not be happier with that decision. He recently ran a NAVHDA natural ability test at 11 months old and received 110 out of 112 points for a prize 1. Even had a judge tell me he was going to be a really great dog with all of his speed and intense points. As for his personality in the house, our two girls ages 3 and 1, climb and play all over him. He even plays with the cat. We enjoy him so much that we got another pup from Steve and Amy, a female Lucy. She is only 7 weeks old but already tracked a quail I dragged for 30 yards, gave a flash point and retrieve it to my hand. She goes absolutely crazy if she smells a bird, running around scenting the air and ground trying to locate it. I could not be happier, and would recommend a dog from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs to anyone looking for a new puppy to add to their home.

Brian Haanstad, Wisconsin.
Submitted by: Mike Nice on Oct 21, 2013
I thought everyone only deserves one good hunting dog in a lifetime. Then I met Steve and Amy and now I'm on my way to my second and probably the best Yellow Lab I've ever had. Lu Lu is so special as she turns up the intensity when it's game time but yet is able to turn it down at home. That to me is special. Lu Lu is now 15 months and in the process of becoming a service/work dog due to my profession and still remain an outstanding hunting companion in the field. This dog has the ultimate demeanor for training and the family. I encourage all to check out Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Submitted by: Mike Johnson on Oct 12, 2013
Being a discriminate German Shorthair breeder myself,2 years ago I began looking for a male pup. I was looking for an extremely well bred pup that would eventually cross back well to my 3 outstanding young females. I looked for about 8 months before booking a pup from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
In May of 2012 I purchased my pup out of a litter sired by FC High Roll-n's Proposition, I received an extremely nice male pup. He was exceptionaly good looking, healthy, and smart.
Thor has turned out to be everything I was looking for in my next stud dog. He is easily one of the smartest dogs I have ever trained. He has an excellent nose, extremely good natural retrieve. Wants to please you in every way, and points with style, and intensity. He may be the best looking Shorthair anywhere. Best of all, he is an excellent natural bird dog.
I am greatly looking forward to breeding him to some of my classy females in the future.
Having been around dogs all my life, I would not hesitate for a second recommending a pup from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Sincerely
Mike Johnson
Black Point Gundogs
Moran, MI
Submitted by: Jim Kohl on Sep 09, 2013
If you are in the market for a waterfowl or upland bird dog, or looking for training assistance with a dog you own, Steve Pappas is a world class breeder and trainer. Steve and Amy Pappas own Bird Crazy Gun Dogs near Portage, Wisconsin. I have known Steve for 35 years. He has assisted me with my last couple of Yellow Labs, and I am excited about JoJo, our 1 year old yellow female. She comes from the Pappas kennels. She already hunts like a veteran. She is remarkable in the field, and a great dog in our home. I credit Steve and Amy with her temperment, her behavior, and the quality of her hunting skills. As a sales representative for Browning Arms Company, I interact with dozens of field dogs every year, and I hear all the horror stories. You will not be disappointed with your experiences with Steve and Amy.
Submitted by: Roy Olson on Jul 22, 2013
My search for a Springer lasted several months. Having owned 3 other Springers in the past, I was again looking for something special in pedigree & breeding. Online, newspapers, and magazines - I did a thorough search and did my homework on finding a Springer. I found Steve & Amy's advertisement online. I informed Steve what I was looking for, and he told me of what he was trying to achieve. After we spoke for 90 minutes, Steve was the only breeder that actually listened to all my questions & concerns. My decision was made. On May 17th, 2013, I was finally on my way to pick up my Springer. Ellie is now already almost 4 months old. She is very intelligent and her retrieving is unbelievable. She uses her nose well and we're already using hand signals. Our vet has seen Ellie twice already and is very impressed with her behavior, and both her physical & field markings. I've been hunting pheasants for over 30 yrs now and know what to look for in a Springer. I feel very fortunate & excited and look forward to a new hunting season with my new partner. Thank-you Steve & Amy. You're hard work and determination to achieve your goal is easily seen in Ellie. If you're looking for a quality Springer, this is it! Don't hesitate - I've already done the homework! If you want to see a good example of what the Pappas's Springer line is like, please feel free to contact Steve for my contact info (I live in Plymouth, MN.)

Sincerely, Roy R. Olson

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