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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, Flushers, and Pointers.

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
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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
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.

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