We are no longer breeding and have no future planned litters.
At Chequamegon's, we breed, hunt and test Braque Francais.
My wife Kristy and I are from Medford, Wisconsin. We were born and raised here in the Northwoods and enjoy all that it has to offer. Apart from hunting pheasant, ruffed grouse, and woodcock with our dogs, we also deer hunt, fish and ride horses. I have been training dogs and participating in different competitions since 2004 upon my return from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
At Chequamegon's it is our goal to breed not only exceptional Braque Francais dogs for the field, but also dogs that make great pets. The name Chequamegon means "land of shallow waters." The kennel name, Chequamegon's, was a natural fit as we have a cabin in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where we spend a lot of time relaxing and hunting.
We have both worked outside the home for a number of years and have recently made the decision to have Kristy stay at home full time to better serve our braques and our breeding program.
Please be sure to visit our website and our facebook page, we continuously add more information and keep them both up to date. Thank you!
Submitted by: Rick and Meredith Hannah on Feb 26, 2015
Kristy and Brandon (Chequamegon's Braque Francias) are a class act. Their genuine love for Braques shows in every aspect of their work. In my research of the breed and initial conversation with Kristy, it was very clear that this was where we would get our dogs. Kristy was very candid about the breed and properly set expectations for me and my Family. We put a deposit down a year ago and got our puppies yesterday. After one night with them they have already exceeded expectations. Kristy and Brandon were on top of every communications and had all the answers. Their facebook page was perfect in enabling us to decide the right puppies for our family. From the "baby pictures" to the individual puppy videos, we knew exactly which puppies to pick. Brandon and Kristy were awesome to deal with and seem like genuinely nice people. We flew from Maryland to MSP and back yesterday. Brandon and Kristy were on time and had everything prepared as expected. They made it easy and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Chequamegon's if you are interested on this breed.
Submitted by: Hez Balch on Nov 19, 2014
It is so obvious how much Kristy and Brandon care about their dogs and the breed. We have a 6 month old puppy from their last litter and she is wonderful! As advertised she is sweet, easy to train and works very well in the field. She found her first deer shed antler on her last fun run. These are terrific dogs I recommend highly as a bird dog man of 30 years.
Submitted by: Heath on Sep 15, 2014
I recently brought home my own puppy from the Chequamegon Blu/Elly Spring 2014 litter. Our little Tori is truly one of the sweetest pups, extremely biddable, rapidly picking up on all training, and has tremendous bird drive! She has been a wonderful addition to our family and I am excited about seeing her grow into an amazing gun dog. She shows all the signs of being a perfect example of the BF breed.
Ultimately, you will not find better people to get your next hunting partner from than Brandon and Kristy. They make getting a puppy a true experience that directly reflects their passion and dedication to the breed and their dogs. They run a top notch operation in Medford, are in constant communication, and fully support you from beginning to end.
If you are looking for a unique hunting breed, want to get a puppy from someone that is dedicated to producing tremendous gun and family dogs, I fully recommend a Chequamegon Braque Francais!
Submitted by: Kelly Struhs on Jun 29, 2014
We have two Braque dogs from Chequamegons. We got our first girl pup 2.5 years ago from their Blu/Elly litter born in February 2012. We have had our second boy pup home with us now for a week from Blu/Elly's last litter. Both pups have been wonderful. I have nothing but good things to say about Brandon and Kristy Brunner. They are a class act and really make the experience of watching the pups be born and grow and selecting them (all via emails and facebook) very special. We picked up our second pup at their home and it is very clean and impressive, their facilities are top notch. The pups are stunning, truly beautiful dogs, with such natural instincts, fast learners, great family dogs, perfect dispositions. If we had the room, we'd have 10 more dogs from Kristy and Brandon!
Submitted by: Paul Nolta on Jun 27, 2014
My Pup Pepper (Ellys Blu Spice of Chequamegons) is from their Nov 2012 litter, I have waited to post a review as I was waiting for the shine to wear off of our new pup. It hasnít! Chequamegons produces pups that are very true to their breed, incredibly smart, quick learners, very loving companions with a strong drive for hunting wrapped up in little package! Watching Pepper and my kids grow and develop their hunting skills in the field has been amazing. Kristy & Brandon Brunner are the best people & breeders that you will ever meet. With them on the East and me on the West Coast, I never got a chance to meet them until I flew out to pick up my pup, however with Kristyís constant communication I left like I had known them for years and they were always there to help. In fact I just spoke with them today, almost 2 years later they are quick to respond and call when I have a training question. If you are ready to bring an amazing dog into your life you canít go wrong with Kristy and Brandon Brunner of Chequamegon's Braque Francais, great people with amazing dogs.
Submitted by: Mike and OraLee Dittrich on Jan 06, 2014
Brandon and Kristy Brunner are the best breeders that we have ever worked with. They truly care about the breed (Braque Francais), the quality of their pups are top notch, and the relationships built and kept with each family afterwords means a lot to us as owners. We are blessed to live in the same town as our breeders as many of their pups go long distances to their new homes. We have been very happy with the natural ability of our B.F. and he also is a great companion with our three young children. At only 5 mo. old our pup is trainging for shed hunting and upland birds. He is really doing well. If you are looking for a quality breeder/owner/handler, Brandon and Kristy Brunner of Chequamegon's Braque Francais are extremely wonderful people that are passionate about their dogs. You will not be disappointed.
Mike and OraLee Dittrich
Submitted by: Marsh and Danica on Nov 04, 2013
We recently got a pup from Chequamegon's Summer 2013 litter. Kristy and Brandon are incredibly dedicated and passionate about their dogs, and we could not have had a better experience. We consider our pets a part of the family and would expect no less from our chosen breeder. Their warmth and love of these dogs comes through in all their communications and Facebook posts, which is why we initially chose Chequamegon's. Once we were on the litter list, the level of communication was phenomenal; we were always well informed and kept up to date on Elly's pregnancy, the whelping, and the progress of the pups. From a professional standpoint, the Brunners are wonderful to deal with. We had our pup shipped and they were a huge help in coordinating that process, which went seamlessly.
We would not hesitate to recommend Chequamegon's to anyone looking to add a BF to their own family.
Submitted by: Mike Zajac on Oct 16, 2013
From the initial contact to the time we received our Braque Francais puppy, Kristy and Brandon Brunner were everything you would want in a breeder and more. They were very informative through their emails and Facebook. They answered all questions and concerns my family and I had. It was an exceptionally smooth process. I would recommend the Brunners and Chequamegons to anyone interested in owning a Braque Francais. As for the breed itself, the Braque Francais may be the best breed anyone could want. I have two children, 8 and 9 and the dog just adores them. He is extremely social, easily trainable, and very attentive. He wants to be around people at all times. I believe this socialization is inherent of the breed, but also caused by the wonderful care the puppies received from Kristy and Brandon of Chequamegons. As far as hunting goes, the pup has all of the attributes to become a solid bird dog. More importantly, he is a great pet who will bring happiness to my family for many years. If you are thinking of this breed you will be rewarded by the pup you receive from Chequamegons. Thank you Kristy and Brandon Brunner!
Submitted by: Jim Wood on Jun 13, 2013
After a considerable amount of researching Braque breeders I confidently decided to go with Chequamegon. Our pup was born in November of 2012 and we picked him up in January 2013. We chose a male and named him Kane. Kane has been pointing any animal that moves for a few months and I have easily conditioned him to loud noises.Obedience traning has been a breeze. Brandon and Kristy have answered any questions that I have had since January and I am confident that they will do so if I have any in the future. I truly can't say anything bad about the breed, breeder or my pup. If you are even considering a Braque Francais you will be doing yourself a great injustice to not give them a look!
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Submitted by: David Pruet on May 05, 2013
I heard about Chequamegon's from a neighbor who highly recommended them to me. This was our family's first dog, and so we were new to the process. Kristy was responsive and all of the info she provided was reliable. She and her husband genuinely care about their pups and about placing them in the right home. We've had ours for almost four months, and she is well adjusted to our kids and is a great indoor / outdoor dog. We can't wait to get her in the field next year. I would highly recommend this breed and these breeders.