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Submitted by: Kim Beauchamp on Mar 25, 2015Tucker is my third Brittany and my first from Smokingun. After reviewing many breeders across the US, I ended my search only an hour away from home with Smokingun. Eric allowed me to watch the sire run in a field trial to give me an idea of the nature and capabilities of his kennel. Eric kept in contact with me throughout the process and, in my opinion, provided me with one of the best looking Brittanys I've seen in a long time. At 13 weeks, Tucker is full of spunk and a strong willingness to learn. As for Eric, it is evident that he loves the breed (and all of his dogs) and does what he can to maintain the breeds integrity. Hats off to Eric, as I highly recommend Smokingun Kennels if you're in the market for a top-notch Brittany.
Submitted by: Halle E Reeves on Mar 12, 2015After having Brittanies growing up, and knowing how much my son and I love to hunt, he and I started looking around for a pup. After doing research and reading the reviews, I decided on Smoking Gun Kennels. I emailed Eric and received a response almost immediately with pictures of the Sire and Dam, letting me know he was going to have a litter. We were able to arrange for a male pup from the litter that would be born around Christmas. As soon as the pups were born, Eric emailed pictures and updates until they were weaned and ready to go. He was patient while we spent time with the pups to choose ours and answered our questions. Eric has a friendly and professional demeanor but a huge heart when it comes to his dogs. In addition to being patient with my emails and questions before we picked up Cap, Eric likes to have updates and pictures after we took Cap home. He provided information to us regarding future shots Cap will need, a sample of the food Cap should eat, and other information. Cap is a funny, goofy smart pup. Catches on quick and has an eager to learn attitude. He was house trained within 10 days and loves being outside. Loves being around people and is not afraid of anything so far! Very inquisitive and curious. Cap also likes being around other animals - even cats! I would recommend Eric and Smoking Gun Kennels to anyone looking for a Brittany. I don't believe there could be a better kennel anywhere!
Submitted by: Jeff Sauter on Mar 11, 2015I picked up my male puppy at Erics on Feb. 15th at the ripe old age of 51 days. He's been with us for 24 days so far. The pup has been a real peach. This is my 7th bird dog and my first Brittany. The puppy has slept through the night EVERY night without disturbing us since we brought him home and in all 24 days, he's only peed in his crate once. The vet absolutely loves him-- she commented on his conformation, his crystal clear eyes, his lovely coat, his bite etc. What brought me to Smokingun Kennel is the dogs lineage. I firmly believe that you "buy" the breeding when you look for a pup. The number of dogs in my pups pedigree that are in the Hall of Fame amazes me--I expect great things from him as we go along and training is completed. The puppy will be travelling to Montana from our home in Virginia 2 days after he turns 9 months old for 3 weeks on the prairie chasing sharptails and huns, then a quick side trip through northern Wisc. for grouse and woodcock before returning home. I suspect I'll hunt WILD birds with him and my GSP about 40 days his first year plus a few trips to the local game farm.
Eric has been a pleasure to work with and kept me informed on the pups progress with pics and quick response to my (many) emails. When I picked my pup up, I was given a folder with the registration paperwork and vaccination/worming history. The entire process went very well. If all goes according to plan, I will be back for another pup when I retire my older dog.
Submitted by: Dennise Foster on Sep 12, 2014I was really impressed with Eric, he was easy to talk to, quick to respond, very patient and he held a Brittany puppy for me until I came back from vacation. I offered to pay a deposit or the full amount if he would hold him until I returned but he told me that wasn't necessary and took me at my word that I would get him. I bought "Maverick" at the end of July for my dad, he absolutely loves him. Maverick is very intelligent and gets along well with my mother's chihuahua, which is very difficult to do. He hasn't been hunting yet but my dad is planning to take him soon. I would recommend Eric as a Brittany Breeder for anyone that is looking for one. He definitely made my dad happy with "Maverick" and my dad knows quality hunting dogs because he was a Brittany Breeder several years and has hunted with Brittany Spaniel's for the past 40 years.
Submitted by: Dale G. on Aug 25, 2014Hello Eric,
My wife and just want to thank you again. we drove from Pennsylvania to North Carolina on July 11, 2014. We named the pup Angel. the following weekend home we had Angel on birds and she pointed right away. She has picked up all the commends and was house trained at 11 weeks. this is our third Brittany and by far the smartest puppy so far we trained. as brittany's are Angel loves people and is a great addition to our family. I would recommend Eric as a breeder, Eric was very easy to work with and always got back to you quickly. I will look forward to working with Eric again in the future.
Submitted by: Wayne Brummett on Aug 22, 2014I can not say enough good things about Eric. We had a bad experience with another breeder and probably bothered Eric more than we should have. He was patient with us and provided a wealth of knowledge. This is our first Brittany and Scout has been wonderful. We picked him up on July 12th and a month later he has been quick to learn basic commands, is almost fully house trained and a ton of fun.
The whole experience was great. I would recommend smongingun Brittany's to anyone!
Submitted by: Michelle on Aug 16, 2014Hi Eric,
I just thought you'd like to know the puppy is doing great! We named him Jack, hopefully this name sticks :) He is the smartest dog I have ever known! He can sit, down, crawl, rollover and give you his paw...he even has pointed and flushed out a covey of Bobwhite quail and pointed on some doves...I didn't even know they were there! He is amazing and learns so quickly! We just love him so much. Thanks again for such a wonderful puppy!
Submitted by: Kendra on Aug 04, 2014We brought home Dixie, our orange and white female pup, two weeks ago and couldn't be happier. She is bright, energetic and has a great temperament. Eric Lowman was terrific to work with - a top notch breeder. He was incredibly responsive compared to another high end breeder we had contacted with a fancy website. He sent update emails with pictures and we visited him when the pups were 5 weeks old. We have a 6 year old daughter and visiting the pups before they were ready to go home was terrific so she could see them and understand the process. He let us stay and play with all of them! Eric kept us posted on what pick we were and answered all the questions I had. Eric's kennel is so clean and the dogs and pups were all happy and healthy. You can tell Eric takes great pride and loves the dogs. When it was time to select our pup Eric gave us time to observe and play with the pups. He had given the pups a bath since it was a rainy morning - so thoughtful. He supplied all the AKC paperwork, vet/shot records and even sent us home with a sample bag of the dog food she was eating. Our vet was very impressed with Dixie when we took her in for her first visit. Everyone was saying what a gorgeous and sweet pup she is! Dixie is doing great with house/crate training and we are taking walks on her leash every day. She's loyal and sweet. She likes to play fetch already and my husband is looking forward to taking her hunting. We would highly recommend working with Eric Lowman to buy your pup. The process was so smooth and Dixie is an awesome dog.
Submitted by: Whitney and Mitchell Feld on Aug 03, 2014We got Atticus, a male Brittany from Eric and we couldn't be more thrilled with him! He has a wonderful disposition, is exceptionally smart, and is truly a beautiful dog. Our vet is very impressed with his disposition, intelligence, and form. At 11 weeks he is doing well with housebreaking and leash training. Eric is a pleasure to work with and quickly answered all of our questions. He still checks in on Atticus and reminds us of his upcoming shots. His kennels are clean and he truly cares about all his dogs. If you are thinking about getting a Brittany look no further than Eric.
Submitted by: Michelle Threewits on Jul 27, 2014We got our liver and white, male Brittany from Eric and we absolutely LOVE him! He is gorgeous and he has a wonderful disposition; all of our neighbors and the vet's office went crazy over him. He is a quick learner and at only 10 weeks he is doing well with housebreaking and leash training...he is very smart. Eric is great about answering all of your questions, his kennels are clean, and the dogs are well cared for. He is a conscientious breeder and raises quality puppies that are well-adjusted and socialized. Our pup's pedigree is awesome and he goes to point naturally. If you are looking for the perfect Brittany, Eric is your man, you will not be disappointed! We plan on getting a female from him in the future.
Submitted by: Laura and John on Jul 27, 2014We recently purchased two Brittany pups from Eric Lowman's Smokingun Brittany's (8 week old "Chase" from the P and J's Rimrock by Smoke's Shooting Star litter, and a few weeks later, 8 week old "Trooper" from the DC Wild Mtns. Shake Ya Tailfeather by Winswept's War Bonnet litter). Eric was terrific to work with and kept us informed during Star's and Feather's pregnancies and after the pups were whelped. Both pups are very healthy, and have terrific personalities. Our vet was very impressed with their conformation, health and temperaments when we took them in for their first office visits. They do have very different temperaments (as expected, since they are from different litters), but what they have in common is that they are both handsome and are smart, smart, SMART. They are doing well with house training and although we have only had them for a few weeks they are already learning to walk on a leash, and are doing well with picking up new commands, including come and sit. We are delighted with our new boys and recommend Eric as a breeder.
Submitted by: D. Wilkins on Jul 08, 2014Our experience with Eric Lowman's operation has been above all of our expectations. His knowledge of this wonderful breed and commitment to ensuring that his litters only come from strong blood lines convinced us that Smokingun Brittanys is quality breeder. In addition, he is a true gentleman.
We recently picked up our female pup from the P&J's Rimrock and Smoke's Shooting Star litter. This pup has shown an amazing amount of native intelligence and curiosity. I am looking forward to training this fine pup and allowing her the chance to show off her field skills.
Submitted by: Jordan S on Apr 19, 2014I've had Addy for a little over two months and I couldn't be happier with her. She's very intelligent, beautifully marked, and highly trainable for a young pup with hardly any discipline. She's incredibly sweet and great with people and other dogs when we go out. I've taken her hiking a number of times, she's very responsive off-leash and is very good staying close by. Eric has been very helpful, informative, and professional from day one, providing regular updates to the conditions of the pups and even following up on scheduled vet trips after I took her home. He gave me more than ample time and information when it came to picking out my pup, letting me see the litter together and spending as much one on one time as I needed. If I had to do it all over again I would choose Eric and his kennel without hesitation.
Submitted by: Hal L on Apr 01, 2014Eric was very easy to work with and always seemed to reply back to my questions throughout the whole process very quickly. The pup we got from Smoking Gun seems incredibly smart and energetic. I certainly use Smoking Gun Brittanys if we were to get another dog.
Submitted by: Tom & Sandy on Mar 31, 2014We purchased our male Britt Remy from Eric at Smokingun. Remy is now 3 and 1/2 months old and is growing like a weed. He is happy, affectionate, playful and full of energy. Remy is smart and was house trained and sleeping through the night in a few short weeks. He loves having the run of the backyard yet can be quite laid back when he comes inside.
We can't say enough good things about Eric and his kennel. He is honest and trustworthy. He kept us informed as the pregnancy progressed and responded quickly to any questions we had. When we picked up Remy, all of Eric's dogs were happy and healthy and well-cared for. Our vet has remarked on how healthy Remy is and we look forward to many years with him.
Submitted by: Steven Blackbutn on Mar 16, 2014we just wanted to let you know that we have purchased our second pup from "Roys Quick Draw" (aka Trigge)from Smokingun Brittanys. Our Trigger is 3 years old and has awesome field abilites, he's very smart and dependable. Those qualities come from a well thought out breed line.
Our shadow, who is anything but a shadow, is 7 months. He is very energic, loves to play with the girls and is always ready and willing to retrieve. We highly recommend Smokingun Brittanys to anyone looking for high quality Britts. Eric cares about the future homes of his pups. Eric is available to answer questions or concerns about the Britts. His Kennel set up is accessible, clean and the Britts are happy in their environment. You will also find that Eric is very knowledgeable and trustworty of this breed.We are pleased with our selections from Smokingun Brittanys.
Submitted by: Steven Blackburn on Mar 12, 2014We just wanted to share with you that this is our second pup out of Smokingun Kennel. Our "Roys Quick Draw" (aka Trigger) is 3 years old and has awesome field abilities, he's very smart and dependable. Those qualities come from a well thought out breed line.
Our Shadow, who is anything but, is 3 months old. He is very engertic, loves to play with the girls and already willing and ready to retrieve.
We highly recommend Smokingun Kennel to anyone looking for high quality Britts. Eric cares about the future home and happiness of his puppies. Eric will answer any questions and/or concerns that you may have.
His kennel set up is very accessible, clean and the Britts are happy in their environment.
You will also find that Eric is very knowledgeable and trust worthy of this breed.
We couldn't be more pleased with our pups from Smokingun Kennel.
Submitted by: Dave Dawson on Feb 07, 2014We bought Rowdy from Eric as a 7 month old male 6 years ago. I had been watching the market for a blood line that matched up to our 6 year old Britt, Chase. My wife Janet, Chase and I drove down from Ontario to meet Eric and view Rowdy. I was sold as drove in the driveway. After a brief field test we loaded up Rowdy and headed North. Eric had warned me that Rowdy could be a one man dog and instructed me on how to get him to warm up. As I put Rowdy in his pen after an evening walk, Rowdy turned and gave me a great big kiss. Rowdy has been a great field dog and a great family dog who listens, shows some great field techniques and is a great companion for Chase. Now if I could just convince Janet for a female pup! Check out Eric and Smokingun Brittany's
Submitted by: Crystal on Feb 05, 2014We got our little female pup, Ellie, from Eric about two and a half weeks ago. We were in contact with Eric about a month before the pups were born inquiring about a companion Brittany.
From the time the pups were born until the day we got to pick the pup up - Eric kept us updated on how the pups were doing and sent numerous pictures. He promptly responds to any emails sent, and it's obvious from our correspondence with him throughout the process, and even after picking our pup up - he genuinely cares about his customers and his pups.
Eric kept the entire process of picking up our pup simple and professional. We got to meet our pup's parents, his other Brittany's, and his other litter. Everything was clean, and his dogs looked well cared for. Although we had last pick of the litter, we didn't feel rushed as he took his time and answered all our questions.
Ellie is a bright, energetic Brittany who acts like she hasn't met a stranger. She has quickly adapted to new situations, is rather fearless, and picks up on training cues with ease. She is learning her manners and doing very well with house training.
We're really looking forward to seeing her grow up to a beautiful, sweet Brittany.
Submitted by: Mike & Tara on Jan 31, 2014We recently met Eric and his dogs when we picked up Daisy. This was our first bird dog and Eric made the process very easy. He answered all of our questions and sent pictures of the pups as they grew up. Eric cares very much for his dogs and has a nice kennel setup. He keeps in touch with us to remind us about vaccinations that Daisy needs. Daisy is just over 9 weeks old now but is very intelligent! She is a house dog and is well adjusted to the family. Basic commands have come very easily to her. I can't wait for it to warm up and get her out in the field.
We highly recommend Eric and Smokingun Brittanys to anyone looking for a Britt. We drove over 6 hours to get to his kennel and it was well worth it. We are very pleased with our Pup. Thanks Eric!
Submitted by: Mike and Lisa Waring on Jan 29, 2014My husband and I had been looking for a Brittany spaniel puppy and someone recommended that we contact Eric. We have an eight-year old Brittany named Birdie that we felt would benefit from a companion. We wanted a great family dog that would also be a great hunting companion for my husband Mike who is an avid bird hunter. On January 19th, we went to pick up our new puppy from Eric. Trooper is now 9-weeks old. He is already housebroken and understands several basic commands. He is a strong, intelligent, healthy puppy and has bonded nicely with our older dog. We couldn't be happier. From the time we contacted Eric about wanting a puppy until the day we finally brought our Trooper home, Eric was in communication with us. He updated us on the progress of the puppies and sent pictures of Trooper with his brothers and sisters that we will treasure forever. It is evident that Eric is an excellent breeder. He takes great pride in his kennel and in his dogs. Our Trooper is proof of the pudding for us! I would highly recommend Eric and Smokingun Brittanys!
Submitted by: Speedy Casteel on Jan 18, 2014I purchased Holly from Ericís Smokeís Confederate Bullet / Smokeís Royal Flush breeding last year. At 8 months of age she is a very impressive pup, She works birds alone in the field, very steady on point, naturally backs other dogs with perfect stance and style and retrieves to hand; all of this with zero training. I usually start serious training around 1 year of age; letting a puppy be a puppy in the field, it does not look like I will need to train her very much, and it is all natural for her. This young lady is all business when in the field, and a real pleasure to watch and see her grow in confidence and ability every time we go out. Eric did a great job with this breeding and was very helpful and informative when deciding which pup and from which litter to choose from. I will be calling him again when I get ready to purchase my next pup.
Submitted by: Sylvia and Ed on Dec 28, 2013Hi Eric,
Just a quick update on Tamsen
She's now a few weeks shy of 7 months and is obsessed with birds
Her trainer said that Tamsen was well ahead of her age in ability to seek out birds and he has actually accelerated her schedule
We are going to take her to Wisconsin along with her "sister"
Bella, a German Shorthair pup next year. Tamsen is a great dog with beautiful markings and is relentless in finding birds
We are blessed to have her as a family dog. When not sniffing out birds, she is a loving dog with a great disposition
And a tail that is constantly wagging.
Hope you are well and Happy New Year
Ed and Sylvia
Submitted by: Tom D. on Dec 03, 2013It was a pleasure to work with Eric at Smokingun Brittanys. We welcomed our new Brittany (Zoe) to the family in early August. It is now early December and we could not be more pleased with our nearly 6-month old puppy. Zoe is developing nicely. She is energetic and has taken well to training. Our thanks to Eric for setting us up with this wonderful dog.
Submitted by: Tim Huglen on Nov 16, 2013I have purchased three of my dogs from Smokingun Brittany's. I thoroughly researched different breeders and felt that Eric was one of the most knowledgeable, caring, and trustworthy. Eric has always been willing to share his wisdom, and knowledge. I would recommend Smokingun Brittany's to anyone looking for a quality Briitany.
Submitted by: Tom Losey on Nov 12, 2013Hey Eric,
Just wanted to give you an update on Max. He's a bird finding machine, out doing dogs a year or two older. Thank you so much for matching us up.
Submitted by: Tom Petree on Sep 24, 2013My wife and I have purchased two pups from Eric over the last two years. We have been very impressed with their conformation and field abilities. We found Eric's kennels to be very clean. We would definitely buy another from his kennel. I feel Eric has put alot of effort in his breeding program and is producing some nice dogs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more info. Tom Petree
Submitted by: Derek Bassett on Sep 13, 2013Eric, Thank u so much for this amazing pup!! He is very energetic and a pleasure to be around!! Life is good on grand lake! He is bird crazy!!!
Submitted by: Dr. Charles B. Reed on Aug 29, 2013We purchased our new Brittany puppy Ruff from Eric at Smokingun Brittanys about a month ago. From the initial contact Eric was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Eric helped us pick a perfect dog that is already showing hunting skills he has learned from our older 11yr old Brittany named Bob. Ruff will not be going to Wisconsin on the annual Grouse Hunt this year, but with Eric helping to get him started he will go next year with Bob. We were very impressed after seeing the kennel and the quality of the Brittanys, and did not hesitate to purchase a pup.
Submitted by: Sylvia on Aug 24, 2013Eric came highly recommended by a local trainer for bird dogs
And We have been beyond pleased by his professionalism and honesty when it came to choosing a perfect Brittany to become a great hunting dog. Tamsen is 9 weeks old and she is already exhibiting a wonderful disposition beyond her puppy age. She is smart, learns quickly and is a true joy.
She adapt amazingly to new situations, is very social and has a very sweet and loving disposition.
Ed and Sylvia Bednar
When choosing a Brittany, whether for hunting or just a wonderful family pet, you cannot go wrong in having Eric help
You find the perfect dog for you. you can totally trust him.
We feel fortunate to have met Eric and you owe it to yourself to call him for the perfect Brittany companion.
Submitted by: Michele SAckermann on Aug 14, 2013We have the best little pup! The process was easy and professional. I would highly recommend Smoking Gun Brittany's to anyone.
Submitted by: Fred Herbst on Aug 12, 2013Eric is very active with his dogs and takes a great interest in his puppies,the puppies are well taken care of & Eric is very selective on his breeding & it shows in the fantastic blood lines he has if I were to purchase another Brittany I would look Eric up & check out his new litters,I purchased Zena at age 8 weeks & she is a bundle of pure energy which I would have no other way for a gun dog to be she is very intelligent & is pointing to smell at 14 weeks good job Eric it was a pleasure to meet you & be able to purchase such a great hunting companion
Submitted by: Marietta on Aug 08, 2013Eric goes the extra mile to make sure you get the puppy you want. He will keep you up-to-date with e-mails and pictures of the puppies. Eric responds to your e-mails in a very timely matter. I would recommend choosing his kennel if you are looking for a Brittany puppy. I chose a liver and white male pup. Looking forward to hunting season.
Thanks Eric. Marietta
Submitted by: Charles Dixon on Aug 07, 2013I recently had the pleasant experience of purchasing a puppy from Smokingun Brittanys. From the time of the deposit Eric Lowman, the breeder, kept us informed of the litters progress through email pics of the four females. Considering the quality of the breeding I considered the price very reasonable.
Eric has a history of going outside his own kennels to add the best blood available. In this litter the dam was out of Eric's Kennel and the sire was fom Pennsylvania.
Submitted by: Martin Brown on Jul 26, 2013My experience with Eric at Smokinggun was great. I contacted Eric this Spring in search of a new Brittany. He had two litters available. We discussed the lineage and what would be best for me. I selected a white and orange Brittany male. His name is Murphy and is now 13 weeks old. He has great natural talent and is adjusting well to PA. Eric's has nice, clean kennels and has a great love for his dogs. He was very helpful and considerate to work with me to schedule my trip from PA. Three of my friends have also gotten pups from Eric this Spring as well. All our happy!
Submitted by: Michael L. Reynolds on Jul 06, 2013Eric Lowman is a professional in every sense of the word. He provided a first time dog owner like me with excellent, objective advice upfront and continues to alert me to shots and check-ups Piedmont needs as a pup.
His kennels are clean and healthy; the dogs happy and thriving.
Piedmont is a top notch male Brittany with lots of spirit, energy, and smarts. He is attentive and biddable. On arrival at our place on the water we walked the dock, a seagull flew by and Piedmont launched himself into the air and 10 feet down into the Kiawah River. He came up swimming like a pro; his only problem was which way to go. We fished him out and he was ready to go again the next day with his life jacket on.
I recommend Eric's kennel and dogs for top American Brittanys.
Submitted by: Danielle on Jun 30, 2013At the time of inquiry, I was living overseas. Eric was so informative and helpful with all the questions I had for him. He always kept me updated on the litter and how the puppies were doing and even sent pictures. When I came back stateside, I went to meet the puppies for the first time. Eric gave me plenty of time to play with each one and ask questions if needed. I purchased my Brittany on June 15, 2013 at 7 weeks of age. Eric had some goodies to send home with me and my new pup. You can tell he takes great pride in his dogs. He is a wonderful breeder and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a Brittany!
Submitted by: Gene Casteel on Jun 14, 2013I went and picked up my pup this afternoon, I had the female pick of the litter, It was such a hard decision. I wanted them all. Eric let me spend all the time I needed trying to decide. He runs a first class operation. I can't wait to see how Ms Holly will do. Thanks Eric
Submitted by: Joanne Perry on May 03, 2013Thank you Eric for a beautful puppy. We call her Remi. You have been very helpful through the process of looking for her. Choosing a puppy is not so easy. We appreciate you communicating with us by phone and e-mails. Remi has already shown us that she will make a nice bird dog. She is running off ATVs,has an awesome nose and really enjoys going to field trials to search out quail and anything else that moves. Thank you Eric. Joanne and John
Submitted by: Joey Mills on Mar 19, 2013Hi Eric, Just wanted to let you know that Gunner completed his JH this Saturday at exactly ten months old! He was 4 for 4 on passes in the four hunt tests, no fails. Thanks again for a wonderful pup! Joey
Submitted by: Joey Mills on Feb 25, 2013I got my puppy from Eric in July of 2012 he was very upfront and responded to all my questions and continues to answer training questions that I have about my puppy. I entered him in his first hunt test in Febuary and got his first pass on the JH leg. Highly recommend Eric.
Submitted by: Robert in Calif. on Feb 24, 2013I am the proud owner of "Cooper" our 2&1/2 month old Brittany puppy from Smokingun kennels. Eric & Smokingun kennels is definitely a 5 star operation! I was looking for an intelligent, healthy, well bred Brittany with a strong hunting pedigree and researched many different breeders before choosing Smokin gun kennels. Eric made selecting a pup so simple, with his honest feedbacks & pictures of the pups. I was nervous about shipping a pup to Calif. but Eric handled everything very smoothly. I have owned a Brittany in the past but this pup is the smartest, a quick learner & very birdy by far. He already will stock a quail wing and set a point. That demostrates a great hunting bloodline. I would highly recommend Eric & his Brittany's. I am looking forward to many years of hunting with Cooper.
Submitted by: Brittany Whitmire (yes, that's my real name) on Feb 23, 2013When we went in search of a dog that could be both a hunter and a companion animal that is also friendly to the many visitors that we have on our farm, we visited with several breeders and trainers who worked with Brittanys. We ended up finding Eric and Smokinggun Brittanys and couldn't be more pleased. "Ada" is a female pup, welped in May 2012, from a cross of Smoke's Confederate Bullet and Smoke's Little Flicker. She's extremely bright, easy to train as far as manners as a companion dog, and she's amazing to watch in the field. We could not ask for more drive - she'll do it all, from scenting to retrieving, with quail (her favorite!) and grouse. She's even been in the duck blind several times this year and, with a little drag work with a duck at home, she'll do as many icy water retrieves for ducks as you allow.
She'll also go for miles with me on horseback. In fact, just this week, she "heeled" behind my horse on a training ride (I competitively endurance race) for about 5 miles before enjoying a bone and a rest in her crate while I logged another 10 with the horse.
We're looking forward to formal training with Ada - and many years of fun with her in the hunting fields and blinds, on the farm, and just around home as a big pet. I gladly recommend Eric as a breeder - pick the litter, not the pup. You'll get a good pup from him.
Submitted by: Malaina on Dec 04, 2012Our pup, Tucker will be a year old this December! We got him February 2012 and he has been such a joy in our lives. Eric is to thank for this wonderful addition. I got Tucker as a surprise for my husband and Eric was so helpful and honest throughout the entire process which meant a lot. When Tucker got sick just a week after bringing him home Eric stayed in touch with lot of advice that the doctors didnít even seem to have. Eric thank you so much for all you have done. We are considering adding to our pet family soon and would not consider working with any other breeder, you are AWESOME!
Submitted by: Justin Shroyer on Nov 10, 2012Eric was very helpful during the process of acquiring our pup in Oct. He was eager to help us out in anyway he could; emailing pics, pedigrees, updates, and most importantly his honest opinions... He also routinely checks up on "Bernie" since we acquired him. Our pup has a TON of drive, brains, energy,and is very birdy... he lives to retrieve and ambush anything he can in the woods. We couldnt be more pleased. His dogs were all very friendly and beautiful, and his kennel was very clean. He provided details instructions on vet appointments, training, AKC papers, etc... I would highly recommend Eric to anyone looking looking for a hard hunting, good looking Brittany.
Submitted by: Tom & Eileen Petree on Jul 21, 2012We purchased Rosie in April 2012. Instantly we saw her potential as she displayed her natural ability to hunt. She has a keen nose and at 12 weeks showed us how she could find and point both quails and pigeons using it. She is very intelligent and has a perfect confirmation for working in the field. Having raised several litters of Brittanys over the years, we understand the work involved. Eric kept us well informed from the day the puppies arrived, sending pictures and updates regularly. He took time to understand what our goals were with our new puppy so he could help us choose the right one. He is very knowledgeable and cares about the dogs he has and the ones he is producing. Rosie is a wonderful addition to our kennel. We would definitely purchase another puppy from Eric and would recommend his kennel, Smokingun Brittanys, to anyone.
Submitted by: Alison Miller on Jun 01, 2012We purchased two brittany female puppies in February of this year. They are wonderful puppies and we have enjoyed having them as part of our family. They have great markings, are well mannered and are quick to learn. Eric is very knowledgable and his kennel provides outstanding puppies. We highly recommend Eric and are so thankful for all he has done.
Submitted by: Al Miller on May 31, 2012Thank you Eric for the wonderful experience of owning two Smokingun Brittanys. At five months old, we recognize that these dogs are extremely intelligent and very friendly. Our neighbors and friends enjoy our dogs as much as we do. These two pups are energetic, yet very composed and can be left unattended in the house without disturbing anything or having an accident for several hours. We are looking forward to field training in the near future. Smokingun Brittanys are a welcome addition to the Miller households in Fayetteville and Durham.
Submitted by: Jim Hammett on Jan 14, 2012I had been looking for a hard-charging pup of a particular breeding when I found Eric. He was great to work with. My wife picked up the pup in June and she was very impressed with his kennel -- which says a lot -- she is a neat-freak. After getting the pup to Oregon, I think she will be a winner. Eric is a great person, his kennel has top knotch dogs, and he knows his stuff. Best of all he is honest to a T. You could not do any better than to get a pup from Smokingunkennels.
Submitted by: Colleen on Oct 21, 2011I was deployed when I found Smokingun Brittany's and Eric was super helpful and informative. He ensured that I would have my dog upon my arrival and walked me though the payment process. My puppy is now 4 months and very intelligent. Everyone that has met my puppy tells me how impressed they are with how well behaved he is. I would recommend one of Eric's dogs to anyone looking for a well rounded puppy.
Submitted by: David on Sep 30, 2011Eric was great to work with, very helpful. Adult dogs looked great, clean operation and he knows what he is doing. Bought a pup August 2011 and its doing very well. Growing like a weed, great personality and showing great intelligence. This is a 1st Class fellow and breeder. You can not go wrong.
Submitted by: David on Sep 24, 2011Purchased a pup from Eric in August. He was very helpful with the background of the dogs and his training process. Very professional and honest and is willing to allow us to call back for suggestions. His adult dogs were all healthy and well cared for and the pup is a joy, very healthy and well adjusted. The pup is already showing very positive signs of intelligence.
It is clear Eric knows what he is doing, is passionate about his dogs and work and I highly recommend him.
David- Mocksville NC
Submitted by: John on Sep 06, 2011We got our pup in august and have been so happy with her, breeder was very kind, and understanding to my daughter and I , Our pup is very healthy, smart and loves the whole family we only wish we would have gotten a boy also to keep Dixie company, oh well maybe next year