Sur le Delavan Kennel, LLC is a small family own kennel in Central Illinois that is committed to professional pointing dog training and to continuing a strict breeding practice of Epagneul Bretons that only improves the traits and temperaments that took generations in Europe to achieve.
Submitted by: Patty Kelly on Jan 14, 2019
We met Clint when we started looking for a Brittany. It was nice to find someone willing to listen to us without telling us we didn't know what we were talking about. Clint listened to what we were looking for and kindly told us that he likely would be able to get us what we were wanting, an easy going family pet. I thought long and hard about what he told us about the breed and ended up not getting a French Brittany but truly thought Clint was a fine breeder who cared about us as we were looking for a puppy. We ended up getting a Shorthair. ANyone looking for a hard energy strong French Brittany needs to reach out to Clint..
Submitted by: Sam Springer on Sep 12, 2018
When you started looking for a puppy this summer it was a little overwhelming to weed through all the breeders out there. We neared our breeder list down to a few breeders one from IL, one from MN, and one from GA. We live in Mn so it was a little bit of a test to drive past so many breeders to get to Sur le Delavan Kennel. Once we made it to IL, we were welcome by Clint and his trainer Bud. They spent the better part of a day with us in the field with their dogs and dogs they had in for training. We were sold. It was very import for us to pick a breeder that was also a trainer. We will get our puppy this fall.
Submitted by: Tina L on Aug 27, 2018
Just wanted to let you know I ran Nash in his Natural Ability (NA) test with NAVHDA today.
He scored a 112. Prize 1
This has been one of the best days of my life. I am so happy. Nash is such a wonderful dog and got to show that to a lot of people today.
I just got home but will probably post something about it later tonight or tomorrow on facebook. I'm exhausted. We had some rain delays so were essentially out in the field 10.5 hours today.
Submitted by: Ralph on May 23, 2018
The paperwork/awards finally came in from NAVHDA for Topanga's testing
She received a prize 1 natural ability, a prize 3 utility preparatory and and prize 1 utility preparatory
My wife is making copies of the paperwork and will be mailing it to you shortly.
We are aware Jake Bartells is keeping records on EB's who test in NAVHDA and will be sending him copies as well.
We intend on getting Topanga OFA'd after she turns 2 and and will mail you copies of those documents too.
Topanga is having a solid hunting season-including woodcock/grouse in Michigan/Northern Wi and it will extend into late March at the hunting preserve.
I also dropped a mallard, 2 wood ducks, a blue winged teal and a a Canada goose over her when jump shooting the creek during the duck season.
Topanga is doing great and is VERY spoiled (pink nose and all). In the morning, she will hide our daughter's shoes because she does not want her to go to school :-)
My old Griffon which I retired (going blind-nuclear sclerosis) when I got Topanga is still alive and kicking at 15. They sleep together at night.
Best regards to you and your family,
Submitted by: Travis on May 23, 2018
Hi Clint and Suzanne,
Last spring I introduced Gabby to birds and at 6 months she would point, hold and retrieve. She canít clean them or drive yet but everything else I ask her to do she does it well.
She is very very sweet and has a huge desire to please us. She comes to my office with me every day and sits in the chair across from my desk. We could not be more happy to have her. The way your family raised the puppies and the interaction with your kids definitely makes a big difference in how they turn out as a dog. The next time we are in the market( which could be soon) we would want one of your puppies.
If there is anything I can do to endorse you guys or help further your efforts in marketing your puppies please let me know.
Submitted by: Katie on May 22, 2018
Teddy is doing great and weighed in today at 23.1 lbs! He is energetic but still very snuggly. He loves everyone and other dogs, and he is fearless. He goes to the door when he has to pee and 95% of the time we get him outside in time to pee. He comes and sits and lies down, backs up, gets off, shakes, spins, waits/stays, goes to kennel, fetches, brings toys when we tell him to, and is learning more. Thinking I might do agility with him... he is teething now and has about 9 of his adult teeth in! He has been the picture of health since he stopped the panacur and started his kibbles like you suggested. Can't thank you enough for your help solving those stomach issues and for giving us such a great family member! You have gone above and beyond since I first called you, and I'm so glad we made the decision to buy a Sur le Delavan EB. Teddy may have ruined other dog breeds for us! If anyone ever wants to talk to someone who has bought a puppy from you, please give them my name!
Photos of Teddy from today attached.
Submitted by: Tina Laurence on May 09, 2018
Nash turns one today. (Hera x Leo breeding) He is currently at foundation training right now. I'm missing his 1st birthday, but I bet he is having a blast chasing birds. I have attached a few photos I received from the trainer. He is a great dog all around and gets compliments all the time about how good looking he is. He weighs 38.4 lbs!!
I am testing him in NAVHDA at the end of August for Natural Ability. He will be almost at cut off point (16 mos) for age, but I chose the later test so I have time to get him swimming reliably in warmer weather. I will keep you posted on how he does.
I am looking forward to his 1st season hunting in September. I didn't take him last year because I didn't want to rush things with him.
I connected with Janna with Neal on Facebook. It's nice seeing one of his siblings grow up too.
Just wanted to send some photos.
Thanks for the best dog ever!!
Submitted by: Doug Bollin on May 08, 2018
When I first spoke with Clint over the phone, I quickly realized that he had exceptional knowledge about this breed. I had looked long and hard for the right breeder and I knew soon after speaking and meeting clint and his family that my search was over. I could easily tell his heart was in the right place and his passion with strong. Clint, Sur le Delavan kennel is astounding. Thanks again!
Submitted by: Judy Casper on May 08, 2018
Clint is one of the top breeders and trainers out there. You will never go wrong getting a puppy from him or hiring him for training your dog. No one has done for the breed or the cub then Clint Lafary. He is a very honest person and truly loves this these little pocket rockets as they are known as by many. I got my first EB from Sur Le Delavan. Nothing has changed my life more then my Bo! He maybe more dog then I can handle as he is one strong hunting buddy if there ever was one. I am sure had he been in Clint's hands Gun Ch Gracen Sur Le Delavan TAN (aka Bo)would be a grand champion as so many of his family are. There are few trainers out there as loving with your dog when training as he is.
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Submitted by: Jackie Hutwagner on May 08, 2018
GRCHF CH Gallant Thor Sur Le Delavan TAN came to our family as a puppy and has excelled in the field. He has earned his grand champion of the field title and his champion of the show titles at 3 years old. Thor had a close call at 8 months old when he and his 6 month old girlfriend ran away from home. We found Thor and Harriett 8 days later. He had been hit by a vehicle and his front leg was shattered. A surgeon in Dothan Alabama was able to fix him up and with a plate and 14 screws in his leg Thor almost won best of show but he had a limp that cost him the win. We had the plate removed and Thor healed up good as new and has never looked back. He has hunted birds all over the US including ruff grouse, huns, prairie chicken, pheasant, woodcock, and so on. He has 8 open class wins on wild birds, liberated birds in solo and couples. Thank you for producing our dog. Not only can he hunt, field trial and show but he is an excellent house pet and our family truly loves him as part of our family.