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: Chris Smith on Jun 20, 2019
To those of you looking for a new puppy or trained dog,
I wanted to publicly thank Clint and Suzanne for all their time, effort, and help. Your passion for the French Brittany is clear and strong. It was as refreshing to meet a breeder who didn't want to talk about themselves more than their dogs. After meeting you all and talking to many other so-called breeders it is clear why you have produced as you call them "proven" champions. I talked with others in the area who wanted to spend way more time telling us why titles didn't matter to them. While we will never field trial our dog, it was important to know where our new puppy was coming from on paper.
Thank you for all you did in helping us out. Anyone looking for a puppy or started dog needs to check out Sur le Delavan.
Submitted by: Bethany Lawery on Jun 17, 2019
I have been searching for a French Brittany this spring. I was surprised in the difference in the breeders I have spoken to. Some were very friendly and had nice dogs but I was sure they were breeders. IAfter talking to Clint I felt very good knowing where he stood on things and walked me through all the sales pitches I had been hearing. At the end of the day, I am glad I picked Sur le Delavan Kennel for my first French Brittany. There are many breeders in this area but one stands out as being well ahead!
Submitted by: Tyler Brandon on Jun 06, 2019
We are on a list to get a puppy in July. Clint has been easy to work with. He has been straight forward and willing to take calls and emails along the way. They opened their house and kennel for us when we wanted to come to see the setup. He even got some dogs out while we were there to work for us to see. Impressive o say the least.
If you are in the market for a puppy, you need to check out Sur le Delavan.
Submitted by: Chris P on May 30, 2019
I met Clint this spring at an AKC Horseback trial in MI. I have seen a few French Brittanys before and to be honest they were much to talk about. I was very impressed with Clin't's dogs and they even had a few placements that weekend. I have run into him a number of times since and he always finds his dogs in the awards.
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.
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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.