K BAR K Kennels - Illinois Blackmouth Cur, French Brittany Spaniel, Treeing Rat Terrier Breeders

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About K BAR K Kennels

K BAR K Kennels is a family owned Kennel. We are a small kennel that prides itself

on quality not quanity. Our French Brittany's & Blackmouth Curs & Treeing Rat Terriers  are not only proven hunters.

 They are proven reproduces. The foundation of our French Brittanys are Sire: Salt Creek Tugboat

and Dam: TK's Little Black Coal.

Tugboat & Coal: Have produced 8 litters so far. Their pups are proving their worth in the

field, in the home, and in the whelping box. Bringing forth a whole new generation, of

hunting compainons and family pets.

The Foundation of our Blackmouth Curs are Sire: Shelby's Hunter II and our Dams: Knierim's

Precious Dollar & Knierim's Tiger Lilly. At K-Bar-K Kennels we believe in proven crosses.

Hunter & Dollar have been mated  5 times. Hunter & Lilly have been mated 4 times.

These pups are proving their worth as coon-squirrel dogs. As well as working both wild & 

domesticated stock (Hogs/Cattle). We have had pups go on to make Bear--Bobcat--Mountain

lion--decoy coyote--wounded blood trailing dogs. We personally feel the BMC is adaptable

and trainable to meet all your hunting needs. 

   The foundation of our Treeing Rat Terriers started 4 generations ago. Today those same great bloodlines are going strong through Bill's Tiny Spanky(Male) And his Daughter Knierim's Little Rascal (Female).

These guys are not your normal lap-dogs. These guys have been bred for the close hunting squirrel hunter.

That wants a small dog, with a lot of heart. We use them on our farm for everything. Working livestock-family pet--coon & squirrel hunting--rodient control.

  We try to make purchasing a puppy from us as simple as possible. Our French Brittanys sell

for $500.00. Our Blackmouth Cur puppies sell for $500.00.  And our Treeing Rat Terriers for $250.00 We suggest a simple $100.00

(NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT) to hold your puppy for you. As God has really blessed us over the years. We use the date of your deposit as the picking order for the litter.

      I am a Pastor so please no calls on Sundays. Lets keep Sundays for the Lord. 

 Thank you for your interest in our dogs. May God wonderfully and bountifully bless you

and your family.

Kevin R. Knierim

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Blackmouth Cur, French Brittany Spaniel, Treeing Rat Terrier
Breeder Contact Info
Kevin R. Knierim
7404 E. 825th. Ave.
Altamont, Illinois 62411
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 15 years.
Our Pedigrees

Testimonials (129) You are viewing the 10 most recent - View all reviews for K BAR K Kennels
Submitted by: Kate C on Feb 01, 2019
I’m pleased to be able to share my experience with Bro. Kevin while getting the newest addition to our posse... Jack. AKA Fat Jack, Handsome Jack, but mostly Jack Jack. Kevin was very easy to reach when I was looking for my pup, and very quick to respond to any questions I had. As soon as I decided he was mine, Kevin started calling him Jack, and sent me pictures and text updates on his progress every few days until we picked him up. They have a true love for their dogs and the litters they bring into the world, and it shows. Beautiful property, all of the puppies were healthy, clean, and tended to very well. Their living areas were also very clean and spacious, the complete opposite of a puppy mill. Kevin had all the appropriate paperwork ready for us when we arrived, and made himself available to us as a resource if we had any questions once we left. We’ve stayed in touch since Jack joined the crew. Jack Jack is the kind of dog that makes people fall in love with dogs. So smart, playful, loooooooves to cuddle, fetch, and play with our other doggos. He’s beautiful. Text book rat terrier. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog, and the next time we get another puppy (roughly 15-18 years from now, given their longevity 😂) I will not look anywhere but K BAR K Kennels. Thanks for everything, Brother Kevin! God bless you!
Submitted by: Ryan and Staci Groves on Jan 19, 2019
Eleven years ago this upcoming September, my husband and I got our first BMC pup from Bro. Kevin and his family. I was hesitant at first because I had grown up with Golden Retrievers, Labs, Blue Heelers, etc. I have to say though, I'll never go back to anything else. Our dog Wrigley will be 11 this year and he's been nothing short of fantastic. He's everything you could want in a dog: loyal, protective, on guard, was easy to train, a fast learner, and well-behaved. We are a military family and anyone who meets him immediately falls in love with him. If you are a welcomed guest at our house, he'll make you feel at home. People are amazed at how high his energy level and ability to get around is considering his age. Most people think he's only 5 or 6 years old.

This past Christmas, we got a puppy from Bro. Kevin and his family for our son. Once again, this puppy, Rookie, has proven to be a fast learner. He has started learning basic commands from my son and has started to learn quickly from our other dog. For example, the dogs can't come into the house until after the adults go first. He figured out really fast that he has to sit and wait. He's definitely a people pleaser.

Bro. Kevin and his wife Tanya and their family are not your normal breeders. They know and care for these dogs and ensure that these are good quality working dogs and family dogs. Bro. Kevin has a Facebook page where individuals post pics of their dogs/pups. If you want to know how invested this family is, I'd suggest joining the group. An individual posted a pic of their BMC. It was his birthday and he was 5 years old. Bro. Kevin immediately commented that the dog looked just like his mother and that that litter had 9 in it. To be able to recall information about these dogs from the day they were born means something, it means you enjoy what you are doing and you give 100%.

My husband and I can't thank their family enough for the hard work they put in for good quality pups. They are easy to work with and very accommodating. I know we will be doing business with them on down the road because my 3 year old daughter says she needs a girl puppy. Thank you Bro. Kevin and Tanya for all that you do! It is appreciated!
Submitted by: stephen crabtree on Jan 14, 2019
My puppy Oliver, born October 29, 2018, has been a complete joy. She's too young to know for sure how well of a squirrel dog she will turn out to be, but from what I've seen so far she should be a terror in the woods. She has proven to be a great family pet so far and good to take on long walks or runs already.

Bro Kevin was easy to work with. Very personable, and very knowledgeable. He showed me how to self care for my puppy, including deworming and vaccinating. He answers any questions I have very quickly through Facebook messenger. Transaction was seem less.

We could not be any happier, and more than likely I'll be going back to Kevin in the future for another pup. Highly recommend.
Submitted by: Sam Prater on Sep 05, 2017
I've already commented on k bar kennels when I first got my dog from Kevin, but now a year later I thought I would update my review.

I pretty much said it all the first time I posted a review, a year later I couldn't be happier about my dog. A black mouth cur is certainly not the right fit for everyone, they aren't house pets. But Kevin certainly knows what he's talking about, and if you're looking for the worlds best herding, hunting, homestead dog, I just don't see how you can do any better. I don't see how I could possibly be any happier about the dog I received from them.
Submitted by: Susan Satterlee on Feb 07, 2017
Got my main squeeze almost 3 years ago. He is best friend, guardian, and alarm system on earth. This kennel is top notch and I will definitely get a dog here again!! Brother Kevin keeps in touch and makes himself available for anything you may need for the life of your dog. Once you get one you are family!!
Submitted by: Al Winstead on Jan 02, 2017
I own one of Kevin's female curs. My dog Storm was the runt, and a brindle. My dog is almost two years of age, and a hunting machine. I thought I wanted a tree hugging barking fool for squirrels, but my dog has proved to me that I am a meat hunter, and she is a combo dog. I have more rabbits and squirrels in the freezer than I ever had. My dog is a pleasing family dog, and loves her kids and family a great deal. Best all round breed in my opinion. My little dog has tracked deer, fought and removed raccoons from a barn for an officer I work with, and when I was putting treestands up near angry cattle, my dog kept them at bay. Great dogs, with great dispositions.
Submitted by: Ben Ross on Aug 20, 2016
We are very please with this fine pup. Kevin was more than accommodating and answered several text and messages. Top notch people and very caring about there dogs.
Thank you
Submitted by: Sam Prater on Jul 27, 2016
I picked up my new pup from Kevin about a week and a half ago. I don't have a single thing to say about the whole experience that isn't positive. Kevin was extremely accommodating in working around my unusual schedule. He was always very fast to get back to me and was very friendly and informative about his dogs. His dogs are every bit of what he says, they are wonderful animals. Walking around in his back yard surrounded by hunting dogs there was not the slightest bit of aggression shown towards any of the people there, even the ones they had never met before. Just fantastic animals. Friends of mine have consistently though that my pup was six months old instead of nine weeks, because of how well behaved she is. I've trained many breeds before but no other pup I've ever worked with has learned as fast as this one. Black Mouth Curs may not be the right dog for everyone, they are a lot of dog, but if you are looking for a great hunting, herding, general homestead dog you really can't go wrong getting one from K Bar K Kennels. Simply fantastic dogs, from a great breeder.
Submitted by: Audrey Garris on May 23, 2016
I got a BMC puppy from Big Jake and Knierim's Last Precious Penny's litter from Kevin this past week and have nothing but good things to say! Kevin was so wonderful! I had many questions and texted him often and he always responded quickly and thoroughly answering any question I had. He really takes his time to make sure you and your pup will be a good fit. He also goes above and beyond to make sure he maintains the relationship with you and your new dog even after you bring them home. My new pup, Banjo, has also been fantastic. He hasn't had an accident in the house, he doesn't jump on people, and he loves attention! If you are wanting a breeder that really care about his dogs you are at the right place!
Submitted by: Cortney Ritter on Feb 27, 2016
Picked up our BMC a year and a half ago. He was all he was promised to be. Smart. Loyal. Eager to please. Bro. Kevin was ever gracious and generous with his time. He was honest from the start about the good, the challenging, and the quirky. No games. No gimmicks. Just straight talk and honesty. Can't beat that combination. A pleasure to meet and will go back to KBarK for round two when the time is right. Great bloodlines. Great people!!!
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