Powder River Sporting Dogs - North Dakota Bracco Italiano Breeders

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About Powder River Sporting Dogs
Located by Bismarck, North Dakota our kennel is blessed in being able to work our dogs on wild birds right outside our door. We specialize in raising Italian Braccos  with smart, level heads. We spend many hours socializing the puppies which makes them easy to train and a joy to have around the house. All of our dogs are imported from fine Italian Hunting Kennels---   
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Bracco Italiano
Breeder Contact Info
Brian Johnston
8355 106th st s.e.
bismarck, North Dakota 58504
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 8 years.
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Testimonials (2)
Submitted by: Dnnis Frye on Jan 19, 2013
Mid September we made a trip to our local airport to pick up our little girl. Little Lilly arrived in excellent overall condition. She never even wimpered or cried as we carried her out of the airport. From the first time we opened the door on her travel crate we knew she was a very special animal.
Brian has spent a lot of time conversing with us about the breed, and every thing he has told us was true. Lilly came to us practically house trained. She only ever had few accidents in the house and I must say it was probably more our fault than hers. I am typing this with her siting next to me playing contently with one of her stuffed toys. By the way, She has never chewed or destroyed anything in our house.
Hunting Instincts... at 9 weeks I had her training with live quail and to this day that is her favorite smelling bird. At 10 weeks I was shooting at birds away from her and she was picking the quail up and bring them back to me. In mid September I exposed her to pheasants. She has never let me down and is a very close working pup patterning about a maximum of 20 yards from me and is always looking over her shoulder for confirmation that she is doing what I want her to do. Our hunting season for pheasants opened up in late October. Lilly has become very prey oriented allowing me to shoot and see as many pheasants as I believe were in the fields we hunted through. I do not think she missed many birds. On the day after Christmas I booked a hunt at a local bird farm, and I invited a long time friend of mine to to come with, but I warned him I only had a 5 month old pup so this was more of a training session, so dont expect too much out of her. Well, to make a long story short, she out performed any of my expectations. We stocked 12 birds, and she found all of them plus a couple extra. We walked through fields with very little cover and she would get birdy and point and if I tried to callher off she would just stay and start to wag her tail and on a couple occasions licked some feathers right off the birds back when the birds held tight. I have also had Lilly rabbit hunting with a couple friends and she has had a great time. According to my wife, Lilly is best dog she has ever had. Lilly is just a gem. Brian,
Thank you for sharing this little known breed with us.
Dennis and Nancy Frye- Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Mechelle Beghin on Sep 21, 2010
I bought a puppy from Brain at Powder River Sporting Dogs 4 years ago We traveled from WI to get our pup and we were very impressed with the kennels and Brian's obvious love for this breed. The puppies were healthy and well taken care of. Brian is a wealth of knowledge about the griffons He was very meticulous about interviewing us about our experience with dogs in general and especially about hunting with dogs. He is not willing to sell a puppy to just anyone who wants one. These are very special dogs and need to be in the right environment. Lots of room to run and much love required. Brian is a wonderful breeder and we will be buying another puppy in the near future. We happily make the trip from WI to purchase another pup from him. If you want to know about Griffons talk to Brian at Powder River Sporting dogs.
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