ABOVE: Ethel is a very young pup we had the pleasure to train last September During our annual Hunt Training class. She did exceptional and apparently she huts like an old pro as well. The testimonial, from her owner, Marlin will be soon displayed on our testimonial page. Thank you . Windy Acres is a small kennel located in bird country and croplands of South Central North Dakota near the SD boarder. For over 50 years the black nose Brittany has been a favorite of Phil and his friends. When we started the kennel there were just 7 Registered Epagneul Breton kennels in the country Wow how that has changed. The popularity of the breed and the eager buyers have increased that to way over 100 and counting.
All of our dogs are Duel Registered or tri registered UKC, AKC, NAVHDA. Proven excellent Hunters and Huntress. We do insure all breeding pairs are exceptional hunters.We cater to hunters and Family hunting dogs.
Our Lines are all superior and proven . We give a full 2 year guarantee on all our dogs.
We have several training plans and cater to all levels of training requirements. Phil has trained over 500 dogs and loves it.
Our desire is to become a kennel family with and for our clients, we strive to provide the best lines, proven breeding pairs and professional training and most of all superior Customer Service before and after the sale.
My goal is to breed for a client, not have a litter, and It is proven a good plan. Having only 2-3 litters can mean a wait, at times but clients tell me it was worth the wait to get a well fit dog for the field and family. I look forward to finding one for your family.
Also a Huge thank you all for the support Kind words and for Loving my dogs !!!
I love to, and am very proud to,show these dogs and everyone is invited to come visit for a field run any time.
May you all have a Super year and Id like to say Thank You and God Bless to our New , Repeat and Future clients
Submitted by: Terry Winnop on Mar 18, 2021
I wanted to let you know how wonderful Ollie has become. He is now 4, he has been delightful since I first got him, launching through cattails and doing water retrieves his first season, just months old. He is always the first to greet me at the back door and want to know how my day has been. He loads and kennels with no problems, he is not vocal or annoying in kennel and just lets you know he is ready for a romp of any kind. I do a lot of mountain biking, and Ollie is always great fun, understands not to cross my front tire, and keeps up on all of our outings. He, along with my 11 yo FB, Puck, loves to go in harness, and they stay in pretty good shape during the summer. I get out before the sun rises to keep the dogs cool and to avoid too many other walkers. Ollie and Puck love to fly fish, I would say that I do too, but I am good for about 20% of my regular fish, if the dogs go….too many distractions. Both dogs fit in the recliner with me, Ollie is very respectful of Puck and will sleep on my shoulder, somewhat like a cockatiel, these are some of the best times with the dogs, in the morning before work and at various other “nap” times.
Ollie is the best retriever that I have had: I have had 2 other FBs from other breeders, an Irish setter, 2 springers. I am convinced that I love Ollie the most. Seeing a FB go on point is similar to watching a fish come to a dry fly versus a nymph, it is just more exciting. Ollie loves the water, and if there is a bird to be gotten, he will get it, he has not required a heavy hand, I do use and E Collar on my dogs, but Ollie only needs a low setting; if he is not working in competition with other dogs, he responds well to just a tone. Ollie has a great nose, and as long as I trust him, and Puck, life is much better in the bird coverts.
Over the last several years, friends of mine have heard of my dogs, and Ollie and I have been invited to many gun club hunts, as the members know that Ollie is a really good dog, medium to short ranging, biddable, and will work the heavy cover….. Along with his master. This past season, we were lucky enough to be invited to hunt at least 4 times to various spots: Lots of dogs, lots of competition and many distractions. We worked with several breeds: German Short hair pointers, Gordon Setters, Griffons, labs, Chesapeake Bay retrievers, English setters, springer spaniels, English cocker spaniels. Ollie was a Rock Star: he did not move through cover like a tank, he worked hard, and he never let an over-aggressive retriever take a retrieve from him; I was so proud!!! I can honestly say that the combination of a medium sized dog: pointer, retriever, athlete, short tail, family dog(I have two daughters), is a primary reason to have Ollie especially, and all FBs in general. I often joke with my lab owning friends, that we could make their labs better with shorter tails, but you can’t fit two of them in the front seat of the pick up or in the recliner.
In closing, please don’t forget to put me on the 2022 litter list. I believe that Puck will be aging out in the coming 2 years, and Ollie will need someone to train.
Terry Winnop, Sheridan, WY.
Submitted by: Marlin Fiola on Feb 14, 2021
Ethel, after her first day in the field last Monday. We hunted the Gettysburg, SD, area for three days, with a couple of days in the breaks at Lake Oahe. Birds were flushing well in front of us most of the time, but she handled the pointing opportunities presented to her pretty well, and did a great job finding downed birds, responding well to ‘hunt-dead’. She watched as birds got up and moved toward them when downed. Two of us were hunting with a pointing Lab and Ethel did a phenomenal job of sweeping between us and covering a lot of ground. She was always enthusiastic, responded well to the vibrator when needed, and had boundless energy. I was surprised at how little coaching and direction she required; she just kind of knew what to do. She’s not at all interested in retrieving, but that may change with time. All-in, I could not have been happier with her initial performance, particularly since she was a little ‘off’ the day I came up to your place to retrieve her. Thanks to both you and Austin for bringing out the best of her ability!
Thanks again, Phil!
Submitted by: Toby Bradshaw on Feb 07, 2021
It's hard to believe that Theo is almost 5 years old. He has been my constant companion at home and in the field since he was a puppy. He works just as well with my trained hawks as with my shotgun on quail, sharptails, pheasants, and rabbits. He more or less trained himself -- he didn't need any help from me in learning to find and point game. He has good range but never needs to be handled in the field, since he checks in with me every few minutes. He's full of energy in the field but is equally happy to sleep on the sofa with his head in my lap. Nobody could ask for a better dog!
Submitted by: Samuel Sticka on Jan 24, 2021
Phil and Austin are very nice people and great breeders. They always answer the phone and are always willing to help. We are very happy and pleased with our dog. He is exactly what we were looking for. We have 3 kids and our dog is very friendly and great with the kids. By 11 weeks old he already knows the commands, sit, stay, come, heel, ok and release. Very smart dog, great blood line, great with kids, can't ask for more. Thank you Phil and Austin for helping us get the right dog. We highly recommend this breeder and we will definitely be getting another dog from them in the future.
Submitted by: Charley whiton on Jan 23, 2021
My 6 month old pup from Windy Acres is the 6th Brittany I have trained and the 9th one I have had. In short this pup is by far the smartest and most biddable, to say nothing about how sweet she is, I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I’m not a trainer I’m just a guy who loves to hunt behind a good dog, and I have the makings of a really good one.
One other piece of good news is that the breeder Phil Rodgers is the most helpful guy you could do business with!
Submitted by: Kevin Yeatts on Jan 21, 2021
We are 2 time customers of Phil’s and he has taken fantastic care of us both times. I can’t recommend windy acres high enough! Phil’s lines are great! But, more importantly he loves his dogs and really puts in the effort for good breeding. He doesn’t believe in line breeding which I appreciate. He will take the time to talk to you on the phone, answering your questions and just talk dogs.
Snickers, our first windy acres dog was from Hank and Gypsie 2009. She was the best dog I have ever had the pleasure living with. Amazing hunter! Amazing running, hiking, camping and general travel dog. She was our constant companion from coast to coast. Up mountains into oceans... she did everything. The most important thing is she was the best companion. Rest in peace Snickers, we love you!
When Snickers passed I talked to Phil to give him the news, long story short it lead to another pup. This pups name is Ruth. We picked her up on December 19th. Ruth is related to Snickers. Her grandfather was Snickers dad. Pretty cool and just felt right. Ruth is 11 weeks now and such a fantastic little pup. She is starting to point the wing on a string already. Her potty training is coming along and she is becoming a good citizen in the house. We love her! So much fun! Thank you Phil and Austin for what you do. Kevin
Submitted by: Chris Bradow on Dec 03, 2020
Pax is 20 months old now. He came from the April 2019 Monty and Gracie litter. We just got back from a pheasant hunting trip in South Dakota. Although the bird numbers were down where we hunted Pax did great. He's got this bird hunting thing down now. He's got phenomenal drive and hunts close to me out in the field. As long as it isn't too hot out he can hunt all day without tiring. He helped me retrieve a bird I knocked down in the thick cattails that I wouldn't have found without him. It is just fun to watch how these dogs work. I couldn't be happier with getting a pup from Phil who runs a top notch kennel.
Submitted by: Elizabeth Davies on Nov 21, 2020
When I was around six years old my family bought our first dog, a french brittany from windy archers. We named him Scout, after Scout from 'To Kill A Mocking Bird'. We recently bought a new dog who we named Kirby after the baseball player Kirby Puckett. Scout and Kirby are both wonderful dogs, and when I'm older and I've moved out of my parents home I'm going get a french brittany puppy of my own.
Submitted by: Dennis Luszcz, Sheridan WY on Nov 12, 2020
We have had our male Niko for about 3 and a half years. Not only I he a great companion but he has developed into a fine hunter. Today was a prime example as he had one of his best days yet. In a 3 hour hunt he had 19 solid points on about 25 pheasants and a covey of Hungarian partridge. He was steady, controllable and exhibited a great nose. We wouldn’t hesitate going back to Phil Rogers and Windy Acres Kennel for our next bird dog. He was helpful and a pleasure to work with during the entire process. He also showed outstanding hospitality when we picked up our pup. I recommend him highly.
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Submitted by: Audrey and Rob Andrews on Oct 31, 2020
The entire experience from the first call til now has been amazing. Phil was very informative and willing to answer all questions no matter how many times we called. He also sent us updates and pictures from the time she conceive til we pick her up. He was also very accommodating to our needs to when we could pick up Winnie. He offered for us to stay in his guest bedroom, as we drove all the way from NJ. He made dinner for us and then breakfast. We also observed his training program which seems to be top notch.
Now to talk about the amazing dog we picked out. We first saw her and we were in love. We had about a 2 day drive home. She did amazing in the car. No accidents. Slept through the night at the hotel. Then once we arrived home she has been great and easy to train. We would highly recommend Windy Acres Kennel and we will surely use them again if we ever get another dog.