Submitted by: Daniel & Patricia Kopp on Feb 06, 2019
It has been over a year since we got our black Lab from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and couldn't be happier! We were so lucky to find such a great breeder who really knows and cares about their dogs.
When it was time to meet the litter we would be choosing our puppy from, Steve and Amy had our family come out to spend some time with all of the puppies. We couldn't believe how clean and well taken care of all of them were. They spent a few hours with us talking about training, food, and general care. Not ever did we feel rushed.
I have to say that Ruby, our black Lab, is probably the most well behaved, smart, family dog we have ever had. We always have people commenting on how beautiful she is. We just can't say enough good things about her. She is a fantastic dog!
I would highly recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs for your next hunting or family dog. It's nice to know you are getting a dog from people who genuinely care and know what they are doing and talking about. I can say that Steve and Amy take great pride in what they do with these dogs and I guarantee that in a few years when we are looking to add another dog to our family we will be returning to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs without a doubt!
Submitted by: Dylan & Samantha Moore on Jan 30, 2019
When it came to finding a Lab for hunting, our decision was very easy once we met Steve and Amy. Their passion and knowledge they have for their dogs is unlike anything we'd ever seen. To be able to get a world class hunting and family dog, have it trained and field ready, have access to quality dog food, and to have great accommodations all by the same people and location is very hard to come by!
Our yellow Labs time spent at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs was beyond worth it! The 4 week program excelled our dog into the hunting machine he is now. While their training program is tailored towards upland bird hunting, they give your dog the skills and drive needed to easily transition into waterfowl hunting. Our Lab had over 200 birds shot over him in his first year. We have gotten numerous compliments on our dog. Because of his hunting ability you would never believe he's only one year old as he hunts like a seasoned dog.
You owe it to yourself and the dog to have it trained and trained right!
Dylan, and Sam
Submitted by: Willem & Mary Jordan Lamar on Jan 18, 2019
We lost our 10 year old Lab who I considered to be a once in a lifetime dog. We began searching for a new hunting buddy and family pet when we came across Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. They stood out because they put a lot of emphasis on their desire to breed dogs that are easy to train and well behaved at home. I can honestly say that is exactly what we got with our Gracie. We have fallen in love with her. She is beautiful, obedient, smart, and wants to please. She has also fallen in love with us, which is so important. Steve and Amy were very hands on when picking Gracie for us since we live so far away and we could not be more pleased with their pick. They made the process delightful and exciting, sending pictures every week. Their care and attention to detail when it comes to their dogs is apparent. Our Gracie shows great potential and I can already tell she is our second once in lifetime dog and for that we are so grateful. We look forward to being a part of her success.
Willem & Mary Jordan Lamar.
Submitted by: Arie & Michelle Friedman MD on Aug 24, 2018
Recently we purchased a black Lab puppy form Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. Now, we don't hunt or compete in field trials. However, field bred Labrador Retrievers have been a very important part of our family as companion dogs for our entire marriage. We believe very deeply in the mission of continuing to improve the breed. We could not possibly be more pleased with our new puppy. He is smart, beautiful, alert, eager to please, and is overall an amazing example of how much Steve and Amy are contributing to the advancement of this all-important breed. Also important is the obvious care they take of their facilities. Their kennel is sparkling clean, well constructed and simply beautiful. We are so pleased we were able to buy one of their wonderful dogs!
Arie and Michelle Friedman MD
Submitted by: Rob & Lisa Wendorf on Aug 09, 2018
My wife and I lost our yellow Lab in July 2017. We both thought, maybe our Sammy was the last Lab we would ever have as our kids are grown and in college. My wife and I deeply love Labs and considered getting another Lab but only if we found the right breeder. So we started looking for breeders across the Midwest and found very few that interested us. That was until we found Bird Crazy Gun Dogs owned by Steve and Amy Pappas right in our back yard. While reviewing their information we noticed that they were expecting a litter in mid Sept. Steve and Amy asked if we would like to come and tour their facility. When we arrived at their facility it was an immediate WOW! out of both of us. The entire facility was spotless. It was unlike any other breeders facility we had ever been to in the past. They have it ALL! While we could go on and on about the impressive facilities they have, it was even more amazing how impressive Steve and Amy were when we started talking to them about their history and involvement in breeding and training Labs. Their knowledge, experience, passion, and their love of breeding and training high quality Labs was amazing. We spoke and toured their facility for almost two hours seeing everything they had to offer. The entire Bird Crazy Gun Dogs experience sold us on the spot. It was then, we told Steve and Amy that we wanted to purchase one of their male pups being born in mid Sept.
We have to say, we cannot believe how lucky we were to find a local breeder of this quality so close to home. Steve and Amy have a first class facility. first class dogs, and better yet, Steve and Amy are first class people. We brought "Gunner" back to Steve and Amy where he stayed for 4 weeks to receive his gun dog training. Steve and Amy offered us the opportunity to come and watch the training. It was amazing to watch and learn from two highly successful professionals. It is unbelievable that a dog can perform this well at just 10 months old.
If you are looking for the best Lab you will ever own, we certainly recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and owners Steve and Amy Pappas. It doesn't matter if you are looking for a Lab as a family member or a hunting partner, you need to visit their facilities as you will not be disappointed with your experience.
Thank you so much Steve and Amy for a first class dog and a first class experience.
When anyone asks us where to get a great Lab, our response will be to call Steve and Amy at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs in Portage WI.
Submitted by: Jennifer & Mike Zajicek on Jul 31, 2018
After the devastating loss of our Labrador Retriever last August, my husband and I were referred to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs where we met Amy and Steve. We have owned Labs for many years and have used various trainers in the past but NOTHING compares to the breeding and training program at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
We knew right away after our first visit with them that this is where we were going to get our next family member. The facility is impeccably clean and all the puppies are raised inside their house and get the utmost care and socialization.
One month after our first visit we brought home a beautiful yellow Lab puppy that we named Brie. What impressed us the most about the breeding program is the great care Amy and Steve take to ensure that all their dogs have great genetics, strong hunting backgrounds and wonderful personalities.
Our puppy Brie was retrieving bumpers with wings on them the first day we brought her home. She is very smart and started learning basic obedience at a young age. At 10 months she started the one month training program at Bird Crazy and within her first week she was already flushing and retrieving birds. Steve and Amy use a very natural approach to training which makes it lots of fun for the dogs and their owners. It is simply amazing!!
We are so excited to see Brie hunt this fall. She will not only be a great upland bird hunting dog but has mastered swimming and will be an incredible water fowl retriever. On top of it all, she is such a sweet, well mannered dog and truly a blessing to have come into our lives during a very sad time.
Thank you Steve and Amy, for sharing your knowledge, time and staying true to the Labrador breed.
Submitted by: Christine & Erik Weisensel on Jul 06, 2018
Bird Crazy Gun Dogs wasn't our first choice for a breeder when we wanted to add another member to the family in 2018, along with a hunting partner to our 9 year old Lab, but the knowledge, care and understanding of Steve and Amy was immediately evident during our first meeting and we knew we were in the right place. We quickly understood we were dealing with breeders who knew what they were talking about, understood their dogs and had high standards in their breeding. Their facility is top notch! Clean and they are happy to show it off. Their facility is the best I've seen compared to other breeders we have dealt with in the past.
We could not be happier with Steve and Amy's openness and ease of purchasing a great looking, well behaved pup.
Christine & Erik Weisensel & Family
Sun Prairie WI
Submitted by: Cindy & Robert Conlon on Jun 26, 2018
We have had many Labrador puppies enter into our family, but never one as calm, confident, and sweet tempered as the puppy from Amy and Steve! Our yellow female (Hannah) captivates everyone she meets, and has brought total joy to our lives. Even our older Chocolate Lab (Clare) is a fan! Trust these breeders to raise a beautiful, healthy and smart puppy that you can then mold to become the perfect companion.
Cindy & Robert.
Submitted by: Margaret Suprak & Matt Reid on Jun 07, 2018
It was with a large hole in our hearts from the loss of our first hunting buddy and running partner that my husband and I began our search. We were beyond disheartened and shocked by the practices of many breeders. We then found Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and knew immediately after our first conversation with Amy that we had found our perfect match. From our initial conversations it was clear that Steve and Amy were extremely knowledgeable, ethical and passionate. Not only were we allowed to visit and meet them and their dogs, but we were encouraged to do so. The training facility, and grounds are impeccable. We were immediately smitten by the dogs, especially Chance. We knew we wanted one of her pups and were beyond excited to welcome Rigby to our hearts a few months later. Rigby is almost 2 years old, and he possesses the most perfect Labrador features, a true testament to his lineage. We were amazed at his trainability, temperament and instincts. My husband began his training and repeatedly insisted that Rigby was born to retrieve. He would come home from Pheasant hunting and rave like a proud daddy about his fabulous new hunting partner. Although a non hunter I am an avid outdoors woman so I decided to join the next trip, Wow was I impressed! His drive and intensity was amazing. Wanting to keep Rigby challenged off season he and I began agility training. The trainer was amazed that he was a beginner. No matter where we go or what we do we get compliments on our perfect dog. He is a sweetheart to everyone from our young nephews to my 96 year old grandmother. Having so much fun we decided to expand our family and just welcomed Kodi to our harts. Our boys are true brothers, Chance x Charlie boys. Kodi is a few moths old and already excelling The knowledge that Steve and Amy have shared with us has been invaluable. Steve and Amy are the best of the best when it comes to breeding and training top notch Labradors. Thank you, Margaret & Matt
Submitted by: Margaret Suprak & Matt Reid on May 25, 2018
It was with a large hole in our harts from the loss of our first fur child, hunting buddy and running partner that my husband and I began our search. We were beyond disheartened and shocked by the practices of many breeders. We then found Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and knew immediately after our first conversation with Amy that we had found our perfect match. From our initial conversations it was clear that Steve and Amy were extremely knowledgeable, ethical and passionate. Not only were we allowed to visit and meet them and their dogs, but we were encouraged to do so. The training facility, grounds and kennel areas are impeccable! Bird Crazy Gun Dogs have exceptional blood lines for both mom and dad. We were immediately smitten by all of the Bird Crazy Dogs, especially Chance. We knew we wanted one of her pups and were beyond excited to welcome Rigby into our harts a few months later. We were encouraged to visit often and were given so much insight into his development. Rigby is almost 2 years old and we are still amazed daily. He has been our over achiever since day one! Rigby possesses the most perfect Labrador features, a true testament to his lineage. We were amazed at his trainability temperament and instinct. My husband began his training and repeatedly insisted that Rigby was born to retrieve. He came home from Pheasant hunting raving like a proud daddy about his fabulous new hunting partner. Although a non-hunter, I am an avid outdoors woman so I decided to join the next trip. Wow was I impressed! Was this really my running buddy so serious about his birds? Having been involved with his training it was very evident that his training was being supplemented by pure natural instinct and talent. His drive and intensity was amazing. Wanting to keep Rigby challenged off season he and I began agility training. With his incredible athletic Labrador build Rigby was a natural. The trainer was amazed that he was a beginner, ha was obeying hand signals and leaping over the jumps! No matter were we go or what we do we get compliments on our perfect dog! He is a snuggly sweetheart to everyone from our young nephews to my 96 year old grandmother. He loves water and is completely at home on the boat at the marina. Having so much fun we decided to expand our family and just welcomed Kodi to our harts. Our boys are true brothers, Chance and Charlie boys. Kodi is a few months old and already excelling! The knowledge that Steve and Amy have shared with us has been invaluable! Steve and Amy are the best of the best when it comes to breeding and training top notch Labradors!
Margaret Suprak & Matt Reid
Submitted by: Wade & Keri Hall on May 22, 2018
After losing our 13 year old female yellow Lab in 2016 we hoped and prayed for a new female puppy that could live up to our desires of a loving family member that can also hunt. Looking for superb breeding lines and a highly recommended breeder of yellow Labs, several sources directed us to talk to Amy & Steve of Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
After a thorough review, we called Amy and in July of 2017 picked up our female yellow Lab, Chance. She is from a litter of Charlie & Chance. Picking up Chance we could see that all the dogs and pups from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs were loved and part of the Pappas family. Amy & Steve actively communicated with us through the breeding process, kept us informed on the delivery and sent nice photos of the new and growing pups. We were provided exactly the future family member we hoped for. Amy and Steve gave us all the information we needed to safely get Chance home to Virginia.
Chancy Girl is now a year old and has grown into a wonderful all around family member. She's also working well to become a great hunting companion. She swims like a fish! She has a loving demeanor and an aggressive hunting spirit. Smart, learns quickly, and never backs down from a challenge. Clearly evident that she has great breeding lines.
Chance is now the envy of our Virginia neighborhood. We are consistently asked, "Where did you get such a beautiful and loving puppy?" We just tell them, "Bird Crazy Gun Dogs!"
Well done and thanks to Amy & Steve!
Wade & Keri Hall
Submitted by: Nick Hengel on May 21, 2018
When it came for another duck dog and family companion we checked with several breeders. Then we discovered Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. What a blessing! Steve and Amy are first class breeders and the pedigrees of their dogs are very impressive.
We chose a male yellow Lab pup sired by Chuck and born to Jo Jo. What a magnificent animal! So smart and easy to train with a super disposition. At 10 weeks old he was potty trained, slept through the night, doesn't bark, retrieves to hand, heels and sits on command, and goes in the water on his own! I am at best a novice trainer but this little guy catches on to his training so fast it has been easy and so much fun for my wife and I.
If you are searching for a gun dog and a family companion that's great with children you will be so happy with a pup from Steve and Amy at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Nick Hengel, Onalaska, WI.
Submitted by: Ed & Shelly Ladwig on Apr 17, 2018
When we decided to get another puppy we knew we wanted a yellow Lab. My husband wanted a bird hunting dog and I wanted a good family "snuggling" dog. We both got what we wanted from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs! When we went to look at the facility and met Steve and Amy they were so friendly and understood exactly what we were looking for. They are so knowledgeable and have taught us so much. We enjoyed going to visit our puppy and play with her before we could bring her home. They are so willing to help you with your puppy training and you can call them if you ever have questions! I really liked that help as this was only our second dog we ever had. We have a wonderful dog who listens and has a great demeanor. We will always get our dogs from Steve and Amy.
The Ladwigs, Lodi WI
Submitted by: Jeff & Katie Bloomer on Mar 15, 2018
A dog is a family member, a companion and an investment. When it came time for us to get a hunting dog, we researched a lot of breeders and their dogs and made site visits. After visiting Bird Crazy Gun Dogs, we instantly knew we wanted a lab pup from Steve and Amy. They have a passion for their dogs, this is evident when you meet them. During our visit, we met a few of Steve and Amy's dogs and were very impressed with their looks and temperament. Thought is put into each breeding. Their dogs have instinct in the field but are able to come back home and turn it off to be a family dog. Puppies are raised in their home and exposed to people, different sounds and smells from day one.
We had our Lab bird trained by Steve and Amy. If you plan to bird hunt your dog, we recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs for training. The second week of training we stopped out to watch our pup in action and he was flushing birds and retrieving. Steve and Amy are very knowledgeable. We tagged along during training and were given tips and advice to take home with us to use for successful hunts. Our pup is now 18 months old and so much fun to watch out in the field. He is an exceptional bird dog and we all have a blast.
We are happy with how our pup performs in the field but even more important to us is how he interacts with people, especially our toddler. He is loving, gentle and very tolerant. We have a lot of respect for Steve and Amy and their program. They truly care about their dogs and love to get updates on how their pups are doing. We couldn't be happier with our dog and strongly encourage a dog from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Jeff and Katie Bloomer
Submitted by: Jeff & Judy White on Jan 14, 2018
We have a four month old yellow Lab from Steve and Amy. We have had many great Labs throughout our lives. So far this little man is the best temperament and ease to train than any we have had. It shows that Steve and Amy take significant efforts in addition to great physical attributes to breed excellent temperament and intelligence in their puppies. Our Vet was impressed with this puppy going on and on about his great personality stating he has controlled exuberance! That is what we wanted in a puppy, a very active energetic puppy that can also calm and be the perfect cuddly house pet. That is what we got from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. Zuma goes outside and chases the ball with crazy drive energy and then will come in and snuggle up on my lap. Perfect dog to have!! Although it has only been 4 months Amy and Steve repeatedly show that they really care about their puppies and how they are doing in their new home. This was very evident when we picked our puppy up. Each one seems like it is loved as if it were the only one in their home. What a great start for a puppy. Zuma has been the most enjoyable dog for us to train and of course to fall in love with. We are not planning on him to be a hunting dog but he already in running through agility tunnels and following hand signals consistently! What we received was a very energetic, smart, eager to please puppy that can be controlled and then calm down and be a super loving, snuggling, sweetheart. Perfect!!! Regardless of your goal for a puppy I would not hesitate one bit to recommend buying a puppy from Steve and Amy.
Jeff and Judy White, Kirkland IL
Submitted by: Scott & Nancy Gore on Dec 28, 2016
It has been a little over four months since we picked up our little Lab pup, Finnegan, that we purchased from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. We couldn't be more impressed. When we began our search for a breeder last January, we encountered a few less than desirable breeders. Then we found you! Bird Crazy is such a fantastic environment. After meeting your female Labs, we knew we wanted a pup from Shelby. We were even more convinced we were with the right breeder after getting to know the both of you. We were impressed with your philosophy of breeding Labs not only as good hunting dogs, but as great family pets as well. After putting down a deposit for a male from Shelby's first litter, we were as excited as expectant parents. We appreciated the regular updates on Shelby's status, and we were elated to hear she had a beautiful litter of pups. We couldn't wait to visit them! We were so impressed when we first got to visit the pups at four weeks old. You were caring for 25 pups all born ten days apart. We expected to find chaos and instead found a calm, clean, stress-free environment for the pups. You were very nurturing to all the pups and gave them each, one-on-one time for bonding. As difficult as it was to not be able to take him home that day, we knew he was in very capable, loving hands. On a hot August day, with great anticipation, we headed up to Portage to pick up Finn. All the pups were frolicking outside, under a shady tree, with a huge fan to keep them cool. Each litter of pups had their own fenced in area in which to play. Since then, Finnegan has proven to be an exceptional puppy. Amy gave him the nickname, Mr. Personality, and she was spot on. Whenever we encounter people with Finn, they can't help but comment on what a beautiful puppy he is. Not only is he very handsome, but he is an awesome companion, has exhibited exceptional retrieving skills and has responded well to obedience training. We are very excited to witness his continued growth and development and anticipate many seasons of great hunting and many years of exceptional companionship.
Thank you both for all your dedication.
We have no reservations recommending Bird Crazy Gun Dogs to anyone!
Scott & Nancy Gore
Submitted by: Larry Kriese on Apr 05, 2016
When my daughter bought her Springer (born 5-15) from you I agreed to train her but felt she would likely be to young for our trip to North Dakota last October.I've worked with and around bird dogs most of my life and soon saw that this puppy was something special. Her enthusiasm for work and an absolute passion for finding game, along with an easy going disposition and desire to please, made working with her a fun and rewarding endeavor. With a lot more work to do I nevertheless knew she was ready to go to ND at 5 months of age. Her performance in ND was nothing short of amazing and surpassed even my high expectations. I have stories of blind water retrieves for ducks made almost flawlessly even though we had spent only minimal training time in this area.But, for anyone who has hunted wild Dakota Pheasants here's the story of the first pheasant scent she EVER encountered.
Put down in promising pheasant cover after a morning duck hunt she quickly hit a scent and worked across a field to flush a long tail.I only broke a wing and saw the bird run into a tangled cattail marsh. I was not very hopeful. The puppy hit the track and plowed into the marsh. I tried to follow her progress by listening for her. After ten minutes all was silent and I pushed my way into the cover by following deer trails. Eventually I spotted some white color under a heavy mat of downed cat tails and realized I was looking at the dog and she was not moving. A little worried, I went to her and began pulling cat tails off her. I had her half uncovered before I realized she had the rooster in her mouth, still alive, and she wasn't about to let it go even though she was too small to pull it out from the cover. She popped up out of the cover with the bird in he mouth and I let her carry it out of the marsh before she delivered it to hand. I'm claiming it was the raw October wind and stinging sleet that had my eyes watering as I took the bird from her but it may also have had something to do with how I was feeling after almost 70 years of working with bird dogs.
Keep up the good work guys!
Submitted by: Monica and Al Blatz on Feb 09, 2016
Our new Springer, Max is the best thing that ever happened to us. After we had a very unfortunate experience with an unscrupulous breeder, we did much research. We decided to go to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and are so glad we did. We were able to take a tour of the clean and well run facility. We were impressed with the knowledge and dedication of Steve and Amy. Responsible breeders, not a puppy mill. So we were very lucky to get our "Max".
Our dog first of all has to be a loving tolerable house dog and companion. Second he has to hunt birds. Our dog is great in both respects. Max has already flushed many Pheasants just walking the nearby marsh with my husband. This puppy at 6 months knows his job. His intelligence is high. Very good companion dog, such a sweetheart. Very good with children and other dogs. Loves to snuggle. Best decision we ever made.
Al and Monica Blatz
Fond Du Lac WI
Submitted by: Don Kush on Jan 28, 2016
"Mickki" at 8 1/2 months weighs 39 lbs and stands 20" tall. Her instinctive retrieving is full time.She responds well to commands, both voice and whistle. I knew early on that she was going to be a good one.
At 5 months, I took her to North Dakota with me. We hunted heavy cover around cattail sloughs with tall marsh grass. I have to tell you, that at 5 months, she worked like a much more mature dog. She was not intimidated by heavy cover at all. She worked birds really well, both ground and casting the air. She put up a fair number of birds and made her first retrieve on a rooster out there. Later in October I took Mikki up north for some Grouse hunting. Again she preformed really well and got her first Grouse retrieve.
I have to compliment you on your breeding program and your overall operation. "Mischievous Mikki Lee" is certainly a credit to your Bird Crazy Gun Dogs Kennel. She is also a much welcomed and loved addition to our household. I look forward to many more years of enjoyment with her
Fall Creek WI
Submitted by: Dennis & Sandra Kempken on Jan 28, 2016
Last May we purchased a female yellow Lab from Steve and Amy. Right from the beginning she's been an excellent dog. We were so pleased she was crate trained when we brought her home at 7 weeks. The first night she happily slept in her crate until early morning. At around 6 months she spent 4 weeks with Steve and Amy for hunting and obedience training. While at training, we observed her steady improvement each week. At her young age, she is already an excellent hunter, retrieving 40 birds to date! We are also pleased with her gentle temperament. She is an excellent hunter in the field and a wonderful companion in the house. Not only are Steve and Amy great trainers, they are very knowledgeable about breeding, researching and testing their dogs for good genetics.
We are pleased with our entire experience with Steve and Amy and of course, our dog, "Poppy"!
Dennis and Sandra Kempken,
Submitted by: chip courtney on Nov 30, 2015
When we decided to purchase another Lab puppy we had a list of criteria that were essential for us including certified health, excellent breeding with some FC, MH, or SH titles in the past 3 generations, a reasonably calm demeanor, excellent drive, and well socialized since birth. Our dog needs to be first a great household companion and then a great hunter. After doing much research we visited Steve and Amy at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. We saw their kennel, whelping area, met the mother of the pups, and got to watch them do some training. Their passion for the breed and love for the dogs was obvious immediately. Their whole operation is spotlessly clean and they are very attentive to all of the dogs - especially the pups. We've only had our new friend Ozzy for a week now but I know we've found the dog that we were hoping to find. He loves people and all other animals. He's not afraid of new situations or things and he has a good "off switch" considering he's a Lab puppy. He's already learned to "come" and "sit" and loves to chase a Pheasant wing on a string. He has a great nose and is very inquisitive. We are grateful to Amy and Steve for giving us the opportunity to add Ozzy to our family. We're looking forward to many years of companionship with him. I would absolutely recommend Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and Amy and Steve to anyone interested in a pup. If you have the same criteria that we did I highly doubt you'll find a better breeder or a better dog.
Chip and Sue Courtney
Submitted by: Don & Kathy Mezei on Jul 13, 2015
Buying a dog is a big investment and I believe in the saying, "You get what you pay for". It really paid off for me in this case. I contacted Steve and Amy Pappas at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs after much study. My 8 year old Springer Spaniel had passed 6 months prior and I realized that my "want" for a new dog was really a "need". I wasn't ready to give up hunting birds and I craved the companionship a good dog offers.
They invited me to visit their home and it was clear from the get-go that they love what they are doing and run a first class operation. They offer selective breeding resulting in handsome dogs, well socialized and instinctively attuned to hunt. Their facilities are clean and well organized. Steve and Amy know their business and share their expertise freely. I bought a female Springer and have been so pleased with her progress.
I decided to have Piper go to their "hunt-em-up" program this summer in order to get her ready for her first bird season this coming fall. Bot was I impressed with her progress! I'm 66 years old and I know I could never have had her bird ready as of now and believe me she is! She is ahead of the learning curve and we'll be sharing some great adventures in the years to come. Piper is the "complete" dog for me and a great return on my investment. Not only that, I've made friends with Steve and Amy and I know that I can always bank on their advice should I have the need.
Retired Wisconsin Conservation Warden
Submitted by: mark geisler on Jun 21, 2015
My search for a gun dog that would be a great family companion led me to Steve and Amy Pappas. My first requirement was temperament, I needed a docile, well mannered dog. I have a young family and my wife operates an in home day care, I needed to be sure that the puppy we brought home did not have a mean bone in it. Our girl Millie, who is out of Zippy and Eight is just a sweat heart of a dog. She is a house dog that has an awesome disposition and has been a wonderful addition to our family. However, head out to the field and she knows her job. This puppy has impressive hunting skills that have been easy to hone. If you want a Springer Spaniel puppy with all of the right ingredients to give you the foundation to make a great family hunting dog, give Bird Crazy Gun Dogs a call. You wont regret it.
Submitted by: Brian Haanstad on Jun 27, 2014
When I started my search for a new hunting companion all I knew was that I wanted a German Shorthair. I was prepared to visit and talk with a bunch of breeders to find the right match for me and my family. Our first visit was to Steve and Amy's home. I was immediately impressed with how clean and well cared for the puppies and kennel were. I could tell right away the pups well socialized and brave, coming right up to us and letting our 2 year old daughter handle them. With Steves assurance they would be good bird dogs with lots of drive and a calm personality, we made our decision right there and picked a black male we named Aldwin. Ten months and we could not be happier with that decision. He recently ran a NAVHDA natural ability test at 11 months old and received 110 out of 112 points for a prize 1. Even had a judge tell me he was going to be a really great dog with all of his speed and intense points. As for his personality in the house, our two girls ages 3 and 1, climb and play all over him. He even plays with the cat. We enjoy him so much that we got another pup from Steve and Amy, a female Lucy. She is only 7 weeks old but already tracked a quail I dragged for 30 yards, gave a flash point and retrieve it to my hand. She goes absolutely crazy if she smells a bird, running around scenting the air and ground trying to locate it. I could not be happier, and would recommend a dog from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs to anyone looking for a new puppy to add to their home.
Brian Haanstad, Wisconsin.
Submitted by: Mike Nice on Oct 21, 2013
I thought everyone only deserves one good hunting dog in a lifetime. Then I met Steve and Amy and now I'm on my way to my second and probably the best Yellow Lab I've ever had. Lu Lu is so special as she turns up the intensity when it's game time but yet is able to turn it down at home. That to me is special. Lu Lu is now 15 months and in the process of becoming a service/work dog due to my profession and still remain an outstanding hunting companion in the field. This dog has the ultimate demeanor for training and the family. I encourage all to check out Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Submitted by: Mike Johnson on Oct 12, 2013
Being a discriminate German Shorthair breeder myself,2 years ago I began looking for a male pup. I was looking for an extremely well bred pup that would eventually cross back well to my 3 outstanding young females. I looked for about 8 months before booking a pup from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
In May of 2012 I purchased my pup out of a litter sired by FC High Roll-n's Proposition, I received an extremely nice male pup. He was exceptionaly good looking, healthy, and smart.
Thor has turned out to be everything I was looking for in my next stud dog. He is easily one of the smartest dogs I have ever trained. He has an excellent nose, extremely good natural retrieve. Wants to please you in every way, and points with style, and intensity. He may be the best looking Shorthair anywhere. Best of all, he is an excellent natural bird dog.
I am greatly looking forward to breeding him to some of my classy females in the future.
Having been around dogs all my life, I would not hesitate for a second recommending a pup from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
Black Point Gundogs
Submitted by: Jim Kohl on Sep 09, 2013
If you are in the market for a waterfowl or upland bird dog, or looking for training assistance with a dog you own, Steve Pappas is a world class breeder and trainer. Steve and Amy Pappas own Bird Crazy Gun Dogs near Portage, Wisconsin. I have known Steve for 35 years. He has assisted me with my last couple of Yellow Labs, and I am excited about JoJo, our 1 year old yellow female. She comes from the Pappas kennels. She already hunts like a veteran. She is remarkable in the field, and a great dog in our home. I credit Steve and Amy with her temperment, her behavior, and the quality of her hunting skills. As a sales representative for Browning Arms Company, I interact with dozens of field dogs every year, and I hear all the horror stories. You will not be disappointed with your experiences with Steve and Amy.
Submitted by: Roy Olson on Jul 22, 2013
My search for a Springer lasted several months. Having owned 3 other Springers in the past, I was again looking for something special in pedigree & breeding. Online, newspapers, and magazines - I did a thorough search and did my homework on finding a Springer. I found Steve & Amy's advertisement online. I informed Steve what I was looking for, and he told me of what he was trying to achieve. After we spoke for 90 minutes, Steve was the only breeder that actually listened to all my questions & concerns. My decision was made. On May 17th, 2013, I was finally on my way to pick up my Springer. Ellie is now already almost 4 months old. She is very intelligent and her retrieving is unbelievable. She uses her nose well and we're already using hand signals. Our vet has seen Ellie twice already and is very impressed with her behavior, and both her physical & field markings. I've been hunting pheasants for over 30 yrs now and know what to look for in a Springer. I feel very fortunate & excited and look forward to a new hunting season with my new partner. Thank-you Steve & Amy. You're hard work and determination to achieve your goal is easily seen in Ellie. If you're looking for a quality Springer, this is it! Don't hesitate - I've already done the homework! If you want to see a good example of what the Pappas's Springer line is like, please feel free to contact Steve for my contact info (I live in Plymouth, MN.)
Sincerely, Roy R. Olson
Submitted by: Joe Kruse on Jun 06, 2013
After speaking with many breeders, I decided that my first family/hunting dog would come from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. I am thrilled with my decision. Our GSP, Piper, is everything I wanted in a pup and everything breeder Steve Pappas told me she would be. From the initial call Steve has been and continues to be a wealth of knowledge and more than willing to take the time to share it. Being a first time dog owner, there is never a shortage of questions and Steve has been there to answer them when need be. We are so happy with pup and would recommend Steve and Amy Pappas anytime.
Submitted by: Sandy and Vince Beaudette on Feb 24, 2013
We brought "The Gun" home in late October from the Pappas' kennel, and we're glad to say he's a very healthy happy dog that has happily adopted us as his family. About 7 pounds when we got him and 28 pounds now, 17 weeks later. Loves to chase a racquetball and rings a bell at the back door when he needs to go outside to do things that a dog must do. Great info and suggestions provided by the Pappas' to ensure a successful adoption by us.
Vince and Sandy Beaudette
Submitted by: Dar Plank on Feb 10, 2013
We purchased an English Springer Spaniel at 9 weeks of age. The puppy became available after an owner was unable to take the dog. By chance my husband was surfing the Internet and found this kennel. LUCKY for us.
The kennels are located in the country and after meeting and talking with the owners, you know the dogs are well cared for and there is genuine passion for what they do. They are committed to was is best for the dogs and helping owners to get off to the best start possible.
At 9 weeks old our puppy was well socialized with people and other dogs, fearless, and well adjusted thanks to Steve and Amy who work as a team.
After owning 3 English Springer Spaniels and having experience with other breeders. We recommend this kennel without reservation.
Submitted by: Marc Gonsiorowski on Jan 01, 2013
Stop looking anywhere else! Give Steve and Amy a call. My best buddy is a fantastic female black lab that came from their female and the male of the top lab breeder in the state. If you read their self description at the front page, it is 100% spot on. This is not your average breeder. My experience was one in a million. My puppy was raised inside their home. My two girls and wife and I went there every week from week 3 to week 7 to visit the puppies. They were cared for better than if it were myself. I bought my dog first as a family pet, and secondly as my hunting partner. Steve gave me tips on how to train her, and my one year old buddy hunts better than I ever dreamed. She started retrieving bumpers in the hallway at 7 weeks, was gun trained at 10 weeks, socialized at every opportunity, bird trained by Steve an 6 months old, and retrieved marks in tall grass at 80 yards before she left school. I hunted with her this duck season, and we had the best of times. She was fantastic for a dog that was only 1 year old. Absolutely amazing. I am absolutely overjoyed with my experience and my hunting partner (Crazy Sheba Nelli). If you want to see photos, ask Steve and Amy. We send them pictures all the time. If you want to talk to me about my dog, call Steve and Amy for my number. But be prepared to hear me brag for an hour.
Submitted by: Jo Diaz on Dec 22, 2012
Steve and Amy were great to work with. We bought a lab puppy from them in August of 2012. They provided more then adaquate information about pedigree on both sides. They gave us a tour of their dog training facility. Everything was out in the open, nothing to hide. Very clean. They made sure the puppies were ready for their new owners. Our kids got to sit in the whelping box with the puppies and mother when they were just 1 week old. They let us visit as often as we wanted. They both gave lots of helpful training advice. We are very happy and impressed with our 6 month old puppy. We would certainly buy from them again in the future.
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