Hi Bill & Kathy; Josie is doing great. I have had a lot of hunting dogs since my teens, and she is the most natural hunter I've seen. We live on a lake and until the water gets real cold she beats my lab almost every time to the retrieve. Besides, she points, back and retrieves with little training other than exposure. J. West
I have never had a pup eight months old that has done as well as he has. BJ has great instincts, and handles at his age better than any other dog I've owned. I ran him this morning for about 1/2 hour on wild birds, and the only reason I didn't come home with a limit of pointed birds is because the season has yet to begin. He has a pretty pointing form. I'm sold on Plum Creek Kennels. D. Gates
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Below: Crockett (Cliathan Archer) One of the first imported males in this country. Crockett put French Brittanys on the map. After an article in Pointing Dog Journal featuring a full page picture of him came out the breed began a rapid growth in popularity. He was truly a one of a kind.
Bob has become the perfect pet and an instinctive hunter. Since he is just two years old, he can only get better. I have owned and hunted over many breeds and skills in my more than fifty years of upland game hunting. I can honestly say that Bob is the finest hunter and companion that I have ever had. He is my constant companion and an eager hunter. I know that I am bragging, but Bob deserves the praise.
Bob loves the deep cover and has proved to be a superb grouse and woodcock hunter. He is fearless, but cautious and will plunge into the tag alder swamps and popal brush with equal enthusiasm. He has held points for as long as it has taken me to bust brush and sneak up on his quarry. Truly a remarkable dog! Best, Jim and Bob
I thought I'd share an update on a real happy, handsome year-old pup from Vanessa Ann. At 44 pounds, he's a real beaut...a powerful build and boundless energy. He's smart & learns easily...and a great disposition.
This past bird season we went out to quail plantations 3-4 times, and he did very well, especially later in the season. He's got a great nose, and as time went by he quit chasing birds down & was holding point pretty well. A natural hunting dead. We hunted grouse a dozen times in the Appalacian Mountains of western NC...didn't move many birds, but he sure hunted strong....maybe 30 yards out - an ideal mountain range. He's plenty bold and doesn't need any encouragement to get out in the thick cover. Most grouse hunts were in the company of another hunter and 1-2 other dogs, and he works a pack strategy very well, not trailing the older dogs. Jim B.
Just thought I would drop you a line and let you know how the puppy is doing. She weights 18 pounds now, is healthy and is just a great dog. She plays all the time, fetches anything you throw, and is doing great with basic training. We will start her on birds next month. She is the kids best buddy, especially Tyler, the 16 month old. He throws her toys and she brings them to him for another round and they play tug with his blanket. When they get tired they both get in Dionee's bed and cuddle up.
Dionee is in "quail school" with one of the top trainers in Texas right now and is doing great. She is scenting the birds well, pointing and retrieving (after prancing around a while) well and is eager to hunt. She could care less about the gun.
In all I couldn't wish for a better puppy! Joe H.
Just wanted to share with you some of Lucy's recent accomplishments. At my club's Gun Dog Championship on March 20, she won the Top Gun event for pointing dogs, with a 4 bird run in 4 and 1/2 minutes. She took second place in the doubles event with Kim and me with the fastest time of the day. Unfortunately, Kim had to double shoot one of the 6 birds and the lost points from the extra shell cost us first place by a small margin. She just loves to be running afield and finding birds.
Then, the following weekend (3/25 - 3/27), she took 5th place at the Bird Dog Challenge National Championship near Minneapolis. In doin so, she finished ahead of several National and "World" Champion dogs. She has really matured nicely and has become a pleasure to hunt and live with. Ray M.
Last year you picked out a male puppy for me from the Tatoo and Roxi breeding. Buster is just over one year old now. I hunted him this year in Wisconsin on ruffed grouse and woodcock and he did a fantastic job. He demonstrated uncanny bird sense as he consistently found grouse and pointed them until I got to him. His breeding has given him tremendous natural ability. As soon as he contacts bird scent he locks up in an intense point - a great attribute in handling a bird such as ruffed grouse.
In twenty-five years of grouse hunting I have seen a lot of dogs but never one so gifted and such a pleasure to hunt. Buster is a great testimony to your skill and commitment in breeding the French Brittany. He pointed over forty grouse, eight in one day, during my hunt in Wisconsin. I had a hard time believing what I was seeing from him every time I put him in the woods. I began to think of him as a grouse hunting machine. He retrieved every grouse and woodcock I shot for him to hand. Buster is the kind of dog who makes every time you hunt with him an incredibly enjoyable experience. Ian M.
Just wanted to say hello from New Zealand and send you a picture of Fleur and Echo. They are both doing very well and I am very pleased with both of them. Thanks again and I'll keep you updated. G. Crump, New Zealand
Hi Bill and Kathy,
Ruby (originally named Spring) is now eight years old. She is very much a family pet who happens to hunt part time. My son, daughter and I took Ruby out yesterday on her first hunt of the season. I am always amazed how well Ruby performs in the field with little training. When we had Ruby flown in to Maryland from Plum Creek eight years ago, I had her professionally trained for a month, and that was her last formal training in eight years. It really is pretty special to see the wonder in your children's eyes when they see their family pet transform into a hunting machine in the field. I asked my son what he thought of Ruby and his reply was.. "Dad, Ruby is amazing!
My wife and I have recommended Plum Creek Kennels and the French Brittany to all our friends. Ruby has allowed me to spend some real quality time with my family over the years and for that I am grateful to you and Kathy and all the work you have done with this breed. I think Ruby and my kids may be ready for another French Brittany! All the best, Sean and Julie C, MD
This little girl has been Great, since we got her from you in Sept. 2008. These are from Opening Day at one of the Illinois Pheasant areas. She is a wonderful house pet / hunting partner! We named her Goldie Sioux (Dyan du Plum Creek), in honor of her being from South Dakota. With a little luck, I hope to have many, many more of these kinds of hunts in years to come, from this little ball of fire. Thank you for the great pup, from a great bloodline. Today, all those genes came out through that nose. Lance
Attached is a picture of Teak, our pride and joy. He has a mischievous but adorable personality and gets along well with our other dog, Cody. He is certainly a welcomed addition to our household. But, best of all, Teak has turned out to be an exceptional gun dog. He took well to his training and conducted himself admirably in the field this fall. There were days when he had as many productive points as Cody and his points were with such intensity as to make any bird hunter proud. We were also quite pleased with the way he took to honoring Cody's points which allowed us to hunt both dogs together throughout the hunting season, and, to think that he didn't turn a year of age until after the end of the Woodcock season. Richard, N.H.
Dear Bill & Kathy, This guy is everything you said he would be! Rusty has pointed, flushed (I'm working on "whoa") and retrieved his first pheasant last week. Chukar season started on Oct. 1 and he pointed, flushed and retrieved 2 chukars. Unfortunately I missed quite a few shots in the process during the hunt or it would have been more! The brittanys hunting with us on the chukar hunt suffered with tender feet on the abrasive lava rock. Not Rusty and his coat protected him from the rough terrain and sagebrush much better than the other dogs and he is only 6 1/2 months old. He's a beauty!
Frank L., Washington
I wanted to drop you a quick note on how my puppy has progressed in the year plus I since I picked her up. Coda has taken to training with a great attitude and show tremendous natural ability to please, hunt, and retrieve. In her first season she hunted Blue Grouse, Sage Grouse, Sharptail Grouse, Chukar, Gambles Quail, Mearns Quail, and Pheasants.
Coda completed her AKC Junior Hunter early this fall and was competitive in the two NSTRA trails we ran in with three finds on each course but no placements. Coda is quick to please and great in the field and as a house dog. Thanks for the great dog. Nathan J.
Bill -Saturday we went chukar hunting, we didn't get into many birds but it was definitely worth the trip. Ditto went into a draw and made a beautiful point, it was steep and rocky so it took me a while to get down there. He held perfectly until I could get there. There were about eight birds in the covey, I managed to get a triple and Ditto made three fantastic retrieves. Just prior to that my friend shot a quail over his two dogs, one vizsula and a short hair. Long story short they didn't find the bird, I took Ditto over there and he came back with the quail,..............at six months of age. Three months of bird season to go, and I can't wait. J.D., Idaho
Just wanted to give you an update on Koda, who is now almost 18 months old. His training this summer went so well that my trainer was saying he was the best dog he trained this year and wondered where I got him. He handles woodcock very well .. and he had 6 good points on grouse on Saturday... Henry R., Vermont