Jo Jo x Chuck puppies 2015

We have yellow Labrador Puppies available, click on current litters page

Chip and Sue Courtney, Medford WI.

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 of 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 family 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 "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 Steve and Amy 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

Dennis and Sandra Kempken, Winneconne WI.

5 week old Zippy x Blake puppies

I bought my "Mikkie", an English Springer Spaniel from Steve and Amy at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs. I knew early on this 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 tracking 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 got Mikki up north for some grouse hunting. Again she preformed really well and got her first grouse retrieve in the north woods.

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.

Don Kush, Fall Creek WI.


Scott & Nancy Gore, Lake Geneva WI

4 week old Labrador, and Springer pups enjoying a puppy visit.

5 week old Kay x Charlie puppies.

Monica and Al Blatz, Fond Du Lac, WI.

Larry Kriese, Suamico, WI.

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Don Kush, Fall Creek WI.

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It has been a little over four months since we picked up our little yellow 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 geting 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 nick name, 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 comapnionship.

Thank you both for all your dedication. We have no reservations recommending Bird Crazy Gun Dogs to anyone!

Scott & Nancy Gore

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 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 ever 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 cat tail 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 10 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 her 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!

Larry Kriese  Suamico, WI

Our  new Springer Max is the best thing that ever happened to us. After we had an unfortunate experience with an unscrupulous breeder, we did much research. We decided to go to Bird Crazy Gun Dogs and we are so glad we did. We were able to take a tour of the clean and well run facility. We were very 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 had 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.

Monica and Al Blatz, Fond Du Lac, WI.

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. 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, Winneconne, WI.

We have black Labrador Puppies available, click on current litters page

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Wisconsin English Springer Spaniel breeder.

Buying a dog is a big investment and  I believe in 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 female Springer 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 Spaniel 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. Boy was I impressed with her progress! I'm 66 years old and I know I could never 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 "compleate" 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 advise should I have the need.

Don Mezei   Retired Conservation Warden. Wausau, Wisconsin



Don Mezei, Wausau WI.

Mark Geisler, Mazomanie, WI.

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 Millie, who is out of Zippy and Eight is just a sweet hart 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.


Dar Plank, WI.

We purchased an English Springer 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 kennel is located in the country, and after meeting and talking with the owners, you know the dogs are well cared for and there is a genuine passion for what they do. They are committed to what 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.


Marc Gonsiorowski, Milton WI.

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 top 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, and was gun trained at 10 weeks, socialized at every opportunity, bird trained by Steve at 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 is only 1 year old. Absolutely amazing. I am 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.

Jo Diaz, Wisconsin.

Steve and Amy were great to work with. We bought a Lab puppy from them in August of 2012. They provided more than adequate 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.




Roy Olson, Plymouth MN.

My search for a Springer lasted several months. Having owned 3 Springer 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 and 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 to to pick up my Springer. Ellie is now 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 years now and know what to look for in a Springer. I feel very fortunate & excited and looking forward to a new hunting season with my Ellie. If you're looking for a quality Springer, this is it! Don't hesitate- I've already done the homework! If you wan't 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 Olson.


Jim Kohl, Cross Plains WI.

If you are in the market for a waterfowl or upland bird dog, or looking for training assistance with your own dog, 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 Jo Jo, 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 temperament, 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.




Mike Nice, Richland Center, WI.

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.


We are breeders of Labrador Retriever, and Field bred English Springer Spaniels, located in Portage Wisconsin

If you are interested in a puppy from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs, please feel free to call to discuss planned bredings.

Our Labrador Retriever, and English Springer Spaniel females come from outstanding gun dogs. We believe mom is just as important as dad, she gives your puppy 50%. We would not breed a female if she was not outstanding in the field, or if she was a dog we could not live with. All of our girls are house dogs. Our girls are good looking, intelligent, talented, bird crazy gun dogs. When choosing a sire we  breed only to talented males that possess the traits that compliment each of our females. Producing puppies that are classic looking, smart, hard charging gun dogs, and will be calm, faithful family companions.



Our puppies are raised in our home, we feel this is truly the only way to socialize a puppy.

  Puppies come with a CVI (Certified Veterinarian Inspection), and a 30 month health guarantee.

Dew claws removed, First set of shots, dewormed, and full AKC registration.

Labrador Sire, and Dam are OFA hips/elbows good, or excellent, eyes CERF clear, EIC, CNM,  clear.

Springer Spaniel Sire, and Dam are OFA hips good, or excellent, eyes CERF clear, PFK clear.

Wisconsin Labrador breeders