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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
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.
Wisconsin Labrador Retriever breeder.
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.
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 Retrievers, located in Portage Wisconsin
If you are interested in a puppy from Bird Crazy Gun Dogs, please feel free to call to discuss planned breedings.
Our Labrador Retriever 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 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, PRA clear.
Go to our Current Litters Page for information on our upcoming litters
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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
Scott & Nancy Gore, Lake Geneva WI
Dennis and Sandra Kempken, Winneconne WI.