Mike & Jennifer Zajicek, West Bend WI.
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 then 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. At 10 months Brie started the 4 week training program at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs 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 our Brie hunt this fall. She will not only be a great upland gun 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 Amy and Steve for sharing your knowledge, time and staying true to the Labrador Breed.
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Jeff & Judy White, Kirkland IL.
We have a four month old yellow Lab from Steve & 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 also can 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 was 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 is 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 to 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.
Ed & Shelly Ladwig, Lodi WI.
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 "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 were so knowledgeable and they taught us so much. We enjoyed going to visit our puppy and play with her before we could bring her home. They were so willing to help you with your puppy training and you can call them if ever you 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!.
Cindy & Robert Conlon, Lake Geneva, WI.
We have had many Labrador puppies enter into our family, but never one as calm, confident, and sweet tempered as this puppy from Amy and Steve! Our yellow female (Hanna) 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.
Rob & Lisa Wendorf, Plover, WI.
My wife and I lost our previous yellow Lab in July. We both thought maybe our Sammy was the last Lab we would ever have as our kids are grown and in college. In August, our kids started asking us if we would ever consider getting another Lab. As my wife and I deeply love Labs, we thought maybe that is some thing we should consider but only if we found the right breeder. So we stated 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 in Portage WI. While reviewing their information and noticed that they were expecting a litter in mid- September. We started our communication by email and finally speaking with them to get a good feeling of who they are and what level of passion they have in breeding Labradors. Steve and Amy asked if we would like to come out and tour their facility. When we arrived it was an immediate WOW!! out of both of us. Their entire facility was spotless. It was unlike any other breeding facility we had ever been to in the past. 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- September. Finally the day arrived and we could go pick up our newest member of our family. We brought home our new puppy and named him Gunner. When we got Gunner home the love and caring did not end. Steve and Amy were always interested in Gunners progress and were checking in with up periodically to see how he was doing. Steve and Amy were always available to answer questions or to provide training tips for us. This level of care and commitment from Steve and Amy clearly shows how vested they are in their dogs success and happiness of their customers. We cannot believe how lucky we were to find a breeder of this quality. 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 to receive his 4 week gun dog training. Steve and Amy offered us the opportunity to come down and watch the training drills they were running him through. It was amazing to have the chance to watch and learn from two highly successful professionals. Gunner is now retrieving on both land and water without hesitation. 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 Labrador, our response will be to call Steve and Amy Pappas at Bird Cray Gun Dogs in Portage, WI.
Jeff & Katie Bloomer, Sun Prairie, WI.
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.
Matt Reid & Margaret Suprak, Racine WI.
It was with a large hole in our harts from the loss of our first hunting/ 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 found the perfect match. From our initial conversation 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. We were encouraged to visit often. Rigby is almost 2 and 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. 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. The trainer was amazed that he was a beginner. 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 and at the marina. Having so much fun we decided to expand our family and just welcomed Kodi to our hearts. 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.
Christine & Erik Weisensel, Sun Prairie, WI
Bird Crazy Gun Dogs wasn't our first choice for breeders when we wanted to add another member to the family in 2018, along with a hunting partner to our 9 year old Lab. 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.
Willem & Mary Jordan Lamar, Jackson MS.
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 to us. 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 a lifetime dog, and for that we are so grateful. We look forward to being a part of her success.
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.
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.
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 !
Dennis and Sandra Kempken, Winneconne WI.
Wade & Keri Hall, Fredericksburg, VA.
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 Pappas 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 at 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!
Scott & Nancy Gore, Lake Geneva WI
Nick & Kris Hengel, Onalaska, WI.
When the time 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 all 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 family companion that's great with children you will be so happy with a puppy from Steve and Amy at Bird Crazy Gun Dogs.
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 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 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 companionship.
Thank you both for all your dedication. We have no reservations recommending Bird Crazy Gun Dogs to anyone!
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!
Wisconsin Labrador Retriever breeder.
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.
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.
"Remember, the apple does not fall too far from the tree".
Our puppies are raised in our home for the first 3 1/2 weeks, then moved to our Puppy Palace
where they have more room to play and interact.
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.
Go to our Current Litters Page for information on our upcoming litters
Wisconsin Labrador breeders