Welcome to the website for Sur le Delavan Kennel. We are natives of Delavan, IL, hence our affix for our kennel being "Sur le Delavan". We have lived on the McCrea Farm since 2000, we started our family here, and rebuilt our home and kennels in 2017 on the same grounds. Being dog lovers in general and pointing dogs in particular we decided in 2006 to firmly and definitely breed “French Brittanys” with the single goal of producing “Champion French Brittanys: At Home. In the Field.”.
All French Brittany owners and breeders have their own idea of what the breed should “be”. For us, the fundamental belief is that they must have passion, an inordinate desire for hunting, good character, a strong mentality, and all this coupled with natural aptitudes typical of the breed.
Our breeding dogs have been carefully chosen from only the most proven kennels and lines in the world. Our breeding stock comes from France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Turkey, and the United States. Our dogs are truly a living history of Epagneul Breton. We have developed our own line of Bretons over the past 15 years. You will see many of our Sur le Delavan dogs in other breeders' kennels.
We talk very little about our dogs because we prefer to leave that task to judges in the different disciplines we compete in, to CEB US approved confirmators, and to the kennel clubs themselves so that they can issue their expert opinion of our dogs both in the field and ring. Because of this, our clients have the certainty of objective and highly qualified information on each puppy, started dog, and breeding couple. To go even further with this idea, I (Clint) am a UKC field trial judge, water retrieve judge, and natural ability judge for all pointing breeds. I am a breed-specific judge of the French Brittanys in the ring for the UKC. Furthermore, I am also an AKC Field Trial judge. I am an active committee member and former board member of the CEB US. I am currently the president of the EB Gundog Society and host of the annual EB Summit. In addition, I am a board member for the Heart of the Prairie Gun Dog Club and the Heart of Illinois Brittany Club.
The effort that we put into the selection of our litters is aimed at achieving excellence and for our Bretons to guarantee their owners the enjoyment and satisfaction of a good day of hunting or competition, without surprises or disappointments. If we succeed at providing “Champion French Brittanys: At Home. In the Field.” our work and efforts will have been worth it.
Thank you for visiting our website. We want to extend a warm welcome to visit the farm and our kennel in person. If you did not find the information you were seeking, please reach out to us with your questions or concerns.
Sur le Delavan Kennel
Champion French Brittanys: At home. In the Field.
Clint, Suzanne, Will, and Annabelle LaFary