French Brittany Puppies

GRCHf CH Hera de L'Etoile du Nord TAN WRT has been mated to GUN Newton de la Source d'Hannahatchee TAN WRT.  Both of these dogs are heavily proven in the field as hunting and field trial dogs.  In addition to the field success, they are both backed by great health and genetics.  Both parents have OFA "GOOD" hips.  Both parents have passed their deep water retrieving test.  Temperament and personality go with out stating, but both parents are great examples of the breed for making Champions: At Home. In the Field.  Puppies should whelp around July 17th, 2021.  No more deposits are being taken on this litter.  

Ibane du Mas D'Eryaud WRT has been mated to GUN Mircea de la Pinede Aux Oliviers TAN WRT. Both dogs are from the south of France. Mirky, has a very sweet disposition and has a very impressive pedigree. He is from Dracula du Mas D'Eyraud and Hely de Kronnellar who is from Bayard Dit Bono de Saint Lubin and Bega de Kronnellar. Mirky is a very nice looking and proven dog that is extremely lovable in the house. Mirky is confirmed and rated as C1 Excellent in the show ring. He is clear of the AY gene and has OFA Preliminary good hips and a 0.37 PENN Hip Score.  Ibane comes from an extremely proven background of trialing and hunting dogs.  She is also a granddaughter of Bayard Dit Bono de Saint Lubin.  She is a full sister to the great Gatsby du Mas D'Eryaud.  She is a very proven reproducer.  Ibane has "A" rated hips in Frnace and does carry the Ay gene.  Puppies should whelp around July 10th, 2021. No more deposits are being taken on this litter.

 

Waiting list deposits: Updated 5/10/21

1) Aaron & Brittani Switzer - Orange and white male

2) Gikas Kakouros - black male

3) Jack Strasser - Hera litter

4) Jamie King - Hera litter. Female 

5) Katie Noska - male of color

6) Victor Reznack

7) Mark Gable

8) Richard Renznack - Male Black Tri

9) Pat Bennet - Orange Male Spring 2022 (plb84@hometel.com)

10) Zack Farelli - Female

11) Ross Browne - 3/22 time frame

12) Rainer - Hera 

There is no shortcut to a well-trained, well-adjusted dog. Successful development simply requires kindness, consistency, patient repetition, appropriate experience and - most important - good genetics to make an outstanding gun dog.

Reservations are accepted with a $200.00 deposit (checks made out to Sur le Delavan Kennel) that is added to the total price ($1,500.00 plus 6.75% IL tax rate for the final total of $1594.50) of the puppy. Reservations are done in chronological order, and you may reserve a puppy based on gender. All puppies will be up to date on all shots and will have their tails docked if needed.  ***We will not leave tails on for any reason.***

 

Puppies will be named (you are very welcome to name your own puppy) in accordance with the French naming system. Each year is assigned a letter, 2021 dogs’ name start with "S" and the kennel name, "Sur le Delavan" is appended to the end. E.G. a male whelped in 2021, would have a name such as "Stevie Sur le Delavan." 

 

The litters will be registered with the UKC and AKC (full registration) and some litters with the FCI. You will be given papers for your puppy from both the AKC and UKC.  You will need to fill them out and send them in if you wish to register the puppy in your name.

Starting in 2021, all puppies will be microchipped with the AKC Reunite chip.  Each Sur le Delavan puppy will have its own number.  These chips will be able to be read at your vet and any animal control office they are brought to.  They will also work for international travel.   About AKC Reunite: As the nation’s largest non-profit pet microchip and recovery service, our mission is to keep pet microchipping and enrollment affordable, with no annual fees, so more lost pets can find their way home. Since 1995 our microchips, collar tags and 24/7/365 recovery experts have helped reunite over 500,000 lost pets with their owners. Over seven million pets (35+ different species!) are enrolled with AKC Reunite. It is our mission to provide quality products and services that ultimately protect and reunite pets with their owners and prevent pets from populating our nation’s shelters.

Also starting in 2021, all the puppies will come with full Embark test results. Embark tests for 190+ health conditions — more than any other dog DNA test on the market. Our health report makes it easy to send your pup’s results to their vet to make a care plan for all their years to come. Get ahead of canine diseases that occur later in life including glaucoma, degenerative myelopathy, and dilated cardiomyopathy, three of the most common adult-onset diseases in dogs. Knowing that your dog is predisposed as early as possible means starting prevention or treatment early too.

We aren't done there.  Also starting in 2021 we will be signing all new puppy owners up with a membership for the CEB US. CEB members are a diverse group of enthusiasts from all walks of life with a common desire to protect and promote the Epagneul Breton. We love to get together to share stories about our dogs, gain knowledge about our breed, and enjoy friendly competition in the field and show ring.

 

Sur le Delavan Kennel guarantees that your puppy will be free from genetic hip defects for 12 months. This is primarily, but not solely, for Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD).  If a dog is found to have a genetic hip defect, upon receipt of a Veterinarian report, I will work with you resolve it to your satisfaction, be that another puppy, or a refund. I will never require your dog be returned to me, as they are now a member of your family, and I have no desire to break up a happy family. In the unlikely event, your dog did have a genetic hip defect, and you chose to keep your dog, which I would certainly hope you do; I would require the dog be neutered or spayed.  Also, any puppy being neutered or spayed before two years of age will forgo any guarantee. 

 

In the unlikely event that your puppy has an umbilical hernia or retained testicle at the time of transfer of the puppy, we will pay $200.00 back to the buyer to cover their future vet expense.  Neither condition will affect the puppy's health if treated.

 

There are some things we don't guarantee but work hard to avoid. We make every attempt when matching breeding dogs together to get puppies that will be great for confirmation but there is no way we can guarantee the dogs markings, bite/teeth, size, or weight.  There is also no way for Sur le Delavan Kennel to guarantee the puppy's field abilities.  I will work with you in person, email or over the phone to help set up a training plan to make the puppy as successful as to be expected.

 

While it is ideal for you to pick your puppy up in person, that is not always possible. Puppies can be sent from the Peoria International Airport. All shipping charges will be your responsibility. We will deliver the puppy to the airport at no cost to you and will help you set up the flight.  Plan for the cost of a new kennel for the puppy to fly in be around $75.00 and vet papers to be $75.00.

 

Your puppy will be started off on American Natural Premium Puppy.  We have 33lbs bags on hand for $45.00.

Our thoughts on breeding: it is much more than hips and the sable gene.

There has been so much discussion about finding the "answer" to the healthiest dog and a result has been quick-fix answers.  One of which I feel very important to at least get you thinking about is the CEB US's hip testing policy that many uneducated and inexperienced breeders are following.  While the hips of the breeding stock is important they don't address the grandparents and great-grandparents. Hip and Ay testing are just the very tip of the iceberg.  Below is a list of things we do to ensure the best breeding pairs we can:

 

- Maintain a balance of sires and dams

- Understand and monitor the coefficient of inbreeding

- Pay attention to the trend in COI

- Calculate the number of unique ancestors

- Know the genetic load but don't obsess about it

- Use pedigree analysis

- Conserve sire and dam-line diversity

- Avoid repeated poor breedings

- Ensure sibling contribution

- Monitor fitness indicators

- Consider outcross matings

- Monitor population growth

- Seek balanced traits

- Avoid unfit breeding stock

1. Temperament and Personality

Look for dogs that possess similar energy levels, willingness to please, style, etc. Picking a dog from an amped-up sire and lackadaisical dam only adds to the randomness of genetic assignment -- will it get mom's lack of drive and dad's large size, or dad's high prey drive and mom's diminutive structure? Will it be aloof like mom or willing to work and learn like dad? You won't know until the dog matures, which is likely too late to do you much good if you have a specific task in mind for it.

 

2. Pedigree and Performance

If you're just looking for a pet, a purebred's pedigree probably won't matter to you a whole lot. However, if the energy level is an important attribute for you, it can serve as a clue.

 

The pedigree serves as a biological record of a litter's ancestral purity and accomplishments. No matter the role you want that dog to fill, you can look to its pedigree to see if its ancestors had the genetic fortitude to carry out the task. If you're looking for a conformation dog for the show ring, look for those titles. If you're looking for a field dog, look for those titles -- be it in retrieving, upland, tracking, digging, etc.

 

Ancestors in a pedigree that lacks titles didn't necessarily lack the instinctive traits required to carry out a task -- they might just not have been campaigned for a multitude of reasons. But too many untitled dogs should send up a red flag. Unless the dog(s) in question has/had a reputation for producing puppies that successfully completed, how are you to know whether or not it/they have the genetic makeup to produce offspring that can perform?

 

This is all about stacking the odds of performing (prey drive, tractability, scenting ability, etc.) in your favor. Too many question marks could, but not necessarily, mean that all those other good genes from titled dogs have been watered down. With that said, remember to keep the mother's pedigree and accomplishments in mind -- people tend to focus too much on the sire -- because she's contributing half the genetics to your future pup.

 

3. Health and Wellness

There is a difference between a healthy dog and one that possesses sound health. If you're breeding, you should be screening both the sire and dam for genetic health defects. If you're buying a puppy, you should be demanding a genetic health certificate that documents the parent's results (clear, carrier or affected).

 

You are about to fork over a lot of money to the breeder, and then invest much more into the dog over the course of its lifetime, especially if you campaign or hunt the dog, and you're going to spend countless hours training that dog (time is money), not to mention the emotional bond you (and your family) will form with the animal.

 

Some mutations simply impact the ongoing quality of life of the dog (no small matter for the dog, you or your wallet). Others such as EIC, CNM, DM, and PRAA are debilitating and can end a dog's hunting career and/or its life. To compound the matter, someone producing puppies without testing simply because the same sire and dam has produced seemingly healthy puppies in the past is acting in ignorance - some diseases, such as degenerative myelopathy, are late-onset and don't present until the dog reaches maturity.

 

In addition to genetic mutations, good breeders will also screen their breeding stock for physical issues common to their breed - for instance, hip or elbow dysplasia.

 

Bottom Line: Pick a puppy from a litter that has had both the sire and dam screened for genetic and physical issues common to the French Brittany.

 

So what makes a good litter? The answer is simple: Good parents -- it's all in the genetics.

 

The tricky part is identifying and prioritizing what you really want/need. After that, it's simply a matter of looking for breeding where both parents embody those physical and mental qualities, as well as health clearances.