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Old 12-28-2012, 08:28 AM
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We are looking for a new springer who loves children and loves to hunt. Can anyone recommend a good breeder in the Minnesota area?

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:44 PM
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You are probably aware there are two breeds of Springers. "Bench" ...or "Show" dogs...and "
Fieldbred"
With kids...and if you hunt, you want "Fieldbred" They are smaller (35lbs or so) , have a lot less hair, and are bred to hunt.
We have been blessed to own seven of them over the past 30 years....usually two at a time.
They are extremely loving, energetic, fun, loyal, intelligent and entertaining.
Here are some good websites:
www.gundogbreeders.com
www.essft.com

Minnesota has some excellent breeders.
I love these dogs!

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:09 AM
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T Mac,

What breeder did you use? Did your dogs like the water? Did you hunt over them?
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:56 AM
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T Mac,

What breeder did you use? Did your dogs like the water? Did you hunt over them?
We live in SW Montana and over the years we have used a couple of Montana breeders, one from Colorado and we have gotten 3 wonderful dogs from Oregon. The Oregon breeder (Whitewater) has retired from breeding.
---> The good breeders meet and interview you on their property to see how the dogs react to you and to see if "you are worthy"..... before they will sell you a dog. (Not kidding... happened to us on every new breeder we used)
Yes... these dogs like water!
Some more so than others.
We've had some absolutely crazy for water.
Yes, I hunt a whole lot. I don't hunt waterfowl anymore... just upland, (pheasant, mountain grouse, sharptail, Huns).... lots.
These dogs are a kick to hunt with... and they go hard all day.

That www.essft.com site lists many, and some in MN. .They will be good if they are listed. These are the accredited "top of the heap" for ESS fieldbred breeders.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:13 AM
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Thanks T Mac for your help.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:49 AM
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After our house dog passed I started looking for one also. Here are a few sites I have found and I have not checked into any of them. Good luck and please take your time. There are three that I was interested in and they were the Field,Welsh,and English.

http://www.absolutegundogs.com/our-dogs/

http://www.ganddkennels.com/

http://oahekennels.com/drupal/?q=node/22

http://english-springer-spaniels.com/puppies.html

http://promenadespaniels.com/home.html

http://uplandmeadows.net/

http://www.windwardfieldspaniels.com/index.html

Thanks for that link Tmac.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:22 AM
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I have decided my next dog will be a Springer as well, there is a gentleman who seems very knowledable of the breed on the ultimate pheasant hunting website, he is from Minnesota and here is the link:
http://www.bluerivergundogs.com/Home_Page.html. Let us know how it turns out and good luck. Im still a year or two out as the Lab will be five this spring.
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I have decided my next dog will be a Springer as well, there is a gentleman who seems very knowledable of the breed on the ultimate pheasant hunting website, he is from Minnesota and here is the link:
http://www.bluerivergundogs.com/Home_Page.html. Let us know how it turns out and good luck. Im still a year or two out as the Lab will be five this spring.
After some considerable research, my son, an avid pheasant hunter who lets his dog sleep on his bed (whenever Allison agrees) bought a springer pup from Blue River. She is one of the nicest dogs I have ever been around...and I have had a number of dogs over my 68 years. The bonus: She is an outstanding hunter. We took her to South Dakota when she was barely 5 months old and she took to hunting like a pro. The next two trips she just got better. The breeder is legit: Nice guy, loves dogs, price is right, honest. Highly recommend and I don't really have a dog in the fight. I am a Brittany fanatic!
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:06 AM
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We decided on Cedar Knoll Kennel for our Springer, we will be picking her up in early May. Looking forward to the training process!
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:03 PM
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I just got a field bred tri-color Springer back in October. He is now six month's old and what a handful. He has more energy to burn than any lab that I know of. Here in the deserts of extreme Southeastern California he will become a agile quail dog. This will be his first year in the field and if his brains match his energy he'll turn into a great gun dog. LDJ
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