We live in the Des Plaines River Valley in Northern Illinois, where the Des Plaines and DuPage Rivers meet. We are a home-based occasional breeder focusing on upland hunting dogs for the American foot hunter, yet remaining true to the French standard and the origin of the Epagneul Breton (EB). 

We began much like you, researching the EB to make an informed decision about the breed.

First and foremost we were looking for an upland bird dog but also needed a breed that fit our lifestyle.  This led us to the Epagneul Breton, or the French Brittany as they are commonly known in America, and our first dog: Felix Sur Le Delavan.

After spending a season training, we planned a few hunting trips to see the country and allow Felix to experience unique terrain and new game birds.  We joined the Club de L'Epagneul Breton of the United States (CEB-US) and entered Felix in field trials and specialty shows.  This led us to our second EB, Gwendolyn Hites Mississippi.

Both of our dogs are experienced: from coveys of Bobwhite Quail on long-leaf pine plantations in Georgia; wild Ring-necked Pheasants on the farmlands of Iowa, Illinois and Kansas; American Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse in the forests and sloughs of the upper peninsula of Michigan; to Sharp-tail Grouse  and Hungarian Partridge on the plains of North Dakota. They are both excellent hunters as well as wonderful companions in the house. Thanks to our Epagneul Bretons we have met some fantastic people, seen some incredible parts of the country and had some pretty wild adventures!

If you are interested in the breed, training, or a puppy please browse our site for additional information.  Thank you and happy hunting!

- Ken Teppel & Julie Lardino

Des Plaines Epagneul Bretons