Our Dogs – Kepler

Kep is a truly amazing dog and the reason that we have gone all in on the Braque Francais breed.   

In the field, he is a very accomplished hunter and, even at a young age, displayed a ton of promise with an incredible nose.  He likes to work at a fast pace but not so fast that he over runs the scent.  He loves to run; my dad likes to say that he has a “gas tank that doesn’t run empty” as it’s not uncommon for him to cover 20-30+ miles in a day, on multi- day hunts, his tail wagging the entire time.  

He is built to hunt prairie birds in wide open country and has proven to be an exceptional sharptail grouse hunter.  Some of my favorite days are spent following him through “Big Prairie” searching for our next covey.  

For as good as he is in wide open prairie he is quick to learn and will seek out “birdy” types of cover even when hunting a new species.  When we are hunting prairie grouse in the wide open he will range out to 200+ yards, covering lots of ground and making it look easy.  When hunting pheasants or quail in thicker cover, he will tighten up his range and likes to work 25-100 yards out. He has hunted everything from prairie grouse to pheasants, hungarian partridge and bobwhite quail, handling them all with ease.  

He is also a natural retriever and is always carrying things around in his mouth. His favorites are the kids’ stuffed animals and towels.  He also loves water and enjoys swimming and retrieving while at the lake.  

As great as he is in the field, in the house is where he really shines. One of his best qualities is that he truly has an “off switch”, a quality he displayed even as a puppy. He is very affectionate and loves nothing more than the opportunity to cuddle up next to you.  He likes to follow you from room to room and lay on the floor somewhere he can keep an eye on you.  When it comes to kids, he is very patient and soaks up the attention.  Our kids love to cuddle with Kep. He can often be found laying on the couch with them, snuggling up and sharing a blanket.

Our Dogs – Sunny

Soleil or “Sunny” is a French import from well known kennel Des Secrets D’ Une Reine and comes from long lines of very accomplished Braques. We couldn’t be happier that she is a part of our family.  

In the field she’s all business and has an independence that not many dogs possess at such a young age.  She has an extremely solid point, a very capable nose and backs naturally.  As a young dog she has shown the ability to hunt with more experienced dogs as though she is a seasoned professional. She has a very smooth and fluid gate and looks like she was born to be in the field.  

In the house she is extremely affectionate and always greets you with a squiggling body and a wagging tale.  She never passes up the opportunity to snuggle up next to you, and just loves to be loved.  She likes to learn and looks forward to our training sessions, always eager to please.  

The future is bright for this little girl and we are excited to take the journey together. Watch the headlines in the Braque world as she is sure to make some.   

Our Dogs – Laity

Searlait or “Laity” is also a French import from Des Secrets D’ Une Reine who’s pedigree speaks for itself.  She is a lady in every way and fits right in with our family.  

She is a beauty in the field that works with her own style and elegance.  She is methodical about her business and every move seems to have intention behind it.  She shows great patience when on birds and has a ton of natural ability, not only for pointing and holding birds, but also for backing other dogs.  

In the house she is our quiet, gentle girl.  She is perfectly fine curling up on her bed by the fire, but when given the opportunity will never pass up a cuddle session.  She is extremely caring of the other dogs and puppies in the house and definitely plays the role of the mother figure.  

She possesses all the tools and we can’t wait for her to show the world what she is and will become.