French Brittany Spaniels from Pheasant Country

Plum Creek Kennels
BREEDING GUN DOGS FOR THE FOOT HUNTER!

Hunting is a way of life for a Plum Creek French Brittany. We own and operate a wild pheasant hunting lodge in South Dakota,  Big Spur Lodge www.bigspur.com so the bar of expectation for the performance of all of our Brittanys in the field is necessarily quite high.   We researched and selected only the best to build our foundation blood lines.  And because we are serious, committed French brittany breeders, we have imported  the best French brittany blood lines in Europe to our kennels. We breed selectively and ONLY with hip certified French brittany parents. Please enter the site to explore all the info inside and here's wishing you many staunch points! Bill and Kathy
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OUR BOOK


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The first book in the U.S.A. written specifically
 about the French Brittany!

Our book, THE FRENCH BRITTANY, Lí EPAGNEUL BRETON IN THE U.S.A.,
written
by Bill and Kathy Dillon includes information on the Epagneul Breton,
a study of the breed standard, genetics, some history of the breed,
what to do with your pup when it gets home, how to get it started in the
right direction, building bird passion and continues on to whoa training,
the field training of your dog and hunting as well as safety and equipment.
It's a full color book with
lots of pictures of wonderful Epagneul Bretons.

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2011 SPRING TRIALS IN FRANCE

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links to slideshows and pictures.

 

 

SPANISH CUP 2009 and EXCELLENCE PRIX - EURO CUP 2009

Ultra wins EXCELLENT in the 2009 Euro Cup Trial of Excellence
and also wins EXCELLENT in 2009 Coupe de Spain!

Tatoo won an EXCELLENT and a TRES BON in his competitions
 and Ultra added a TRES BON to his other wins.

For the second year in a row Bill represented the U.S.A. at the Coupe d'Europe (Euro Cup) with the AKC's sanctioning. The Coupe was hosted this year in Osuna, Spain. Pictured with him are our dogs Ultra de la Source Aux Perdrix and Tatoo du Bois Courcol. This year Ultra received an award of Excellent in the Trial of Excellence at the Euro Cup and was awarded an EXCELLENT in the Coupe d'Spain and an Tres Bon in another field trial. Tatoo was also awarded an EXCELLENT and a Tres Bon in his competitions. These were trials held on wild birds under less than favorable conditions. We're proud of the fine showing and for the opportunity to represent the U.S.A. at these events. You can click on the picture above to view a slide show.

COUPE D'EUROPE 2008


TATOO WINS TRES BON IN EURO CUP!
(Click on the picture above for a slide show)

AKC has posted an article about the Euro Cup and trialing in France on their website. Click here to read it.

For the first time in history the USA was allowed to compete in the European Cup for Continental Breeds. With Tatoo and Ultra both having the qualifications necessary to be entered in this competition, Bill was approved to represent the USA with our dogs.  We are very happy to report that Tatoo qualified in the Coupe with a TRES BON. When you look at the picture above, can you hear the Star Spangled Banner being played? What an awesome moment!

The Coupe is representative of the best dogs of the continental breeds in the world. Each year the Coupe is held in a different country. This year it was held in the Czech Republic and there were teams from 14 different countries competing. There was 1 dog that got a CAC, 2 dogs that got EXC and 5 that got TRES BONS. We are very proud that Tatoo was one of the eight dogs that qualified in this exclusive group of the best dogs of the world!

Though Ultra performed to perfection, there was unfortunately no birds in his course. Though birds were scarce the extremely large hare and chevreuil (deer) were abundant. Tatoo encountered five different hares and two chevreuil during his run, and Ultra encountered six hares and two chevreuil during his run. So much distraction can be too much temptation for a dog, and some good dogs were eliminated due to that, but the boys both honored the hares without giving chase and both gave performances throughout their courses that we can be proud of and which impressed other drivers and attendees alike, drawing resounding applause at the awards ceremony when Bill received the award for Tatoo's TRES BON. We are very pleased the USA was well represented by their performances.

Prior to the Euro Cup in the Czech Republic, Bill competed Ultra and Tatoo in some spring trials in France where Tatoo won 1 EXC and 3 TRES BONS, and Ultra won a 1EXC and 3EXC.  There were six trials where the boys were entered where they performed perfectly, but again no birds. It's unfortunate when that happens but when it's wild birds rather than planted birds it's a part of the venue that is quite normal. And though it's unfortunate when it does happen, it's what makes wild bird competitions so much meaningful when wins are accomplished.
All in all it was a good year for Plum Creek, Bill and our dogs. With six wins in France and the win at the Euro Cup amongst the best dogs in the world, we are very happy and proud of our boys!

S.C.C. COUPE DE FRANCE RESERVE CACT WIN - 2007


Bill receiving trophy for the RCACT win at Coupe de France awards ceremony.
(Click on this picture for a slideshow of 2007)

Our dream was to have the opportunity to enter a dog in the SCC Coupe de France. A dog must be pre-qualified with a certain level of previous wins in order to be eligible for this field trial and entries consist of the current best dogs in France and Europe. Because Ultra obtained his championship title in the fall of 2006 he was qualified to enter this prestigious trial this spring. Bill handled Ultra himself in the French Cup, as well as all the other spring trials, and we are excited to report that Ultra won a Reserve CACT in the cup! Ultra and Bill returned home with a total of five placements out of ten spring 2007 trials, bringing Ultra just a bit short of the requirements for his French spring championship title.

We hope to be able to travel again next year to finish up the wins needed for Ultra's spring championship title.
Had the stars lined up right it could have happened this year because Ultra was running his concourses perfectly. In four of the trials entered he ran perfect courses but there were no birds, so - no birds, no placement. But that is one of the realities facing each competitor in spring trials since these trials are all run on wild partridge. The wild birds of the spring trials make these trials just that much more challenging, and that's what makes a win in one so special. The birds, the dog's performance, the handling all has to line up just perfectly. Such is the reason why all of the professional and amateur handlers we know in France place such significance on the spring trials. Ultra's placements and the trials where they received are:
RCACT - S.C.C. Coupe de France
Premier Excellent - Le Bourg Dun
1st Tres Bon - Lieramont
2nd Tres Bon - Warluzel
2nd Tres Bon - Pontfaverger
In the spring trials Ultra now has one CACT, two RCACT, two Excellents and six Tres Bons wins.

ULTRA
First dog in USA to win RCACT in Coupe de France!

FRENCH CHAMPION, TRIALER TITLE
A dream came true when Ultra qualified to be entered in the S.C.C. Coupe de France, but winning a RCACT in the French Cup was almost more than we had dared to hope to dream for.
 
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TATOO
First and ONLY RECOMMENDED SIRE in USA!

CACT, TRIALER TITLE, CACS
First and ONLY dog in USA to win CACT in France and receive France's official ranking as a "RECOMMENDED SIRE"  the first, and only, Epagneul Breton in the U.S. to hold this prestigious rating.
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Our Tess won 2004 & 2003
National Best of Breed!

and is also ranked as the
 2003 & 2004 Number One Total Dog in the U.S.A.!

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GRCH, NBOB, TAN,
Reve Tisserand de Plum Creek

Link to our Championship Pages

 WINNER OF
2004 Natl. Trial

french brittanys, epagneul bretons from Plum Creek Kennels
Jake - from Plum Creek