Epagneul Bretons - "Un Maximum de Qualities Pour un Volume Minimum" - Gaston Pouchain, Late President CEB-France
Gaston Pouchain, President of the 'Club L'Epagneul - France' in the mid-20th century and author of the book, L'Epagnuel Breton made the quote above which translates to state "a maximum of quality in a minimum of volume." This expresses in minimum language why Hannahatchee kennels works with the Epagneul Breton (French Brittany) as our breed of choice. Gaston also stated, "If our Bretons are exported too far from their original country, they lose, little by little, their original type." Based on and in agreement with his view, we are committed to producing the best Epagneul Breton hunting dogs and companions possible. Our breeding stock comes from some of the best Epagneul Bretons from the United States and Europe. Our kennel strives to maintain and improve the breed based on temperament, intelligence, prey drive, scenting ability and other physical attributes and conformation. We have our dogs confirmed at the National Conclave of CEB-US by French and U.S confomatuers to ensure they rate excellent per the standards before breeding them. Further, we hunt and field trial our dogs to show evidence of high quality hunting characteristics. We are against and do not support breeding dogs that are exclusively show dogs. These dogs are shown to loose their hunting instincts. We have our dogs' hips evaluated using OFA or PennHip criteria to ensure the hips are free of degenerative joint disease, and we guarantee our puppies are free of hip dysplasia. Further, we have our dog's tested for the sable A Locus - Ay gene and guarantee that our puppies are not carriers to ensure we do not produce nor pass these traits on to our clients' puppies. We try to be as transparent as we can with our clients about all qualities of our dogs. We partner with those who purchase our puppies to provide guidance as their puppies grow and develop.
To learn more about the Epagneul Breton please read, "A Brief History of the Epagneul Breton: The Breed's Origins in France and More Recent Development in America" by C. Frederick Overby an accomplished breeder and friend of mine at the following url: http://ceb-us.org/the-epagneul-breton/ewExternalFiles/History.pdf
Additional information on the Epagneul Breton can be found in the article by Tom Davis on July 9, 2014 titled, "The French Brittany," in the Sporting Classics Daily at http://sportingclassicsdaily.com/issue/august-2014/article/gundogs-the-french-brittany