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It has been decided and we are going to get a springer spaniel anybody know of a good breeder within a 2 hour drive of the twin cities?
 

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I met a few breeders at the Game Fair last year in Anoka. I can remember two off-hand.

Harvest Hunters from Cyrus, MN. Link

Pepper's Pups in Buffalo, MN. Link

I was most impressed with Harvest Hunters. They are a little over two hours from the Twin Cities but I wouldn't limit yourself to breeders who are close by. The best dog we had growing up was a Springer that came from Bismark, ND (unfortunately he is no longer breeding springers) and that was a five hour drive for us.

I have some business cards from other breeders we met and I can post their info later.
 

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The other breeder I talked to at the Game Fair was from JWT Heavenly Springers out of St. Cloud. I don't have a web address for them but this will get you their contact info. Link.
 

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Make sure you consider their temperment especialy if they will be around kids. The field trial variety can be extremely energetic and also known to have springer rage and bite. I had a field trial springer male (fixed) that could never settle down and drove my older dog, me, and most others up a wall. When I had to leave town no one would watch that dog. My older female would put him down and he would squirm out and not learn a thing. She was not enjoying her later years and I had enough. He found a home on farm that gave him all kinds of room to expend his energy. He was a natural hunter but wore himself out on long days because he did not pace himself. Field trials are a short intense game and not a true reflection of a typical days hunt. Great for quick paced short hunts though. So be very careful before investing in a field trial springer if you have kids, limited training time and or patience, older dogs, and plan on keeping it in the house. I learned why many of these dogs are kept in kennels and not in the house but I want a family dog not a cage dog. There are other hunting lines that are not the hyper field trial variety.
 
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