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Welcome to Chief's Brittanys!

Chief's Vision

& Our Upland Hunting Ethics

Our Vision at Chief's Brittanys®(All rights reserved.) is to produce Brittanys (on occasion) & professionally train those Brittanys that will surpass expectations and please all that meet our dogs.  This is achieved through a planned breeding program that selects, through intense scrutiny of both pedigrees and physical attributes/results, the best possible qualities for that of a companion gun dog. 

Our goal for every Brittany is to have a gentle friendly nature in the home, possess a bold/attractive run afield, be intensely "birdy", naturally honor and retrieve with a "soft mouth" and meet ABC standards. 

We recognize that The ABC, The American Brittany Club, is the parent organization of the American Brittany as recognized by the American Kennel Club. 

All of our litters will be registered with the American Kennel Club and are American Field Dog Stud Book eligible should you choose to compete at events sanctioned by either organization.

We are proud of our dogs and reputation as responsible breeders and trainers of pedigreed Brittanys.  This responsibility includes lifetime written guarantees against genetic defects/disease as well as guaranteeing their ability to hunt.  We will gladly take back any dog that is unwanted thus taking responsibility for any Brittany we produce, including rescues from others.

We have been rescuing Brittanys since 1990 and continue today.

We provide training for Brittanys full time.

 

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About the Owner of Chief's Brittanys ®

Dave Jones

Dave after a pheasant hunt.

Dave giving a hunting demonstration at the Texas state wildlife expo.

Dave Jones has 40 years of exposure, experience and knowledge of Brittanys.  He is nationally recognized as a Brittany trainer and breeder for the gentleman bird dog owner. 

Dave and his Brittanys have appeared in all types of events, news, corporate advertisements and entertainment media.

 Dave working with a Brittany

A puppy pointing a butterfly at 7 weeks.

Dave has appeared in various newspapers, magazines, circulars and news media from Texas to Montana.  In a Montana article written October 2004 for the Glendive newspaper, they report about his annual Montana bird dog training program.  In Texas he has appeared on an Abilene area television channel and news print media.  He also appeared internationally on Animal Planets reg. television show 'Breed All About It' which is still in reruns today.  His training articles appear periodically in various national bird dog specialty magazines.

Dave is a proud member of D.T. Systems Pro-Staff where he is always on the cutting edge of new technology in the bird dog training industry. 

His love of Brittanys continually compels him to find new and innovative ways to get the job done in as humane a fashion possible.  He is not satisfied with the 'status quo' of bird dog training.  He recently developed a new approach to using D.T. Systems vibration technology in bird dog training.  More info on his free training tips web page http://brittanys.com/Brittany_training.htm

The history of Dave's involvement with Brittanys started with his Dad's pair of liver/white Brittanys over 40 years ago in Kansas. 

Dave independently trained his first bird dog, a mixed breed named Snoopy, at 10 years of age.  Dave knew then that training dogs was a joyful experience that he wanted to pursue the rest of his life.  By himself, he independently trained his first Brittany named Molly at the age of 12.

His father and grandfathers on both sides of the family both owned and trained various hunting dogs including bird, rabbit, deer and 'coon dogs.  Many of Dave's first impressions of hunting dogs and training came from his father and maternal grandfather in Mississippi. 

Dave's grandfather, 'Papaw McGowan' (Major Charles McGowan), was raised in a family with a long history of Mississippi plantations and hunting.  His great (x4) grandfather McGowan established a settlement in what is now known as southern Hinds county, the Byram area, and is listed in the Mississippi history books as having settled that area.  The McGowan cemetery is listed among historical  cemeteries in Mississippi.  Several generations of avid McGowan hunters enjoyed a variety of hunting dogs including pointers for the "gentleman's bird", bobwhite quail.  Dave grew up into his teens with his 'papaw' influencing Dave's love for all hunting dogs.

Dave takes his heritage seriously & enjoys sharing his knowledge of upland bird hunting.

In the 1960's and 70's, Mississippi boasted good populations of bobwhite quail.  Dave was able to learn about quail hunting and dog training in the genteel ways of the old south.  Before Dave was old enough to get a driver's license, his mother would transport him to his favorite hunting spots so that he could independently hunt and train his dogs after school.  This made a huge impact on his love of bird dogs and Brittanys.

Dave learned what a gentleman's bird dog was all about and that good dog manners in the field was expected by all gentleman bird hunters.  Most country boys in those days had birds dogs and / or 'coon, deer and rabbit dogs so it was not uncommon to head out to the fields with friends and dogs on routine hunting trips.  Though he really didn't grasp the full magnitude of training bird dogs at such a young age, he knew he wanted to train forever.

When Dave's father moved to Texas, he enjoyed rejoining his grandmother's heritage in Texas.  His Grandmother is a native Texan and married Major McGowan (thus moving to Mississippi).  "Mamaw McGowan's" father was a physician on the Texas coast and she graduated from a woman's college in central Texas.  Those relatives are scattered across Texas from the coast to the Midland-Odessa areas.

Dave's love of bird dogs and hunting was amplified when he saw enormous populations of bobwhites in Callahan county.  Here he honed his bobwhite quail hunting and bird dog training skills before he entered into the U.S. Navy.   Dave missed some training time with Brittanys due to deployments in the Navy.

Dave's time in the Navy went well and he made many new bird dog friends whenever he could.  During that time and since then, he has hunted a variety of upland birds in many locations such as Kansas, Mississippi, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Montana and Texas.

Dave field trialed for a number of years though he never desired being a lifetime field trialer.  He relates that "it was a phase in life" and that he was "curious" about other quality dogs.  He did not compete for quite some time however, recently did trial a few dogs from his stock with great success.  Multiple Championships were earned through various venues.  Though he relates that trialing is fun, he primarily focuses his attention strictly on his gentleman hunter client needs.

Dave realized his own training limits early on so he apprenticed with a well known and respected field trial professional, Mr. Lou Foehrkolb.  Lou's dogs were G.S.P.'s (German Shorthair Pointers), though his easy touch transcended all breeds of pointing dogs.  Lou trained dogs professionally his entire life and learned from his father who trained and ran a pointing dog operation on a plantation in Georgia.  Lou and his father collectively had over 100 years experience training bird dogs.  Lou finished many dogs with field trial titles and has produced some of the finest field trial G.S.P.'s in the country. 

Lou taught Dave that looking at life through the bird dog's perspective makes training a lot easier.  Mostly, he understood dogs on their level.  He taught Dave how to have fun with it all and is responsible for giving Dave confidence to train professionally as the gentleman's bird dog trainer.

Some impressions Lou made on Dave include: Bird dogs have it or they don't.  Be honest, tell folks what they have, good or bad.  You can't train a dog to be great, it has to have great genetics to begin with.  All breeds have their place, and yes, some breeds cover more ground and have better noses than other breeds.  Caution and slow going is better than too fast because it's better to be under trained than over trained and useless.  Repetition, repetition, repetition. Patience and kindness.  If you recognize a young dog is ready, move forward!

Mostly, Lou was the trainer for Missy who is mentioned in memoriam on this site.  Lou could recognize young dogs potential and develop then to early success (Missy had a big run and was steady to w/s, trained retrieve by age 11 months).  Just when it was thought she had reached her limits at an early age, Lou would show Dave that she was ready for more.  He could 'read' a dog like no other.

Lou's ability to read dogs and train bird dogs without taking the fire out of them is the litmus test by which I judge myself and all other pro trainers.

Here's a picture of Lou with his top winning  and well renowned ' FC Bar Lou's Sin City Slick'.

Lou Foehrkolb

Lou passed away in September of 2007, he was just 6 days shy of being 83.  Mr. Lou Foehrkolb was the consummate bird dog gentleman.

 

Since retiring from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer (hence the name “Chief’s Brittanys ® "), Dave returned home to Texas.  He now trains, full time, Brittany gun dogs for the gentleman hunter.  He focuses on producing and training excellent Brittany companion bird dogs.  Dave doesn't take credit for the great breeders before him.  Dave says "I don't take credit for the great foundation Brittany bloodlines of yesteryear but I do take responsibility for what I do with them today" tm.

His specialty is training pointing dogs with a soft disposition (Brittanys in particular).  He finds the 'softest' of dogs both challenging and fun.  Dave has earned a solid reputation for taking dogs that others declared to be 'a pet only'.  Using his soft approach techniques, he transforms them into upland hunting dogs.

Dave's pointing dog experience includes training German Wirehair Pointers, Griffons, Spinone's, Vizslas, English Pointers, German Shorthair Pointers, Gordon Setters, English Setters, Llewellyn Setters, French Brittanys, Red Setters, and of course, American & French Brittanys.  Dave prefers to train only Brittanys because he knows the bloodlines and understands them on their level which is why he is so successful with problem Brittany bird dogs.

Dave wants his clients to visit often so that they too may be trained with their dog (at no additional expense), no matter the owners level of experience.  Dave tells his clients "Visit whenever you want, sun up to sun down, because we have nothing to hide and we want you to feel comfortable knowing that your dog is properly trained & cared for".

His clients are primarily gentlemen hunters from around the country who wish to enjoy their Brittany at home and in the field.  He is respected as a 'hunters trainer'.  Dave use to personally start and train over 100 Brittanys per year at his facilities thanks to a good kennel staff and terrific apprentices.  In recent years, he has backed off to a slower pace with rekindled emphasis on getting afield to hunt and train his own dogs.

Dave enjoys working with families.  He feels that the combination of a loving home and frequent trips afield is what best completes the Brittany.  His reward is not a ribbon or a trophy, his reward is a happy family with a happy Brittany! 

Dave has trained his dogs for clients that have won numerous field trials in various venues.  Though his emphasis is on hunting dogs for families, Dave produced / trained 'Champ' who was named 2003 INBC Juvenile Field Trial Dog of The Year, 'Gunner' qualified for multiple Nationals and is an AKC Field Champion / American Field R/U Champion, 'Annah' completed her show Championship and is field trial pointed, 'Gus' qualified for the National Amateur Gun Dog championships, 'Lady' is a Field Champion, Amateur Field Champion, R/U FDSB Champion, Rusty is a R/U Field Champion, etc. 

Dave continues to focus on gentlemen hunters whose Brittanys are also a family dogs.  Because he does not allow himself to get bogged down with field trials and traveling seminar agendas, he balances his time so that he can visit with each and every client, year round.  Dave has no other job than to train Brittanys full time.  Dave's training intentions are publicly known and he expects his clients to know what he expects of them too.  His pledge to his clients and what his clients must pledge to him before he will train their dog is listed on this web site.  (you can find his pledge here)

Lastly, Dave is well grounded.  He is truthful and will tell you just what he thinks, good or bad.  He's honest as the day is long and he's loyal to his friends and clients.  He guarantees his work.

(Dave created this site December of 1997 because it was too hard to find basic information about Brittanys/Gundog training, upland bird recipes, message boards geared towards average Brittany owners, etc.  Dave figured that there were others out there who just wanted some basic information without being made to buy a book.  His training tips page lists actual techniques for training and Dave is more than happy to answer questions that anyone may have.  Visit his free tips here: http://brittanys.com/Brittany_training.htm)

 

Chief's Upland Bird Hunting Philosophy™

I am an upland bird hunting enthusiast, gun dog owner and a conservationist

by Dave Jones

I believe:

1. That hunting wild birds is our heritage and I will do what I can to preserve our heritage.  I believe in working on outdoor initiatives proven to help wild upland birds flourish.

2. That trained domesticated bird dogs are our heritage which transcends all ethnic populations and thousands of years since the day of early man.  The symbiotic relationship created by early man and subsequent careful breeding merits our genuine care and concern for hunting breeds.

3. That the pursuit of upland birds is best done when pursued with well trained bird dogs. Trained bird dogs have manners. Untrained dogs should be hunted alone for the purposes of training and properly controlled when hunting an untrained dog with trained dogs.

4. That bird hunting is like life, there are expected manners. That lack of manners by a hunter or his/her dog is disrespectful to other hunters and other dogs who have paid the price of long training hours and experience afield.

5. That the act of hunting is our rightful heritage and that I will do my best to be an ambassador of what is right with hunting.

6. That I will be safe with my firearms and discharge them properly.

7. That my muzzle will always be up when loaded so as to not point my gun at others, my bird dogs or other bird dogs.

8. That the most important thing to me is the dog work on birds.

9. That the shooting of upland game over my bird dog is not important when it comes to my dog doing his job correctly and with good manners. I take great pride in my dog's performance at home and in the field.

10. That ‘bag limits’ are not important because I rarely choose to shoot a limit nor do I 'count' killed birds like it is a competition with human hunting partners.

11. That taking game home is not important. But how I take upland birds is important. I am always safe when I take a shot at a bird and I am always ethical.

12. I only shoot wild game birds that have taken flight and have a sporting chance to escape.

13. That no matter how hard a bird runs on the ground, I will not shoot ANY species of upland bird on the ground as that smacks of gluttony, bad manners, failure to give fair chase and shows I do not care for the conservation of wild game to hunting partners, non-hunters and anti-hunters. It also puts my best friend, my dog, in danger.

14. That my dog and the proper management of our ecosystem take precedence over shooting wild game.

15. That the bagging of any game is anti-climactic and is secondary to good dog work and only the end result of fair chase and, I will stop my hunt to find lost game. I will look for lost game at the expense of good shooting hours so there is no wanton waste and will take pride in the fact that I find my lost game.

16. That finishing the day with less than my bag limit is a source of pride to be bragged about, especially if hunting wild birds. The fact that I COULD HAVE shot my limit and didn't is a huge source of pride. The fact that there were few birds and I chose not to shoot any at all is also a huge source of pride.

17. That my ‘limit’ is not a gauge of how successful my hunt was and that the ‘limit’ is unimportant when discussing good dogs, good guns and good hunting buddies.

18. That upland shotguns are an essential part of the ambiance of upland hunting, as much as fine bird dogs. I practice with my gun prior to gunning for wild birds since it is as important as the training my bird dog goes through.

19. That even though I cannot afford an expensive upland gun or equipment, I care for my equipment with pride.  If I can afford expensive shotguns, I treat them with equal pride.

20. That I NEVER leave spent shells or other waste behind. I will stop my hunt in order to find my empty shells. As a conservationist concerned about our environment, I know that empty shells are blights on the landscape and leave an impression of disrespect for the land and the land owner.  If I head to the field with an autoloader or pump, I Expect To Pick Up Shells at the expense of hunting light.

21. That I will try to leave the land I hunt in better shape than I found it. Examples: If it is littered, I will pick it up. If a gate is broken or a fence down, I will immediately try to repair it. If I can't repair something myself, I will immediately notify the land owner and freely offer to help make repairs, even at the expense of good shooting hours.

22. That small coveys and reduced numbers of birds are best left not shot and to be left alone.

23. That I will not train my dog on birds during nesting season.

24. That I will wear some form of hunter orange all the time, even in states where it is not required because I know that safety is paramount.

25. That if I take game, I will promptly clean it and pick up the remains for proper disposal. To leave scattered remains from cleaning game is as disrespectful as throwing trash on the ground.

26. That I will mentor the untrained and unknowing upland hunter in way that will make me proud should they meet a novice some day and mentor them as I would have.

27. I am grateful to God for a fine shotgun, fine bird dog and a fine woman!

This is Chief's philosophy, maybe not everyone's.

God bless.

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