Hazel, Braque du Bourbonnais

A Bit About Us

HI! We are Steve and Amber Kielman! We are the human side of Sioux Ridge Pointers and we are so excited you are interested in our loving pack of Braque Du Bourbonnais. 

 

If you haven’t ever met a BDB, you are in for a surprise. These amazing dogs are not only awesome hunting dogs, they literally, become your best friend. They are the most loving breed we have ever encountered and we can’t wait until you can see one for yourself. 

 

When it is your turn to pick a puppy, you will immediately be part of our family. We send as many pictures as we can take and send updates as much as possible. We want you and your family to watch your puppy grow, learn, play, and explore their new world! We also take care of the first round of shots, docking of the tail, and removal of dewclaws. 

 

We feed our pups “Diamond Natural Large Breed Puppy” Until the age of one. We always have food available because these guys are hungry. They are young and active and need all the calories they can get. They tend to only eat enough to feel full so they often eat a few times a day. After the age of one, we feed them “Diamond Naturals” All Life stages and/or large breed. They are all checked out by a “Sports Dog Vet” here in Sioux Falls. Of course, all shots are up to date and are given heartworm medication that includes a dewormer. 

 

We can't wait for the day you get your puppy and you join our Sioux Ridge Pointer Family! 

 

German Wirehaired Pointer

When I moved back to South Dakota, the first of my three sons was born, and I purchased a German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP). I registered my dog with NAVHDA and AKC and joined NAVHDA in 1994. In 1998, I purchased another GWP who would go on to be one of the best dogs I ever hunted behind. He was part of our lives when my father and I leased 6,500 acres in central South Dakota. We were very fortunate in more ways than one during that time frame. Having a great dog, Ike, and a lot of great crop and grassland to hunt was unbelievable.

 

Bourbonnais

We started our experience with Bourbonnais when we purchased our first in early 2017. We were lucky enough to have a breeder in our area that had been involved with Braque du Bourbonnais dating back to the early nineties and some of the first of the breed to make their way into the United States. My wife and I named that dog Pappy and he filled our desire to have a hunting dog and family companion. We were soon impressed with three things about our new dog: 1) the first being how easy it was to have him in our home; 2) next, his capacity to learn and to do it so quickly. It was the middle of winter in South Dakota so most of our potty-training was done with an ample supply of snow on the ground. When we introduced him to obedience training and taught him several tricks to keep it fun, he flew through all of this anxiously waiting for the next step and with the greatest of ease; and 3) finally, was his capacity to learn when we sent him to a trainer. He came home from the trainer a hunting machine. The dog had as much desire as any dog I had ever witnessed. It seemed that he held a point almost endlessly and he had a natural ability to quarter and stay close enough that he was very easy to hunt behind. He is now a hunting dynamo; yet still a calm, well-mannered gentleman in our house. He never misses a chance to spend the night watching a hockey game or riding around in the backseat of our pickup.

 

The more we learned about the breed and the people that breed these fantastic dogs, the more we were drawn into breeding them. From Northern Minnesota to Southern Arizona to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, they all have the interest of the breed in mind. Just like my wife and I, they all want to make sure that the breed maintains its standards and at the same time that the puppies all go to good homes! Homes where the dogs will be exercised or hunted regularly and made part of their families as these dogs are not intended to live their lives in a kennel unattended. 

 

Breeding

All of our breeding dogs are PennHip Tested, are hunted regularly in South Dakota, and are professionally trained to ensure they have the skills we desire before we breed them. We will not breed any female until she is a minimum of two years old. Our breeding cycles are done with guidance from a sporting dog veterinarian for their well-being. We have three pointers living in our house, the others reside in a very large fenced-in area adjacent to our home with a specially-built building for their comfort. We live on ten acres—the majority of it is in alfalfa—so we have a lot of room for our dogs to run and to keep them sharp on their training. As many of our friends and family members would attest, these are some of the most pampered dogs alive thanks to my wife!