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Pine Shadows

Established 1976

English Springer Spaniels

Producing a top quality English Springer Spaniel gun dog and a household companion within the same dog has been the goal of Pine Shadows since 1976.Puppies, Started Dogs, and Experienced Gun Dogs available from our ORVIS-Endorsed Hunting Dog Program.


  • Life moves quickly in the 21st Century. It seems everywhere you look technological advancements are improving our way of life. Some things, however, still require that old fashioned touch. Here at Pine Shadows we feel the best way to produce high quality English Springer Spaniels is to do it the way we have been for over forty years, with a lot of hard work, patience and love for the dogs.

    We take pride in knowing our dogs, making them a part of our extended family. This allows us to place our pups with specific families to ensure all those involved, both two and four legged, are satisfied. Taking the time to know our customers and our dogs has helped us to successfully place hundreds of dogs into loving, supportive homes over the years. We do not believe in rushing Mother Nature. It takes time to produce dogs with outstanding noses, trainability, retrieving skills, and dynamite personalities. It may take a little longer, but we think it is worth the wait.

    Inquiries about upcoming Pine Shadows litters are always welcomed. It is our goal to provide you and your family with a top notch hunter and companion. We feel its personality and natural abilities are what make it an excellent hunter and pet. We do require a deposit to secure a pup for your family. The $500 deposit is completely refundable if for any reason a pup from Pine Shadows is not selected.

    All our puppies are fully guaranteed (see the PINE SHADOWS Guarantee policy). Pine Shadows pups are all AKC registered with no restrictions.


Pine Shadows of Brainerd, Minnesota was among the first kennels in North America selected to become an Orvis Endorsed Hunting Dog Breeder and Trainer.

In 2003 Orvis introduced the Orvis Endorsed Hunting Dog Breeding and Training Program. The program is designed to promote and uphold the highest standards in dog breeding and training to introduce Orvis clients to the best breeders and trainers in the world, explained Perk Perkins, President and CEO of Orvis.

 To establish the groundwork for a program worthy of the trust of their customers, Orvis spent a year compiling a short list of the best hunting dog breeder and trainers in North America. A team of experts visited these kennels to ensure that each operation met their strict requirements and standards. In addition to the field inspection, and the recommendation of industry peers, Orvis recognizes the following criteria as essential to an endorsed operation: AKC and/or American Field trial Registered; hip certification (OFA) for parents; thorough, documented medical records and updated shots on delivery.

In the quest to find the perfect hunting companion, Orvis is confident these operations are the best in business.

Where Can I Get A Good Bird Dog?

  • This is one of the most common questions I get from friends, customers and complete strangers. It is why we created the Orvis Endorsed Breeder and Trainer Program— to take the anxiety out of your search for a bird dog and to make it easy for you.

    Your anxiety is well placed, too; after all, you are about to choose your companion for some of the most special times you'll spend in the outdoors (and perhaps the indoors) over the next 10 years. Most breeders are hobbyists. They breed three or four litters over one or two generations out of well-placed love for a great animal.

    However, there are a number of breeders who are true professionals, who are acutely mindful of the drastic genetic variation in a breed and who breed for certain characteristics over many generations. I think we have picked the best and the most reliable of these breeders.

    In joining the Orvis program, they have each agreed to uphold our customer-first approach to their profession: They guarantee your satisfaction with their dogs.

    One bit of parting advice that my Dad gave me . . . pay little attention to the purchase price. When you get a good dog, you will be struggling to find ways to spend more money on a companion who has given you so much joy for so many years. 

    Perk Perkins
    President and CEO, The Orvis Company, Inc.

Satisfaction Guarantee

The puppy or started dog you have purchased from PINE SHADOWS is guaranteed for its hunting ability, health, and temperament, conforming to your lifestyle, and becoming an important member of your family. If the springer you have purchased from PINE SHADOWS does not meet your expectations, then PINE SHADOWS will:

 Replace the dog with another puppy or a started dog, or

 Refund the purchase price in exchange for the dog.

PINE SHADOWS may deduct a re-training/use fee on puppies and started dogs if necessary.

The above satisfaction guarantee will be fulfilled upon meeting the following conditions:

 1.The dog must have been purchased from PINE SHADOWS.

 2.PINE SHADOWS must be notified about your displeasure with the dog.

 3.The dog must not have produced offspring.

 4.The dog must still be in possession of the original owner.

 5.The dog must still be alive.

 6.The dog must be returned to PINE SHADOWS in good health at the  expense of the owner with current vaccination records and signed AKC registration paper.

From time to time people tell me, Lighten up, it is just a dog, or That is a lot of money for just a dog. They do not understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for Just a dog. Some of my proudest moments have come about with just a dog. Many hours have passed with my only company being  Just a dog, and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by Just a dog. In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of Just a dog provides comfort and purpose to overcome the day.  If you, too, think it is  Just a dog, you will probably understand phrases like Just a friend, Just a sunrise, or Just a promise. Just a dog brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. Just a dog brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of Just a dog I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.  For me and folks like me, it is not Just a dog. It is an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. Just a dog brings out what is good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday people can understand it is not Just a dog. It is the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being Just a man or woman.  So the next time you hear the phrase Just a dog, smile, because they Just Do not Understand. 
-Author Unknown 

Pine Shadows
14752 Three Mile Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

Phone: +1-218-829-4736




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