J&A's Apple Jack of Acton, JH &

J&A's Carry The Dream of Acton JH, NA 110 Prize 1


Blog Jack 2 body.jpg

Holly Beth

Puppy update:  The Jack of Hearts litter is here! Availability is limited to a few males for active, experienced Brittany bird hunting families. Please contact us if you are interested. 



Without a doubt John believes sweet Holly-Beth could quite possibly be the most outstanding gundog in our program and that is truly saying a lot. At 8 months old Holly's natural hunting ability was tested through the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Asociation (NAVHDA). In New York, Holly was the only dog during her test weekend to receive a NA Prize 1 score! Holly quickly earned her AKC Junior Hunter title at a young age with an average score of 10 !. Holly also has 5 adult AKC field trial placements to her credit including a 1st place 4 point major win. (She also has one American Field adult gundog placement to her credit as well.) Holly is a recipient of the AKC Achiever Dog award. Above all, Holly's greatest accomplishments are all of her successful Maine bird hunting seasons where she has hunted pheasant, woodcock, and grouse. Both playful and serious, she lives to be in the field where she really turns it on. She's an honest bird dog that takes her hunting job seriously. When Holly detects scent she quickly and confidently establishes a beautiful, stylish point that can be trusted. When hunting with other dogs, she has good manners and will naturally back them. Holly is steady to flush, wing, shot, and fall and makes bird hunting fun. Holly is a very sweet dog who melts the heart of all who know and love her. At home she is a lap dog who loves to be with her human and canine family and is extremely affectionate and entertaining, as a Brittany should be! Holly, 5½ years old, is liver and white like her mother Treasure and is from Treasure's final litter (and Hemi’s first of several). She is a mini-me of Treasure. In the summer of 2018 Holly had a litter of 10 beautiful puppies sired by Jack’s son, Bullet (CH J&A’s High Caliber Harris Special SH) Most all are in active hunting families. They each posess sweet dispositions like their sire and dam, are extremely agile and intelligent, and of course possess strong natural instincts. Several are working on or have already earned titles!


Jack was John's pick pup of the litter who became his best friend. The first time the two bird hunted together John remarked how “this is the bird dog I have always wanted.” And indeed Jack was one in a million. Jack perfectly fit the definition of a classic and stylish gentleman's walking hunting dog. At a young age he was naturally consistent in finding, pointing, holding, retrieving and in honoring. Although trained to work close and within shotgun range Jack also naturally ranged out if the terrain demanded it. He matured into a steady, honest, well mannered and loyal dog who totally respected John.  Jack was ever attentive for the sound of John’s shotgun and the sequence he was expected t o follow. Jack waited for the command to fetch the bird then would happily retrieve it immediately back to John’s outstretched hand. To observe John and Jack truly was a beautiful thing. It was a true testimony to Jacks good genetics, strong natural instinct, and to the deep love and respect between man and his best friend. This scene between the two seemed choreographed! From 2007 – 2013 Jack sired many multiple family hunting companions. He was a popular stud dog in our own program and often used to compliment the lines of other breeders. Jack sired our first AKC bench champion, several AKC Senior Hunters, numerous AKC Junior Hunters and NAVHDA titled dogs. There are many with field trial placements most notably a daughter who is close to finishing her Field Championship title. A Jack grandson is our program’s first AKC Master Hunter. Jack has great-grandsons and great grandaughters who went on to finish their AKC bench championship titles and even grand-championship titles. We said goodbye to Jack in August 2017 but he has left behind such an amazing legacy! We thank God for the joy of loving and being loved by Jack. We are also blessed as we see Jack’s distinctive attributes continue on through each successive generation of J&A’s Brittanys and are excited about those yet to come.  

ALL THINGS BRITTANY: Since 1990 our purpose driven breeding program has remained focused on the Brittany as an outstanding family bird dog and companion. Pairing Jack and Holly continues this tradition. Together they pass on strong natural hunting instincts with the sky being the limit as far as unlocked potential goes.  We anticipate seeing structure, conformation and type true to the breed standard as indicated by their pedigree including healthy animals with strong dual influences and also maintaining sound temperament and disposition. We can confidently identify the unique, combined genetics of both animals because we have bred, owned, handled, hunted with and/or lived with many Brittanys behind them.   Additionally we can testify to the hunting ability of these Brittanys.  We have personally hunted wild birds over them, resulting with upland game in the freezer to enjoy later!  There are of course also many notable, great Brittanys "behind" our own. Most are known to the 'fancy' and left their mark through significant contributions to the overall Brittany gene pool. 

Jack Holly Hypothetical.jpg