Renegade Brittany Kennels
Gary & Diana Kubitz

21224 Waubascon Rd.
Battle Creek, MI 49017


Renegade's Kansas Kid, HOF
OFA Excellent #BS-3171
AKC DNA #V672858

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Gary and Diana Kubitz have been raising Brittanys for over 40 years. Diana was first introduced to the breed by her father, an avid hunter, while she still lived at home. She fell in love with the loving, gentle nature of the breed and their love of birds. Some girls like diamonds and pearls, some like bird dogs.

Diana and Kid

Diana pictured above with Kid and some of his many awards.

The first Brittany in Renegade Kennels was Kubitz’s Patchwork Dandy. He was 23½ inches tall and weighed 65 pounds. Like most newcomers to the breed, they had never heard of a “breed standard”. When they went out to purchase a girlfriend for Patches, the breeders of the small puppy bitch they bought soon educated them about the “Brittany Standard”.
Ch. Prince Valiant’s Zorra or “Dawn” as they called her came to be live at Renegade Kennels to be Patches’ new friend, but ended up being a show champion and bred to a soon to be national champion instead, NFC/DC/AFC Cinnabar Ami Roc De Edwards. Her breeders soon let it be known, in no uncertain terms, that this lovely young bitch out of the number one show dog in the country, Ch Jacques Prince Valiant, could not be bred to an oversized male. Dawn was bred to Roc twice and was the foundation bitch of Renegade Brittany Kennels.
When Dawn was a pup she had been futurity nominated by the Humphrey’s, but Gary and Diana were discouraged by the field trialers in their club to run her in field trials. Since her Dad was the number one show dog in the country and she was small, they figured she could never run in a trial. She was as magnificent a birddog as her oversized field bred housemate. One day one of the field folks saw Dawn at a fun trial and pronounced her fit to be trialed. She won second place ribbons and placed often in trials, but the prized blue ribbon eluded her. She did however; educate the Kubitz’s in the ways of the field trial world.

Renegade Dog

Bob and Curtis Humphrey soon sold Gary and Diana their third Britt , Ch. Bocu’s Kentucky Renegade. “Tuck” was a half brother to Ch Jacques Prince Valiant and he finished his championship quickly, beating Dawn by a few months. He was known as that “Renegade Dog,” so the Kubitz’s took Renegade as their kennel name. Tuck decided he didn’t like field trials at a young age when a brace mate tried to fight at the break away, but he was a wonderful hunter and sired wonderful birddogs.
Gary’s philosophy has always been that it doesn’t cost anymore to feed a good looking dog than an ugly one, so the Kubitz’s decided early on in their breeding career to breed for “dual dogs.” They wanted dogs that could compete in the show ring and the field trial, as well as please any hunter and still be a great family pet. They felt that having a wonderful temperament and being a superior birddog took precedence over everything else. Being able to show or trial a dog was just icing on the cake.

Dual Showing

At that time Gary concentrated on the field, but could be called into duty in the show ring when necessary. Diana concentrated on showing the dogs and eventually showed dogs for other people as well. Her main goal was to take field dogs that had good conformation to the show ring to accomplish the “dual” title. As well as finishing her own dogs, she finished such notable Dual Champions as 2XNGDC/DC/AFC Magnum’s Masked Man (Slash) owned by Jerry McCoy and DC/AFC Masked Shoshoni War Chief (Chief) owned by the Windoms. It was a big thrill to take the seven year old Slash into the ring for the first time and find out that he loved it. He finished his show championship in seven weeks, taking a Sporting Group II in the process.

NAC/DC/AFC Renegade's Kansas Kid, Hall of Fame

NAC/DC/AFC Renegades Kansas Kid, Hall of Fame

Diana was asked to be the show chairman at the American Brittany National Specialty in Ardmore , Oklahoma in 1979. Gary and Diana made their first trip to the nationals that year and were thrilled to meet all the people they had read about in books and in the Brittany magazine. Those friendships have lasted a lifetime. One of those first friends was Lyle Johnson. Lyle was a professional handler and the only one to offer Gary a horse so he could really see what was going on at the national championship. Eventually Lyle asked Diana to show FC/AFC R-Lucky Brandy Bazooka. He too was seven, but showed his age and Diana was unable to finish him, but the Kubitz’s fell in love with Brandy. At a subsequent nationals Lyle told Diana that he was going to breed Brandy to FC Prince’s White Tail. Lyle showed her at the national’s specialty that year and Gary fell in love with her. Diana immediately ordered a puppy and at nine weeks of age Renegade’s Kansas Kid came to live at Renegade Kennels.

A Life Changer

Between Gary and Lyle Johnson, Kid managed to finish his field championship and after a bout with Actinomycosis, Diana finished his show championship three weeks after he completed his field title at the Nebraska club’s specialty show, a dual in every sense of the word. Kid changed their lives forever and their breeding program. 1992 Diana handled Kid to his National Amateur Championship, to become the first woman in twenty five years and the fourth woman in the history of the American Brittany Club to win this title.
Kid was used heavily for stud. His good looks and his bird ability coupled with his OFA excellent rating made him a good choice for many of the country’s breeders. Everyone soon found out that he possessed another quality that most stud dogs just didn’t have, he could reproduce himself. You could spot a dog out of Kid across a field or a crowded parking lot. His mahogany and white color attracted your eye immediately.
Kid had a long and successful career with a multitude of handlers; Lyle Johnson, Francis Classen, Bob Burchett, Dave Lincoln and of course his mom and dad, Gary and Diana. You just had to ride along and be there when he went on point to flush his birds and find birds he did. From one end of the country to the other he amazed and thrilled on-lookers with his unbelievable nose and natural talents. Kid was retired from his field career at 10 years of age (just shy of eleven) with a final performance at the national championship. After he won the National Amateur in 1992, his owner and handler took him to Reno , Nevada to compete in the Chukar Classic. Kid had never seen Chukar before or high desert. He came away with a third place; not bad for an old man. We lost Kid at age 14 and three weeks. His last litter was born two weeks after his death.
It wasn’t only Gary and Diana that thought Kid left his mark on the Brittany world. Shortly after his death he was nominated for the American Brittany Club Hall of Fame. NAC/DC/AFC Renegade’s Kansas Kid, Hall of Fame.

Here’s Trouble!

When you’ve had a really great dog, it’s hard to continue when you lose them. Fortunately for Gary and Diana, FC/AFC Renegade’s Double Trouble was in their lives waiting in the wings to be a star. Trouble won the ABC Pheasant Classic at just two years of age and had his grandfather’s bird ability as well as his dad NFC/DC/AFC Aux Arc Mark. Trouble’s mom was DC/AFC CF Double Brandy Kid and one of Kid’s most notable daughters. Trouble was delivered into the hands of trainer Bob Youngs at age five and they began a love affair that lasted until Trouble’s untimely death at age 9. Trouble was bred sparingly, but produced wonderful pups that are being used in the Renegade line today.
Gary and Diana continue to breed dogs, compete in trials and shows and keep the “dual” dream alive and well in their kennels. With all the accomplishments and ribbons they have received with their dogs, the best rewards are the photos the hunters send each bird season with that Renegade they own, their limit of birds and a big smile on their faces.

The Future of Renegade Kennels

Diana and Ashlee

Diana pictured above with Ashlee Whitcomb showing T.

Gary & Diana are older now, as are their horses, so field trialing is a little more limited. Through the years Gary and Diana have made many lifelong friends among their puppy families. The Whitcombs and the Kubitz’s adopted one another and with that friendship there were many benefits. Diana has taken their young daughter, Ashlee, under her wing. Ashlee and Diana co-own several of the Renegade Brittanys, and Ashlee works very hard at showing and junior showmanship. She is the future of Renegade Kennels – where the dream of dual champions will never die.

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