Establlished in 1984, Oahe Kennels is located in Menoken North Dakota and owned and operated by Tom Ness. In the mid-seventies, Tom began training hunting dogs after he purchased his first field bred English Springer Spaniel named Fanny. Soon after, Tom graduated from the University of North Dakota and moved to Wyoming. Tom, having been bitten by the dog training bug, became involved in Spaniel Field Trials in Wyoming and Colorado. He started training professionally in the early 1980's while living in Colorado.

In 1984, Tom moved his family back to North Dakota and established Oahe Kennels. After recovering from a near fatal hunting accident, Tom bought a farm south of Menoken, North Dakota in 1994 and began training dogs and guiding full time. Oahe Kennels has trained hundreds of gun dogs of all breeds, specializing in Spaniels and Retrievers.

Oahe Kennels has Cocker, Springer and Lab puppies as well as started and trained dogs available. All the dogs in our breeding program are selected for temperament, soundness, natural retrieving ability and drive. In addition to being excellent hunting dogs, Oahe dogs are also great household pets.


Tom was inducted into the Bird Dog and Field Trial Hall of Fame for Cockers in February of 2020!

Oahe Golden Nugget “Nugget” handled by Tom Ness.
Finished 2nd in the
2020 National Field Trial Championship!

American Kennel Club Breeder Of The
Year 2017 for Spaniel Field Events

Photo taken by Christina Power













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