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Sun Country Bretons-Home of AKC Master Hunters - Arizona Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel Breeders

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About Sun Country Bretons-Home of AKC Master Hunters
Since 1995 we have been producing dogs for the foot hunter as well as family companions and proud owners of Epagneul Bretons, also known as French Brittanys. We usually plan one or two breedings each year. Our breeding program focuses on dogs with proven natural hunting ability, proven in health ( all breeding dogs are OFA certified and test negative for the Ay gene that is responsible for the Sable coloration) and have been confirmed by a breed specialist as meeting the breed standard. Our dogs must excel in the field both on wild birds and in test and trials. All of our breeding dogs hold Master Hunter Titles or are well on their way to achieving it. In fact we have more AKC Master Hunter titled dogs than any other French Brittany Kennel in the United States. Our clients can be assured that puppies we produce come from breeding stock with champion lines, are OFA certified, proven in health, and are proven hunters both on wild birds and in competition. French Brittanys are one of the smallest pointing breeds. Their sweet and pleasing disposition and high level of intelligence make them wonderful family companions. Yet, when the guns come out they are all business! Their fantastic bird sense & drive, natural retrieving and pointing ability, and close working nature make them fantastic upland bird dogs and a joy to hunt behind.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Epagneul Breton, French Brittany Spaniel
Additional Services
Training, Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Don and Linda Rice
28015 N 144th Dr
Surprise, Arizona 85387
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 16 years.
623-583-9899
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Submitted by: Jon on Mar 29, 2015
Don update on Boulot, he's crate trained, he's used to a doggy door, is the sweetest, goofiest pup there is. He's awesome. Truly a wonderful dog. I named him Boulot (Boo-low), which is french for "tubby". The boy likes to eat .

Thanks very much Don.

Jon
Submitted by: Rick on Feb 22, 2015
Don want to tell a quick story. I'm sure you've heard many stories about how good a Brittany's nose is but there is a good one. This photos isn't staged or doctored.
I'd just shot a pheasant and Fiona was retrieving it back to me. So I got my camera out to take a picture of her with a pheasant in her mouth. Recall retrieving is her weakest skill, (cuz of me), and she'll normally bring it half way back, drops it and lays down. That picture I already sent you.
So as I'm getting ready to take the picture she drops the pheasant in her mouth and immediately goes on point at the nearby wild rose bush.
That to me that is exceptional. With one in her mouth she's able to be on to the next one!!!
Something for your clients to know.
Take care.
Rick
Submitted by: LD on Feb 09, 2015
Hi Don and Linda

Well, in a few days the bird season ends here in Kansas so I thought I would give you an update on Belle. We love her! She is going to be a great little birddog and addition to our pack. She has gotten to hunt several species this year ranging from Montana to Vermont to Kansas and has gotten many, many hours of hunting. She has legs and covers some ground - she will range out 200 yds yet checks in and keeps track of us. We are fine with that because she is incredibly staunch - once on point, we can take all the time we want to get to her, take pictures, position ourselves for the shot, etc and she will never push the birds. She will relocate on her own if they run but usually will wait until we get there to do so, yet she has so much composure on birds that in relocating she rarely bumps them. Just yesterday she pinned a covey that was in a hedgerow. they ran, she relocated them and pinned them - in an, open, over- grazed pasture. Nice move for any dog.

She retrieves nicely, especially if hunting alone. All of our dogs like to retrieve and she won't scramble with them for the privilege but we feel we can count on her when she is alone. Backing is great as well. All of this is with zero formal or official training from us, the birds and other dogs have taught her all.

She is a pretty gal, a bit leggy and gangly at this point but will fill in with time. Mike couldn't be happier with her.

So, thank you again for this wonderful little gal. Can't imagine that a year ago we hadn't even met her yet. I have attached some photos of her for you.

Cheers
Lynn Dee
Submitted by: Seth on Feb 06, 2015
Don & Linda,

I wanted to take a second and thank you guys once again for my little Sammy. Don with your guidance and help in training Sammy has turned out to be a wonderful hunting dog. She took fourth place out of twenty five in the Arizona Pointing Dog Club Hunter Class even after missing several trials last year. She has not only proven herself in the field during her two short years of life but also has proven herself as a wonderful family dog. She has became best friends with our one year old son trying to share her bones and making sure his face is always clear of food. She is a pleasure and a joy we couldn't ask for a better dog.

Seth
Submitted by: Todd on Dec 18, 2014
Don and Linda,

It's been too long since we have updated you! Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how things are going. We have now moved back to Montana. We still have all five EBs, and the bird numbers are great here. Gila is doing excellent in the field. She is now a reliable retriever, she has always naturally backed very well, and of course she holds her own birds quite well. She has an effortless stride, so she covers the ground with speed and grace. We couldn't be more happy with her.
Submitted by: Cameron on Nov 05, 2014
Fletcher did amazing on our pheasant hunt today thanks for one of the best dogs ever my wife was able to limit out on her birthday and the dog made it amazing for her and Tanner my son!

Cameron
Submitted by: Dick B on Jun 10, 2014
It takes a fine jeweler to take a piece of ruff diamond cut it, polish it, shape it to enhance the true beauty hidden within its blemish exterior. You can say the same about training dogs. You must have the knowledge, know what to correct , and what to encourage to help a hunting breed reach its full potential.
I have two dogs from the Sun Country Bretons, Gigi born May 2011, Hooper born December 2012 both Titus and Rosie puppies. Gigi is as birdie as its gets but I made a lot of training mistake which I can honestly say today she will never be as good as she has been breed to be. I had no idea how or what to do but I stumble through it with an a occasional call to Don.
Hooper has the same bird drive and character that she has. I must not be the sharpest tack in the shed, because I thought I could train Hooper like I muddle my way with Gigi. Wrong! On a hunting trip in January I notice Hooper was experiencing some anxiety when he would hear a gun shot He had never done this before. When I got back to camp called Don he gave me some very good advice. " bring him to me I can work him through it".
For the next three months Don worked with Hooper, he called me once a week to explain what the next step would be, the techniques achieving that goal for that week, last but not least how Hooper was responding to the training. When I went to pick Hooper up and bring him home Don made sure that I went to the training area and walked side by side with him as he put Hooper on birds. He was very helpful letting me know when I should correct and how I should do it. Hooper now is not gun shy at all, and has a lot of potential to be a very good hunter. Without Dons expertise I believe Hooper would never be the Gun Dog that he was breed to be. Thank you Don!.
Submitted by: Noah on Mar 27, 2014
Hi Don and Linda,

I enjoyed seeing the updated photos of Iona's sisters on Facebook. Here is a link to a post on my website of some pics and a video of Iona. Now, her bird list is up to 11 species (including Barn Owl! She is a great pup and we just adore her.

Noah
Submitted by: Robert Claesgens on Feb 10, 2014
Don

I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with Harley. You have done a great job training him! Hunting with Harley and Gunner is such a joy - they have so much fun together and Harley always has a big contagious smile. Your gentle training techniques have worked wonders - at 13 months Harley is solid and holding his own while, running with much older and more experienced dogs. My hunting buddies are constantly mistaking him for Gunner. I can't wait for trial season to start. Thanks again for another great pup!

Bob
Submitted by: Lynn Dee on Feb 09, 2014
Hi Don and Linda

Belle is doing great! She is having a ball running the house and has claimed all toys as her own. She loves Grandma (my old setter) but at this point we keep her away from the other dogs while she adjusts and grows a bit. She is already going to the door asking to go outdoors to relieve herself and at night if she cries I take her out and she quickly does her business and goes back to bed. (Her crate is in our bedroom) We were hit with a blizzard the day after we got home but Belle likes the snow - the good thing about the cold is that she quickly takes care of business and runs with me back to the door. She is bold, no - fearless, and eats like a horse, all good!

Thank you again for your hospitality and for the great pup. We love her!
Cheers
Lynn Dee and Mike

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