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About Sun Country Bretons-Home of AKC Master Hunters
Since 1995 we have been proud owners of Epagneul Bretons, AKA French Brittanys and producing dogs for the foot hunter as well as family companions. 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. We don't just claim to have good dogs, 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
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Training, Stud Services
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Don and Linda Rice
28015 N 144th Dr
Surprise, Arizona 85387
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 16 years.
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Submitted by: ID on Nov 29, 2015
Hi guys

Thought that we should give you an update on how Belle is doing this season. In short: impressive. Although her youth and lack of experience do show at times, this little gal has an innate composure on birds that is impressive. This morning is an example. I am housebound with a litter of 5 day old setter pups so Mike and Belle went hunting alone. Mike could see that Belle was trailing and when he approached her staunch point, turkeys began flushing all around them. Belle stayed on point until the one right in front of her flushed. Mike dropped it w his little 28. Mike had marked where the turkeys flew and later she again pointed and he dropped a 2nd turkey over her. She pointed 3 more turkeys but he had only 2 tags so let them go. A bit later she pointed and only a single quail flushed. Mike thought he missed cleanly but they continued up that draw. A bit later, there comes Belle from up the draw with that quail in her mouth. She also pointed a covey of quail.

This morning is quite typical for Belle. What young dog doesn't go berzerk over turkeys flushing around them?! Her composure on point is like that of a veteran dog, not a youngster and she has shown it since day 1. She has a heck of a nose and is learning how to trail quite well. She has a natural caution in trailing and she rarely causes a bird to flush. We have seen her relocating so slow and low to the ground in open cover that she almost looks like she is crawling, all in an effort to not cause the birds to bust. She backs well and her retrieve is pretty good. She ranges out quite a ways but has learned to check back in. All of this with zero training from us - we just take her hunting.

I know this sounds pretty glowing but it is true. We are curious if this type of composure is something you would say is typical of your breedings? Her style is quite different than our other FBs - they are more hard charging and aggressive in their point - still highly effective, just different than Belle.

Thank you for this little bird dog, you should be proud of her. She is a good one and has especially stolen Mike's heart. He calls her "Sugar Belle".

Submitted by: Nancy on Nov 19, 2015
We had bought one of your puppies three years ago and we would like to get another one when you have a new litter. Our Gabbi is just beyond WONDERFUL!! He loves to hunt with Floyd and is very good at it. He knows the difference between hunting and being a spoiled family pet at home. We LOVE him so much!! A big THANKS for letting us have one of your puppies.
Nancy & Floyd

Submitted by: Travis on Nov 11, 2015
Hi Don and Linda,
Travis and I got our beloved dog Hawk (Ellie's brother) from you about 6 years ago. We were talking recently about what a great dog Hawk is and thought it would be nice to let you guys know that.

He is the smartest dog I have ever known and an EXCELLENT hunter! We have had so many amazing bird hunting experiences with him. We are so bonded to him and he is to us.

We couldn't have hoped for a better bird, family, companion dog. We look forward to more fun adventures with him!

Courtney and Travis Bruner
Submitted by: Lynn D on Jul 29, 2015
Good morning! I hope that all is well with you and your crew. I know that this is a hot time of year for you folks as well as here so perhaps it is a quiet time for you also. Belle continues to be a wonderful gal. It's interesting - at just about 18 months of age her ribs sprung and she filled out and she went from being a lean teenager to being nicely bodied out. After such a precocious puppy season we are anxious to see what she does this fall - we think that she will continue to impress but we are also experienced enough to know that she may also have some wild-child 2 yr old days. We will keep you informed but want you to know that we love her and are very happy with her.
Submitted by: Courtney on Jun 17, 2015
Hi Don and Linda,

Travis and I got our beloved dog Hawk (Ellie's brother) from you about 6 years ago. We were talking recently about what a great dog Hawk is and thought it would be nice to let you guys know that.

He is the smartest dog I have ever known and an EXCELLENT hunter! We have had so many amazing bird hunting experiences with him. We are so bonded to him and he is to us.

We couldn't have hoped for a better bird, family, companion dog. We look forward to more fun adventures with him!

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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