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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 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
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.
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Submitted by: Kevin on Oct 24, 2016
Hi Don & Linda. Gibbs has been a great dog. He's going through the adolescence stage for temperament but has been through obedience training and is doing most of the time well. He has great hunting instincts and points birds during our walks. I've been taking him out and getting him ready for fall bird hunting in Iowa. Let me know if you need additional pictures or information. He's been a joy to have.

Submitted by: Jan on Oct 23, 2016
Here's Mia on her first hunting trip in Idaho. We couldn't be happier with this sweet dog! She is such a fun, loving, and energetic member of our family!
Submitted by: JG on Oct 21, 2016
Hi Don and Linda--

We LOVE Linus. He is curious and very smart, high energy and stubborn. His intelligence helps his catch on to new ideas quickly and he seems to be a natural learner. He is also extremely food-motivated. We just finished our first week hunting with him--we bought a 30 foot check cord and have been using it consistently in the field. He seems to have good hunting instincts and casts through cover beautifully. We are still working on getting him to lock down on point--he seems to be curious about birds and not totally get that he's supposed to point them--but he's done really well so far and has found several birds and picks up on scent and moves through the field well. He seems to love hunting and is attentive to our commands and checks back in with us frequently. We haven't taken him off the check cord yet in the field and are a little nervous that he'll try to run birds and not come when we call him which is all around our biggest challenge with his stubbornness. Around the house and as a family dog he is wonderful. He is cuddly and loves attention and sitting in our laps and he is good about settling down around the house and just lying around during down time. He responds to NO really well and we've been able to keep bad habits at bay that way.

I've attached some recent photos of Linus, and we will take some of him from the front and side and send them to you--hope this email captured the information you're looking for. Rick may have more to add. Let us know if you have any other questions. We're so happy to have Linus! How many more times do you think you'll breed Gypsy and Cory? It would be fun to have another pup from the same parents.

Thanks for being in touch,
Submitted by: Harlan on Oct 14, 2016
Don and LInda,

I would like to give you an update on our dog, Squeak. She is just about the most perfect dog we could ever imagine. As you know, Sally was reluctant to have another dog but Sally has been won over and I am now second in importance to her in our house. Squeak has won over everyone she has ever come into contact with her ebullient energy. She has broken all our rules and no one cares. Strangers make the mistake of starting to bend down to say, "good dog," and before they know it she has jumped up to kiss them with a lick on the nose. No bending necessary, if you are 6+ feet tall, she will jump up and find your nose. If you sit down, you will find her in your lap. She rests on the couch and sleeps on the bed. We have never allowed a dog to do that other than Squeak. My boys, whose wives have always vetoed a puppy, want one if it is exactly like Squeak.

Squeak has been with me on our farm on Whidbey Island, Washington since May. She is in dog heaven. She runs out the door each morning to begin her hunt. She doesn't know how to walk. She runs and leaps like a gazelle. She comes to a sudden stop when she catches sniff of a field mouse or vole and waits for it to move. I can't be with her always so after a few minutes and if she sees no movement, she will pounce, usually without success but occasionally with a vole. Her only fault is that she won't bring it to me. You may remember that Squeak would not retrieve quail either but she de-feathered them on the spot.

With all the running and hunting on the farm, she is all muscle and no fat. She has a good appetite but works it all off. She is 80% white, which is important to me. She is the perfect size. She is so happy that no one can possibly be depressed when she is around.

We will be coming to Arizona for our annual quail hunt in Globe from Jan. 12-16th, MLK weekend. If your are around, we will give you a call.
Submitted by: Jenn on Sep 21, 2016
Hi there! Just thought I'd update you on Leo. To put it shortly, we adore him. Even our six year old dog loves his new fur-brother. They are fantastic playmates! Leo is a great mix of playful and snuggly, energetic and laid back. He's adjusted seamlessly! He's so smart- he's already figured out so much about his new home. He had his second set of shots last week and weighed in at 8.3 lbs, and will go back for another round of immunizations the week after Christmas. We love our little guy!

Submitted by: Jessie on Sep 21, 2016
Thanks so much for sending the manual Don.
Linus did well on the plane ride home. He whined a little in his bag but quieted down quickly. He woke up and played for a little while during our layover and made a lot of new friends. He's adapted well to the kennel and wire crate at home as well as in the car. He's learning to play with our other two dogs and gets more confident every day. He is very trusting, has a wonderful personality, and remains a bit mischievous. As I type this he's asleep in my lap after a long day of playing in the sun and napping. I'll forward you some photos from my phone of the last few days -- we're SO happy to have him! Again, thank you.

Submitted by: DB on Aug 26, 2016
Don and Linda
I am sitting here writing you with a dog on each side of me. I wondering what I have done to deserve all this attention. I know that Gigi and Hopper aren't guard dogs but I think if they would die for me . I guess what am trying to say is you have help to create in your kennel this breed with a loving personality , that is only amplified by there willingness to hunt. Just want to say thank you.

Submitted by: Noah on Jul 18, 2016
Hi Don and Linda,

Just wanted to give you an update on Iona. She is doing great! She gets compliments everywhere we go and is very well behaved (for the most part). We are training for Nosework (detection work), and she is excelling. We competed in our first trial a few weeks ago and she placed first and second in her searches.

Submitted by: Mike on Jul 08, 2016
Hi Don and Linda,

Hope you all are doing well. Have been really busy with the fledgling produce business. But, I wanted to let you know how much I like Rip (Maddy). That is right, her call name is Rip. She is all EB, and very smart and obedient. She has attached to me very similarly to how Belle attached to me. I have attached a few newer pictures of her.

Take care,
Submitted by: Seth on Jul 08, 2016
Don, Pride sounds like an amazing dog and he looks beautiful to boot. I also like in the picture he appears to be a smaller frame dog which is something I really like. I would love to have a female from this breeding if you would please put me down and send me what I need and I will return it as soon as possible. I don't want to miss out on this because I think him and Ellie will produce something amazing.


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