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Submitted by: Scott on Feb 08, 2014
Hi Steve. This is Scott Strand and I adopted Gypsy two years ago. We have been so pleased with Gypsy that we are considering adopting another.

Gypsy out hunts any dog that I have seen!


Submitted by: Derek on Jan 05, 2014
Steve,
Hi, this is Derek from Woodland, California. I have a male pup (Eli) from your Gunn/Edelweiss litter. I just wanted to let you know what a great little dog he's turning out to be. First of all he's growing like a weed, 23 pounds last week and not overweight. Everybody that see's him for the first time comments on what a handsome pup he is. He knows sit, down and is learning to heel and stay. He's a handful when it comes to energy but that should come in handy in the field.

I work in the agriculture business and Eli is able to ride in the pickup with me several times a week. He's learning to use his nose and quarter the harvested rice fields on our frequent exercise stops. He was introduced to pen raised chukars by a local trainer last week. It's obvious he has the prey drive that makes a great hunting dog. He's bird crazy!! He will start his field training with the trainer in just over a month.

Lastly, my 5 year old son Jack just loves him. Eli and Jack are quickly becoming best friends. I've attached a few pictures of Eli. Thanks for providing us with such a great dog!!

Derek

Submitted by: Don Stevens on Dec 29, 2013
Hi Steve & Cristin,
Just wanted to let you know that I'm really happy with "Gus", as he is becoming a good grouse hunter and a fine companion and thank you for the time given and questions answered when this process was in it's early stages.
Gus is a good example of your quality breeding - great nose, loves to hunt, real trainable and a great companion for all of us.
Thanks and Happy New Years,
Don,Calla & Heather Stevens
Submitted by: Danny Cob on Dec 15, 2013
Hi Steve,
I just wanted to say thank you for Dichan, he is settling right into
our home. He goes to work with me most days and everyone has grown
almost as attached as I am. I
haven't had a chance to take him out in the field yet but have no
doubt he will be a pleasure to hunt with. He minds wonderfully and
has adjusted well to his new home. Thank you again, I will keep you
updated.

Submitted by: The Kessler's on Dec 30, 2012
Steve and Cristin;

We had a great fall hunting Abby and I thought I would write to let
you know how she has progressed.

We run Abby on sharptail, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and pheasant.
She runs big enough on sharptail that you don't feel that you are
missing any ground. She tightens up in the woodcock covers and will
bust cattails after pheasants. She is solid on her points even with
running pheasants. She can hunt all day even if we can't!

The most exciting moment this fall was when she
retrieved the first woodcock I shot and that I had totally mis-
marked. Marsha told her to "fetch" and after a couple of passes she
came out of the woods with the bird. I was ecstatic.

Abby is great around the house, she is smart as a whip and has us
completely trained. She is everything that you expect a French
Brittany to be.

Thanks.

Marsha and Charlie Kessler
Houston, MN


Submitted by: The Licence's on Dec 30, 2012
Hi Steve & Cristin----an update on Gia----she has become everything we hoped for ---good pal and great hunter at only 6 months old---

A very athletic dog. She gets a walk almost everyday—usually an hour or better off leash—building muscle and stamina.

She is worth every dime we paid for her. Happy Holidays—Tim & Mary
Submitted by: Marsha and Charlie on Dec 24, 2012
Steve and Cristin;

We had a great fall hunting Abby and I thought I would write to let
you know how she has progressed.

We run Abby on sharptail, ruffed grouse and woodcock, and pheasant.
She runs big enough on sharptail that you don't feel that you are
missing any ground. She tightens up in the woodcock covers and will
bust cattails after pheasants. She is solid on her points even with
running pheasants. She can hunt all day even if we can't!

I had not taught Abby to retrieve but she showed real desire, but no
confidence, so last winter I began "force training". It did not take
long to get her confidence up and we progressed through the dummies
and shot pigeons. The most exciting moment this fall was when she
retrieved the first woodcock I shot and that I had totally mis-
marked. Marsha told her to "fetch" and after a couple of passes she
came out of the woods with the bird. I was ecstatic.

Abby is great around the house, she is smart as a whip and has us
completely trained. She is everything that you expect a French
Brittany to be.

Thanks.

Marsha and Charlie Kessler
Houston, MN


Submitted by: Diane Hewlett and Al Goodwin on Mar 05, 2012
Dear Steve and Kristen:

Tess continues to exhibit the stellar French Brittany personality and energy. She is exceptionally fit and quarters in the field and forest near our home. She points well and enjoys flushing birds when she can find them on the ground. Her temperament is exceptional and she is enjoyed by our neighbors and friends. She remains bright and is exceptionally smart.

We enjoy her so much, and again must thank you for allowing us to bring her our beloved Pacific Inland Coast in Northwest British Columbia.

Every December I remember the trip to your region and back with her in a carry on under the seat on four different airplanes. Despite hitting the first blizzard in Minneapolis and Chicago, then flying home from Chicago through Denver (where we were bumped up to First Class and sat next to Julianne Moore!), then Vancouver and on to the Kitimat Valley Airport in Terrace, I can attest to the fortitude of your pups ability to travel well.

Thanks again and glad to see your continued success as breeders. If you ever have opportunity to visit Alaska, think of us as you fly or ferry by Prince Rupert. We are three hours southeast.

Cheers,
Diane Hewlett and Al Goodwin
Submitted by: Bill & Lisa on Dec 25, 2011
Steve,

It’s been one year since my daughter and I drove to Annandale to pick up Fletcher. I wanted to let you know that he has exceeded our expectations, not only in the field but as a house pet as well.

Since our first official foray into the field in November, Fletch has displayed an unbelievable work ethic, running for hours at desired range without a break in pace. Amazing. He is a rock star in all manner of cover and returns on command without fail. And as soon as he got a nose for Pheasant, his point has come along beautifully. As an amateur hunter myself, I am thrilled to own such a naturally gifted bird dog.

Our entire family loves Fletch, and my wife is even able to look past a few dog hairs. Steve, thanks for breeding such a fine animal and taking so much time to answer my question over the past twelve months.

Enclosed find a couple of pics of my older sons with birds hunted over Fletch.

Sincerely,
Bill McDonnell
Chicago
Submitted by: Casey Schmidt on Nov 16, 2011
My wife and I have been very pleased with our experience of acquiring
our dog Frenchesca through the Broughtons. At only 10 months,
Frenchesca demonstrates a natural ability to hunt with great intensity
and to find and point birds. She retrieves grouse naturally and she
is not afraid to chase down crippled rooster pheasants that are almost
as big as she is. She is tenacious in the field and loving in our
home. This is a great breed from great bloodlines bred by thoughtful
and caring breeders.

Best wishes,
Casey
Submitted by: Todd and Sandi on Oct 20, 2011
Hi Steve and Cristin,
As I typed in the subject, I couldn't believe that it has been 6 months
since we came to pick Fausti (aka- Bodee aka- Bear) up from you! We thought
we would send you a few more recent pictures of Bodee. The one picture
might not look like much, but if you can zoom in on it- you will find Bodee
flying across a marshy type area. He LOVES water!!

Bodee's training is going well and he learns VERY quickly- natural
retriever, picks up on hand-signals, and LOVES water. His energy is
boundless, but he is also a great family dog (that's where he earned the
nickname "Bear"). He has quite the personality, ranging from a serious
hunting dog to a very silly 8-month old puppy. Every place we have taken
him, he has been a conversation piece. People are impressed with demeanor
and taken by his coloring- we are proud to teach people about this great
breed of dog.

Todd and Sandi
Submitted by: Todd and Sandi on Aug 29, 2011
Hi Steve and Cristin,

As I typed in the subject, I couldn't believe that it has been 6 months
since we came to pick Fausti (aka- Bodee aka- Bear) up from you! We thought
we would send you a few more recent pictures of Bodee. The one picture
might not look like much, but if you can zoom in on it- you will find Bodee
flying across a marshy type area. He LOVES water!!

Bodee's training is going well and he learns VERY quickly- natural
retriever, picks up on hand-signals, and LOVES water. His energy is
boundless, but he is also a great family dog (that's where he earned the
nickname "Bear"). He has quite the personality, ranging from a serious
hunting dog to a very silly 8-month old puppy. Every place we have taken
him, he has been a conversation piece. People are impressed with demeanor
and taken by his coloring- we are proud to teach people about this great
breed of dog.

Todd and Sandi

Submitted by: David Garlow on Feb 23, 2011
I wanted to give you an update on how the puppy we got from you last year is doing. She has gone through her first hunting season. And done very well. She has had a great instinct for birds from her first time out. She is my first pointer and I was worried about what I would have to teach her so I worked with a trainer. We taught her the basic commands of come, whoa, hup and that is about it. She knew what to do from there.

She was never gun shy, or scared of birds. I was afraid that she would be timid because of her sex, but nothing can be further from the truth. When it comes to birds she is as confident and bold as any dog out there.

At home we could not ask for a better dog. I'm sure you don't remember, but you told us she loved people and was the first one to come when she heard people. Well that has continued, she loves people. She has turned into the sweetest dog ever. My wife was not excited about a new dog coming. Now I am sure she would get rid of me before the dog. My daughter and her are best friends.

I have attached some pictures of her. Most were taken last weekend at a preserve hunt. Once again I want to say what an outstanding dog she is in both the home and field. I believe that comes from solid breeding.
Thanks,
David Garlow

Submitted by: Valerio on Oct 10, 2010
Good afternoon,

I also have a Breton orange and honey-colored eyes, is now 8 years old but is my best friend. Although it is getting old and somewhat deaf continues to be an optimal hunting dog. It's spectacular to see him stop and a partridge is also excellent hunting for rabbits. Although not a pure-bred, being a descendant of Breton and setter, can have the best of each breed. I love to hunt with him.
Submitted by: Jim Flamming on Oct 07, 2010
Hi Steve!

Been a while since we last touched bases, but had to give you an update on how Mackinac (registered name is Fielder) is doing. Have been working with him on my own, working on basic commands and taking him out to a pheasant farm where I bought a membership this year. Took him out on planted birds a couple times so far and on our last trip, Mack just blew me away! Pointed planted birds on scent (from as much as 40 feet away), whoa'd on command stone still and remained steady to wing. Never flinched at all at the sound of the gun, I don't think he even notices it. He was just all business and seemed like a total natural. We eventually went into some real tall grass to chase some birds and while Mack was in way over his head, you couldn't convince him of that. He had a ball, pointing at scent trails along the way and bounding to and fro through the tall grass with all his might. For a 5-1/2 month old pup, I just couldn't be more happy! He has settled into the house well and his vet says he is growing and developing just perfectly. Thanks for everything Steve. Can't wait to see him continue to grow and develop.

Best Regards,

Jim and Heidi Flamming

Submitted by: Nathan Kent on Sep 18, 2010
Steve & Cristin,
Hi we thought we would just give you a quick update on Fyuree. Her orange really came out in her face and spots on legs. She is doing great in her training and we are very impressed with her natural instinct to hunt. We have had her out hunting 3 times now, twice to hunting preserves and once looking for wild grouse. The first time out was a trip to a hunting preserve to get her around birds and to get her used to the gun. She enjoyed finding the planted birds and scaring them up and I don’t even think she knew the gun was there she was having so much fun. Towards the end of that trip she was pointing birds and waiting for me to kick them up. The second trip was out for wild grouse, we never found any birds but it wasn’t for a lack of trying, she did find feathers and droppings though. Today we went back to a hunting preserve so I knew she would see birds. The owner planted 10 birds in three different strips of CRP before we arrived. Fyuree found all 10 birds and pointed 9 of them, we were very impressed. She also has no problem retrieving birds and most of the time dropping them at our feet. We hope to get her out plenty more this year.
Thank you for the great puppy!
Nathan & Jessica
Submitted by: Omar on Aug 22, 2010
Hello Steve,
Fagan the Orange and White Breton from you Is amazing, he is obedient and Intelligent I am really pleased with him he is just playing all the day.
Best Regards
Omar Ayub

Mexico
Submitted by: Trent & Karyn on May 20, 2010
Dear Steve & Cristin,
Thank you for all that you have done for us in bringing Encre into our family. As first time hunting dog owners, you have made the entire process easy and exciting for all of us. We greatly appreciated your willingness to let us visit your kennel/home to meet you and Encre’s parents. You didn’t hesitate to let us see for ourselves Bako and Victoria in the field! You were also very responsive to all our questions prior to making a reservation, during the breeding, and even now after we’ve had Encre home for four months. As Encre comes upon the six month mark, we are enjoying her love of the kids and her growing confidence and potential as a hunting dog. We are looking forward to getting her involved in more GNEBGDC training events, training opportunities with you, and seeing her in action this fall!
Respectively,
Trent & Karyn Luger
Submitted by: Greg on Nov 24, 2009
Hey Steve; I will mail out deposit and forms for my third French Brittany “I’m Crazy I know”. I’ve attached pics of Dakota and Danika for you to see. Both quality dogs at home and field. Your breeding speaks for itself when people observe these two work a field, on point,holding,and retrieving. Ohio hunting is all farm raised birds however during a grouse hunt in Grand Rapids MN(Pic attached) they where exceptional on a very tough bird to harvest. Both girls hunted 4-6 hours a stint displaying their stamina for such a little dog. French Brittany’s are a perfect fit me. Dakota is laid back and very meticulous while Danika is high energy wanting to be first for everything.Finally the young couple in one of the pics is my son and girlfriend who has been converted from an anti-hunter to the good side one of those birds was her first. Thanks Greg Hobbs
Submitted by: Todd and Kaylen Lehner on Jul 19, 2009
Dealing with Steve and Cristin was a pleasure. They invited us right into their home and kennel. They answered all of our questions and offered a lot of very useful advice. They are wonderful to do business with. On top of all that, they produce outstanding Epagneul Bretons from supreme quality, imported dogs. Thanks for everything you have done for us, we will continue to do business with you in the future. We recommend their kennel to anyone looking for a high quality Breton.
Submitted by: Corey on Dec 08, 2008
Duchess is doing great. She is growing fast and loves to hunt! She's got the best nose of any dog I've ever had... and the fastest wagging hinder.

Submitted by: Alfred Rude on Nov 15, 2008
We appreciate that you took the time to show us Honey working in the field. You have trained her well. And, she is a beautiful dog. Honey seems to be adjusting to her new home. She has been sleeping in Conors room. It is obvious that you have treated her well and that she comes from a good home.
Submitted by: Ralph on Sep 24, 2008
Emma is really a joy to have around. First, she just cracks me up. She is so smart and a quick study but she already knows how to twist me around her little paw. She wants to point every bird that comes into the yard and has just started paying attention to the geese that fly over the house every day.
Submitted by: Greg on Sep 17, 2008
Hey Steve, Glad to say Dakota doing very well both in health and her training. Fact is she makes me look like I know what I’m doing.
Submitted by: Shelley & Brad on Apr 08, 2008
Broughtons were wonderful to work with, and we were very pleased with the cleanliness of their setup. Our dog is extremely interested in birds, and has done very well at dog training classes. It doesn't take him long to learn...he is extremely eager to please and smart. We highly recommend Broughton's Brittanys!!
Submitted by: Linda Corbett on Dec 23, 2007
Dear Broughton's,
Hope this finds you well and happy. We are REALLY enjoying our little Molly. She is going to test hopefully out of level 2 tonight and go to level 3 at dog training school. She knows how to sit with a hand command, verbally and how to sit from a down. She knows how to lay down from a hand signal, hold for attention for 10 seconds, walk next to me for up to 10 steps, come across the room when called and the hardest for her to learn was the hand shake. She has that perfect now. It has been so much fun. As you can tell she gets little attention!?haha! Hope you get to see her sometime!
Submitted by: Dale Zwack on Oct 10, 2007
We couldn't be happier with Derby or our experience with the Broughtons. Derby at only 6 months has amazing hunting instincts and is also great in our home. She is very playful but gentle with our two kids. We often receive compliments on her appearance and behavior. We were very impressed with the whelping room the Broughtons have for the pups and we appreciated all their extra efforts in keeping the pups in such a clean environment. They are great people to work with and we would recommend them to anyone looking for a great French Brittany pup.
Submitted by: Belinda Larson on Jul 03, 2007
Just wanted to give you an update on puppy Flash/Murray. He has grown a ton
he now weighs 18 # and is doing great! Loves the lake and especially playing
with his cousin Kobe a sheltie. We get tons of compliments on how cute he
is. We start beginner puppy classes the end of July.

Submitted by: Lisa on Jul 03, 2007
Her name is "Constance du Belle" in french it means Steadfast the Beautiful, we just call her Belle cause shes such a beauty. She went to her first puppy class and was the star. Best behaved and never made a peep. She can sit, stay, lay down, come when called, and is pretty good at fetching. She is everthing we were looking for and more. Thankyou so much for all the work and attention you gave her it is paying off in spades!!

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