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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

Submitted by: bob claesgens on Feb 08, 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: Aaron on Feb 04, 2014
Hey Don and Linda!

I wanted to give you a 1 week update.

Ivy is doing wonderful! She is sleeping in her kennel at night, only going to the bathroom 3 times during the night. During the day she's not the biggest fan of the kennel, were working with her on that. She is almost potty trained, down to one or no accidents in the house a day the past couple of days. I took her yesterday to my Vet for her second shots, my vet was very pleased with her! I have been working with her on "Come" which she has down pretty good so far and have been having her fetch a bumper with quail wings tied to it. She retrieves well but at first was hesitant with giving the bumper, now she understands she gets a treat after the retrieve and gives the bumper up immediately after the "Give" command! She is showing signs of her intelligence which is blowing me away already! Thank you guys for everything, I will be wanting a male from you in the next couple of years!

Aaron
Submitted by: Starla on Feb 04, 2014
One year ago, we picked up this awesome pup! Stella sure has brought a lot of happiness to our home!!! Thank you Sun Country Bretons!

Starla
Submitted by: Ross on Jan 04, 2014
Dear Don and Linda,

Happy holidays. I just saw the pictures of Corey and Ellie's new litter. Five new owners will be very happy!
Hallie(Katie) is progressing nicely. Attached is a picture of us with chuckers from the East Mojave. She is so tiny (actually perfect sized) that I have her wear a bell, so I can find her in heavy cover!
She has great hunting drive, and an excellent nose, steady to point, and a "here" keeps her close and quartering. My hunting buddies have nicknamed her "the rocket".
Most of all, I like her disposition.. What a sweetheart. I am so happy to have one of your dogs. Best to you both and Happy New Year.

Ross
Submitted by: Dick on Oct 21, 2013
Don
I did take both dogs out Saturday in an area that I knew didn't have cactus and might have a birds in it, let them run and hunt, Hooper has the drive and the nose just like his older sis. He will be a dandy some day. But you will see that in March when he goes to school.
Took Gigi out this last Sunday, she is my little bird dog, it was hot, she had to wear a vest and boots, lots of cactus, single birds, the brush was thick , six solid points, three dead birds found by her, one really nice retrieve, .She was beat when we were finished, I am very proud of my pet that happens to like to hunt birds. Not bad for the last pick of the litter, I can only imagine how her siblings hunt!
Best Regards
Dick B
Submitted by: Carolyn Y. on Sep 08, 2013
Hey Don and Linda!!!

We just wanted to check in and see how you guys are doing? We are doing well and running around like crazy's! Seb is going to dove open this weekend and Jack is sad that he can't go. We know he knows Seb is getting ready to go as all the stuff comes out!!! He is so awesome. We took him out to work him at a field two weeks ago and he did soooooooooo well. He is really excelling and having a blast doing it! As far as him and Audrey, they are just loving each other! They actually play together, were Jack play bows her with a toy in his mouth and shakes it. Then Audrey shakes her head and runs. He chases her being ever so careful to not run her down and to dodge her so he doesn't knock her over! Its really cute. Plus if he barks at her she barks back!!! Anyway we just thought we would share a pic with you guys of these two! Thanks again for an amazing dog and friend for us as well as Audrey!

The Yardimians

Submitted by: Seth on Aug 07, 2013
Don, You can use my comments or even give out my information if someone wants to talk directly to some. I want more people to see the joy in these little dogs. I think they are the most under rated bird dog out there and itís a fair argument that you have one of the best lines. I have seen Rosie and Gunner both work in the field and they both hunt every bit as hard and big as most shorthairs. The only big difference is they are 10 times better the house dog. I also really loved the way you and Linda were in this whole process so in way too many words any way I can help I will.

Seth
Submitted by: Eli on Jun 18, 2013
Hello Don and Linda,

Scout is doing really well. He is smart and playful and sweet. He has a fairly strong grasp of all the basic obedience commands as well as some tricks. We have not yet started any hunting specific training, but he has a very strong natural point and is awfully "birdy," and is exceptionally fast and agile. He loves people and dogs and is great with small children. We still have some work ahead of us; he can be a bit obstinate when he gets excited, though he is doing great considering he is only six months old.

I hope everything is going great with holly and your other dogs and with you!

Eli and Kali

Submitted by: Dean on Jun 18, 2013
Hi Linda and Don,
Sorry we haven't sent you any pictures of Kaydee (Hydee). She's a great dog and keeps us plenty busy. Kaydee just graduated from her second obedience class and was almost the star of the class. She's very outgoing, loves other animals (dogs and cats) and people, she would have been the star if she didn't greet everyone but that was ok by us. We've taken her to the Ocean, camping at several different places and my hunting area in Yakima WA. Here's a few pictures of her, we really like the heart shaped white marking on her side. She even gets the news paper for me, you can see by one of the pictures.

Thanks for such a great dog.


Dean and Karen
Submitted by: Dick B on May 02, 2013
Its not to often that i can get Gigi to sit still for more then a second. But this morning she sat in this chair, like she was a princess. Thought you and Linda would enjoy what we get to be with everyday. I am so thankful that Rosie delivered an extra puppy that year,that was just for me. She is a one of a kind. But than again so is our Hooper.

Submitted by: Seb and Carolyn Yardimian on Feb 19, 2013
Don and Linda Rice of Sun Country Bretons are amazing breeders. Their love and passion for their own dogs, the breed itself, and all the litters they have had, is seen through their open communication and their involvement in Brittany clubs and hunting activities. In addition to providing lovable companions, Don also offers field training from the beginning stages to the end. He is an exceptional trainer not only because he knows the Brittany so well, but also because he knows the process of training and when to advance or slow down a dogs progression. We sent our 16 month old, Jack Jack, back to Arizona for training with Don and it was the best thing we ever did. Because of our work schedules and young daughter we were not able to put in the time to focus on what Jack needed. Don had been giving us tips from the beginning, but having Jack go and work with him, gave him the good solid base and we were able to take him home and progress him. Throughout the time Jack was with Don and Linda we received weekly updates and pictures telling us how he was doing and what stage he was at. They welcome and are open to random calls, questions and emails, which made us feel involved and have a better understanding of training. They encourage their owners to visit and go out on the field for instruction and involvement in the training process. Jack came home with respect for other dogs on the field, respect to point, point, holding point, hold to shot and a stronger drive! We have to drag him off the hunting fields now!! We took Jack home prior to full completion because one we missed him and two Don gave us the knowledge and the encouragement that we could finish his training on our own. Since Jack has been home my wife and I have been taking Jack out for pheasant hunting and he is doing exceptional! Not only is he loving it but we are enjoying working on retrieving and continuing his good hunting habits. Don offered us a way to get on the fields faster and enjoy our amazing bird dog sooner! Thank you both Don and Linda for our new adventures with Jack Jack and for loving on him as much as we do while he was with you!! We highly recommend Don and Linda as breeders and trainers!!!

Happy Hunting
Seb, Carolyn, Audrey, and Jack-Jack Yardimian

Submitted by: Todd on Jan 16, 2013
Don & Linda,

We thought you might enjoy some photos of Gila from this hunting season! She was exposed to lots of birds and did a great job working the birds and being steady on point. Gila is an excellent retriever...she has always loved to retrieve dummys and toys, even in the water. She isn't as crazy about retrieving a bird at this point, but we don't think it will take her long to pick that up. There were also times this season where she was able to show her backing skills and she did an awesome job with that as well. We are really impressed with her in the field!

Happy New Year,
Todd & Kaylen
Submitted by: Allie on Dec 01, 2012
Don and Linda,

I wanted to send you updated pictures of Huck! He is a total gem and a cuddle bug. I could not have asked for a better pup. He listens and well is just to cute for words, great expressions. He has his flaws like he still loves water and puts his whole face in the water bowl when drinking and whimpers when I leave for work daily but he loves when I come home to play! I am so glad I waited, Huck was well worth the wait.

We are working in the field and he is a natural backer to Beaux my dads 7 year old French Brit. He has a great nose on him as well.

Hope all is well with you and here are the long over due photos.

Allie


Submitted by: Dick B on Oct 31, 2012
Don
My son David and I also walk along ways, steep and rocky just for two birds, but I can't believe how Gig never gave up looking for birds, when we finally located a small bunch running up a cliff. She let us know we had birds in front by switching into her hyper bird mode. I am not a dog trainer so what ability she has out in the field comes naturally it has not been taught to her. I think she is amazing, I have said this in the past but if Gig was last pick I can only wonder what the other owners are saying about her brothers and sisters.
Dick B
Submitted by: Yvonne on Oct 08, 2012
Don and Linda,

We are beginning to get settled in our new home and area, but do not have any photos to send of Hope yet. Will try to get some.
She has been such a joy as a puppy, although a bit hard to house break. She has a wonderful personality. She likes to please, is smart, very birdy (anything that flies actually) and learns quickly. Hope has lots of energy, at times it overflows, but she can be quiet and settled after her exercise. We have had a lot of flies this summer and she loves to point the flies that invade the house.
We are really attached to her and have high hopes for her as a bird dog.
Yvonne & Donovan
Submitted by: Ross on Oct 08, 2012
Don and Linda - It's about time we sent you an update on Katie (Hallie)! She's about 27 lbs. and 18" at the shoulder now. I have been working on her "whoa" command(as well as the basics) and live pigeons. She's pointing sometimes strong and sometimes weak(which is usually at a good distance). I think she's got a good nose, just doesn't trust it yet. She has a calm, friendly disposition - except for some puppy crazies occasionally- to be expected!

She's not gun shy - we used a starter pistol and shot pigeons over her 2 weeks ago. She even retrieved a live one without killing it.

This weekend she will get snake trained and once it cools down, we will introduce her to quail and chukar. We will update you on that. Let me know if you have any suggestions or thoughts.

She's a beautiful pup - thanks for sharing!
Ross
Submitted by: Bob on Oct 08, 2012
Don,
Gunner took first place in The Arizona Pointing Dog Club championship last weekend! He competed against 26 other dogs over the year in his class and came out on top at the championship trial. I'm so proud of him! He is such a joy, always eager to please and a real sweetie around the house... Thanks again for a great pup!
Bob

Submitted by: Bob on Oct 08, 2012
Don,
Gunner took first place in The Arizona Pointing Dog Club championship last weekend! He competed against 26 other dogs over the year in his class and came out on top at the championship trial. I'm so proud of him! He is such a joy, always eager to please and a real sweetie around the house... Thanks again for a great pup!
Bob

Submitted by: Janine on Jun 26, 2012
Just thought we would drop you a note. Katie(Hallie) is a great puppy! She is a handful! She is so confident and well-adjusted, we can only attribute it to your breeding and early care. We started puppy training and it's going well.Hope you're having a good summer. Thanks for everything.
Submitted by: Bob Claesgens on Jan 09, 2012
I spent a lot of time researching dogs and breeders and did extremely well with Sun Country Bretons. My pup Gunner is now 8 months old, and has exceeded my expections in every way. He is great around the house and progressing to the point that my lack of shooting skills is holding him back in the field. Having visited SCB several times, it is obvious that Don and Linda are passionate about the breed. Their dogs are world-class and proven hunters. Don and Linda give a lot of time and attention to training and socializing their dogs that would not be possible with a higher volume breeder. They made the process of selecting and training a puppy easy. Don and Linda are great people to deal with and I am hoping to purchase a second puppy from them once Gunner is fully trained.
Submitted by: Tad & Missy Lane on Jan 02, 2012
Our experience with Don and Linda at Sun Country Bretons has been exceptional!! We purchased our little male from the 2 1/2 years ago and we absolutely LOVE our "Gus". First and for most, he is the most adorable and wonderful companion. He makes the perfect house pet and is so friendly with other dogs and loves everyone he meets. Secondly, his hunting ability is amazing. From the very beginning you could see his natural talents in the field. He can go all day long and can run side by side big running German Shorthairs, but with his small size is much more agile. We could not be happier with this little guy. . .
Submitted by: Chris and Suzi Smith on Dec 30, 2011
We purchased our French Brittany, Gabby (now Bella), from Don and Linda this past summer. The entire experience, from pre-birth kennel visit through answering our incessant questions, to final pick-up was easy, enjoyable and without flaw. Bella is a great pup, very active and great with the family. She loves heading to the field and knows that her check cord means "fun". Not only is the French Brittany an excellent upland breed, but Don and Linda are awesome breeders in every way!
Submitted by: andrew on Dec 27, 2011
Don and Linda are the nicest people you will ever get the chance to meet. Their dogs are world class, the puppies from their breeding program are what most people call " once in a lifetime" dogs. I should know I have three. Thanks to Sun Country Bretons quail hunting is fun again!
Submitted by: Tom Floren on Dec 21, 2011
Don and Linda made purchasing a puppy a worry free experience! Radar has been everything I was hoping for in a French Brittany/Epagneul Breton, extremely birdy and a wonderful family member for my wife and four young children. I will post a video of one of Radar's first training sessions which shows the type of innate characteristics their breeding has produced. Just having computer issues but will post soon. I am forever greatful and would recommend Don and Linda to anyone looking for an exceptional bird dog but mostly a great companion!!
Submitted by: Dick & Karen Baucum on Dec 20, 2011
Don and Linda at Sun Country Bretons not only breed quality dogs, they are there to anwser any qustion you may have. We purchased our French Brittney puppy in July and she has been everything they said she'd be. Gigi is very smart, loving, active and birdie.
Submitted by: Bob Moses on Dec 20, 2011
I bought a puppy from Don and Linda about 18 months ago and it was the best decision I could have made. Howie ( Frisco ) was from the second breeding of Titus and Rosie and has been the best companion I could ever want, he is a boundless ball of energy and has the best nose for both Quail and Pheasant that I have come across and is relentless in tracking them down.
Submitted by: Steve Quesenberry on Dec 19, 2011
I purchased a pup from Bella and Titus this past summer. I have only been able to hunt him a few times but he has the desire and ability to find birds in the field. He is an outstanding retriever of the shot bird and has no problem with feathers in his mouth.

Don and Linda have answered all my questions before and after purchase. If I would want another dog I would definitly go back to Sun Country Bretons.
Submitted by: Todd & Kaylen Lehner on Dec 19, 2011
Don and Linda are a great asset to the breed. Gila is now almost 8 months old and doing great. Her nose quality and hunting potential is already quite evident. She is the high quality pup that we expected from your very accomplished dogs. It is great to see breeders who truly care for the dogs and pups as much as the Rice's do. Thank you so much, and we look forward to staying in touch.
Submitted by: Floyd & Nancy Carpenter on Dec 18, 2011
Don and Linda have the best French Brittany puppies as we bought a puppy in July from them and what a nice experience in purchasing, communication is beyond great as they so care that their puppies go to good homes. I can not say enough good things about this breeder. We are so happy with our Gabbi and such a good puppy to have. He is only seven months old and has already been hunting. This breed is so smart, learns fast, loves to please you and such a lover. As you can see, we are extremely happy with our puppy and with Don and Linda as breeders.

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