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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. We dont just buy a bunch of dogs, slap on a kennel name and breed a lot of pups just to make a buck! 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: Noah on Feb 04, 2019
Iona is a 5 year old Epagneul Breton. In the US, the breed is commonly known as a French Brittany. While they were originally bred to hunt small game, Brittanys are extremely versatile and excel in most all sports. Iona came to us from Sun Country Bretons. They breed fabulous hunting dogs. Iona is extremely fast and accurate in this sport and has one multiple high it trial placements.
Thanks Don and Linda

Submitted by: Dan on Dec 11, 2018
Update on Boone, he had his first point this weekend. He ran down a pheasant and pointed a scaled quail five times before I shot it for him. He had some really good points this trip. He could be a really great dog if I dont mess him up to much.

Submitted by: Scott on Nov 21, 2018
Hello Don,

Itís Scott from Reno who got Gunner on New Years. Gunner is doing awesome but Iím having a little trouble finding a good trainer. One trainer Epps Kennels comes highly recommended but they take the dog for 3 months minimum and I didnít really get a good first impression. Iím not looking to do field trials with my dog just bird hunt a few months a year. I found another trainer that uses the West/Gibbons method but wasnít sure if that was a good method with this breed. Thanks in advance for any input you can give me and for the time.

I have to say Iíve never had a dog that got so much attention, he is a very handsome boy and if I was single he would be a definite help with the ladies. Maybe that should be a selling point for you :). He got to go on several camping trips this year here he is relaxing after playing in the ocean for a couple hours.
Submitted by: Stacey on Nov 21, 2018

I hope this finds you all doing well.

We sure are loving Shadow. She has a great nose, lots of energy and just the perfect dog. She likes to take me for a walk in the morning. So I used a pinch collar to slow her down. Then I thought I might be messing her up for the training. So I went back to the harness. Curios what you think.

I am wondering when to get her set up for training. Are you up for it or should I get a hold of Todd?

Take care
Submitted by: Damon on Nov 17, 2018
Hi Don, Linda
Just got back from Nebraska, how could I have ever doubted him. I guess a switch just turned on in his brain. Day 1 he retrieved a running cripple, always liked a good dog/pheasant chase. Day 2 he was pointing (he never took to the fishing rod bird wing thing at home). Can't wait to go back, local hunting has gone way down over the last years. He's even becoming a good citizen around the house. Thank you guys so much for our new buddy.
Best, Damon
Submitted by: Greg on Nov 09, 2018
Don, Happy 1st birthday to nash aka nolan out of Titus and Josie in Bend Oregon, He has been such a wonderful dog. Rest assured he is loved. Greg
Submitted by: Ralph on Nov 08, 2018
Don and Linda,
Just writing to say hi, we bought our dog Lilly (Leila from Ellie) three years ago. I was fortunate enough to hunt with Ellie and her mom with you and Bob Clasens that year. You might remember hunting with my girl Grace a black and white French Brittany who was 12 at the time. Grace passed this year, she was a great dog and we were fortunate to have her as part of our family. Canít say enough about how much we love our little girl Lilly, she has the best temperament and disposition, you have done great things with your breeding. if you do decide to breed again in the next year we would love to get on the list. If you donít think you will be having any litters in the next year or so we would appreciate any recommendation you may be able to give us. We much prefer to wait for a ďRiceĒdog but also understand how much work you have with the litters.
Wishing you both a happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas
Ralph and Sandy Mueller
Submitted by: Seth on Jul 07, 2018
Don, Nelle took first in her second brace with AZPDC. She found and pointed 7 birds and retrieved them to hand in 25 minutes. I don't think that's too shabby for an eleven month old dog. Thank you once again for providing me with two EBs that are amazing with family and field.

Submitted by: Seth on May 23, 2018
Don, I wanted to check in with you on my progress with Sammy and force breaking. Last Monday everything just clicked for her by Tuesday when she started picking up the bumper and by last night I could set the bumper down at any reasonable distance and she would run and get it with no pressure. I switched to frozen birds this morning and had no issue getting her to take the bird from my hand at all. I don't see there being a problem with frozen birds but I am going to spend at least a week with them before switching to fresh quail.

Now that I have force broke a dog I see the difference in a true retrieve and just the prey drive fetch when I work with Nelle. She wants to break as soon as that shot goes off and get that quail hardly able to contain herself. She doesn't want to retrieve a bird unless SHE pointed it or was in the scent cone when she was backing. Then you have Sammy with the bumper standing almost bored looking at the doves flying over head or the neighbor in the street perfectly calm until I touch her and say fetch. I decided after hunting season this year Nelle should be solid and steady honoring like a champ at that point I will force break her also so I don't have these issues with her 4 years later.

I wanted to thank you once again for all that you have done for me with these dogs and not just providing me with a great blood line. You have helped give me the knowledge to train them to the level they deserve to be at. I might have lucked into getting a good dog from someone else but know for sure I wouldn't have been taught what I have.

Submitted by: Matt on May 21, 2018
Hi Don & Linda,
Leo, aka Nic, had a great 1st b-day. He is 47 lbs and have begun to train him on birdies and his nose is great, I need to work on the point thoughÖ hopefully he'll be ready for fall hunt.
He is ďfinallyĒ becoming a great dog, albeit he is very strong minded and persistent, hopefully equates well in the field.
Thank you for all,
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