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Submitted by: Dave on Jul 16, 2024
Hey Don -

Just wanted to give a little Max update!

Had him checked out by a vet and everything looks good, we are scheduled to get his next round of vaccinations this week. The vet said he had a wonderful temperament.

He has gotten into his routine and is getting used to his new surroundings. He and my other dog are getting along well and when Max gets too annoying for him we give my older one a break. I think they will have a lot of fun playing once Max is bigger.

On the training / socialization front, he has been meeting a lot of people and a few trusted dogs. He has taken to his crate really well, very few accidents in the house, all of which were my fault not moving fast enough getting him outside after a nap. What is the most impressive is how fast he picks up on training. We do little 5 minute sessions a couple times a day. He quickly figured out sit / down / heel / come. His focus and eye contact when we are doing this little amount of work is really impressive. I’ve also gotten a couple of retrieves from him :).

Hope all is well.

Submitted by: Erin on Jul 16, 2024
It was great finally meeting you both as well!
Elly did amazing yesterday on the journey to Reno.
I was impressed at how easy going she was with everything.
We have been so excited to finally have her home.
The kids keep telling me they feel like they are living in a dream.
Elly was well worth the wait and we are all smitten.
Submitted by: Kathy on Jun 02, 2023
After three months of training Scoundrel was ready to hit the trail He pointed like crazy, listened very well, acknowledged but ignored others on the trail. Someone from Southwest club recommended Steve Epps and I truly appreciate the recommendation. My boy is more amazing than before. Thank you guys for breeding such a fantastic adventure partner.
Submitted by: Carter on Mar 09, 2023
Hi Don, Some photos and videos for you guys. She’s an incredible dog! Great temperament in the house, great bird drive in the field. Whole family loves her. Couldn’t be happier.

Submitted by: Michael on Jan 08, 2023
Just got back from my first hunt with Cici since she's been trained. Merns are so much fun to hunt. She did great. Makes me want to get a second dog! She found so many more birds than I could shoot. I need to get to the range.

- Michael
Submitted by: Bobby on Jan 08, 2023
Hey Don and Linda,

Thank you for the update on the kennel. Erin and I love hearing what is going on at Sage's family home. :)

We are in Kansas these days, spent time in Wyoming for grouse opener, some sharptail in Nebraska, and now quail (maybe Pheasant on tomorrow!) in Kansas.

Attached are a couple of pictures of Sage and her work (hope the email is not too big! HA! We are on Starlink).

We love her more every day.
Cheers from the road!

Bobby, Erin, and Sage
Submitted by: Mario on Nov 21, 2022
Don, here is Drummer on her first chucker hunt this last weekend. She did a great job overall for a ten month old pup.
Submitted by: Hart on Nov 16, 2022
Dear Linda,
My name is Howard I currently am still hunting a 12 year old pup sired by Titus and Bella Rose.
Fallon is still hunting well, one of the best we have ever had, but, she is limited to a half day hunt when she goes. In fact she went this morning and pointed two birds. One of which I missed, pulled trigger and click, and one of which my daughter bagged.
I am now in the need of another pup. I would like to sign up for a female puppy from Penny and Teddy.
If you have space available for me, please let me know. I will be happy to send you a deposit.

Submitted by: Dave on May 12, 2022
Good morning Don/Linda,

Sarge is doing great and is a heck of a bird dog. Now that he’s older we’re looking to get him a brother. Just wanted to throw my hat in the ring for any upcoming litters. While I know puppy color can’t be controlled my wife REALLY wants a tricolor male. Let me know if this email will suffice to get a place in line or if I have to fill out an app again.

Take care,

Submitted by: Michael on May 12, 2022
Don and Linda,
I thought you might like to know that Cici passed her Navhda Natural Abilities test in April. It was a challenging day. Very dry, little grass, and windy, all of which made the tracks challenging. A number of dogs didn't pass that day. Here is a photo of a hard point she made on her first bird. She'd doing great. We're now working on retrieve training.

All the best,
Submitted by: Michael on Oct 25, 2021
Don and Linda,
We just wanted to say hi and convey how great Cici ( Sweet Pea) has been so far. She's been to a number of Navhda events so far, points well and loves to do water retrieves (see the photo from our hike today). She also really has a knack for tracking and is a real sweet heart. Anyway, thanks again.
I hope you're both doing well.

- Michael
Submitted by: Steven on Oct 25, 2021
Hi Don and Linda, Hope all is well. Just wanted to share some news about Scout. I took Scout quail hunting! He is a good little partner. We have taken him twice. No luck the first hunt, but yesterday we did get into some birds and Scout was high as a kite. I wounded a quail and Scout happily found it for me. Not only did he find it for me but he also chased it down. This quail still had a lot of life and took off running. Scout was on it in a flash and snatched it right up. It peeped and squeak in his mouth but he put a quick end to it. ????. Boy did he have a lot of fire after that!
Submitted by: Greg on Sep 23, 2021
Don and Linda, here is a pic of Nash who was out of Titus and Josie in 2017. We had Oregon Sage Grouse permits this year and he did great. Man I love this dog! Off to Wyoming for antelope and he is going with me so we will try to hunt sharp tails and Huns also.

Submitted by: Gordon on Jun 23, 2021
Hi Don and Linda,

Wanted to send a quick update on Ralphie (call name Ludo). He's been a wonderful buddy through this crazy year, and we are so glad he's ours. Working with him on training was a great way to pass the many months at home. He's great with other dogs and people, and has such a great and funny personality!

He attended a 4-week winter camp in February, outside of Tucson and has been in North Dakota at camp since mid-April. For both camps he's been with my father-in-law's setter, Corbett who is about 9 months older. We are excited to finally have him home with us in a few short weeks.

Greg Fryar, the trainer that we are working with, is not one to sugar coat or be particularly effusive about dogs who don't earn it but sent a text update a few weeks ago "Holy crap Ludo's turning into a nice dog. He's really got it going on". We're looking forward to seeing him in action! Gord and his dad are hoping to sneak in a few hunting trips nearby before it gets too hot for the summer.

Attaching a few photos we've received from camp below. He has the kennel next to Corbett, and the two of them are great buddies.

Thanks again! Hope you are keeping well. We enjoy your updates on Facebook.
Submitted by: Dave on Jun 10, 2021
Hello Don/Linda

Just wanted to let you know what all has gone on. It appears he had a nasty uti that took more than one dose of meds to cure. Thankfully now he is MUCH improved and loving life! He is super smart and takes to training with ease. This past week I started letting him run around and find birds. He busted the first two pigeons and chased but since then he has held to flush and has let me kill birds for him. Impressed the heck out of everyone watching considering he’s just shy of four months (he will sit on point so if you have any tips for that please let me know!).

I’m sure glad that guy in California gave him back! Attached is a picture of how he likes to spend his day when not being a crazy puppy (he’s not spoiled by the way).

Submitted by: Steven on May 23, 2021
Hi Don & Linda,

Scout is doing great e is doing great aside from pee accidents, and sleeping through the night. ????
He is very good natured - playful, affectionate, smart, and confident with new experiences and friends. He is getting used to walking on a leash and has been on a few outings. He has met lots of people, young and old, men and women and is so friendly. He was also introduced to an older dog of a friend of ours and could not have been a more well mannered. He is also so so smart he makes me look like I know what I’m doing. You must have worked with him some. He has mastered sit, come, let’s go, and is very good at “leave it”, aside from my Guava tree ;), “fetch”, and down. He already has a favorite poop area in the backyard, that I could not have chosen better. When he’s done I praise him and he comes bounding to me to celebrate. So funny! You all got him off to a great start. Thanks so much!
Submitted by: Michael on Apr 23, 2021
Linda and Don,
This dog is great. She's the sweetest thing and after just 36 hours with us she comes right when I call. I just wanted to say thanks again. If you ever need a references/testimonial for a website or something, just let me know.
Submitted by: Greg on Feb 17, 2021
I was going over emails and I found that my ipad never sent this email out last year. Sorry about that. This Greg Love from Bend oregon I have Nash who was out of TiTus and Joise I think 2017 litter

He had a great season we got a bunch of quail and a fair number of chukars and ring necks. He is really coming into his own. He is a great dog and we could not be happier.
I still have the two old labs but once we have to say goodbye to them I will getting in line for a pup from you.

I hope all is well and that everyone is staying healthy.

Below message was written last year.

I am so sorry for not getting back to you. I changed my email and do not check this one often the new one is my cell is 541 306 8787. Feel free to give my contact info to any potential buyer if you get a good feeling about them.

I decided to work with Nash myself and he is gooding great. I found a trainer a ways away and we went to him for a few hours and that helped. I had him holding really good on 3 pigeons today. After I get him steady I need to work on retrieving.

I can not say enough good things about him. He gets better as time goes on. Because we can not go out much we have been doing some big outside home projects and he just will lay in the shade and watch us. I totally enjoy my time with him. Thanks Greg
Submitted by: Scott on Dec 13, 2020
I just saw some pictures you posted of your puppies and we just celebrated Stella’s (Hailey) 8th birthday. Here are some pics of Stella (Hailey) and Charleston (Neila) hunting this fall in Colorado for pheasant, dusky grouse, sage grouse, white tailed ptarmigan, and scaled quail
I forgot chukar...we are going to grand slam Colorado upland birds...they are awesome bird dogs. Scott
Submitted by: Daniel on Nov 04, 2020
Hello Don,
I wanted to thank you and your wife for making my bird dog dreams come true. Boone dog is the best blend of calm at home and totally driven In the field I could imagine. He has progressed this season into a seriously deadly grouse dog and even has done some duck retrieving during the warmer early season hunts. We are excited for the pheasant and quail coming up soon and I am looking forward to seeing how he switches gears for running roosters.
Thanks again,
Submitted by: Curt on Nov 04, 2020
Curt wanted me to send this photo. He was soooo happy with how well Whiskey Jo is doing!!!!
Submitted by: Eric on Oct 14, 2020
Pepper is doing great! She has really hit a growth spurt and is getting taller! Her color is constantly changing and her legs are getting longer. She is so very smart. I already love to watch her work a field. She is impressive.
So couple questions for you. First of all I waited until my last brittany was 1 year old before I had him fixed. I've never had a female dog before. Any advice on when to get her fixed. I know there are arguments on both sides as far as sooner or later.
Submitted by: Nicole on Oct 09, 2020
Hi Don & Linda,

I just wanted to send you a few 6 month pictures of Leo. I just love him so much! He finished his basic training at Petsmart and we start intermediate training next week. He is so smart and so so sweet. Every time we go to the dog park he makes sure to say hi to every person and pup there ??

Hope you all are doing well!

Nicole Pacheco & Leo
Submitted by: Steve on Oct 07, 2020
Dear Don and Linda,

Sorry for the delay. The surgery on my (Steve’s) hand was a distraction. Attached is the signed bill of sale (and a really cute photo of Paris). May you please sign the document, scan, then email it back to us.

So here’s the scoop. Paris is doing great. She definitely is a princess! We are working on “whoa” as she is prone to busting coveys because she gets so excited. She does well at heeling, though. She has progressed to fetching the training dummy in our hallway. And we are going to start working on it outdoors.

We are so happy to have her in the family!

Take care and regards,
Submitted by: Kelly on Aug 16, 2020
Don, Sure love this dog, sure wish we could get another from the same parents but I guess dad’s sperm is all gone? Do you have any litters coming up for the winter?
Submitted by: Eric on Aug 10, 2020
Hello! Hope all is well. Pepper is growing very fast now and really getting birdy! She is very althetic.....her physical ability is really changing fast also. She also finds everything that she shouldnt.....she has brought me a rabbit leg, dead birds, a shoe, an old diaper, a pair of underwear on our walks ...she has a strong nose! She is a very good swimmer.

Submitted by: Kelcey on Aug 10, 2020
Ludo (fka Ralphie) is just the happiest rascal of a pup! Today he got to go to the beach for the first time, and played so well with all the other dogs. He is so funny, and wins over everyone he meets!

Submitted by: Curt on Aug 09, 2020
Home in Utah with Riley... (Whiskey Jo )
>>> She slept on the plane and never made a peep. So far the world's best dog. Will check with vet on Monday. Loving our dog. She’s soooo perfect! Thanks for a great pup. We’re in love:)
>>> Curt and Amy
Submitted by: Eric on Jul 14, 2020
Good morning! Just wanted to give you a puppy update and say hello!
We are now calling Rosebud...Pepper! She is a spark plug and so very smart! She learns fast but also has a stubborn side! She is a comedy show and never stops making us laugh. She has already eaten a couple lizards. She hunts little flying bugs in the yard right before dark. She uses her nose very well already. She has already found a dead bird and a dead kangaroo rat. She has flushed a few covies of quail and she gets so excited. She is definitely starting to search for them. She is a voracious eater. She weighs about 12 lbs now. She loves car rides in her crate. She plays hard and sleeps hard! She is a blast. I hope you guys are doing well! This past week was on the very hot side here.
Submitted by: Nicole on Jun 24, 2020
Hi Don & Linda,

I just wanted to give you an update on Leo and send you some pictures! He is such a joy to have and is so sweet (and crazy lol). He loves everyone he meets and plays so well with the dogs he has met. He was quick to learn his basic commands and is doing great on his leash. We go for long walks every morning and we spent the past week in Flagstaff hiking and enjoying some cooler weather. I am so grateful to you for allowing me to make him a part of my family!

Submitted by: Emily on Jun 17, 2020
We wanted to give you an update on Poppy. She went to the vet last Wednesday and she weighed 10.3 pounds! She knows her name, come, sit and no. She’s mastered the stairs but can’t quite jump up on the couch. Our wacky rescue dog loves her and they love to play together! Poppy has been a wonderful addition to our family. Pictures will follow.

Submitted by: Kevin on Apr 11, 2020
It has been a long time, but thought you would like to see a picture of our Duncan (Ernie from Rosie's 2009 litter). Yesterday, 4/10, was his 11th birthday and I have attached a couple of pictures. He has started to slow down a little bit over the last year, but overall is doing great. He has two new best friends (in the pictures) that take great care of him and give him lots of love and he is so great with them. Hope you enjoy the pictures and hope you all are doing well. - Kevin
Submitted by: Greg on Feb 08, 2020
Hi, this is Greg Love, I have Nash out of Joise and Titus. We are down south of you hunting and I got my first scaled quale. Nash had a great point on it.I sure love this dog. When I'm ready for another oneI want one from you guys. Thanks, Greg
Submitted by: Ralph on Nov 26, 2019

We have decided to name our little boy Prince Yogi. He is just precious. He and Lilly became fast friends and play outside in the grass all day.
Thank you for everything!

Ralph & Sandy
Submitted by: Dick on Oct 24, 2019

Don, just an update. Gigi opening day with my son David hunting the mountains close to Dan Diego, Hooper and I went to the Mojave he did a fantastic job,

Submitted by: Greg on Sep 28, 2019
Hi, this is Greg Love from Bend Oregon with Nash our pup form Josie & Titus. Hunted sage grouse this weekend and once Nash figured out what we were hunting for he did fantastic! We sure love him, he is a great little guy.

Submitted by: Greg on Sep 22, 2019
Hi this Greg from Bend Oregon with Nash our pup from your Josie and Titus litter. Hunted Sage grouse this weekend and once Nash figured out what we were hunting he did fantastic! We sure love him , he is a great little guy!
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,

It’s Scott from Reno who got Gunner on New Years. Gunner is doing awesome but I’m 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 didn’t really get a good first impression. I’m 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 wasn’t 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 I’ve 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. Can’t 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 don’t 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 “Rice”dog 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 though… hopefully he'll be ready for fall hunt.
He is “finally” becoming a great dog, albeit he is very strong minded and persistent, hopefully equates well in the field.
Thank you for all,
Submitted by: Mary on Mar 13, 2018

We have one of your puppies (Linus) from Gypsy's litter a couple of years back. We are enamored with him to the point we are looking into getting another. Do you have an idea of when Gypsy will be having her next litter?

Thank you,
Submitted by: Seth on Feb 16, 2018
Don, I had a moment so I thought I would give you an update on how my little puppy Nelle is doing. This dog has some massive bird drive at a level likely higher than Sammy even did at her age. The best example I could use is Friday after work I ran down to Pratt's since no one up here has pigeons and bought 5 birds to card for training. When I got home I put them in the little pen I have in the garage and went inside and let the dogs in the house. Nelle started to smell me and then went crazy from there jumping and barking like crazy dog. Carrie jokingly said she is ruined she officially has feathers for brains.

I have now had her on carded birds with the check cord a couple times and she has a natural point too with only a little of work prior. She brakes when the bird flushes which is 100% to be expected at that point. I have worked her behind a few dogs and she is getting the hang of honoring and doing well standing until she is released. She has also done perfect almost every time with retrieving thrown birds in those situations too other than running off once trying to eat the bird.
Hope all is well.

Submitted by: Dave on Nov 13, 2017

We wanted to send you a photo of Ace ,(Ned).

He is a great dog. He has been out in the field quite a bit, and he is picking up what he needs to do quite nicely.

A couple of insights. He loves ice cubes, our Kitty, the fireplace, and his owl pellets... Tasty and crunchy!

He is a wonderful companion and we love him very much. Thanks for being such a great breeder. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Submitted by: Randy on Nov 11, 2017
Wednesday we took GYPSY hunting at the dog club, and of course, she shined! She lives to hunt. She is wonderful at home, minds well, and a pleasure to have around, and especially to LOVE!!!!!!! Very,Very smart too! , Wanted to tell you , I love watching who had the new pups, and seeing them grow. I have started a scrapbook type, for gypsy, have pictures etc. of all her hunts,and fun times with us. LINUS will fit right in as her beautiful Son. Both of you are so special, you have so much love to give and share,were blessed to be part of it. Will talk to you again soon. Randy & Jodianne
Submitted by: Lowry on Nov 11, 2017
We have one of y’alls puppies from two years ago (his name is Linus), and have loved how he has turned out in the field and as a family dog. I am hoping to get a female for my father for a Christmas and am wondering if you have any available?

Thank you,
Submitted by: Frank on Oct 12, 2017
Hi, here is Norman @ 5 months pointed his first pheasant and held until I scared it up. Great pup! Using dummy launcher with success!. Cheers, Frank
Submitted by: Matt on Oct 07, 2017
"Nick, who is now known as Leo is a bundle of fun. People who say Bretons have a personality and purpose are spot on. We requested the "explorer" of the group, and that's what we got. He has a mind of his own when his puppy brain is excited but we see his drive and smarts shining through. This is the smartest puppy we have ever encountered but is inquisitive and eager in the same breath. He will be a lifelong driving natural hunter with a personality only relegated by knowing this lovely breed, French Brittany! Thanks Don and Linda, Im sure you will be seeing more of Leo... he is a unique pup!"
Submitted by: Frank on Sep 06, 2017
Hi Don and Linda,This is Norman at 14 weeks and he is going to be one fine Bird Dog! Cheers,Frank
Submitted by: Tom on Aug 21, 2017
Thank you, I will definitely update her microchip. Krystal and the boys love her and she has been adjusting great. Krystal was wondering how often do you bathe her and brush her?

Thanks again for offering her to us.

Submitted by: Seth on Aug 15, 2017
Don, It was wonderful as always to see you and thanks for the picture. I am glade that Sammy ran so well lets just hope she keeps up the good work. I heard I missed out on seeing a sable dog on Sunday. It just makes me grateful I picked a breeder that cares about the blood line and the whole breed as well.

Submitted by: Frank on Jul 20, 2017
Don & Linda,

Norman is an adorable puppy & we are very much enjoying him. He seems fascinated with all the new sights, sounds, & smells.
Thanks for all the videos, pictures, & advice helping us make a wonderful choice.

Submitted by: Justine on Jul 17, 2017
Thank you for the pictures! We took her on a short walk in the coconino forest today and she followed us beautifully. She had no trouble with a harness or leash. She's a great little puppy, with tons of energy to spare!

Submitted by: Tara on Jul 13, 2017
Charlie is settling in nicely. We made it home safely last night and she did so well on the ride home. Thanks again for everything. We promise to provide her with a wonderful home full of lots of bird hunting!

Submitted by: Seth on Jul 10, 2017
Linda you're more than welcome to use that photo of the boys with the puppies. We all really enjoyed ourselves with the puppies and are excited to get Nelle home with us. Thanks once again for all that you guys do for your clients.

Submitted by: Seth on Jul 04, 2017
Don and Linda you're more than welcome to use that photo of the boys with the puppies. We all really enjoyed ourselves with the puppies and are excited to get Nelle home with us. Thanks once again for all that you guys do for your clients.

Submitted by: Phil on Mar 30, 2017
Hi there Don and Linda
Our little Noah is doing wonderful. She is the most sweetest little girl she's very calm here is a picture at work with all the other French Britney's
Submitted by: Carly on Mar 11, 2017
We've been meaning to send some updated pics but its been rain nonstop here. Murphy is doing really, really well and is growing up into a really sweet, smart dog. He has great discipline and we've started doing some training with him. We are at my parents' house today, and he brought this to us hahaha. He has good instincts, I think he will be a great hunter.
Submitted by: Seth on Mar 08, 2017
Don, I am sorry for the delay and the possible repeat this email account settings have been weird to say the least. I am extremely excited and know Sammy is happily waiting a new friend to keep her company. I am sure any dog I get from you will have an amazing blood line with the pride you take in this. Keep me in the loop I have already started doing the math as to when these little knockers will likely come into this world. Have an amazing day.

Submitted by: Dave on Mar 05, 2017
Hi Don and Linda,
I hope you are both doing great. My Mia is such a great little dog and my brother is so impressed that I am writing to see if you have any plans on another pairing of Josie and Cory? Let me know if you have any plans with either of those two dogs and I will relay the info on to my brother.
Submitted by: Bruce C on Feb 21, 2017
Don and Linda-. Thank you again for (I)Della who continues to be one of the center pieces of our life!

Submitted by: Carly on Feb 01, 2017
Hi Linda! I just wanted to let you know that I finally started posting photos of Murphy (who is doing fantastic) . He's so handsome, it's funny people literally cannot handle how cute he is. He's also just a really fantastic, sweet, smart puppy. He's learning fast and when he's old enough we're going to take him out to train with some of our friends who pheasant hunt with their Brittanys.

Submitted by: Darren on Jan 20, 2017
Don & Linda,

I thought you might be interested in seeing these pictures of Libby.

I've spent most of the last 18 months in Kenya, so my daughters keep her when I'm away. Unfortunately, this means she has had little training beyond basic obedience. Regardless, she was very helpful on this trip, proving capable of pointing and finding downed quail. More importantly, she is a great pet and a very loved member of the family.

I hope all is well.


Submitted by: Carly on Jan 10, 2017
Thanks Linda!

We're doing great, Murphy is doing really well and is insanely smart. We weren't really trying to train him too much at this point beyond the basics, but he gets bored easily so we just keep teaching him new things and he picks up everything super fast.

The vets loved him, said he looked fantastic and he weighed in at 11.6 lbs, I was super surprised! He has made lots of doggie friends, mostly gets along with the cats, and has met about a million people and loves everyone. We can tell he's a great dog and are so happy to have him :)

Hope everything is going well with you!

Submitted by: CB on Dec 31, 2016
Macon is a sweetheart. He slept all the way home. He's explored our yard and is settled down for his nap. Thank you so much for giving us a perfect puppy.
Submitted by: DB on Dec 29, 2016
Don and Linda
I can't tell you in words what these two wonderful , crazy , A D D dogs mean to me. I adore them they are my best friends, and it's because you had the vision to breed a blood line , that makes them this way. Thank you
Submitted by: Trent on Dec 03, 2016
We had a fun weekend in South Texas. Skunked on quail, waiting for later dove season. Loved tracking deer (blood) trails! Above all, for us anyway, he is GREAT with our kids. Have a great weekend.
Submitted by: Dave on Dec 03, 2016
Don and Linda,
Happy Turkey day! I am feeling super thankful for Mia today. The Josie/ Cory alchemy has been solid gold for us. Mia is super mellow in the house and she has been incredible in the field. She is way farther along than I would allow myself to hope. Solid points and retrieving is coming along . Also her abilty at 28 lbs. to hunt all day is astonishing. At just 8 months I can only imagine the machine she will be in few seasons.
Thanks so much,
Submitted by: Sophie on Nov 24, 2016
Don and Linda, Sorry I took so long to write. I have been having a lot of fun this fall being introduced to hunting. Thanks to your advice I am no longer gun shy and love to point and retrieve birds although I've only gone hunting a few times for relatively short hunts. George and Debbie are so excited. Attached are a couple of photos. As you can see I've become a very beautiful French Brittany.

I love living here in Nevada except it is becoming very cold so George is trying to find a hunting coat to keep me warm on cold mornings and for when I start hunting in the snow. At night I get to stay in the house since I'm so well behaved and have my own bedroom ( George and Debbie's closet). I have lots of dog friends but my favorite is cousin Dozer a Chocolate Lab. I enjoy playing with all my toys also but now that I'm growing up I like looking out the living room window looking for quail the best.
Submitted by: Tara on Nov 07, 2016
We are very interested in adding another pup to our family! We are now living in NE and Stella is hunting every weekend. She's amazing! She has brought so much joy to our family and we are in a great place to add another one. We would like to reserve a female if possible. Please let us know what you need from us. Exciting about the possibility of adding another puppy to our family!

All the best,
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.

Submitted by: Pat on Jul 08, 2016
After 12 years had passed since my faithful lab had passed, it was time for another hunting companion. Reminiscing about a pair of Brittany's I had the pleasure of hunting behind one weekend as a teenager, I took to the internet. These dogs had unique characteristics, that differentiated them from other Brittany's. Researching pointing breeds, I came across: Epagneul Breton; the accompanying text and photos solidified my decision. The next step was to find a reputable breeder, researching, I found one in Northern California. We had a good discussion, unfortunately, no puppies, but he did recommend Sun Country Bretons. I did some research and made the call, our conversation probably lasted an hour, with Don asking me questions as well, with only one puppy remaining - I committed. What is significant here; Don was very interested in finding out about me, my expectations and the type of home I would provide - NOT ABOUT THE NEXT SALE. Basic training was a snap, you will find the French Brittany to be quite intelligent. An injury sidelined me for a year, lacking the experience with a pointer, I decided to call Don about training -- best decision. I wanted to spend two days observing. Don spent time training me, while training Hedy - folks, this is what you want in a trainer. Frankly, I think my dog was at a resort, Don & Linda treated Hedy as one of their own dogs. After 3 months of training, I wanted to spend a couple of days, under Don's supervision, working Hedy. Don graciously awoke at 4am each morning to guide me. Hedy and I have continued training and I am extremely satisfied with the training and guidance that Don has provided. If you are looking for the total package: Dog & training; the Sun Country Breton is a must consideration.
Pat Rogers
Submitted by: Pat on Jul 04, 2016
Reminiscing about a pair of Brittany's I had the pleasure of hunting behind one weekend as a teenager, I took to the internet. These dogs had unique characteristics, that differentiated them from other Brittany's. Researching pointing breeds, I came across: Epagneul Breton; the accompanying text and photos solidified my decision. The next step was to find a reputable breeder, researching, I found one in Northern California. Unfortunately, no puppies, but he did recommend Sun Country Bretons. I did some research and made the call, our conversation probably lasted an hour, with Don asking me questions as well, with only one puppy remaining - I committed. What is significant here; Don was very interested in finding out about me, my expectations and the type of home I would provide - NOT ABOUT THE NEXT SALE. Basic training was a snap, you will find the French Brittany to be quite intelligent. Lacking the experience with a pointer, I decided to call Don about training -- best decision. I wanted to spend two days observing. Don spent time training me, while training Hedy - folks, this is what you want in a trainer. Frankly, I think my dog was at a resort, Don & Linda treated Hedy as one of their own dogs. After 3 months of training, I wanted to spend a couple of days, under Don's supervision, working Hedy. Don graciously awoke at 4am each morning to guide me. Hedy and I have continued training and I am extremely satisfied with the training and guidance that Don has provided. If you are looking for the total package: Dog & training; the Sun Country Breton is a must consideration.
Submitted by: Mike on Jul 02, 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: Trent on Jun 13, 2016
We are doing good. Still don't have a family photo because my wife is a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to photos. Here are a few though from the past few weeks. Maddux is fitting in the family nicely. We'll be in touch!
Submitted by: Lynn Dee on May 30, 2016
We are very excited about our new puppy. She is from Sun Country Bretons and if she is half the bird dog that our other gal from them is, she will be a very good one. We can't say enough about the Rice's....their dogs, breeding, and ethics are top notch. Thank you Linda and Don. Her name is still up in the air a little bit as we get to know her.

Lynn Dee
Submitted by: Laurie on May 29, 2016
Hi Don and Linda,

I just wanted to let you know I finally completed the registration papers for Mikey: Miles Rhys de Pays du Soleil (call name Rhys).

He's doing well and has an appointment for his vet visit next Wednesday.

He has one or two frenzied episodes each day where he seems just completely nuts! Our Aussie did the same when she was a pup,

He's getting plenty of sleep and exercise and seems basically happy, although there are sounds that frighten him (like motorcycles starting up and neighbors dogs barking).

Our female really seems to like him and he loves her. He follows her around and watches everything she does.

Thanks for all your help and patience!

Submitted by: Michael on May 29, 2016
Don & Linda,

Just a quick note to update you on Holly. She continues to do well and has put on a couple of lbs.

She knows and responds to her basic commands as well as a couple of fun ones like shaking hands and rolling over.

Here she is on point during one of our evening walks. There was a family of quail in the hedge row about 30 yards in front of us that crossed the road a few minutes later.
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We get out to the Air Force base where I work at least once a week. Over 90000 acres...and no one seems interested in hunting the quail there. Holly and I have pushed as many as four coveys in less than two hours.

Attached are some pictures from those hikes.

Anyway, thanks again for the wonderful companion Holly has become.

Submitted by: Dave on May 22, 2016
Just wanted to thank you both for doing such a wonderful job socializing Mia. We had many people over to meet her last night and she was great with everyone, big and small. Of course the whole family is in love with her. We had a great first night, not much whining at all. She seems very adventurous in the yard as well. Super excited about our future in the field.
Thanks again,
Submitted by: Brian on Apr 29, 2016
Don & Linda

We are really enjoying our days with Lucas ! He is an amazing Pup. Fun & Smart. Quite handsome too ! He gets lots of attention on outings as people are quite taken by his appearance and personality !
Attached a pic of him pointing a pigeon last week. He is developing nicely.

Hope all is well with you.
Enjoyed seeing pics of your latest litter on FB !

Blessings, Brian
Submitted by: Janine on Mar 11, 2016
Hi Don and Linda,

I heard that you have one of Mavericks 2014 pups. I am not sure if my parents mentioned that we are considering getting a second dog. We were thinking about a cavalier King Charles but now are reconsidering the breed. We really would like a companion for our first dog from you,Gracie, that can keep up with her out in the canyon. Rob runs her in the canyon behind our house daily and hoses her off when he gets home cause she likes to get muddy. He likes her low maintenance coat. We have been so spoiled because she has such a wonderful temperament. I can't say enough to good things about her. I am not sure if you would consider selling the dog to us, but if so, we would like to find out more about him.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Submitted by: Janine on Mar 11, 2016
Hi Don and Linda,

On a happier note, Junior is doing great!! He is such a big sweetheart! He actually listens better than Gracie sometimes. She can be a bit mischievous at times and he just watches her. It's so cute to see them together. He loves to be right at my feet while I am working and at night he snuggles up to Rob. He has been such a joy to have and we love him soo much!! I can't wait to see him interact with Maverick when we visit at Thanksgiving.

Take care and I will keep in touch :)

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.
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!

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.

Submitted by: Robert Claesgens on Feb 10, 2014

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!

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!
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!

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!

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!

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.

Submitted by: Dick on Oct 21, 2013
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 it’s 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.

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.


Submitted by: Dick B on Oct 31, 2012
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!
Submitted by: Bob on Oct 08, 2012
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!
Submitted by: Bob on Oct 08, 2012
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!
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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