blackgold
Our Commitment
 
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Cactus Country Charlie (Sassy)
 
We take our commitment to our families very seriously. Not only to strive to breed the very best dogs possible in temperament and drive, we believe it is important to raise our puppies in a clean, stimulating and loving environment. The puppy rooms are built on the end of our home with access from the house and to the outside puppy areas. Our dogs experience the same thing with doors going outside to their runs. At night they sleep in kennels, six to a pod.
 
IMG 4075
 
We have a fenced 1/2 acre for them to run and they do that 4 to 5 times after they come in for the day. There is no shortage for birds to keep them occupied. We have dove, woodpeckers, quail and sparrows.
 
When it is necessary for us to leave our home we always have someone here with the dogs and/or puppies. They are NEVER left alone. We are lucky to have a wonderful family who loves the dogs as much as we do and an unending list of volunteers who love to come over and get a puppy fix while we are running errands or have appointments.  Larry and I have had one vacation together in the last 5 years. It's a sacrifice we are more than willing to make for these amazing dogs.
 
It is important to see the environment where your puppy spends their first 8 weeks. Our home is always open to have our families visit, meet the dogs and play with puppies when they are old enough for visitors. It is a VERY important part of the process. If you aren't close enough for a visit ask for pictures!
 
While it is difficult for us to ship puppies in the Summer, we are happy to do that once our temperatures start to drop. We try to find direct flights, whenever possible, and we will drive the puppy to Phoenix which is two hours from us. We do not charge for that. We always do what is best for these puppies!
 
Prior to the puppies leaving our home, and in addition to all of the training, we take them to the Vet for their first puppy shot and we have the stools tested. The Vet checks, hearts, elbows, knees, belly buttons, teeth and ears.  We have a Vet who has one of our dogs so he loves this breed!
 
 
Why the Braque du Bourbonnais? Because we were looking for the perfect
hunting companion that would be a good fit for our family. We were also looking
for something a little different from your average hunting dog. We certainly found
that in our first Bourbonnais. These sporting dogs originated in France and are
also known as the Bourbonnais pointer. Because the Bourbonnais is the most
easy-going, good natured dog we have ever owned, we knew we had to share
our love for this incredible breed.  Having the perfect companion at home and the
perfect hunting partner fills the needs of the entire family. To ensure that we
are breeding only the best lines and that inbreeding is 0% to 10% we
have imported 6 dogs from Hungary, 1 from Canada, and 6 from France.
 
 
Cactus Country Kennels is located in Southern, Arizona, the heart of desert quail
country. We are proud to be breeders of the exceptional Braque du Bourbonnais
hunting dogs since 2003 and to offer this incredible pointer to the serious as well
as the weekend hunter.  Our commitment is not only to our puppy families but also
to our dogs and puppies.  This is a very special breed with huge hearts.  They live
to be where you are and to hunt.
 

 

Our first Braque du Bourbonnais, Pheasant Peak Andy (we call him Brock) was
such a pleasure to watch in the field. We enjoyed the fact that he not only had
such a desire to hunt, but also a desire to please the hunter.  He took very little
training and we were glad that he took a gentle hand. We had owned headstrong
dogs in the past and felt like it took too much time just keeping them in line.
Brock had a keen nose and we were amazed that it took very little to keep him
steady to the shot. On the next page you can read how we were
fortunate enough to find Brock.

 

 

Brock_and_Lanie

 BROCK AND EMMY 
 
Our second Bourbonnais, Emmy, had the same disposition as Brock. 
She was sweet and loving and wanted to please in the field.  Brock and Emmy
started it all for us and we can say that they certainly changed our lives.  In
2013 Brock turned 14 and while he's not hunting anymore, he's the same sweet
dog Larry brought home from Kansas.
 
 
 
Two years later we experienced our first litter. Brock and Emmy produced beautiful
puppies with their same incredible hunting drive. We have chosen to be breeders of
the Braque du Bourbonnais because of our love for these dogs and our desire for
every hunter to have the opportunity to own the perfect hunting companion.
 
download1

 

All puppies are whelped in Puppy Rooms, specially built in our home, just for them.
They are air conditioned in the Summer and heated in the Winter. They are complete
with a whelping box and a doggy door which goes out to a large play area, complete
with cactus which can't be eaten or poke a puppy. There are large shade trees and a
patio area. Whelping boxes are cushioned with rugs and towels and are changed twice
daily. At about 3 to 4 weeks the front of the box is opened so they have access to the
entire room. That is when the potty training starts.
 
We email everyone when the mom goes into labor. Once the litter is safely on the
ground all of our families receive pictures of the entire litter and a description of the birth.
You get to find out sex and color of each pup at this point. Everyone has different
criteria for picking a puppy. You choose in order of deposit receipt. We typically have all
puppies chosen by 5 weeks because it is important that we get their NAVHDA papers
back in time for puppy pick up. We do allow you to choose the name for your puppy but
the name has to include Cactus Country and begin with the letter of that litter. When
puppies begin their training they are about 4 weeks old. The training happens on a daily
basis because we have someone with them 24 x 7. They are never left alone.
 
 
 
The training includes:
  • Socialization with bigger dogs
  • Socialization with children
  • Socialization with adults
  • Potty training with a puppy litter box and then a doggy door
  • Retrieving Training
  • Kennel Training
  • Manners Training
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Introduction to a bird wing
  • Introduction to a live bird
Each family leaves with a bag of toys picked especially for their puppy. Up until the
choices begin everyone gets a weekly update on all of the puppies, complete with pictures.
Once you choose your puppy you continue to get weekly updates of just your puppy. I
don't just send 2 or 3 pictures, you get lots of pictures! I believe you need to experience
your puppy discovering new things.
 
Our commitment as your breeder doesn't end once you have your puppy. We are happy to
answer ongoing questions about hunting, training or obedience as long as you like. We love
these dogs! We invite you to join us in the field, if you live close enough, to ensure you have
the best hunting companion possible. We have attended many NAVHDA tests with puppy
families and love watching these beautiful dogs show their natural ability.
 
When we send a puppy home to a loving family we make sure he has all of the necessary
things to begin his new life. He leaves our home with a bag of toys, a blanket made by our
family that contains the smells of mom and his litter and a name for his or her kennel.  We
want your puppy to come not only with manners and potty training, we want them to feel
that they are bringing a little piece of our home to yours.
 
IMG 3423IMG 3426
IMG 3430
 
 

Our Commitment to you goes far beyond getting your puppy.  Look at some of the pictures
our wonderful families have sent us of everyday occurances in their lives.  These dogs love 
all living things, but especially birds!
 
10988538 10205024761490878 8883424360472783212 n10959607 10205024761610881 6378908808902497595 n
Scan_Pic0019Baby_Sassy
aspenBREE_AND_SHADOWs
CozierCozy
ISAIAH_AND_PUPPYkotafieldday002Picture010Tazz2THUMPER2Gunner_MI_2Picture007Picture008Elaho_2OSHIEPUPPY__CATSTELLA251101DIXIEAspen_N_Kiwi
DSC 0060DSC 0079
Untitled