"I discovered Cactus Country Kennels late last summer. I had heard and read about the BdB and felt that they could be breed I would be interested in so decided to make a trip to see them. I went to Larry and Mary's home and met their "herd" as they affectionately call them. They introduced me to each dog in the kennel by bringing them into the house. They were curious, friendly dogs but even the youngest members were calm and easy going. They do not seem to be a demanding dog really seem to enjoy being with people. They certainly appear to me that they would be excellent companions - a criteria that I have for my next dog too by the way.

I returned to Tucson shortly after Christmas to hunt quail and made arrangements with Larry to see these dogs hunt too. We ran Brock, Lanie and JJ together and I really had an opportunity to see some excellent dog work. I was pleasantly surprised at how intense these dogs became when it was time to go hunting. They cover ground easily and seemingly effortlessly; they search hard; but always stayed at a reasonable distance. Brock was clearly the most mature and accomplished hunter, and it showed, but I was impressed with all three dogs and how they worked. We were fortunate and did find a few quail. I saw instances where all three dogs would be locked up tight on a covey (there was no creeping at all). On one occasion, two of them located a bird together and locked up on it while the other one backed, which was impressive to say the least. I was also impressed with how these dogs would work after a bird was down. They "hunt dead" hard and retrieve to hand pretty naturally.

I know everyone is different and has different requirements but I am sold on these little dogs."



Bella (Buffy)

bella02_thumb" Bella is doing great! Our Vet and the girls at the vets office adore her.

She's pointing and retrieving on a regular basis. I was working with her in the back yard this evening. She was retrieving a frozen dove that I shot last year. She has a fantastic nose. She comes back to a whistle.

She loves the water. The kids and I went to the lake a few weeks ago. We decided to take her to see if she would like it. I found a stick and tossed it a few feet into the water.


She jumped in without hesitation. It was about 4 - 5 foot of water. After that first time she was hooked. I threw it out about 15 to 20 feet out, and she retrieved it with no problem.

After a while she would swim out to the kids and grab the strap on their life vests and didn't let go until she got them back to the bank. Guess she was playing lifeguard! They even had her jumping off the back of the boat into the water. Maybe she'll turn out to be a duck dog too. We'll see this year.

She goes through a rawhide every two days. She always has to be touching still. She's the most loving companion that I've ever seen.

She talks to us to tell us when she needs to go outside. If we don't take her out quick enough, she starts to bark and talk. She looks like she's chewing gum when she does that. It's the funniest thing you've ever seen.

We're very happy with her. I'd love to have another Braque. I don't think Patty is up for that yet.

Maybe several years down the road when we retire.

I'll send more pictures soon. Dove season starts in September, quail and pheasant in October, and Duck in November. Hopefully I will have some good pictures.

Take care. Have fun on your trip to France. Keep up the good work on the web site. Please keep us posted when you make updates."


Kodi (Elvis)

kodi02_thumb" Hope all is well with you. I thought I would fill you in on Kodi's first Pheasant hunt. It was on March 10 at a private club in the Suisun Marsh. The weather was cold and windy with scattered hail showers. The field was wet with occasional puddles. He did fantastic.

A long time friend Dan had six birds left on his card and offered to let me use Kodi and leave his two German Shorthairs at home. He says that his dogs would give Kodi bad habits as he has problems controlling them.

Two days prior I had introduced Kodi to a dog trainer Steve Klassen at Blue Ridge Kennels in Dixon. This is only 25 minutes from the pheasant club. We plan to leave Kodi with him for a week when we vacation to Mexico in April and I did not want that experience to be to hard on Kodi. This is only the second time in my life of boarding out my dog and I do not enjoy the worry it causes me. During the two days at Blue Ridge Steve worked Kodi on Bobwhite quail and for some reason Kodi would not point for him. Instead he just caught the birds. Steve liked his boldness and said he thought he was a good looking dog and not to worry about that. I told him that Kodi pointed for us on wild birds and I wasn't worried.

Well enough about that back to the hunt. Kodi worked the area with ease and always kept in contact with us to the point my friend Dan said what a pleasure to hunt and not have to yell at the dog. On the first bird Kodi locked up less than three feet from the bird and about 30 yards from me. As I approached to about 10 yards Kodi jumped and caught the bird. He brought it right to me and I let him mouth and sniff it for about three minutes in my lap as this was the first pheasant he had seen.

The next bird came in less than five minutes and this time he held his point a 90 degree right hand turn until I kicked the bird into the air. As it flew he charged after it and I shot at about 30 yards and he was on it in less than three seconds. This time he did not want to bring it back so fast so I did not rush him. About five minutes later he gave up the bird and we continued hunting.

The next bird he went on point at about 30 feet from the bird as the weather was improving and sent was traveling a little farther. He held his point until the bird flushed from me at about 30 feet from 90 degrees to the left of Kodi. This time Kodi brought the bird right back to me and I let him mouth and sniff the bird in my lap for about 15 seconds and we were off hunting again.

All remaining three birds were pointed by Kodi and he held until the birds flushed. On the last one he was about 40 yards in front of us and about 20 feet from the bird. When I reached Kodi the bird flushed straight away and low I did not shoot as Kodi was following to close to the bird. Finally at about 45 yards the bird lifted and I shot it. Kodi brought it right back. I think this last bird reinforced in Kodi's mind that he his not going to get these birds without me. What a day we had."


elaho02_bw_thumb" I do in home boarding of dogs, walking and training and just recently boarded "Rugby"(Elaho) --yes, your baby owned by a family in Whistler!!!!!) and she was so perfect!!!!! Sweet and friendly, underfoot but not in your face. Wanting to "work" but not obsessive. Compact and athletic. Alarm bark but not protective. Close range. Wonderful!

I feel ready to cancel my deposit on the Weimaraner (I had also considered a Griffon for the last couple of years) because everything is feeling so right about a Braque du Bourbonnais puppy! "


brandy06_thumb"Brandy is absolutely the best dog we have ever had. I stay home and take care of 2 children and run a small day care. Brandy is so protective of all of the children.

She will stand between them and the door when someone rings the doorbell. She would never let anything happen to any of those kids.

My husband comes from a family of hunters and they are all amazed when they go out in the field with Brandy. She's just the perfect dog!"

I have kept working with him and he just keeps getting better. He is an excellent watch dog. He is always on cat patrol and chases every bird he sees. He has caught several, after pointing them, and always brings back the feathers.

Everyone in our office building knows Baxter and takes time to pet him and talk to him when he is out on his rounds. He loves going to Lowes or Home Depot and rides in the cart, sniffing at everyone. Most people think he is a stunted German Short Hair. I tell them about the Bourbonnais! Both dogs are excellent with new people and other dogs.

We may have had other dogs in the past, but we love our Braque du Bourbonnais."


Baxter and Bree (aka Tony)

bree__baxter_02_thumb"Both dogs are from the same litter and actually live 5 miles apart. They are frequent playmates. They are sometimes together for days and the action is nonstop.

Both dogs are awesome. They are very affectionate and extremely intelligent. Baxter was trained by a trainer for basic commands. She said it would take several one hour sessions to train him. Halfway through the second session she said we were done!

Recent picture of Bree (fawn) and Baxter (liver). They live together in California.

I have kept working with him and he just keeps getting better. He is an excellent watch dog. He is always on cat patrol and chases every bird he sees. He has caught several, after pointing them, and always brings back the feathers.

Everyone in our office building knows Baxter and takes time to pet him and talk to him when he is out on his rounds. He loves going to Lowes or Home Depot and rides in the cart, sniffing at everyone. Most people think he is a stunted German Short Hair. I tell them about the Bourbonnais! Both dogs are excellent with new people and other dogs.

We may have had other dogs in the past, but we love our Braque du Bourbonnais."


Gambel's Hunter

"Well, I took Hunter out this morning to catch the sunrise about 18 miles southeast of Florence. I have hunted this place in years past, and there is generally a good population of quail. I usually hear them while uncasing the shotgun and getting my gear together.

This morning, I heard nothing. I've always been able to at least kick up a couple of coveys, and I've always seen the little goobers running through the brush. Today; nothing! But guess what,... that did not stop Hunter from doing what he does best. That little dog hit the ground running with his nose locked in position. He did come to a point once, although I did not get my camera out of my vest in time to get a shot. What he found (and unearthed) was the remains of a dove or quail. There wasn't much left of it and it was partially buried. I tend to think it was a quail, because dove aren't as 'smelly'. He didn't point for long, only a few seconds, but HE DID IT!

We kicked up a couple of cottontails at around 35 yards. Too far in the thick stuff for a clean shot, but I did fire off a few rounds to check his reaction. It was as though that 16 ga. was never fired. He shows no sign at all of being even slightly gun-shy.

The cow pond in the area was full due to the recent rains and Hunter didn't hesitate his first time in retrieving his dummy, although his second time in he only went chest deep and wandered around a bit. I can't really blame him, as there was a thin ring of ice around it when we got there at sunrise. I can't say enough about this wonderful little dog. He never ceases to surprise me.

The best testimonial of all: I LOVE THIS LITTLE DOG!"


Hailey (Samantha)

samantha08_thumb"When I got Samantha I vowed never to leave home without my camera because you never know what will happen that needs to be captured.

Today was one of those days! I took Samantha out with me to get some puppy food and chew sticks, because my wife loves the legs of our furniture! As I opened the front door, out of nowhere, a hawk swooped down from above us. He grabbed a dove that was flying by us about 20 feet away!!

samantha02_thumbNow that in itself was amazing, but suddenly, in a puff of feathers, the dove came free and fell in a neighbors yard behind a tree. Samantha is only 8 weeks old and I have only had her for 2 days, but I thought, "What the heck?" You have to seize those sudden "training opportunities" as they come right? So, I put Sam on the trail and had a wonderful time watching her find and flush this injured bird!

Once she got close enough to the bird to really smell it, she wasn't sure what to do at first. But as soon as it "took off", boy was she hooked! Talk about natural ability!! The dove could only half fly, half hop across the street and went behind a bush that was up against the house. Sam followed her into a small opening behind the bush, crawling on her belly, but the bird, being smaller, made it out the other side faster. He went across the driveway and behind another bush faster than Sam could crawl out of the hole.

samantha04_thumbI thought the fun was over at this point but Samantha put her nose to the ground and tracked this dove across the driveway, behind the second bush and out to the flowerbed where the dove flushed and flew for the second time. This time Sam was on it!! She chased it across the yard and retrieved the bird at the edge of the grass! I was so proud!

The Braque du Bourbonnais is an awesome dog! I have read about the natural ability of these dogs, but to see it first hand is really a joy. Thank you Larry an Mary for doing such a wonderful job with your dogs and with my pup."




josey01Hello Mary and Larry,

"Happy Holiday's! Sorry I haven't written with an update about Josey, for a long, long, time. But with winter vacation, and a little more time on our hands, I have the opportunity to finally do so. She has been such the perfect dog for us.

Around the house, she is happiest in our laps or when we cuddle with her on the floor. And in the field, she is slowly figuring out what to do. I have had her out chukar hunting 5 or 6 times now. The last two or three times she has really come on. She is now finding the birds once I have hit them, and might have even gone on point for her first time real quick the last time I had her out. It was hard to tell, the birds flushed almost immediately after I saw her stop (but she was getting very birdy right before). Let's just say, I couldn't be happier with my new pup. I am also attaching a few pictures of her for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to add them to your website if you wish. Happy New Year."



"As we researched breeds that would be best suited for our family with two small children, we happened upon the BdB. Descriptions stated that the breed had a " mild temperament" and was "easy to train." As these characteristics were most important to us, we interviewed BdB owners to confirm what we had read. And they did; owners gave glowing references for the breed and Cactus Country Kennels.  Our choice was made and we decided to wait patiently until our BdB puppy was born. It took nearly a year, but she was definitely worth the wait and has exceeded our expectations.

Mary and Larry Fredericks of Cactus Country Kennels have a genuine love for the breed and are wonderful breeders. We had a great experience. They communicated regularly with updates on pregnancies, puppy development, and pictures, all of which was not only informative but allowed us to get to know our puppy before she even arrived. They were available and happy to answer my many questions and went above and beyond to ensure our puppy's safe arrival via airplane.

I have only wonderful things to say about Cactus Country Kennels and the Braque du Bourbonnais breed!