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Welcome to Sunshine Kennel Braque Francais!

Ronnie on Baileys Island

Sunshine Kennel was established in 2003 when we imported VC Uron Des Becassiers De Guillaume (Ronny) from France. Ronny is a wonderful dog. He never quits, handles like a dream and has tons of style and ability. He has also been a complete gentleman since the day we got him.

The foundation of our breeding program was completed when we imported Adela De La Balingue (Addie) from France in 2005. Addie is a classic versatile dog. She is a hard worker with excellent pointing and tracking skills and her water entry rivals that of a retriever. She is not only a beautiful and talented dog; she is a sweetheart of a Braque. With the foundation of our breeding program complete, we have whelped litters in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Ronny and Addie have produced beautiful and talented puppies in their first three litters, and we have had the opportunity to work with several puppies as adults.

Background of the Braque Francais

Ronnie Pointing
The Braque Francais is a French pointing dog that is well-known in France and other parts of Europe, and is promoted by enthusiasts in Canada and the US. The Braque Francais, which translates to French Pointer in English, is an ancient breed. It is a direct descendant of the very first pointing dog, the Spanish Pointer. The Braque Francais first became established in the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France and later spread throughout France. The breed not only contributed to all of the French pointing breeds such as the Braque du Bourbonnais, but is also contributed to all of the shorthaired dogs of Continental Europe.

The Braque Francais is registered through the Societe Centrale Canine (SCC) in France. In North America the Braque Francais is recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA.)

Our Goal

Our goal is to breed high performing versatile hunting dogs for the foot hunter. The characteristics we find most important are intelligence and responsiveness, and we look for dogs with strong pointing instincts, tracking ability and excellent water skills. Sunshine Kennel also strives to breed dogs that conform to the breed standard and encompass the best qualities of a family companion.