Flat-Coated Retrievers and Friends


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Our flat-coated retrievers

Will hunting picture

Welcome to our little web site to do our own “brags and wags” for our flat-coated retrievers. What's a flat-coated retriever? Well, it's not a fluffy Labrador retriever, it's not a black golden retriever, and it's not a black Irish setter. A flat-coated retriever is a hunting/gun dog that is especially good at retrieving waterfowl. That, and it's a fun-loving, tail-wagging, family dog. Flat-coats are also known as “tongues with dogs attached”, and all of ours definitely fit the bill. The formal definition of a flat-coat (in the US) is given in the AKC Breed Standard.

Our first “flat-coat” was “Will”, an excellent introduction to the breed who passed way in January 2020. Our second, “Trip” was a fantastic dog that loved to please people and earned a bucket-load of titles. Unfortunately, he died unexpectedly from cancer in September 2021.

Our third, “Echo”, is Trip's son. So far it appears that he will be able to live up to his dad's extremely high standards. He is doing very well in conformation, obedience, and hunting, so with continued time and training, he might even surpass Trip.

Click on their names in the menu box above to find out more about them individually.

The “Previous Dogs” in the menu is about our first two dogs, both rescues (we hadn't yet found out about flat-coats). While both are long gone, they were both wonderful family members. There is also an interloper that Mike decided to add to the pack.

We are members of the Pasanita Obedience Club, the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, the Great Western Flat-Coated Retriever Club, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America, and the Golden State Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club.

(And just because it's convenient, here is the full list of AKC titles and abbreviations that are mentioned throughout this website.)

Recent news

  • 2024-06-08: Echo passes his first Senior Hunter test; three more to go for the title
  • 2024-05-26: After several wretched days, Rüdi earns his third double-Q toward his RAE
  • 2024-05-23: Echo earns his RACH! Scored a 94 in the second trial at the Tri-Valley Working Dog Club show (also finished his RM4 with that run)
  • 2024-04-28: Rüdi earns 92 and 92 in his Rally Excellent and Advanced tests - his highest rally scores at any level; 2nd double-Q
  • 2024-04-27: Echo picks up 7 Master points; 4 to go for his RACH (Rally Champion) title
  • 2024-03-31: Echo earns his first leg in Utility A obedience

Note: “double-Q” is passing the Rally Excellent and Advanced levels on the same day. “triple-Q” is passing the Rally Master, Excellent, and Advanced levels all on the same day.

Pasanita Obedience Club Trial Photographs

Will and Trip with obedience ribbon picture

The photos from the 2023 show are now available; prior years can still be accessed:

2023 pictures 2022 pictures 2021 pictures
2020 canceled 2019 pictures 2018 pictures
2017 pictures 2016 pictures  

Please enjoy!

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Last update: 2024-01-08