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.

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

Recent news

  • 2023-09-03: Rüdi passes his 3rd Rally Novice trial completing his RN title
  • 2023-09-03: Echo continues his march to a RACH with his 12th triple-Q
  • 2023-09-02: Rüdi pulls off a double: CGC and CGCA on the same day
  • 2023-08-06: A repeat of yesterday; Echo is now more than halfway to his RACH, and Rüdi needs one more pass for Rally Novice
  • 2023-08-05: Echo earns another triple-Q in Rally Master/Excellent/Advanced and Rüdi earns his first leg toward his Rally Novice title

Pasanita Obedience Club Trial Photographs

Will and Trip with obedience ribbon picture

The photos from the 2022 show are now available, as are the photos from prior years:

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

Please enjoy!

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Last update: 2023-05-23