Welcome to Knightcastle kennel
Breeding black Flat-coated Retrievers since 2005
Since 2005, Knightcastle is committed to breed high quality multi-purpose black flat-coated retriever for obedience, hunting, show, agility and of course for good companion dogs. We also have therapy and search and rescue dogs. With three generations, you can find our dogs across Canada, USA and Bermuda (British oversea territory).
Back in 1988, searching for the perfect companion dog, I fell in love with the breed in a book called 'Les chiens du monde'. In those days, without internet, finding a flat-coated retriever breeder in Canada was hard and that's how Octave, a golden retriever, came into my life and he stayed with me for more than fourteen years. In 2001 I finally got Darwin, my first flat-coated retriever. What I did not know at the time is that he was going to change my life forever. From a simple house dog he was supposed to be, he became a fantastic obedience and field dog, putting titles over titles, in Canada and USA. When Octave left this Earth to the rainbow bridge, a sweet little girl named Nova entered my life. Nova passed away at 11 in August 2014 leaving behind her a humongous legacy. She accomplished the same titles than Darwin and even more, allowing me to found Knightcastle in 2005 with her first litter (David Bowie).
My current dogs are Céleste, Baxter, Holly and Forrest. They are very active dogs and are in excellent health. I am not pushing them with over-training and retire them at a young age from competition. My dogs are part of my life and are living in the house with me, no kennel. I train and handle my dogs myself for the obedience, for the show ring and also for field events. All my dogs made their Championships in the 'Bred by exhibitor' class, handling them myself. I am also a CKC carrying judge for hunt tests and working certificates for retrievers.
The Flat-coated retriever
The flat-coated retriever is a gundog breed originating from the United Kingdom. It's a very popular hunting dog in Europe, but almost unknown here in North America. The flat-coated retriever is the perfect dog to have outside or in the house, playing with you or with children. Exuberant, confident, and outgoing, it is a loving family companion and it won't let you down.
Commitment to the breed and upcoming litters
Each litter is carefully planned considering the quality, health clearances (OFA), the pedigree and the accomplishments of both the Sire and the Dam. Knightcastle is breeding high quality flat-coated retrievers for temperament, type and soundness, with good working abilities and outgoing personalities. The flat-coated retriever is still considered a 'multi-purpose' dog and Knightcastle is always keeping that in mind. I don't breed for one specific goal or purpose. Knightcastle has a litter on the ground only from time to time, mainly to fulfill its own requirement, not to accommodate the demands. Knightcastle is breeding for black flat-coated retriever only.
It wasn't easy to find the perfect match for Raven. But since he arrived from Europe, I had an eye on this boy named Darwin (Am Ch Bramatha the Undergraduate JH), already a special name for me. He has an exuberant personality that is always kind. Loves to work, loves to play. Very biddable. I am expecting great representatives of the breed with these two European pedigree combined together.
I was trying to find the perfect mate for Holly's last litter when I finally realized I have one in my own back yard: Forrest! So this will be a repeat of the 'Robin Hood' litter except that this time, I'm keeping a puppy!.
The 'Robin Hood' litter gave me stylish and graceful puppies, full of energy and tenderness at the same time, but also great working dogs and excellent representatives for the breed. This will be Holly's last litter.
Congratulations to Kathy Petroni and Storm who just got another USDAA title. She now has her AAD or Advanced Agility Dog title. She has also qualified for Cynosports and AKC nationals. She needs only 2 more double Q's for her MACH.
With another Best of Breed for a 3 points major, Miss Hopper is now a Canadian Champion:
CH Knigthtcastle Graceful Hopper.
Congratulations to Marie-Eve Cavanagh and Thy who is now the first Knightcastle operational certified Search and Rescue dog.
A good week end for Lark! Knightcastle's first FCC (FCI) Champion! Congratulations to Vanessa Michaud.
RIP beautiful Zorro (Knightcastle Beat Of Your Drum CGN) from the original 'David Bowie' litter between Bowie and Nova (2005).
Third Best of Breed win in five days for Hopper in Springfield, Massachusetts.