Welcome to Knightcastle kennel
Breeding black Flat-coated Retrievers since 2005
Last update: October 21, 2014
Knightcastle is breeding multi-purpose black flat-coated retrievers for obedience, hunting, show, agility or simply for pure pleasure since 2005. With three generations, you can find our dogs across Canada, USA, Bermuda and soon Australia, both British oversea territories.
My name is Yvan Ruel. 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 and today's search engines, finding a flat-coated retriever breeder was hard and that's how Octave, a golden retriever, came into my life, 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 family. 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. Their results speak for themselves. 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, without a handler. I am a member in good standing with the CKC, FCRSA, and the Flatcoated Retriever Society (UK), and am bound by the respective codes of ethics of these clubs. I am also a CKC carrying judge for hunt tests and working certificates for retrievers.
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, they make a loving family companion and won't let you down.
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. I have a litter on the ground only from time to time, mainly to fulfill my own requirements, not to accommodate the demands. Knightcastle is breeding for black flat-coated retriever only. Once you're in the Knightcasle family, we are also helping our dog owners to achieve their goals with their dogs.
Come take a look at my dogs and enjoy your visit and please, don't forget to come back!
- Knightcastle lost a member of its family; Lhassa (Knightcastle Montfroc Lhassa), she was only 7. Lhassa was from the Great European castles litter, Thor (Flat Castle's Olympic Torch) and my Nova. Thinking about owners Lucie and Pierre.
- Congratulations to Kathy and Storm (from the Great Scientists litter) who finished her Beginning Novice Obedience title.
- Congratulations to Philip Dewey and Modi for again, an awesome job and another Q in Master Hunter. Going for Grand Master????
- Sadly, I have to announce the departure of Knightcastle's foundation girl, Nova, to the rainbow bridge.