Knightcastle Permanent Registered Kennel
Breeding black Flat-Coated Retrievers since 2005
Since 2005, Knightcastle Permanent Registered Kennel (Canada) is committed to breed high quality black flat-coated retrievers for obedience, hunting, show, agility and of course for family and companion dogs. We also have 'therapy' and 'search and rescue' dogs, making the flat-coated retriever the perfect multi-purpose dog. With three generations, you can find our dogs all across Canada, USA and Bermuda.
About Knightcastle and me
Back in 1988, I was searching for the perfect companion dog and 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. 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. In 2003 when Octave left this Earth to the rainbow bridge, a sweet little girl named Nova entered my life. Nova spent eleven years with me, she accomplished the same titles than Darwin and even more, allowing me to found Knightcastle in 2005 with her first litter; the David Bowie litter. She passed away in August 2014, leaving behind her a humongous legacy all accross North America.
My current dogs are my veteran Holly, my boy Forrest and my youngsters Blanche and little Cosette! 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.
In December 2015, the Canadian Kennel Club recognized Knightcastle's hard work and commitment to the breed by granting me the status of 'Permanent Registration of a Kennel Name'.
About the Flat-coated retriever
The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in England in the mid-1800's. It's a very popular hunting dog in Europe, but almost unknown here in North America. It has maintained its reputation as dual-purpose retriever over the years. The flat-coated retriever is the perfect dog to have outside or in the house, playing with you or with children. It is a devoted family companion, a versatile working dog, outgoing and it won't let you down.
Commitment to the breed
Each litter is carefully planned considering the quality, health clearances (OFA), the pedigree and also the accomplishments of both the Sire and the Dam. Knightcastle is breeding high quality flat-coated retrievers for temperament, type and soundness, dogs with good working abilities and outgoing personalities. The flat-coated retriever is considered a 'multi-purpose' dog in Europe and Knightcastle is always keeping that in mind, not breeding 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 devoted to breed black flat-coated retrievers only and is not giving any breeding rights.
Last updates: February 28, 2017
So sad to announce that my old Baxter passed away on February 20. He was 11. He was my best budy and a fantastic dog to be with. Already missing him like crazy. R.I.P. my friend.
A new Champion: Luka (Ch Knightcastle Jean Luc Picard), from the 'Star Trek' litter of 2016. Congratulations to owners Diana and Bruce in British Columbia!
A great Knightcastle Ambassador has passed away in February: Jester (Can Ch & MOTCh Knightcastle Dagonet Does Jest JH WCX / Am CDX).
A big welcome in the family to little Cosette (Knightcastle Honora Prévost). She was the yellow girl from the 'Great Musicians' litter.
Modi (Am Ch Knightcastle Modi D'Avignon MH RN WCX CGC HOF) takes 'Best in sweepstakes' at the FCRSA supported entry in Springfield.