How it all started
Back in 1989, I was searching for the perfect companion dog and I fell in love with the flat-coated retriever in a book called 'Les chiens du monde'. But in those days, resources to find a breeder in Canada were limited and that's how Octave (Octave Moun), a pure-bred golden retriever, came in my life. He stayed with me for more than fourteen years, following me everywhere I was going.
In 2001, Octave was 12 years old and the timing was right to get him a partner and it had to be a flat-coated! I finally got my first one, Darwin. Together we went to puppy class and 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. Darwin was my first 'Obedience Trial Champion', a funny one!
In 2003, Octave passed away and Darwin was left alone, it was time to have my second flatcoat. A sweet little girl named Nova entered my life. What I did not know at the time is that her and Darwin were going to change my life forever. Nova spent eleven years with me, becoming my second 'Obedience Trial Champion' dog, allowing me to found Knightcastle in 2005 with the David Bowie litter. She passed away in August 2014, leaving behind her a humongous legacy all accross North America. All the dogs here at Knightcastle are directly coming from her and I'm currently preparing the fourth generation.
From the first litter, I kept two fantastic dogs, Céleste and Baxter. Among with Nova and Darwin, these four dogs competed in show, obedience and also hunt tests, putting Knightcastle on the map as a serious North American kennel. Céleste became my third 'Obedience Trial Champion' dog and Baxter ading show, obedience and field titles in Canada and USA, still being the only Knightcastle dog to achieve this.
My current dogs are my veterans Holly and Forrest and my two young girls, Blanche and Cosette. Hopper and Lilly are also part of my breeding program but don't live with me. They are very active dogs and are in excellent health. I am not pushing them with over-training and retire them from competition at a young age. 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 and granted Knightcastle the status of 'Permanent Registration of a Kennel Name'. 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 still considered a 'multi-purpose' dog in Europe and Knightcastle is always keeping that in mind, not breeding for one specific goal or purpose. We have a litter on the ground only from time to time, mainly to fulfill my own requirement, not to accommodate the demands. Knightcastle is devoted to breed black flat-coated retrievers only and is not giving any breeding rights.