Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Puppies Arrived in June & Now Available

The puppies arrived! 8 flat coated retriever puppies born June 2009, 3 sold, 5 remain available. Contact me if interested at

Family Photo

The family photo of the Paradise adult flat coated retrievers.

From left to right: Lucia, Antigua, Jamaica, Curacao, Cayman, and Aruba.

Photo by Mark Mess, Mark's Place, Iowa

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

4 Reasons Why Flat Coated Retrievers are so Special

According to

1. The flat-coated retriever is a fantastic family dog with the puppyhood energy surviving well into it's later years. It is a breed that loves children and is suited to the fun lifestyle that young children often bring with them.

2. It is a breed that loves children and is suited to the fun lifestyle that young children often bring with them.

3. It is an elegant looking breed of a dog with a beautiful coat that is a joy to stroke

4. This dog is ideally suited for companionship.

Monday, June 29, 2009

What is the flat coated retriever breed history?

According to, here's the history...

The Flat-Coat’s ancestry includes the "Retriever Proper," a cross-breed emerging from the Large Newfoundland, setter, sheepdog, and spaniel-like water dogs.

These retrievers were invaluable to fishermen and often traded between Britain and North America, where they became known as generic "Labrador" dogs.

Eventually, a breed known as the Wavy-Coated (subsequently Flat-Coated) Retriever appeared and became distinct to these "Labrador" dogs.

Although his tail never stops wagging, the Flat-Coated Retriever is suited for hard work. Originally bred to flush and retrieve both upland game and waterfowl, he transfers his determination, desire and verve on the hunting field to everyday life, enthusiastically participating in family activities and in the show, obedience and agility rings.

Slightly racier and more moderate in bone than other retriever breeds, the Flat-Coat has a solid black or liver-colored coat that protects him from the elements and lies straight and flat.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Jamaica's Accomplishments

CH Hardscrabble Paradise Jam UD MH WCX HOF***(Jamaica) jammed an amateur stake in 2004 and was the only flat coat since 1996 that had placed in an amateur field trial stake in the USA.

Jamaica then won the Flat Coated Retriever Field Trophy for North America in 2004.

He was also a group placer in the confirmation ring and the winner of the first Flat Coated qualifying stake at the flat coat specialty in Kentucky along with being a Hall of Fame dog.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lucia's Accomplishments

CH Paradise St. Lucia All Incl UD MH WCX HOF**

* won a derby stake, is a master hunter
* top ten for conformation when she was being shown
* group one placer in conformation
* youngest Hall of Fame flat coat in the history of our breed

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Aruba's Accomplishments

CH Hardscrabble Paradise Aruba UD MH WCX HOF*** (Aruba) was the youngest qualified all age flat coat till Curacoa (another Paradise owned flat coat) beat her.

Aruba still holds the record of being the youngest SH and Master Hunter (18 months) in the history of our breed.