Neverland-Retriever Pack

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This web site is dedicated to our dogs and the people who love and care for them. On these pages is information about their accomplishments, our kennel’s breeding plans, retriever training and other Flat-Coat items of interest. Our kennel’s name, "Neverland-Retrievers" reflects the Flat-Coat’s attitude as the "Peter-Pan" of dogs. Like Peter-Pan, they are slower to mature, both mentally and physically, than the other retriever breeds. They are also as active and strong late in life as when they were puppies.

The Flat-Coated Retriever emerged around 1850 when the St. John’s Water Dog from Labrador is believed to have been crossed with an English Setter or Black Setter. The offspring was first known as the Wavy-Coated Retriever and showed great working ability and grace. The dog was later renamed Flat-Coated Retriever and was first exhibited in 1864 in Birmingham, England.

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a dual purpose dog, equally at home in the field working alongside a sportsmen flushing and retrieving game and in the show ring exhibit elegance and beauty. The typical Flat-Coat thrives on interaction with people. They are an active dog that adapts to city or country living, but needs daily exercise  to keep from getting bored and to maintain their youthful demeanor.

Our kennel strives to maintain the Flat-Coated Retriever’s dual purpose nature. We breed to produce Flat-Coats  in good health, with ideal temperament and standard appearance as well as a strong working drive. We adhere to the Breeder Code of Ethics for the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America. Our dogs are screened for genetic abnormalities prior to breeding.

Our kennel is located in Northern Virginia in the historic Mount Vernon district. The local community abounds with many different dog breeds and active, responsible owners. We have several dog training clubs in the area specializing in obedience, agility and field work.

Special thanks to Al and Melody for their advice and to my family for the constant support,  patience and encouragement.

Peter, January 2006

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