We are a small kennel, located right
outside of the university town of Athens, Georgia. We strive to breed
correct Flat Coated Retrievers in type, temperament, structure, working ability
and overall character. Our dogs all live in the house, so we demand correct
temperaments from all of our dogs, and all are worked in the field and titled
there as we have the opportunity. We also seek complete health clearances
(hips, CERF, elbows and patellas) before breeding any of our dogs. At a minimum,
we compete in AKC all breed and specialty dog shows and AKC hunting tests.
We also strongly believe that Flat Coated Retrievers are first and foremost
companion gundogs, so we also hunt over our dogs whenever possible. Some of the
dogs you will see on these pages do not actually live with us, as we have a
limit on how many dogs we can happily keep, but all are within our circle of
friends and are available to us at any time.
Many Bertschire flat-coated retrievers
are also successful at obedience and
agility competitions. We are proud to say that our dogs
have earned major awards at national specialties, including Best of Breed,
Reserve Winners Dog, Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, Best In Puppy & Veteran's
Sweepstakes and Best of Opposite in Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes and numerous
Awards of Merit. Bertschire flat-coated retrievers have also qualified for the
FCRSA Hall of Fame.
We are members of the Flat Coated Retriever
Society of America, and actively serve on committees, and Andrea Holsinger
judged the Puppy and Veteran sweepstakes at the 2002 national specialty.
Please email with any questions
or suggestions! We can also be reached by phone at 706-742-5743 (this is
our business phone number, but if you leave a message, we will call you back!),
email is preferred! If you
are new to Flat Coated Retrievers, please
read our page on the downside of
this breed first!
Please browse our site, and we hope you
enjoy virtually meeting some of our best friends! Some of our pages are
still under construction, but you should find something of interest. We
also occasionally have
adult dogs available through either
FCRSA Rescue, or dogs
we have bred that we are placing.
Information on carrying
dogs to England! What
paperwork you need, and what it cost us to show at the Crufts dog show.
here to surf some international Flat Coated Retriever websites and plug into
the international FCR community! You can also read about
"Robin", our first flat-coated retriever stud
dog visiting the USA from the Netherlands.