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Wyndham & Wyndhamian Retrievers (Est. 1953) - North Dakota Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Flat Coated Retriever Breeders

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About Wyndham & Wyndhamian Retrievers (Est. 1953)

The Wyndham-Wyndhamian retrievers have been Mr. Atkins avocation since he was 10 years old. After more than 60 years with the highest quality working retrievers the dogs have kept Mr Atkins a very active hunter of both upland and waterfowl. The purpose of the breeding program has always been to produce the best Chesapeake Bay and flat coated retrievers possible for the shooting needs of Mr Atkins and his friends. Every effort has been made to breed only from proven sound, trainable and reliable working stock of the highest quality. No effort to accomplish this is compromised and this highly organized and focused breeding effort has sought the best individual animals from anywhere in North America or Europe. While Mr Atkins has no interest in artificial hunt tests or field trials, dogs from this program have produced many of the best winners at these events for others. The Wyndham-Wyndhamian program is to our knowledge the only retriever breeding kennel to have animals it produced be parents of Field Trial Champions and All-Age Winners on both sides of the Atlantic. Regardless, the aim remains to produce stock that has a strong desire to find game, that has an inherent desire to please, work for the owners and that will be physically sound for work for 12 or more shooting seasons. Anyone wishing additional information about this kennels stock in either breed should contact Mr Atkins, who will be pleased to discuss or show off his current stock, explain breeding plans and how approved owners may reserve a pup with a nonrefundable deposit, or book a quality female to be bred to one of the Wyndham-Wyndhamian stud dogs. Balance for puppy purchases are due when notified that a suitable puppy is available.



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Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Flat Coated Retriever
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Hunting, Training, Stud Services
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Ed Atkins
Wyndhamian Farm, P. O. Box 73
Ashley, North Dakota 58413
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 60 years.
Puppies for sale
Testimonials (37) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Walden H. Powell on Sep 17, 2014
I rarely write testimonials, but as I watch the newest addition to our family grow and thrive, I feel I must get the word out about the quality of Ed Atkins’ Flatcoats.

I got my first Flatcoat from Ed in 1992. That dog changed my outlook on dogs forever. I will never be without an Ed Atkins’ Flatcoat for as long as I live!

I currently own two of Ed’s dogs, a 6 year old and a 4 month old. I had the unique opportunity to travel to North Dakota this summer to get my new pup, and was able to see firsthand why Ed’s dogs are the ultimate Flatcoats in America.

Wyndham kennels are amazing. Everything is centered on the dogs and their well being. Clean, organized, and highly structured, Ed keeps all ages of wonderful dogs under his watchful eye. The dogs are very social, friendly, and happy. Seeing Ed with five generations of Flatcoats was a sight to behold! All dogs, from puppies to old-timers, are given training time in the fields behind the kennels. Ed personalizes this training to encourage and foster the Flatcoats’ natural curiosity and abilities as gun dogs. At 8 weeks, my puppy was already retrieving and following basic commands like a pro!

I waited almost two years to get my newest pup, Jeb. He was well worth the wait. Like my other two Wyndham Flatcoats, he is healthy, intelligent, and eager to please. He gets along well with my three other dogs and cats. He's excited to go hunting with my husband! As soon as he finishes his “big boy” shots, he will be enrolled in the Delta therapy training program, and will also be a candidate for team membership in our medal winning Flyball team here in Las Vegas. Ed continues to keep in touch, and is a wealth of general canine information, Flatcoat history, and encouragement.

You can search near and far, but you will never find better Flatcoats than the ones coming from Wyndham Kennels. Get on the waiting list now!

Wally Powell
Las Vegas NV

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Submitted by: Dan B. in Texas on Sep 01, 2014
"Ed is a great breeder to talk to and understand the breed. We talked several times over the last two years. I have owned Flat Coats before, but after talking with Ed, I knew I wanted to own one of his Flat Coats. His dedication to produce healthy dogs designed to hunt was what intrigued me to buy his puppy. She has been great. We have had her for a month, she is very smart and energetic."
Submitted by: Josh L. in Western Nebraska on Dec 20, 2013
In the late 1960’s I was hunting with friends at a public hunting ground in South Eastern Wyoming. Our dogs were struggling to get the wily pheasants to flush in gun range and we were getting very frustrated. Taking a break back at the parking area we saw a single hunter with a Chesapeake and what we learned later was a flat coated retriever walk back to his vehicle with a limit of 3 pheasants and 4 sharptails. I asked this man, who it turned out to be, Ed Atkins a graduate student from the Univ. in Laramie about the dogs and how he had managed to be so successful alone. He just said his dogs worked as a team and had flushed many hens as well as the roosters that he shot. Years later I bought a Chesapeake from Ed and later on a flatcoat. Both were superb athletes, wonderful family dogs and the best hunting dogs I have ever owned. I wish I knew how many upland and waterfowl my two retrieved over more than a dozen years in Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. Recently came across Ed’s Wyndham and Wyndhamian listing on the Gundogbreeders site and have already and booked pups from both breeds for myself to hunt over with my wife, sons and grand children. Definitely know that these pups from Ed will make my retirement years with time to hunt and fish very memorable. Can't wait to drive up to ND and visit with Ed about our dogs and hunting going back about 50 years

Josh in Western Nebraska

Submitted by: John Graupman on Nov 20, 2013
Bought female 3 years ago. Best duck retriever I have had. Also work pheasants hard. Very athletic, easiest trained. Higher price than I was wanting but worth it. Worry about titles over rated, these dogs hunt! Will get another from Wyndham when current dog gets older.
Submitted by: Shannon Murray on Oct 23, 2013
Growing up we had an amazing Flat Coat Retriever. After years had passed I decided it was time to have another one in our lives. I searched for a long time for the perfect breeder before I found Ed from Wyndham Retrievers. After spending time communicating with Ed about his dogs I realized I had found the right breeder. We got Knight in 2009 and he has grown into a beautiful 90-95lb Flat Coat with an excellent disposition. He is a quick learner and aims to please. He is a great hunting companion for my dad. He has an amazing nose on him, he is a great hunting dog for land or water foul. He is friendly with other dogs, and even works well with the horses, he will actually lead the horses with the rope into the trailer. He is amazing dog and my dad would be lost without him. Thanks Ed for bringing Knight into our lives. Ed continues to keep in touch to make sure he is doing well, Ed genuinely cares about his dogs and I would recommend him to anyone.
Submitted by: Anne Ward on Aug 15, 2013
We got Zelda (Wyndham Quicker Quality) from Ed in May of 2012. Zelda is our first experience with flat coated retrievers, and we are sold on the breed. She is extremely intelligent and tractable. Housebreaking her and obedience lessons were easier than any dog I've ever dealt with. Zelda's nose works nonstop when out in the field, but she still listens to me and obeys when directed to perform a task. I can hardly wait until she is old enough to breed, and I look forward to have flat coated retrievers in my household for many years to come. Thank you, Ed, for all your work and the years you've spent genetically improving this marvelous breed of dog. I feel so honored to have gotten on of your dogs because I know I've gotten the best breeding one can find in a flat coat.
Submitted by: Adam clatt on Apr 11, 2013
We purchased a male Chesapeake from Ed in August 2011. Trigger has been such a wonderful addition to our family! Ed is a great person, very kind and knows the Chesapeake breed well. We told him what our expectations were of a dog and Ed gave us exactly what we were looking for. We would recommend him and his pups to anyone looking for a Chesapeake. Trigger is an incredibly friendly and intelligent dog. He is currently at a professional trainer and should pass his hunt tests this summer. When we are ready to add another Chesapeake to our family we will definitely return to Ed!
Submitted by: John Waggoner on Oct 28, 2012
this weekend was opening day of pheasant season here in nebraska. i avoided opening day but took joe out without a gun and only a whistle this afternoon. i wanted to test his nose. we have about an 18-20 mph wind from the south this aft. joe walked along with me but suddenly turned into the wind and quickly moved about 20 yards from me rushing onto a hidden rooster in the thick grass.

i didn't know if it was a fluke but kept working a 25 acre patch of thick canary reed grass. sequentially joe pushed up 3 more roosters and a hen using his nose into the deep grass and immediately flushed up the birds and didn't give chase once flushed.

i am quite impressed w/ his instincts as i don't fancy myself much of a dog trainer and recognize his natural ability and breeding.

he has adjusted well to life here sleeping indoors for the most part and getting over the puppy stage for the most part. his 1 year birthday is coming up so i thought i'd give you an update on his progress and skills. he has been a joy to have and very friendly w/ all

john wagoner

Submitted by: Brad Maloof on Jul 01, 2012
I first contacted Ed Atkins over 2 years ago. I was searching for a great breeder. After speaking with many experts of the breed, all roads seemed to lead to Ed.

I called Ed and was surprised how easy he was to talk to and how he loved the breed immensely. Other breeders I called were mostly concerned with how quickly I could purchase a dog. Not Ed. He wanted to know what I was looking for in the dog. Was it a hunting dog, a family dog, a single companion, and on and on. Also he wanted to know a lot about myself too. What was my experience with dogs, did I have children, are we ready for the commitment. He was always pleasant but in the end I got the impression in a good way It was a mutual interview.
For the next 12 months we would converse every couple months until my family was finally ready for our new addition.
Once we were ready we were sent pictures updating us with the growth and progress of our girl Charlie. Ed and his wife drove over 200 miles round trip to meet me at the Bismarck airport to deliver Charlie. They then stayed with me for over 2 hours offering advice and helping with the transition. They did this without asking for anything, no charge.
When we got her home the Vet was amazed at how strong and healthy she was!!!
Since we have had Charlie for 6 weeks I have talked to Ed three times. He truly cares. I cannot thank him enough. I guess when you have bred these dogs for well over 40 years you learn a thing or two. He's a consummate professional, the expert in his field and he has a life long customer. Thank You Ed from are entire family!!!
Submitted by: Karen Douglass on Feb 10, 2012
I think it's about time to add my two canadian cents in. Not finding the type of chessie I wanted I was given Ed's name by Bill Fuhr, an avid field trialer & die hard chessie man. In 1990 a little female sedge colored puppy arrived, purchased sight unseen. Jewell was a delight earning her CD, CGC & TD with ease. We had many wonderful adventures & travelled all over. When she passed away at the age of 13 I called Ed. Once again I purchased another pup, this time a male, sight unseen. George is now 8 yrs old earning his CD, CGN, RE plus many high in class taking the Cdn National Specialty Show & Regional Western Cdn show as High Scoring chessie in 2010 (made extra special as Ed was able to attend!). George is starting a "new" job as a certified therapy dog. Both of these dogs have taken to any task I have asked of them and showed me new ways of doing it too! I will eagerly await for my "new" bundle from Ed but I don't know how he will be able to top these two!

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