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

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About Wyndham & Wyndhamian Hunting 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, Llewellin Setter
Additional Services
Hunting, Training, Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Ed Atkins
Wyndhamian Farm, P. O. Box 73
Ashley, North Dakota 58413
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 60 years.
Testimonials (45) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Rev. Henry Baldwin on Mar 26, 2015
Dear Ed.

Bailey (Wyndhams Shooting Star) Turned 10 months old this week. He is a handsome flatcoat and developing beautifully. He is bright, tractable and learns quickly. He is like a sponge -- and everyday he is gaining in confidence and understanding of our home and numerous outdoor environments. He is completely socialized with respect to people and other dogs. On the days he goes to "Doggy Daycare" he is the charmer of the whole place.

He is doing both visual and hidden retrieves to hand. He is a strong swimmer and can keep up with his "older brother", a nine year old flatcoat. His eyes (marking) are actually superior to his "older brother" -- and he has keen natural interest in anything that flies.

He is already a great companion in the field. I look forward to beginning serious retriever training with him in the next few weeks. I have every confidence he will be a fine partner on the hunt.

Thank you for all the experience and professionalism you have brought to developing the breed. We are pleased to experience all that is Bailey.

Best Regards

Henry Baldwin
Submitted by: Kevin on Mar 21, 2015
Wyndhams Misty Marsh (Rosie) is a tremendous animal! Good Looking, great color, energetic and personable; can't think of enough superlatives to describe her.

Since the day I brought her home, we've done daily walks to work on voice and whistle commands as well as basic hand signals. We also work on retrieves from a field blind through waterfowl decoys. That time really paid off, since now she'll sprint straight into cattails after a retrieve....and she doesn't miss!!!

She was only 4 months old at the start of the last hunting season, but walks every field. By November she was coming into her own with her head and nose always working the wind and grounds. We can't wait till the early goose, and pheasant season openers.

She loves the cold weather so am glad we live on a lake. She'll get plenty of water retrieves this summer from both the shore and the boat.

Ed, your advice and tips have always been right on! Thank you for my new best friend and hunting partner. We both hope to see you this fall.

Kevin and Rosie in North Dakota

Submitted by: Dan on Mar 18, 2015
Just now getting time to send a note. Colt is three now. He is doing great. Everything I hoped for. In the field, he has a great nose and instincts.

I got him through started dog about a year ago. I would guess his skill set at halfway through the next level although I don't intend to pursue it. Just missing some blind retrieve work. He is really good on quail - good nose, quarters within gun range etc. He is a great specimen of the breed. He comes in at a little over 70 pounds, but it is all lean muscle. His hair isn't as full as his dad's appears. Nonetheless, he also doesn't pick up a lot of trash in his hair in the field.

In the house he is well mannered, but still has a lot of puppy energy left
over. He loves going to the lake and out in the boat.

Don't know what else to tell you, other than how much we enjoy him.
Submitted by: Zac on Mar 03, 2015
Shiner is really good! Finished up another great duck season! He can't get enough of those ducks! He is getting better every season and becoming one heck of a hunting buddy.

Zac in Arkansas
Submitted by: Tim Russell on Feb 18, 2015
Took Fergus out pheasant hunting this week at 9 months old. Five for five. Made it short work of it.

I could not be happier.

Tim Russell
Submitted by: Bill and Janet on Jan 13, 2015
We have had Molly now for about six months and I just wanted to touch base with you.

She is everything we were wanting. She gets along well with everyone and is very sociable with other dogs.

Her heath has been great. Her only health problem was when she slit her paw on some broken glass and had to have stitches. (Of course this had to happen right when we planning to go out in the field with a neighbor and his mature retriever so she could see what he does.)

She graduated top of her obedience training class and was the instructor's favorite because she picks up things so fast.

Bill and Janet
Submitted by: Frau B. on Oct 07, 2014
Mr. Atkins was so very kind to allow us to visit in North Dakota and see his famous Wyndham – Wyndhamian Chesapeakes and flatcoats. We pick up on shoots in Germany with two Chesapeakes from UK, and were thrilled to meet the very charming and mischievous, Clifford. At 11 years old he led the charge when we walked with My Atkins and all in the kennel, from 5 months to over 15 years, all very alert and attentive to their owner but just very happy well adjusted dogs. They are such athletes running very fast but never into each other.

Back in Germany we told our trainer and he found it hard to believe dogs could play so well together and then get on with business and retrieve totally under control. It was well worth the two day visit in Ashley and in the tiny village where the dogs are located. Mr. Atkins certainly has the experience to keep the dogs controlled but very happy. The dogs must certainly have very good temperaments to respond so fast. Thank you Mr. Atkins for all of your time with us and for giving so many years to these wonderful dogs.

B. from Germany fall 2014

Submitted by: Bernard V. on Sep 27, 2014
The word is rather small and getting smaller. More than 25 years ago when I was just finishing my education in London, my late grandfather was given a red (it is called sedge) Chesapeake by a man highly recommended by his long time USA acquaintance, Mrs. Horn. It turned out that the gentleman that had these wonderful hard working Chesapeakes was also known to my father as a consultant in breeding top of the world thoroughbred race horses. Meeting at the sales in Ireland grandfather was thrilled to buy a very special mare pointed out to him by Mr. Atkins and over a drink before dinner requested information about Mr. Atkins" famous Wyndham Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Mr. Atkins confirmed he was an avid shooting man and had owned and raised Chesapeakes as his hobby since childhood. When asked if he would sell his best dog to grandfather for the family duck shoot, Mr. Atkins very directly told grandfather that consulting about race horse breeding was business but, raising and "hunting" with his retrievers was pleasure. He politely declined to mix business with pleasure.

About a year and a half later grandfather had invited Mr. Atkins to stay a few days at our family home and shoot to discuss the horses. Mr Atkins, discretely called my grandmother to inquire if he might bring a special house gift in the form of an "American retriever" when he came. Grandmother was delighted but told Mr. Atkins she would keep the secret until he arrive to surprise grandfather. She did tell my father and as it was a school holiday I was there also when this very red, full of energy and fearless bundle of energy was handed to grandfather. Over the next 13 or 14 years "Joi de Vire" was sleeping in the main bedroom at the foot of the bed and at times was the only retriever on the shoot when we had 200 bird days.

In New York on business and bored I looked on the internet for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and was thrilled to find a listing on this site for Mr. Atkins and his fine dogs. He has invited me to visit his hunting "shack" for some shooting and dog talk. I know Mr. Atkins has great demand for his dogs and that I must wait my turn but nothing will make my family prouder than the arrival of another "red bundle of energy".
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."

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