The Wyndham-Wyndhamian Retrievers represent a serious hobby effort over the past 59 years. The kennels program began in 1953 when Ed Atkins at 10 years old qualified for a junior hunting license and turned his focused attention to learning about retrievers; in particular their development and breeding as hunting dogs. The home kennel is located in south central
Each year the Wyndham-Wyndhamian Retrievers work from the opening of the early Canada Goose season in August through Mid-January, when the upland seasons close and then during the spring Snow Goose season (March-April). In an average year the dog teams from this kennel will see in excess of 3,000 head of game flushed and retrieved. This hard work "so to speak" separates out "the men from the boys" for future breeding. It allows real selection for natural talents, temperament, trainability, athletic ability, nose, endurance, durability and longevity. In addition since 1960 the dogs in the kennel have been x-rayed foir skeletal issue, have had annual eye exams and as more information regarding soundness issues in the breed became public the testing program has been enhanced to better provide real information needed for informed breeding decisions.
Since 1953 the dogs worked and bred from have averaged more than 12 shooting seasons of high quality hunting for Ed Atkins and his friends. At the present time there are four 13 year old retrievers in the team that completed their 12th hunting season. As said, the "proof is in the pudding" and great pride and enjoyment is derived shooting over these seasoned veterans. All four are sound and healthy; enjoying life and being wonderful companions in their 14 year.
With more than a dozen generations of selection within the kennel's program behind current members of the working team, the primary breeding and rearing goals remain the same.
1. Sound healthy animals with longevity, endurance, kind easy to train personalities and the athletic ability to efficiently handle any and all terrain and weather conditions.
2. Dogs that follow the traditions of the Chesapeake Bay retriever breeds character, physical strength, that unique and marvelous coat and the ability to problem solve not just follow handler instructions. Some breeds are told what to do a good
3. Puppies are nurtured from the time they are born in the house and taught to trust and follow the humans instructions. Allowed to work out their own problems when searching for game they never-the-less are eager to work for their owner as a team member not just for themselves.
In the fall of 2012 the breeding plans to restock the home kennel and provide quality working animals to discriminating hunters that understand quality breeding failed to produce the hoped for litters. As a result one of the kennels most experienced bitches has been mated to Ch Wyndhams Unequaled ("Clifford"). Combined the parents of this expected winter litter will combined have 18 shooting seasons behind them. Both parents have high quality workers working in hunting homes from coast to coast. he pups expected will as usual be reared in the house, whistle trained to come as part of the weaning process and be retrieving to hand before they are 8 weeks old.
In the early spring two of the most promising youngsters in the kennel will be mated. The young male is a son of the above mentioned "Clifford" and out of an outcross female acquired in Colorado from very old and proven working stock. The young female is a sister of our rugged young stud dog, Wyndhams Excellence ("Tarzan"), being sired by the veteran, Wyndhams Raging River ("Ranger") out of another outcross femals acquired in South Dakota from purely hunting stock.
In the summer or fall there will be a third litter bred, sired by "Tarzan" and out of a daughter of "Clifford".
As puppies from this program are raised in the house and handled every day from birth their individual personalities and potentials are carefully evaluated. Those purchased by outside enthusiasts are selected for their new owners based upon the new owners specific needs and situation.
As is normal for this program all puppies will be reserved prior to birth. Those sportsmen wishing the very best breeding and rearing for a hunting Chesapeake Bay Retriever should contact Ed Atkins by phone or email. Puppies may be reserved by approved and suitable buyers with a 50% none refundable deposit/down payment. When a suitable puppy is identified the purchaser will be asked for the balance due for the purchase, plus a veterinary fee for a Health Certificate required to cross state lines.
When emailing please include a first and last name, location where the emailer lives and where he or she hunts, provide a home telephone number, an explanation of what he or she is seeking and what experience he or she has had with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed.