Nat'l/Int'l CH SR "Bear" WC, CGC, CHIC

Brief Biography of Beretta (aka Bear):

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NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever Title

PCA Working Certificate

Canine Good Citizen Certificate

UCI National Conformation Championship

UCI International Conformation Championship

DOB 10/26/08

Height 24 inches; Weight 50 lbs.

PennHIP 0.52 left and 0.54 right laxities, with no radiographic evidence of Degenerative Joint Disease. At 6 years of age (when this was written), Bear still moves like the wind, jumping, spinning, etc., with ease.

Neonatal Encephalopathy Clear by Parentage

Degenerative Myelopathy Clear by Parentage

vonWillebrands Type 1 Clear by Parentage

CERF (Eyes) Normal w/Breeder Option explained in next paragraph:

Based upon the exam dated 3/1/2014, this dog has been found to be free of significant observable inheritable eye disease and has been issued an Eye Certification Registry Number.  The following breeder option codes were noted:  C1:  CORNEAL DYSTROPHY - EPITHELIAL/STROMAL.

Thyroid Normal

Coat Color DNA: BBee (does not carry brown)

OFA Verification (CHIC 63549)


Bear was DNA tested by UC Davis. The University identified 33 genetic markers for each dog (66 total genes as there is one gene from each parent per marker). Bear's genes will be compared to those of other tested poodles, allowing us to choose the most diverse mates for her (Moshe and Noah are high on the list). Diversity is said to strengthen immune systems, furthering the improvement of health within our own program and our breed. The University's test also includes markers in the Dog Leukocyte Antigen (DLA) class I and II regions, which regulate cellular and antibody immunities and are carefully weighed in our pairings.

In addition to providing Bear's marker numbers, the following paragraphs indicate the frequencies of those markers in tested standard poodles.

1) DLA I Haplotypes (proxy of genes which regulate cellular mediated immunity): 1002 (20.4% frequency in Standards) and 1004 (10.7% frequency in Standards).

2) DLA II Haplotypes (proxy of genes which regulate antibody mediated immunity): 2001 (58% frequency in Standards) and 2002 (10.7% frequency in Standards).

3) 21 out of 33 possible gene pairs are different in Bear's parents.

4) 22 out of 66 of Bear's possible genes have a frequency of less than 20% in Standard Poodles.

Her mom (MHR, WR, SR Misty, WC, JH, WCX, SH), half sister (IABCA Int'l CH Cali), and her grandma are CHIC'd, meaning they have had extensive genetic testing done on them, and passed all tests.

Bear is out of MHR, WR, SR Misty, WC, JH, WCX, SH and UKC CH Pinafore Winds of Change ("Quigley"). She is a highly biddable girl who smiles from ear-to-ear just to hear the chuckles of those around her (see the lower left picture).

Bear's pedigree is filled with top producing white and silver champions. In order to become a Top Producer, the dog has had to produce at least 3 AKC Champions.

Bear LOVES to retrieve on land, but isn't fond of water, which halted her progress toward her AKC Junior Hunter title (she did achieve two passes toward that title). Because we own other dogs that will water retrieve, Rich did not feel it necessary to water force her just for the sake of another title. She did complete her NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever Title at just 13 months of age, sweeping all four NAHRA tests, and qualifying for the Started Brass Band award.

Bear's mom, MHR, WR, SR Misty, WC, JH, WCX, SH, completed her North American Hunting Retriever Association Master Hunter Retriever title making her the 3rd poodle in history to attain that level of proficience with NAHRA. (NAHRA differs from AKC and HRC (UKC) in that they sponsor only field tests which require the dog to pass trailing and quartering tests, in addition to land and water marks/blinds.) Misty has also achieved her AKC Senior Hunter title and her first pass toward her AKC Master Hunter title. While Bear's hunt/field tests are behind her do her dislike of water, she remains a GREAT upland retriever.

In addition to hunting, Bear achieved her UCI National/International Conformation titles, as well as her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate, the weekend of 3/13-3/14/10. She had absolutely no preparation for her CGC. They were conducting evaluations the weekend of the show and Richard decided to give it a try (and she passed).

Attached is a Conformation Judge's Report and translation below:

Overall Judgement: "Nice Puppy"

  1. (overall impression) "Showy, Energetic "
  2. (coat) "Good Condition & Texture"
  3. (head) "Feminine, Long, Lean"
  4. (bite) "Correct"
  5. (eyes) "Well Set, Nice Dark Eyes "
  6. (ears) "Well Set & Long"
  7. (chest) "Developing"
  8. (front angulation) "Slightly Straight"
  9. (back angulation) "Moderately Angled "
  10. (topline) "Correct"
  11. (tail) "Well Set"
  12. (movement) "Nice Coming & Going, Nice Go-Round"

As a puppy, she won Best of Breed puppy with UKC. We are very proud of our Harmony Mountain girl. Bear captures your heart with her inviting spirit and smiles--see bottom picture to the left (sometimes she smiles so hard for people that she sneezes). We adore her!

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Bear looking for direction

Bear at 2 Years of Age

Cali at 16 weeks

Bear Smiling