Titles and Other Achievements

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“What Is A Title Really?"

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher Title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores. A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

 A Title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.  And a Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog, and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed, and that in the end your faith was justified.

A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.  And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.

A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently.

--Author Unknown--

We've only just begun. Keep checking this page for updates on our titling progress. While I would like to take credit for our hunting titles, 90% of the praise goes to my husband, Richard. He gets up earlier than he has to to train before work, oftentimes braving bad weather and trips away from home to make them happen; all the while smiling because he loves the sport as much as our dogs do.

His devotion has resulted in Master titles on more than one of our poodles, a rare occurence in the poodle world (in fact, we may be the only kennel with more than one master dog).


Misty focused on her mark)
Serious, Loveable Titan
Lively, Sweet, Fun Bear

Misty achieved her Working Certificate on 5/02/2009. In 2010, she attained her NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever and AKC Junior Hunter titles, and two passes toward her AKC Senior Hunter title. She also earned her Working Certificate Excellent prior to achieving her NAHRA Working Retriever title on 12/10/2011.

Then, in 2012, she completed her AKC Senior Hunter title, while becoming the 3rd poodle in history to attain a Master Hunting Retriever title with NAHRA (as of 3/18/2012); our Titan was the 2nd.

(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.)

In 2013, we began running her in tests again. She received her first AKC Master Hunter pass at PCA regionals in Portland, OR on 9/21/2013.

Misty also placed 4th against senior/master level dogs in a Big 5 Singles Competition held by the Western Arizona Gun Dog club on 11/06/2010.

Misty is such a calm and loving girl until she goes hunting wtih Dad. She is gifted with the ability to know just when to be calm and when to fire up. She is a hard-charging girl when she is hunting or training.

Her titles have been slow in coming, not because she doesn't have what it takes, but she almost always come into heat just as Rich prepares to leave for a hunt/field test. (Because dogs are off-leash, girls in heat are not allowed.)

Because we love all things about her, we have chosen to keep two of her pups: Bear and Cali.

Titan earned his Master Hunting Retriever title with NAHRA on 3/17/2012, qualifying him to run in NAHRA's Master Hunter Invitational in May 2012. We are honored to be invited to this event.

He is only the 2nd poodle in history to obtain a Master title with NAHRA. He also achieved his AKC Senior Hunter title on 5/02/10, making him the 24th Standard Poodle in history to achieve that honor. He attained his NAHRA Working Retriever title on 1/16/11, making him the second poodle to have attained that level of proficiency (Misty was the 3rd) and he achieved it so quickly that he qualified for NAHRA's Brass Band Award. (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.)

Additionally, he is a NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever and AKC Junior Hunter, and has earned both his Working Certificate and Working Certificate Excellent.

Titan approaches all things in life with the heart of a pup, even though he isn't anymore. He loves life and playing with Dad just makes it all the greater.

UCI Nat'l/Int'l Champion, NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever, Canine Good Citizen, and 1/2 way to her AKC Junior Hunter Title. Additionally, she earned her Working Certificate on 2/11/2010.

Bear has heart and a strong desire to please and greets everyone with a smile (literally).

She earned her NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever title at only 13 months of age and the completion of 4 consecutive passes within a single calendar year earned her NAHRA's Brass Band Award.

She earned her National and International Conformation Championships on 3/13 and 3/14/2010, as well as her Canine Good Citizen certificate.


SR Cedar, JH, WC
Misty focused on her mark)
Cedar Retrieving Live Pheasant (who pecked her the whole way back to Rich)

Rommel swept the four passes needed for his NAHRA Started Retriever title, completing it on 3/13/11. He did the same with his AKC Junior Hunter title, achieving it on 2/11/2012. He has also achieved his PCA Working Certificate.

NAHRA Started Retriever Title

Poodle Club of America Working Certificate

AKC Junior Hunter Title

Because Rommel developed Masticatory Muscle Myositis, he was neutered and rehomed.

Cedar is a NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever and AKC Junior Hunter and has also earned her Poodle Club of America Working Certificate.

AKC Junior Hunter Title

NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever Title

Poodle Club of America Working Certificate

Cedar was the first AKC-hunt titled red poodle and the first dual-titled red poodle. She was spayed due to complications resulting from the delivery of her second litter. She is a very loyal (and protective) companion who has faithfully stood beside Richard in every aspect of his life, always ready for whatever he asks of her.

While we now have several hunting dogs to love and admire, she was our first titled poodle and will always be Richard's favorite--their bond is irrefutable. She still has not missed a hunt, and continues to retrieve for Richard, even in harsh conditions.

She is our logo dog (red pup carrying a pigeon) and will live with us forever.



Cali Resting After Show
Curious Tule
Confident, Loving Kimber

IABCA International Title

Best of Breed Bred By Exhibitor (Certificate 1)

Best of Breed Bred By Exhibitor (Certificate 2)

Best of Breed Bred By Exhibitor (Certificate 3)

CH Cali was entered in four shows on 3/10-3/11/2012. She earned her International Championship with the highest of ratings in the first three shows (the other "pass" will be applied to her National title at the next Arizona show). Cali won "Best of Breed Bred by Exhibitor" in three shows by three different judges (see certificates above) and one Group Best Bred By Exhibitor where a medal was earned.

CH Tule was entered in four conformation shows on 3/10-3/11/2012. She earned her National and International Puppy Championships with the highest of ratings available. Tule won "Best of Breed Puppy" and one reserve Group "Best Puppy" (see certificates below her titles).

IABCA International Puppy Title

IABCA National Puppy Title

Best of Breed Puppy (Certificate 1)

Best of Breed Puppy (Certificate 2)

Reserve Group Best Puppy


UKC Show Champion Title 

CH Kimber achieved her title with 6 competition wins in one weekend.

She is among the first in our pack to greet strangers in our home. She is a very confident and outgoing girl, who loves absolutely everyone.

We no longer breed reds, so Kimber was rehomed to Siena Standard Poodles in Texas.


UKC/Int'l CH Kiss
Nat'l/Int'l 2XBIS CH Ace
Playful, Loving Kiss
Gentle, Loveable Ace


UKC Show Champion Title

UCI Conformation Judge's Report

UCI International Conformation Championship

CH Kiss is a fun, high-spirited girl who can easily incite humans and other dogs to play.

Her movements are absolutely effortless and watching her run and play is awe inspiring. Her grace and beauty resulted in a title in just two weekends, despite a very bad haircut and the competition of other extremely beautiful poodles.

Due to reproductive issues, Kiss is no longer with us.

UCI Conformation Judge's Report

UCI National Conformation Championship

UCI International Conformation Championship

CH Ace's beauty allowed him to achieve his National and International Championships in one weekend, with two Best In Show and 3 Reserve Best in Show wins during the same single weekend of shows (see the top picture taken with Judge Kenneth W. Clemons the weekend of the show, March 13-14, 2010). Additionally, Ace is 1/2 way to his UKC Championship title, achieved against an AKC/Canadian Champion who consistently went Best of Opposites against Am CH Yes.

Ace is one of the most gentle and loving dogs that I have had the pleasure of knowing (let alone owning). He is beautiful in structure and comes from Champion lines.

Subpar hip scores caused us to remove him from our breeding program (it happens sometimes).

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