In the world of retriever field trials the Labrador Retriever
reigns supreme. Yet still holding on are a few Golden Retriever trialing
kennels. The Darrell and Vee Frisbie Kennels of xxx, xx is one of the few
kennels still running Goldens.
I have talked with a number of Golden Retriever folks and
when talking about field dogs the Frisbie name always seems to be mentioned.
So on a brisk October afternoon: Ellen, Ron and myself drove an hour west
of xx to visit Darrell and Vee and their dogs to see what all the excitement
was about. I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw.
I did not know, until then, anyone that lived on a field
trial grounds. I have included a photo taken from Darrel and Vee's deck
to show you what a field trial grounds should look like. If we use the old
adage about boy's with big toys I think Darrell would probably fit the
bill. He has his own Cat with drags, to build an entire 200 acre grounds
by himself, and he did a fine job. In fact the Hennepin County Retriever
Club has run their Marathon Trial on his grounds. He actually could put
Field Trial grounds builder on his resume' for he has also built trial grounds
for two other dog clubs.
In addition to the grounds, his state of the art kennels
show the same concern for excellence. And now a look at his dogs. I am many
times asked "What is a good family dog?" A Golden Retriever is
usually a good suggestion, for a purely family dog. But these days few
Goldens are field ready. That is not the case with the Frisbie Goldens.
They have a field coat, they have a body stature for hunting and they look
and act like field dogs, how refreshing.
The Frisbie's have been breeding field Golden's for almost
25 years, since 1971. They moved here in 1963 after breeding Irish Setters
in Missouri. In 1971, the Frisbie's had a six year old son who wanted a
dog. They purchased a Golden Ben from a friend. At that time, Vee put down
the law, "No More Dogs In The House!!" In recent memory, she has
had 23 dogs including pups in their impressive house. In 1972, Ben won the
Minnesota Derby. Mary Howley, from our September Meet the Breeder Column,
a year later gave Darrell his first trial win in Fargo.
In the 1980 the Frisbie's bred Ben to a fantastic bitch
out of Michigan. Out of the breeding came a dog by the name of Enchanted
Budweiser (Buddy). Buddy was a fantastic dog with great potential. In the
1981, at just over a year old Buddy became the National Derby Champion.
Buddy and his grandfather Quar were the only Goldens' ever to win this title.
Buddy still holds all the records for a Golden under two years old.
Last week I took Jazz to the vet for a thorn in the paw,
the vet suggested we put her out and operate. I responded, Jazz doesn't
get knocked out for anything but a life threatening reason, I am fanatic
about anesthesia. Well, Buddy had some medical problems. The Frisbie's took
Buddy to the number one Veterinarian Clinic in the area, the University
of Minnesota. Needless to say, Buddy did not return home alive. Another
great dog loss to the knife. The loss of Buddy took a lot out of the Frisbies.
In 1984-85 Top Brass Cotton became the only Golden Retriever
to win the National Amateur. Cotton has thrown many good pups. The Frisbies
own one of them. AFC Top Brass Super Trooper is one of the Frisbie's prides.
Darrell worked Trooper to his Amateur Field Trial Championship.
Included in their six dog kennel is Josh, another state
Derby champion, Trooper, Benson, Max. Cutter and Jazz are two dogs he is
presently running in trials. Darrell takes Jazz and Cutter to 15 to 20 trials
a year. Vee and Darrell winter in Florida with their eight dogs to help
them train all year long.
Just as Darrell's specializes in trialing, Vee is in charge
of managing the litters. She in addition to the dogs in residence Vee has
ten bitches placed with other families. Vee usually has eight litters per
year. Additionally they sire another 30 plus litters a year. She places
her bitches with families to have the pups. She then takes the litters back
at 4 weeks of age.
At 4 1/2 weeks Vee starts to work her pups with birds.
Interestingly she clips the hair on each pups shoulder to better identify
them. She keeps a diary on each litter and the identification helps her
to document each pups activities. She can tell you sleeping habits of each
pup, their feeding habits, playing habits, human interaction, bird work
and much more.
Vee has no pick of the litter. In fact she picks which
pup you will get based on interviews with you and the pups habits and traits.
She rarely gets a complaint from her system. Her pups leave at seven weeks
of age all ready paper trained. They charges $450 to $500 for a pup.
Golden's are very social dogs so they need a lot of tender
loving care. They are strong companion dogs. One of the problem with breeding
Golden's is though they are the fifth most registered breed, there is a
very small field gene pool, and it is shrinking. Darrell notes that Golden's
are a bit harder to train than Labs, because they know where the pressure
comes from. They know that the collar is giving the pressure not the handler.
Labs don't put two and two together like Goldens do.
So what are the Frisbies looking for in a breeding? The
first thing they look for is desire, second intelligence and third tractability
or ability to follow commands.
I asked Darrell and Vee "What should someone look
for when buying a Golden?" First they suggest look for both OFA certified
(hip dysplastic free) parents. Second look for CERF certified (good eyes)
parents. Third look for "Hot Spots" on the coat of the parents.
"Hot Spots" are areas of loss patches of hair not uncommon in
Goldens. If you plan on using your Goldens in the field, additionally look
for Field Trial and Hunt Test titles on their papers.
So if you are looking for a vanishing breed, the field
Golden Retriever give Darrell and Vee a call, and perhaps go out and see
their place, you'll probably be impressed too. Their phone number is xxx.
Vee and Darrell Winter with their dogs in Florida their number there is
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