Welcome to the home of Ardenwood Flat-coated Retrievers.  

We are Joe and Patti Skorupa,  located in the San Francisco Bay area of California.  We have been part of the flatcoat community for over fifteen years, when we adopted our first flat-coated retriever.   We are devoted to our flatcoat companions, and are very involved in the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of AmericaWe are also members of the FCRSC.

Patti is the Archivist for the FCRSA, and recently joined the FCR Cancer Studies Support Group.  She was a member of the FCRSA Board of Directors and is involved in FCR rescue.

Joe is now an AKC hunt test judge, and is looking forward to his next assignment apprenticing for his Master Hunter judge credentials at the Copper State Hunting Retriever Club in February.  He is co-chair of the FCRSA Field Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Retriever Training Association.

We hope that you enjoy our "web-site in progress", and that you find it informative.  We plan to include information about our extended  flatcoat family, and about Flat-coated Retrievers in general.  

We had two wonderful weeks at the FCRSA 2012 National Specialty, where Dodger earned his Working Certificate Excellent and placed in Veterans Sweepstakes and Veterans Conformation.  Zip won the FCRSA Steady Singles, and has earned a spot in the FCRSA Ring of Honor.  June earned her first Junior Hunter leg and a Working Certificate.  And at nearly eleven, Emma proved that she can still be a show dog in Veteran Sweeps.

One month later, the boys & June took placements in conformation and Veterans Sweeps at the FCRSC specialty in Vancouver, and Zip earned his WCI, Dodger & June earned WC certificates.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like information about this wonderful breed.  We are always happy to talk about our dogs, and to help you decide if flatcoats are the breed for you. 

Interested in adopting or fostering a rescue? Find out more information HERE!

For more photos from Ardenwood, visit our Flickr Photostream HERE!

View our Honda Element DogCar Platform project HERE!

Consider a donation to the Pink Whistle Society.  A group of women handlers helping to raise funds to find the cure to Breast Cancer -


last updated 1/29/11




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