Northern Piedmont Retriever Club


The Northern Piedmont Retriever Club was formed in 1992 to promote the working retriever, develop a quality breeding network, and offer the opportunity to test the abilities of dogs and handlers using written standards established by the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) in simulated hunting conditions. The natural instincts of retrievers continue to be lost through the actions of irresponsible breeders who produce litters solely for profit or for dubious characteristics through in-line breeding. The retriever was originally bred as a hunting companion and a conservation tool. We at the NPRC would like to continue those traditions.

Our family oriented club is comprised of 50-75 members from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Most of our activity takes place within 50 miles of the York, Pennsylvania area. Our monthly training sessions enable us to work together to preserve and improve our retrievers, no matter what the level of prior training you have done with your dog. There is no greater satisfaction than watching a retriever you have trained perform its work with skill and precision, and that is the goal of our training activities. A well-trained retriever is also a major conservation tool, and that advantage of your training should not be overlooked.

We invite you to contact one of our officers and arrange to attend a future training session. We realize that new handlers are the future of our sport, and you will be warmly greeted no matter what your experience level. At every training session there will be dogs and handlers at all levels of experience, and we'll help you get started in the manner that best suits your needs. Even the most experienced and knowledgable dogs (and handlers) in the club started out as clueless puppies, so we have all been there. If you have an older dog that is in need of basic training, keep in mind that it's never to late to start - an old dog CAN learn new tricks!

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