What Are the People Saying?

We love what we do, and we’re darn good at it. But that doesn’t mean a thing without you! You, our beloved partners, customers and ultimately friends, are what makes Heirborn Kennels special. Most people think that you would partner with breeder like once in a lifetime when in fact, the vast majority of our customers end up adopting multiple dogs over the span of our friendship. In short, we think of adoption like a partnership. We invested in your dog, and we want to invest in you too. Here are just a few of the many kind things our friends have had to say over the years.

He is My Best Friend

“2 years ago, I got my 3rd FCR from Heirborn ... he is the BEST. He is my best friend ... beautiful, loving, easy going and way too smart! He is an easy traveling companion and great hiking buddy. If I ever get another FCR it will only be from Heirborn! Thank you for my Jet!”

- Kirsten V.H.

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2019-10-23T00:14:33+00:00

- Kirsten V.H.

“2 years ago, I got my 3rd FCR from Heirborn ... he is the BEST. He is my best friend ... beautiful, loving, easy going and way too smart! He is an easy traveling companion and great hiking buddy. If I ever get another FCR it will only be from Heirborn! Thank you for my Jet!”

ALL The Classic Features

“I am blessed to have Heirborn Creme De La Creme, born January 16th, 2017. He is our 5th flat coat, but EVERYTHING I could ask for! He is yellow but has ALL the classic features that make him a PURE BRED flat coat! Paul and Shelley are phenomenal breeders and have so much experience in this breed that anyone that gets a puppy from Heirborn knows that they are with them from the time you pick up your puppy for their entire life. Highly recommend anyone that if they're wanting an Heirborn baby get on their waiting list! You won't regret it!”

- Bonnie B.L.

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2019-10-23T00:13:49+00:00

- Bonnie B.L.

“I am blessed to have Heirborn Creme De La Creme, born January 16th, 2017. He is our 5th flat coat, but EVERYTHING I could ask for! He is yellow but has ALL the classic features that make him a PURE BRED flat coat! Paul and Shelley are phenomenal breeders and have so much experience in this breed that anyone that gets a puppy from Heirborn knows that they are with them from the time you pick up your puppy for their entire life. Highly recommend anyone that if they're wanting an Heirborn baby get on their waiting list! You won't regret it!”

A Sweet Gentle Dog

“We celebrated Levon's first birthday a few days ago! We can't begin to describe how much he has enriched our lives. He's been such an easy puppy, the hard work Paul and Shelley put into raising these pups is evident. His temperament is wonderful, calm in home and energetic when we go play in ours home state of Montana. He's a sweet, gentle dog that's happy to meet all creatures (except maybe birds). Lastly, he has far exceeded my expectations in his first season bird hunting. Thank you Heirborn for this wonderful addition to our family,”

- Tylor R.

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2019-10-23T00:10:27+00:00

- Tylor R.

“We celebrated Levon's first birthday a few days ago! We can't begin to describe how much he has enriched our lives. He's been such an easy puppy, the hard work Paul and Shelley put into raising these pups is evident. His temperament is wonderful, calm in home and energetic when we go play in ours home state of Montana. He's a sweet, gentle dog that's happy to meet all creatures (except maybe birds). Lastly, he has far exceeded my expectations in his first season bird hunting. Thank you Heirborn for this wonderful addition to our family,”

Great Hunting Dog

“I received Gunner in March April and by August he was locating downed birds and partially retrieving doves. Very nosey He is a natural. He now sniffs out grouse and retrieves to hand most of the time has no fear of water retrievals. Still a puppy and learning but have had no issues with the basics and the drive to retrieve game. He is the first dog I've trained myself and it has been a great time.”

- Aric K.

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2019-10-23T00:11:24+00:00

- Aric K.

“I received Gunner in March April and by August he was locating downed birds and partially retrieving doves. Very nosey He is a natural. He now sniffs out grouse and retrieves to hand most of the time has no fear of water retrievals. Still a puppy and learning but have had no issues with the basics and the drive to retrieve game. He is the first dog I've trained myself and it has been a great time.”

She’s Amazing, the Greatest Ever!





We got our Flat Coated Retriever last May. She is the greatest ever!! We have had one before who was also great. There is just something so special and amazing about our new girl Magic. Literally "the sweetest most loving girl ever. Can’t say thank you enough to Heirborn and the wonderful addition to our family!!"




- Aaron W.

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2020-02-29T20:48:16+00:00

- Aaron W.

We got our Flat Coated Retriever last May. She is the greatest ever!! We have had one before who was also great. There is just something so special and amazing about our new girl Magic. Literally "the sweetest most loving girl ever. Can’t say thank you enough to Heirborn and the wonderful addition to our family!!"

Go Juan Diamond Go

"I just wanted you to be among the first to hear that Heirborn's Searching for Juan Diamond in the Ruff aka Coal (aka Rick to Sarah) is Oregon's most recently certified Human Remains Detection K9!!! A couple of days ago we took our Oregon State Sheriff's Association certification test. At 14 months everyone was amazed at the pup! The test consists of a 300x300' forested area with 6 'hot' containers and three 'blanks' hidden from view. The team has 60 minutes to find and properly alert at 4 hot sources with NO incorrect alerts. The test is administered by an OSSA Master K9 Handler. We took 25 minutes to take the test. Whew! That boy runs like the wind!! So proud of him!We are now considered mission ready and can deploy when called upon. We will recertify every two years and also work toward certifications for buried and elevated sources. Thank you for paring me up with Coal! He's a wonderful companion and an excellent SAR partner! I will send you a photo of him when we get our certificate next month!My brother is also quite happy with his girl Ryelee (aka Asia) and they hunt whenever the season allows! She is a fabulous family member and his best friend! Coal and Rye will be catching up this weekend at the Easter festivities!"

- Michelle

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2019-10-23T00:01:33+00:00

- Michelle

"I just wanted you to be among the first to hear that Heirborn's Searching for Juan Diamond in the Ruff aka Coal (aka Rick to Sarah) is Oregon's most recently certified Human Remains Detection K9!!! A couple of days ago we took our Oregon State Sheriff's Association certification test. At 14 months everyone was amazed at the pup! The test consists of a 300x300' forested area with 6 'hot' containers and three 'blanks' hidden from view. The team has 60 minutes to find and properly alert at 4 hot sources with NO incorrect alerts. The test is administered by an OSSA Master K9 Handler. We took 25 minutes to take the test. Whew! That boy runs like the wind!! So proud of him!We are now considered mission ready and can deploy when called upon. We will recertify every two years and also work toward certifications for buried and elevated sources. Thank you for paring me up with Coal! He's a wonderful companion and an excellent SAR partner! I will send you a photo of him when we get our certificate next month!My brother is also quite happy with his girl Ryelee (aka Asia) and they hunt whenever the season allows! She is a fabulous family member and his best friend! Coal and Rye will be catching up this weekend at the Easter festivities!"

A Blessing to Our Life

“I was blessed to have Jet brought into my life 4 years ago from Paul. He brings pure joy to my life. He is the epitome of everything a flat coat should be. I can thank Paul enough.”

Joann G.

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2019-10-23T00:12:11+00:00

Joann G.

“I was blessed to have Jet brought into my life 4 years ago from Paul. He brings pure joy to my life. He is the epitome of everything a flat coat should be. I can thank Paul enough.”

A Hunter and a Family Dog

"We celebrated Levon's first birthday a few days ago! We can't begin to describe how much he has enriched our lives. He's been such an easy puppy, the hard work Paul and Shelley put into raising these pups is evident. His temperament is wonderful, calm in home and energetic when we go play in ours home state of Montana. He's a sweet, gentle dog that's happy to meet all creatures (except maybe birds). Lastly, he has far exceeded my expectations in his first season bird hunting. Thank you Heirborn for this wonderful addition to our family."

-Tyler R.

Heirborn Kennels
2020-02-29T20:49:35+00:00

-Tyler R.

"We celebrated Levon's first birthday a few days ago! We can't begin to describe how much he has enriched our lives. He's been such an easy puppy, the hard work Paul and Shelley put into raising these pups is evident. His temperament is wonderful, calm in home and energetic when we go play in ours home state of Montana. He's a sweet, gentle dog that's happy to meet all creatures (except maybe birds). Lastly, he has far exceeded my expectations in his first season bird hunting. Thank you Heirborn for this wonderful addition to our family."

My FCR Loves Me! And I love Him

“My wife and I received "Bono" our FCR, into our lives in 2010 and it has been a ball ever since then.”

- Allen J.

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2019-10-23T00:13:01+00:00

- Allen J.

“My wife and I received "Bono" our FCR, into our lives in 2010 and it has been a ball ever since then.”

A True Relationship

"In 2014 I was doing research into FCR breeders and found Heirborn. After talking for several weeks, it was clear that they were vetting me just as much as I was them; It was great to see how much care they took with the well-being of their dogs.

I had the privilege of bringing Odin home at 1.5 yaears old and he has been my best friend ever since to say the least. He is smart, responsive, and has that forever inquisitive puppy personality that is so characteristic of the breed itself. He is well-adjusted to camping and hiking trips and couldn't be happier to join. Not least of all, he is truly exemplary of the breed standard, and in perfect health.


What I have appreciated most has been Shelley and Paul's follow-through and contact over the years. They have been an incredible resource for Odin and myself, and I cannot thank and praise them enough for all of the attention to detail and care they pour into their work. They are truly with you through the years."


- Daniel P.

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2020-02-29T20:43:22+00:00

- Daniel P.

"In 2014 I was doing research into FCR breeders and found Heirborn. After talking for several weeks, it was clear that they were vetting me just as much as I was them; It was great to see how much care they took with the well-being of their dogs. I had the privilege of bringing Odin home at 1.5 yaears old and he has been my best friend ever since to say the least. He is smart, responsive, and has that forever inquisitive puppy personality that is so characteristic of the breed itself. He is well-adjusted to camping and hiking trips and couldn't be happier to join. Not least of all, he is truly exemplary of the breed standard, and in perfect health. What I have appreciated most has been Shelley and Paul's follow-through and contact over the years. They have been an incredible resource for Odin and myself, and I cannot thank and praise them enough for all of the attention to detail and care they pour into their work. They are truly with you through the years."
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