Nat CH Merganser's Hawkeye Gruden QA2, MH, WC
Gruden's pedigree is the best of field and show. Gruden is a third generation product of my breeding program. I think that Gruden has the conformation of the Labradors of the 1960s and 1970s before conformation was split so much between field and show. Gruden has a broad head, thick coat, otter tail, and good length of leg. His coat is almost white. Gruden is a wonderful house dog. He gets along with adults, children, other dogs, and cats. Gruden is an athlete who loves water and retrieving. Gruden has received 2 Qualifying 1st, three 3rd, and three 4th place finishes in field trial competitions. Gruden has an AKC Qualified All-Age (QA2) title, an AKC Master Hunter title, is a 2018 Master National Finalist, a National Show Champion title, and a Working Certificate from the National Labrador Retriever Club.
Gruden's sire is AFC Hawkeye's Viking. Viking has an Amateur Field Champion title. Viking was the 2002 High Point Derby Dog in field trials. Viking achieved 92 Derby Points (14 wins), the highest amount of Derby Points ever for a yellow. Viking has also sired a High Point Derby Dog and a High Point Open Dog.
Gruden's dam is Int/Nat CH Merganser's Opal JH, WC. Opal has International and National Show Champion titles, a Junior Hunter title, and a Working Certificate. Opal has a stocky show dog build and enjoys retrieving and hunting. She is a well behaved mellow house dog.
Gruden is retired from competition and breeding. Gruden is a service dog for our good friend Becky Conkling in Lake George, CO. Gruden is enjoying life as a full time house dog, following Becky’s husband Bill around as he does ranch chores, and hiking adjacent BLM land with Bill.