'Home of 11 National Field Trial Champions since 1990'


Mary Candlewood Howley, W8127 Dumke Rd, Portage, WI 53901

(608) 742-5772 Phone (608) 745-0322 Fax (608) 697-5776 Mobile


Read the Purina  'Proven Results' Article!                       Click this link for page two of Candlewood Dogs!


NFC-NAFC Candlewoods Super Tanker

1990 NAFC/1992 NFC
Candlewood's Super Tanker


1990, 1991, 1993 NFC AFC
Candlewood's Tanks-A-Lot


1996 & 1999 NAFC FC
Candlewood's Bit O Bunny


Tank and Lottie
Tank and Lottie at 1990 National in St. Louis when Lottie won her 1st National at 3 years 4 mo. Tank had won the 1990 NAFC in June.

History of Candlewood Kennels

It all started in 1958 when 'Tugger' placed in my first field trial. I started doing litters in 1960 from good field dogs that I saw week in and week out.

I think the success of Candlewood as a breeder....is I have seen, watched, and ran against all of the dogs that are in our gene pool since 1958. A little over 80% of my pups go as hunting dogs, family pets, companions, and they do so well because of health clearances. Most importantly, our pups are raised in home environments and not a kennel situation.

We breed all three colors and have excellent field lines in these colors. I have also brought in excellent conformation lines that work well in the field and crossed with field lines. RESULTS - excellent working dogs that are pleasing to the eye. Then there is that old saying "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder"!!

Mary Candlewood Howley



To get your puppy off to a good start I recommend this new DVD.

Click here:   Training a Retriever Puppy - with Bill Hillmann



2001-2002 NAFC FC
Candlewood's Ramblin Man
2007 NFC AFC
Candlewood's Something Royal