Blackpool Kennel


Located on 30 acres in the beautiful highlands of Oro-Medonte Blackpool Golden Retrievers was founded by Darryl and Michèle Tuominen.

Michele and Darryl

Breeding Goldens has been a hobby of ours for over 25 years we understand the need for testing all our stock for hips, elbows, heart, eyes and thyroid annually. We only breed cleared dogs and select only the dogs with friendly, fun loving temperaments to produce our healthy happy puppies. To do this we decided to keep our kennel small in order to raise all our dogs in our house. This was truly the only way to truly know what type of temperament they have and to learn how they get along with human visitors and their doggy family.
Our priority is to breed only the best to produce sound minds and bodies. We train each dog and also help novices train their dogs. We have often help handle other dogs in the ring for friends.

Our dogs are not only house pets but are also hunting, obedience, agility companions and conformation champions. All our breeding dogs have over 10 generations of hips, eyes and 7 generation of hearts cleared in their pedigrees. We have their hips and elbows cleared by either Guelph OVC, OFA and/or PennHip, their eyes are certified by an ophthalmologist annually and hearts are cardiologist-screened for heart disease such as SAS. But since there is no precise science to all of this yet, and that breeding is still a gamble we offer a written guarantee on all our puppies. Visit our "Guarantee" page. We are members of the Barrie Kennel Club.

Since breeding is only a hobby of ours we might not have a pup ready for you tomorrow so reserving one of our dogs might require time and patience.


We started in Goldens but have also owned, bred and shown 4 Akitas to their championship Including CH. Sunapee Quick Jig to Blackpool who placed second in her class at the U.S Nationals. We only bred two litters of Akitas before retiring from the breed to focus on Goldens. We also own one English Cocker Spaniel. Can. Ch. Brasswinds Overture To Blackpool She's our baby and as any Queen would do she truly rules the Goldens.

We have bred and owned over 21 Champions mostly Goldens including 2 Akita Champions and 1 English Cocker.

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