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Thank you for visiting Trinity Retrievers.  

We are thrilled to show you our 4-legged family and share some of the blessings we have received over the years.

Our home is located in the beautiful countryside, just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. We have been hobby/show breeders for a combined 50 years, with a dedication to preserving the wonderful English type and versatility that is the hallmark of a retriever.

We are proud to have bred retrievers that can do it all! 

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Our Story

At Trinity Labradors, we primarily breed and participate in AKC Conformation events, striving to produce well-rounded, beautiful companions, placing an emphasis on temperament in our breedings. We donate breeding dogs to a large service dog organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 'Paws With A Cause'. Many of our dogs have gone on to be Assistance Dogs, Drug Detection Dogs, Duck and Upland Game Dogs, but most excell as valued members of the families that acquire our puppies.


Kathy has been breeding Labrador Retrievers since 1990. Her foundation girl Ridgeview Trinity's Selena was out of the top producing Dam in the history of the breed (CH Pine Edge Ridgeview Snobear). "Snobear" was bred to Ch Rhapsody In Bleu to get Selena. Selena was later bred to Am/Can CH Lobuff Bare Necessities CD JH. ("Baloo"). Baloo won Best of Breed at the Westminster dog show in 1993 & 1994 and was the #1 Labrador in the US both years.


You can see Baloo on the cover of the book, 'The Labrador Retriever, the dog that does it all', written by Lisa Weiss & Emily Biegel. He produced over 30 working guide dogs for the Seeing Eye Foundation, as well as being a trained Guide Dog himself. Baloo's grandfather is the famous Dickendall Ruffy. His ½ brother is world-famous Dickedall Arnold, 

the top producing sire in the history of the breed. Selena and Baloo produced the 1st Trinity homebred champion,

Trinity's Eternal Joy ("Joy').


Ed has been breeding and showing Labradors since 2005, when he out started with a puppy from Pauline Mortier of Lubberline kennel.  He had the good fortune of being mentored by both Pauline and Kendall Herr of the Dickedall kennel. He spent many hours learning ring technique in Kendall’s front yard, running his girl Lubberline’s Sweet Purslane (‘Pursie’) around the makeshift ring overseen by her good friend, AKC Siberian Husky breeder/judge Carol Dixon; Pursie would later go on to become a Multiple Best In Specialty Show Champion. His eye, however, would be drawn to the Trinity dogs he saw in the ring, eventually becoming partners with Kathy DeVito in the kennel, and several years later became married.


Selena and Baloo are behind all of our dogs to this day, and we have had good success with this line of dogs.

Ed & Kathy Gleason



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