About Us

Founder, Head Trainer
Shane Kendrick

My name is Shane Kendrick and I, along with my wife Sarah, own James River Retrievers. My passion for waterfowl hunting started at a young age while hunting with my dad and brother. That passion grew into an obsession once I purchased, and trained, my first gun dog. Hunting quickly changed from chasing birds to revolving around the dog’s success. The bond I build with my gun dogs is something that I want everyone to experience, which has been a leading factor for us building James River Retrievers.

Founder, Head Trainer

 My name is Sarah Kendrick. I grew up surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. I have owned labs my entire life however, none that were hunters. I always admire watching dogs work with their owners and seeing the cool pictures of dogs with ducks. Naturally, my first job, at age 16, was at a veterinary hospital. I have been there for 16 years and counting. When Shane and I started training Labradors I immediately fell in love with the dogs, training and chasing waterfowl. Fawkes is my personal gun dog,  who I have trained from day one.  We have created an amazing bond. It is an honor to be able to train dogs and help make life long friends and companions for other people.

James river retrievers

Our Dogs














We understand not everybody has time to house train a puppy or build a great foundation with a new gun dog. Here at James River Retrievers, we try to always keep a few puppies back to train ourselves and sell as started dogs. This provides us the opportunity to develop a relationship with the individual dog and help aid us in pairing our clients with the perfect dog specific to their needs. Started dogs will range in age but will be proficient in picking up doubles while steady, delivering to hand and working on lining/casting drills. started dogs will still come with the same great health guarantee as all of our puppies.


Our puppies come from the top blood lines from the UK, and are all 100% health tested. We seek out these proven bloodlines to ensure our puppies have proven working lines to provide a foundation for their drive and biddability. Our mission is to provide our clients with a reliable partner in both drive, and in health. Because of that, our puppies go home to our clients with a 26 month health guarantee. Our 26 month health guarantees our puppies will be non affected by Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC). Our guarantee also includes hips and elbows passing OFA score. Our dogs eyes are guaranteed to pass a CERF eye exam. Our guarantee will be credit towards another puppy or a started gun dog.

Health Guarantee

Our health guarantee will be voided if the following occurs. Puppy has been spayed or neutered before 24 months of age. The puppy is not kept in a clean and healthy living environment. The puppy has been over exercised such as taken on long hikes or runs. The puppy has been bred. The puppy has experienced injury or trauma.

Find Us

471 Riverview Rd.
Clever, Mo 65631

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