I got a nice AKC male that was heading into the pound in Alaska,his pedigree to me looks pretty good. I was given his AKC papers and didn't think much about it. We noticed that he picked up fetch really easy so we took some retrieving classes in Fairbanks. Our guy did good but we were in the middle of a move and were able to finish it it. I think that if he was put into the hands of someone that knew what they were doing he would excel,or if I could find someone to be a mentor to me and teach me what to do with him. The problem is I don't know anyone that cares about such things. If anyone is close to Columbia,SC and would take a newbie under their wing I would love to hear from you.