Training & Campaigning
Competitive Hunting Retrievers

East Carolina Retrievers

We Pride Ourselves On Excellence

Our goal is to bring the best out of every dog we are fortunate enough to train. 

With a proven training program paired with hard work day in and day out, we can help build the retriever you’ve always wanted.

Why East Carolina Retrievers?

Our Services



Puppy Headstart

Dogs For Sale

Basic Gun Dog

Advanced Gun Dog

AKC/UKC Hunt Test

Derby/Qual Field Trial Training

Training Application

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    Kennel Facilities

    World Class Retrievers

    Our Dogs


    HRCH Drakeshead Jet Black Neal MH
    DOB: 6/12/2015
    Color: Black
    Gender: Male
    Weight: 55 lbs
    CNM: Clear
    EIC: Clear
    DM: Clear
    HNP: Clear
    MCD: Clear
    PRA: Clear
    SD2: Clear
    D Locus: Non Dilute
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    Carolina’s Tuck N Roll QAA
    DOB: 6/5/2018
    Color: Black
    Gender: Male
    FC Flex
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    Carolina’s Seaside Slugger
    DOB: 3/28/2020
    Color: Black
    Gender: Female
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    Carolina’s I Ain’t Your Boy Named Sue
    DOB: 4/7/2021
    Color: Black
    Gender: Female
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    Meet The


    Matt Neal

    Owner | Head Trainer

    I’m Matt Neal, owner and head trainer here at ECR. 

    I was born and raised in a small town in Eastern NC where I developed a passion for dogs and the outdoors at a very early age. I grew up spending time at the horse barn, taking care of farm animals, hunting, fishing, and a love for playing baseball.

    I attended Pitt Community and Mount Olive College where I was fortunate enough to extend my baseball career. After graduating I purchased a black lab named Jet to begin waterfowl hunting with and quickly people began asking me if I would help them with their dogs after seeing the results I was having with him.

    At first, my goal was to build a better hunting dog, little did I know, my competitiveness and ambitious nature would lead to running hunt tests and later field trials.

    We have been very fortunate to have some great dogs and wonderful clients that have supported us and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are without their support!

    My wife, Morgan and my daughter Molly are my biggest supporters and the reason I get up and work hard every single day. I am extremely blessed to wake up and do what I love every day and could not do it without their support system.

    My passion for what I do combined with hard work, a pursuit for perfection and the knowledge to know what it takes to make your dog successful in their career is what separates us from the competition.