Welcome to Sunset Labradors

Sunset Labradors is a small hobby breeding program located in Rochester New Hampshire. 

My goal is to produce health, sound puppies with correct conformation and the classic Labrador temperament. Well socialized puppies with a low to moderate activity level, an eager-to-please attitude, and a strong desire to retrieve are also priorities. I breed 1 to 2 litters a year. I breed black and chocolate show-type Labradors, often referred to as English Labradors. 

 I have dedicated 30 years to raising, training, rescuing, loving, and learning about Labrador Retrievers. When I was five years old, my parents added a male yellow Labrador Retriever puppy to our family. The loving bond with this wonderful dog inspired my breeding program. For 30 years, my litters have been planned with the hope of adding a new puppy to my canine family. I have raised 32 puppies and bred 30 litters. 

Currently, I share my home with 6 girls retired from breeding, 2 girls numerous health clearances, and 2 young hopefuls. I do not have a kennel structure. My dogs enjoy playing in a large fenced-in yard and lounging around in the house. Initially, I trained my dogs to preform the traditional obedience exercises and some agility tasks. Rally Obedience is now my favorite canine sport. The handler and the dog work as a team to complete a course that consists of 12 to 20 signs that illustrates each required task. Rally O training is fun and it promotes teamwork. For a little variety, I also train my girls to do several agility tasks.

I have been a member of the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston for many years. The club promotes ethical breeding practices and supports a range of activities including field trials, conformation shows, obedience trials, and Lab Rescue. The club also sponsors canine health clinics for eye and cardiac clearances. I've learned a lot of valuable information from other members that share their knowledge and expertise. 

I was an active volunteer for Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. for about 25 years. As a Lab Rescue volunteer and board member, I donated my time and talents to improving the organization, taking calls from people that needed to surrender their dog, fostering Labradors waiting for a new home, and visited potential families interested in adopting a Labrador. 

Each litter is carefully planned and the puppies are raised in my home. I review pedigrees and evaluate the traits of the potential sire and dam. My breeding girls have numerous health clearances, including OFA hip, OFA elbow, and PennHip x-rays, echocardiograms, eye exams, and several DNA tests for genetic disorders. The sires are selected based on temperament, conformation, health clearances, and their pedigree. For the first four weeks, the puppies are in large whelping box in the a bedroom. For the next month, the puppies enjoy a spacious indoor pen in my sunroom. Weather permitting, they play in a large fenced-in outdoor area that includes toddler playhouses, and climbing toys. They have a variety of chew toys in both their inside and outdoor pens. My puppies interact with frequent visitors so they are well socialized. 

My puppies are matched with their new families. I strive to place each puppy with a family that I feel will provide their puppy with an optimal environment to thrive. I observe and evaluate my puppies as their personalities, temperaments, and activity levels develop. My litters are temperament tested by an experienced dog trainer/tester when they are about seven weeks of age. The test results, my observations, and the information from the prospective owners regarding their family dynamics and their "puppy wish list" will help match each puppy with their new families. Occasionally, a family may be able to select their puppy if more than one puppy would be a good match. In some litters, there may not be a puppy that is a good match for first time dog owners, seniors, or families with young children. 

My puppies are placed with AKC limited registration and a spay/neuter agreement. Each puppy come with a health certificate, instructions, a copy of the pedigree, copies of the health clearances done on the sire and dam, and small bag of puppy food. I have a detailed sales contract that includes a health guarantee and a return policy. The deposit agreement and the sales agreement are posted in the Nursery section.

Email address:  hope@sunsetlabs.com

The Animal Bill of Rights

The right to live without hurt and pain,
And to love and be loved.

The right to a warm and healthy environment,
And to be provided food and shelter.

The right to happiness and companionship,
And to live in peace and comfort.

And the right to age gracefully, with integrity and beauty.
And to be given respect as a worthy companion.

The right to have their rights represented by a caring friend,
And to part from this life with dignity.

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