Welcome to Sunset Labradors

Sunset Labradors is a small hobby breeding program located in Rochester New Hampshire.  I have dedicated 30 years to raising, training, breeding, rescuing, and loving Labrador retrievers. I share my home with 8 Labrador Retrievers- 4 spayed girls, 2 cleared for breeding, and 2 young girls. My canine kids enjoy romping and resting in the house with me as well as playing in a large fenced-in yard

My goal is to breed intelligent, healthy, sound Labradors with correct conformation, classic Labrador temperament, and a low to moderate energy level. Sound, intelligent puppies with an eager-to-please attitude and a kind, loyal temperament are priorities. The sires are selected based on their temperament, conformation, health clearances, and the pedigree. I have about one litter a year.

My dogs are the American show-type Labradors, often referred to as English Labradors. I breed blacks and chocolates. 

My puppies are born and raised in my home.  For the first few weeks, the newborns are in a whelping box in my guest room where they are safe and warm.  When they are about a month old, I move them into in a spacious indoor pen.  Weather-permitting, they play in a separate fenced-in outdoor area for several hours a day.  They are exposed to a variety of sights, sounds, and surfaces. My puppies have frequent visits from family, friends, and neighbors so they are well socialized.  Puppy visits are scheduled when they are 5 weeks old. My litters are temperament tested at 7 weeks of age. The results help me match the puppies with their new family. 

My puppies are carefully placed in approved homes with a comprehensive sales agreement that includes a health guarantee and a return clause.  Companion dogs are sold with a spay/neuter agreement on AKC limited registration.  A select few show quality puppies have been placed in homes on AKC full registration with a co-ownership agreement. Based on the temperament, confidence rating, training attitude, and activity level of the puppy as well as the personal preferences of the prospective buyer, I will help match the new owners with the puppies that are most likely to meet the expectations. There may not be an appropriate puppy for families with young children, first time dog owners, and seniors in every litter.
For more information, please review the Sales AgreementBreeding Practices, and Puppy Selection pages in the About Sunset Labs section. 

Recommended, Suggested, and Optional Health Clearances 
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends testing Labradors for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, EIC and D-locus.  CNM and prcd-PRA tests are optional.  The Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA) issue certificates documenting normal findings for numerous inherited disorders. Certificates will not be issued if abnormal or affected findings are noted.

Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, TVD (an inherited heart disorder in Labradors), and some eye disorders are associated complex genetic interactions, and/or factors that are not inherited. Environmental factors including improper nutrition, injuries, excessive joint stress, and/or extra weight at a young age are associated with the development of hip and elbow dysplasia.  Breeding unaffected dogs reduces the probability of transmitting hip, elbow, eye, and heart problems to their offspring, but it does not eliminate the risk.  

DNA testing is available for some inherited disorders including CNM (centronuclear myopathy), Cystinuria Type 1, D-locus (dilute gene color), DM (degenerative myelopathy), EIC (exercise induced collapse), HNPK (hereditary nasal parakeratosis), NARC (narcolepsy)PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), RD/OSD (retinal dysplasia/oculosketal dysplasia),  SK2 (skeletal dysplasia 2). These genetic disorders are caused by a single abnormal recessive gene, and they can be prevented. Carriers, dogs that with one defective gene and one normal gene, will never develop the disorder. An affected dog must have 2 abnormal genes. OFA certificates are issued if the dog are clear or carriers. Some breeders have their dogs tested for the more common genetic disorders such as EIC and PRA. Other breeders, especially stud dog owners, often test their dogs for additional genetic disorders.  
For more information, please review the Inherited Disorders page in the About Labradors section. 

Current Litter
We do not have any puppies at this time.


Planned Litter
A 2018 spring litter is planned.

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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