Welcome to Sunset Labradors

Sunset Labradors is located in Rochester New Hampshire

Sunset Labradors is a small hobby breeding program. 
My breeding program is a labor of love, not a profit-motivated pursuit. The focus of my breeding program is quality, not quantityLike most hobby breeders, I do not make a profit. I consider obtaining multiple health clearances prior to breeding my dogs, providing my girls and their puppies with a safe spacious home environment, feeding them quality dog food, and providing appropriate veterinary care to be necessary expenses. I strive to breed intelligent, sound, well-socialized puppies with correct conformation, classic Labrador temperament, a moderate activity level, and an eager-to-please attitude. 

Currently, I share my home with 9 Labradors, 6 retired girls and 3 youngsters. 
They enjoying running in a large fenced-in yard, retrieving balls, and lounging around in the house with me. 

I have dedicated 30 years to raising, training, rescuing, breeding, and loving Labrador Retrievers. 
When I was 5 years old, my parents added a male yellow Labrador Retriever puppy to our family. The loving bond with this wonderful Labrador inspired my breeding program. I bought my first puppy in 1986. I added 2 more puppies to my canine family in 1988. My first litter arrived 1990. 

My favorite canine activities include Rally Obedience training and tossing balls in my back yard for my girls. Due to changes in my work schedule about 20 years ago, I was unable to continuing showing my dogs. Most of my girls are show quality. I breed one or two carefully planned litters per year. Usually, my girls have just 2 litters and the retired girls live out their natural life with me. 

For many years, I was an active volunteer and a member of the board of directors of Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. I donated my time and talents to taking calls from people that needed to surrender their dog, fostering Labs waiting to be adopted, finding loving second homes for Labradors in need of a new family, and fundraising activities to support the care of rescued and surrendered Labradors. I have been a member of the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston for many years. 

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 health clearances, including OFA hip, OFA elbow, and PennHip x-rays, echocardiograms, eye exams, and numerous DNA tests for inherited disorders. The sires are selected based on temperament, conformation, health clearances, and their pedigree.  

My puppies enjoy sleeping and playing a spacious indoor pen with a variety of toys. Weather permitting, they play in a separate fenced-in outdoor area that includes toddler playhouses, climbing toys, and chew toys. 

My goal is to place happy, healthy puppies in loving homes. 
I strive to place each puppy in the home that I feel will provide the puppy with an optimal environment to thrive. I observe and evaluate my puppies as their personalities, temperaments, and traits develop. The litter is temperament tested by an experienced dog trainer/tester when they are about 7 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 me match each puppy with their new families. The puppies are sold with AKC limited registration and a spay/neuter agreementMy puppies come with a health certificate, instructions, a copy of the pedigree, copies of the health clearances, small bag of puppy food, and a detailed sales contract that includes a health guarantee and a return policy. 

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.

- Author Unknown