Welcome to Sunset Labradors

About 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.  Currently, I share my home with 7 Labradors- 5 chocolates, 1 yellow, and 1 black.  My canine kids enjoy playing in a large fenced-in yard and relaxing in the house with me.  

My goal is to produce intelligent, healthy, sound Labradors with correct conformation and classic Labrador temperament. My dogs are the American show-type Labradors, often referred to as English Labradors.  I breed blacks and chocolates. The girls in my breeding program have hip, elbow, eye, cardiac, EIC, CNM, PRA, and RD/OSD clearances. The sires are selected based on their temperament, conformation, health clearances, and the pedigree.  

My puppies are born and raised in my home.  For the first few weeks, the newborns are in a whelping box in the 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 large fenced-in outdoor area for several hours a day.  My puppies have frequent visits from family, friends, and neighbors so they are well socialized.  The litters are temperament tested and the results help me match the puppies with their new family. 

My puppies are 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 and AKC limited registration.   A select few show quality puppies have been placed in homes on AKC full registration with a co-ownership agreement.

About Health Clearances
Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, TVD (an inherited heart disorder in Labradors), and some eye disorders are associated with complex genetic elements and/or various factors that are not inherited.  The Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA) issue certificates documenting the findings if the dog is considered suitable for breeding. Certificates will not be issued if disorders such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, certain inherited eye disorders, and cardiac disorders are noted. Breeding dogs with hip, elbow and cardiac health clearances reduces the probability of transmitting them to their offspring, but it does not eliminate the risk.  

Genetic testing is available for some inherited disorders including CNM, EIC, narcolepsy, PRA, and RD/OSD.  An abnormal recessive gene causes these disorders.  Dogs that carry one of these genes do not develop the disorder.  An affected dog has 2 abnormal genes.  A clear dog bred to a clear dog or a carrier bred to a a clear dog will never produce an affected offspring. OFA certificates are issued for dogs that have 2 normal genes and dogs that have only one abnormal recessive genes for disorders such as EIC. CNM, and PRA.  Certificates are not issued if the dog has 2 abnormal genes. These genetic disorders can be prevented.
 
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends testing Labradors for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, and EIC.  CNM testing is optional. For additional information on inherited disorders in Labradors, please see the page on inherited disorders.

Email address: hope@sunsetlabs.com

Current or Upcoming Litters
All the puppies in my current litter have been reserved.  
I hope to have a litter in 2016.






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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