Welcome to Sunset Labradors


Sunset Labradors is a small hobby breeding program located in Rochester New Hampshire. My breeding program is a labor of love, not a financially-motivated pursuit. I strive to preserve the integrity of the breed, and enhance the desirable characteristics associated with this wonderful breedMy goal is to breed health, intelligent, well-socialized dogs with correct conformation, the classic Labrador temperament, a low to moderate activity level, an eager-to-please attitude, and the desire to retrieve things. My puppies are carefully placed in approved homes.

Currently, I share my home with nine Labradors- six retired girls, a three year old cleared for breeding, and two lovely youngsters. My canine kids enjoying running around in a large fenced-in yard, retrieving balls, Rally-obedience training, doing some agility tasks, and lounging around in the house with me. Several of my girls have been or are currently show quality. Unfortunately, I am unable to continuing showing my girls. 

 I have dedicated 30 years to raising, training, rescuing, breeding, and loving 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 Labrador inspired my breeding program. I bought my first Labrador puppy in 1986. My first litter arrived 1990. My litters have been planned with the hope of keeping one of the puppy. I've had the pleasure of raising thirty three puppies to adulthood.  
For more about 25 years, I was an active volunteer for Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. I served on the board of directors for many years. I donated my time and talents to improving the organization, taking calls from people surrendering their Labradors, fostering dogs 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. I breed one or two litters per year. 
For the first four weeks, the puppies are in 4 foot by 5 foot whelping box in the guest bedroom. For the next month, the puppies enjoy sleeping and playing a spacious indoor pen with the sunroom. Weather permitting, they play in a separate fenced-in outdoor area that includes toddler playhouses, climbing toys, and lots of chew toys. 
My puppies are placed with AKC limited registration and a spay/neuter agreement. The puppies come with a health certificate, instructions, a copy of the pedigree, copies of the health clearances, and small bag of puppy food. I have a detailed sales contract that includes a health guarantee and a return policy.

My puppies are matched with their new families. I try 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 traits 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. 

Additional information is posted on My Breeding Program page in the About Sunset Labs section and the Puppy Selection Policy page 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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