Welcome to Sunset Labradors

Sunset Labradors is a small hobby breeding program located in Rochester, New Hampshire.  I have dedicated almost 30 years to raising, training, breeding, rescuing, and loving Labrador retrievers.  Currently, I share my home with 7 Labradors, 5 chocolates, 1 black, and one yellow. My canine kids enjoy playing in a large fenced-in yard as well as romping and resting 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.  The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends testing Labradors for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, and EIC.  CNM testing is optional. 

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 at 7 weeks of age. The results help me match the puppies with their new family. 

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.  

DNA testing is available for some inherited disorders including CNM, EIC, HNPK, narcolepsy, PRA, RD/OSD, and SK2.  These disorders are caused by a single abnormal recessive gene.  Dogs that have one defective gene and one normal gene will never develop the disorder.  An affected dog has 2 abnormal genes.  A clear dog bred to either a clear dog or a carrier will never produce an affected offspring. OFA certificates are issued for dogs that have 2 normal genes, and dogs that are carriers for these inherited disorders. These disorders can be prevented.

My puppies are placed in approved homes with a comprehensive sales agreement that includes a health guarantee and a return clause.  My puppies are $1800. 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 match the new owners with the puppies that are most likely to meet the expectations. For more information, please visit the Sales Agreement, Breeding Practices , Sales Agreement, Breeding Practices, and the Puppy Selection pages. 

I hope you enjoy visiting the Sunset Labradors website and find the information helpful.

Current Litters
I do not have any puppies available at this time.

Upcoming Litter
An all chocolate is expected February 26
I currently have 6 puppies reserved. 

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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