Welcome to Sunset Labradors





Sunset Labradors is located in Rochester New Hampshire. 





Sunset Labradors is a small hobby breeding program. My goal is to breed intelligent, healthy, well-socialized puppies with correct conformation, the classic Labrador temperament, a moderate activity level, and an eager-to-please attitude. Like most responsible hobby breeders, I do not make a financial profit. When done properly, planning and raising a litter is time consuming and expensive. My reward come from the joy of raising a litter and placing happy healthy puppies in loving homes. All of my litter is carefully planned. That includes researching pedigrees and evaluating various characteristics of the potential sire and dam. My girls have numerous health clearances, including OFA hip, OFA elbow, and PennHip x-rays, echocardiograms, eye exams, and seven DNA tests for genetic disorders. The sire is selected based on temperament, conformation, health clearances, and their pedigrees. My puppies are raised in my home. They receive quality care with regards to safety, diet, exercise, veterinary care, and human companionship. The puppies enjoy sleeping and playing in a spacious indoor area. I also have a large enclosed outdoor pen for them. Each puppy is temperament tested at 7 weeks of age and carefully matched with their new family. The primary goals of my sales agreement is to prevent misunderstandings, and protect the breeder, the buyer, and the puppy. It includes a detailed health guarantee and my return policy. Companion dogs are sold with AKC limited registration and a spay/neuter agreement.  My puppy selection policy and the sales agreement are posted in the Nursery section. Please visit the About Sunset Labs-Breeding Practices page for more information. 

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 and my dedication to the breed. I bought my first puppy, a yellow female, in 1986. I purchased a chocolate female and a black female in 1988. My first litter arrived 1990. Currently, I share my home with 9 Labradors. My oldest is 9 and my youngest is a puppy. My girls enjoying playing in a large fenced-in yard, retrieving balls, and lounging around in the house. I breed one or two litters per year. Rally Obedience training is my favorite canine activity. 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, and finding loving second homes for Labradors in need of a new family.  

The Labrador Retriever is an intelligent, friendly, active dog.  The Labrador is a short-coupled dog with a broad skull, a deep chest, and a thick "otter tail". These playful dogs have a sturdy muscular build. Labradors have a short thick double coat, and they do shed. The loyal and affectionate Labrador enjoy the company of children and other dogs. There are 3 recognized coat colors- black, chocolate, and yellow. The males weigh between 66 and 80 pounds. The females weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. These easy to train dogs are well-suited for family life, hunting, search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, agility, traditional obedience, and rally obedience. Early training is required to address the common puppy problems that includes nipping, chewing, jumping, and pulling on lead. Labradors require regular exercise and mental stimulation. Lack of exercise and/or companionship can result in destructive behavior including chewing all sorts of household items. The average lifespan for Labradors is 10 to 14 years.  

Generally Labrador Retrievers are hardy, healthy dogs. Unfortunately, some Labradors may develop health problems. Fortunately, many of these disorders are rare. Inherited disorders in Labradors include hip and elbow dysplasia,  progressive retinal atrophy, exercise induced collapse, cataracts, tricuspid valve dysplasia, centronuclear myopathy, epilepsy, oculoskeletal dysplasia, narcolepsy, skeletal dysplasia 2, hereditary nasal parakeratosis, copper toxicosis, cystinuria type I, and pyruvate kinase deficiency. The severity of some of these disorders varies. Many of these genetic disorders are rare. The risks of a Labrador developing some of these conditions can be reduced or eliminated with x-rays, eye exams, echocardiograms, and DNA testing. Other health problems in Labradors include ear infections, gastric torsion, and ruptured knee ligaments. Visit the About Labradors-Inherited Disorders page for information about inherited disorders. 

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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