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 financially-motivated pursuit. Like most hobby breeders, I do not make a profit. My goal is to enhance the desirable characteristics of the Labrador Retriever while preserving the integrity of the breedWhen done properly, breeding purebred dogs time consuming, expensive, sometimes heartbreaking, and very rewarding. I strive to breed intelligent, sound, well-socialized puppies with correct conformation, classic Labrador temperament, a low to moderate activity level, and an eager-to-please attitude. I breed one or two carefully planned litters per year. Most of my girls have two litters. My retired girls and the ones I decide not the breed live out their natural life with me. 

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. 

Each litter is carefully planned and the puppies are raised in my home. 
I review pedigrees and evaluate numerous 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.  

For the first four weeks, the puppies are in my guest room. The older 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 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, small bag of puppy food, and a detailed sales contract that includes a health guarantee and a return policy. 

My goal is to place happy, healthy puppies in loving homes. 
My puppies are carefully placed in approved homes. I strive to place each puppy with a family 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 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 for them. 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.

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 puppy in 1986. 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 many years ago, I was unable to continuing showing my dogs. Several of my girls have been or are currently show quality. 

For more than 20 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. 

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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