Welcome to Sunset Labradors

Sunset Labradors is a small hobby breeding program located in Rochester New Hampshire. 

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. He was my best buddy. The loving bond with this wonderful Labrador inspired my breeding program. For 25 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 fostering, taking calls from people that needed to surrender their dog, and finding loving second homes for Labradors in need of a new family. Currently, I share my home with 9 Labradors. My oldest girl is 9 and my youngest is a puppy. They enjoying playing in a large fenced-in yard, and resting and romping in the house.

My goal is to breed intelligent, healthy, sound Labradors with correct conformation, classic Labrador temperament, and a low to moderate energy level. I breed black and chocolate American show-type Labradors, often referred to as English Labradors. I have numerous health screening tests done on my girls, including hip, elbow, and PennHip x-rays, echocardiograms, eye exams, and a numerous DNA tests for inherited disorders. Socialized puppies with an eager-to-please attitude are also priorities. The sire is selected based on their temperament, conformation, health clearances, and the pedigree. I have one or two litters a year. My puppies are raised in my home. They receive quality care with regards to safety, diet, exercise, veterinary care, and companionship. I select the puppy for the prospective owners based on the family dynamics and the evaluation of the litter. 

The Labrador Retriever is an intelligent, friendly, active dog. They are playful dogs with a sturdy build. The males weigh between 65 and 80 pounds. The females weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Most Labradors live 10 to 12 years. There are 3 recognized coat colors- black, chocolate, and yellow. Labradors have a short thick double coat, and they do shed. These easy to train dogs are well-suited for family life, hunting companions, search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, agility, traditional obedience, and rally obedience. The loyal and affectionate Labrador enjoys the company of children and other dogs. Early training is required to address the common puppy problems, including 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. 

Generally Labrador Retrievers are hardy, healthy dogs. Unfortunately, some Labradors may develop health problems. Fortunately, most of these disorders are rare. Inherited disorders in Labradors include hip dysplasia, 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. 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 include ear infections, gastric torsion, and ruptured knee ligaments. 

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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