Welcome to Sunset Labradors

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

My goal is to breed health, sound, intelligent puppies with the classic Labrador temperament and correct conformation. Socialized puppies with an eager-to-please attitude and a strong desire to retrieve are also priorities. I breed the American show-type Labradors, often referred to as English Labradors. My litters are temperament tested by an experience dog trainer and the puppies are carefully matched with their new families. 

I have dedicated 30 years to breeding, training, rescuing, and loving Labrador Retrievers. 
  • Currently, I share my home with ten Labrador Retrievers- six spayed girls, two girls cleared for breeding, and two young hopefuls. They enjoy relaxing in the house and  playing outside in a large fenced-in area.
  • My litters have been carefully planned with the hope of adding a puppy to my canine family. 
  • Initially, I trained my dogs to preform traditional obedience exercises and a few agility tasks. Rally Obedience is now my favorite canine sport. The handler and the dog work as a team to complete a course that consists of 12 to 20 signs that illustrate each required task. Rally O training is fun and it promotes teamwork. For a little variety, my girls still do some agility tasks.
  • I have been a member of the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston for about 30 years. The club promotes ethical breeding practices and supports a range of activities including field trials, conformation shows, obedience trials, and educational programs. The club also supports Lab Rescue and promotes canine health clinics for eye and cardiac clearances. I've learned a lot of valuable information from other members that share their knowledge and experiences. 
  • I was an active volunteer for Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. for more than 25 years. I donated my time and talents to improving the organization, taking calls from people that needed to surrender their Labradors, fostering and training Labradors waiting for a new home, and visited potential families interested in adopting a rescued Labrador.
Each litter is carefully planned. 
  • I review pedigrees and carefully evaluate the traits of both the sire and dam. 
  • My breeding girls have numerous health clearances, including OFA hip, OFA elbow, and PennHip x-rays, echocardiograms, eye exams, and numerous DNA tests for recessive genetic disorders. The sires are selected based on temperament, conformation, health clearances, and their pedigrees. 
  • My litters are raised in my home. I provide the puppies with a safe, clean, and stimulating environment. For the first four weeks, the puppies are in a whelping box in my guest bedroom. I sleep in the room  until the puppies are about 3 weeks old. 
  • When the puppies are four weeks old, I move them into a spacious pen in my sunroom. Weather permitting, they play in a large fenced-in outdoor area that includes a patio and a shaded grassy pen. They play in and around 2 toddler playhouses and several climbing toys. I provide the puppies a large variety of toys in both their inside and outdoor pens. 
  • The puppies are also exposed to a variety of sights and sounds throughout the day. 
  • I interact with the puppies throughout the day and they also have frequent visitors. 
  • The litter is examined by a veterinarian when the puppies are about 7 1/2 weeks old. They receive the first immunizations against several canine diseases.
My puppies are matched with their new families. 
  • My goal is to place each puppy with the family that will provide their puppy with an optimal environment to thrive. 
  • I observe and evaluate my puppies as their personalities, temperaments, and activity levels. My litters are temperament tested by an experienced dog trainer when they are at least 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" help me 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. 
My puppies are placed with AKC limited registration and a spay/neuter agreement. 

The Sunset Labrador deposit and sales agreements are posted in the Nursery sectionThe sales agreement includes a detailed health guarantee and a return policy. 

Prospective owners must complete the puppy questionnaire to be considered for one of my puppies.

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.

- Author Unknown