Hello my name is Ashley, I'm new to the forum, but not to the breed. Growing up my family alway owned labs. I had a chocolate lab named Cheyenne who was my bestfriend, but we had to put her to sleep when she was 4 because she went into kindney failure (the vet still isn't sure what caused that.)
My "I did it!" exclaimation comes from the fact that I just put my deposit down on a Killingworth puppy! I realized how much the breed was deminishing in quality (too tall, tails too thin, aggression, cherry eyes, skin and coat issues, to thin, too fat, more joint diseases, etc.) and had always been interested in breeding, showing and hunting. I did my reserach and after a very long search and a lot of thinking, I decided that a Killingworth puppy would be the best. I'll be buying a chocolate female and plan to raise her for hunting, comfirmation showing and later breeding. She is going to be my foundation bitch if all goes as planned, and of course I have the help and mentorship of the breeder I'm buying from, as well as other members of the local retriever club. I plan on naming my kennel "Brookfield" Labradors after my hometown in Massachusetts where I grew up, and it seems to fit a Labrador.
I've been doing a lot of research of pedigrees and hope to someday breed to stud dogs from Sandyland Labradors.
I do have a question for anyone in the showing/breeding world. Do you know what happened to the Rupert Labradors after the death of Dorothy Howe? She had some very nice dogs.
This is a picture of Cheyenne.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.