Our wonderful Labrador Retrievers and our breeding philosophy

September 15, 2013 – 02:32 pm

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Established in 1989, Gorsebrook is a CKC permanently registered (Perm. Reg.) Labrador Retriever hobby kennel located in the Rideau River Valley of Eastern Ontario, Canada, about 1/2 hour south of our Nation's Capital, Ottawa. Member in Good Standing of I have been happily involved with Labrador Retrievers for over 25 years, though I grew up
with a West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terriers, & a Cocker Spaniel. ~ rarely without a dog even @ 3! ~ I am a dog lover but especially adore Labradors. My breeding program is dedicated to this wonderful breed of such versatility: happy, healthy Labradors of beautiful English type who love to retrieve, win in the Specialty & all-breed show rings, compete in obedience, are hospital therapy visitors, play happily with children and work as hunting companions. Gorsebrook is very well known for its beautiful and intelligent working-titled champions.See all our titled Labradors listed here. At Gorsebrook, the emphasis is on quality, not quantity. My Labrador Retrievers are house dogs and companions - not kennel dogs - and so good temperaments and manners are a must. Each litter (1-2 annually) is very carefully researched and thought out a year or more in advance, considering the qualities both parents bring in conformation/breed type, working ability, intelligence and temperament, their pedigrees, records of production, their accomplishments and soundness. All Gorsebrook breeding dogs and those of other kennels I use at stud have OVC or OFA Hip and Elbow clearances and current DACVO eye clearances. I am extremely careful in this planning and in puppy raising, the benefit of which is the exceptional quality of my pups. I also have found that Gorsebrook dogs thrive over time if given new things to learn & jobs to do. I exhibit my Labradors throughout Eastern North America at Labrador Specialty Shows, which are excellent places to study the breed. I exhibit in Working Certificate, Hunt Tests and Obedience to ensure correct retrieving instincts and trainability. Over the past 25 years, I have also served the breed as: President of the Labrador Owners Club, Director and Education Chairperson of the Labrador Retriever Club of Canada (LRCC), Membership Director of Ontario County Kennel Club, member and Match Secretary of Halifax Kennel Club and Vice President & Education Director of the Metro Halifax SPCA. I have served on the Labrador Owners Club Code of Ethics Review Committee and the Labrador Retriever Club of Canada's Breed Standard Revision Committee.
I have taught obedience both in class and private formats. I am certified to give the Canine Good Citizen Test for Therapy Dogs Int'l (testing future therapy dogs) and the CKC Canine Good Neighbour Test and I contribute a regular interview feature to the LRCC NEWS. I am a certified Adult Educator/Teacher/Trainer with a professional background in National & Provincial Park Planning.
I am currently on permit to judge Labrador Retrievers. By the way, the name Gorsebrook originates in southend Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I lived for many years. Gorsebrook School, Gorsebrook Field, Gorsebrook Avenue were all familiar locales for exercising and socializing my dogs, and so it became my kennel name. Please do email with your questions and comments - I'd love to hear from you!

Source: www.gorsebrook.net

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