Thistledown Labradors was established in 1976 and, for 35 years, has been dedicated to producing healthy Labrador Retrievers with good temperaments and correct type, according to the Labrador breed standard. Some people refer to this as the “English type” Labrador. I get proper health and genetic clearances on my dogs before using them for breeding, and strive to rule out other problems for which we have no test or database. My interest in Labradors began many years ago when my teenage daughter wanted a Lab puppy for her birthday. At that time, I worked for Barbara Gilchrist’s father. So, naturally (and luckily), that’s where I found our first Labrador … a beautiful yellow female. Barbara encouraged my daughter to show this puppy, and thus began my 35-year friendship with Barbara. Because I also loved Golden Retrievers, I bought a very nice girl and showed Goldens for several years. When my daughter lost interest in showing, I took over the Labradors as well as the Goldens. Eventually, I concentrated solely on my wonderful Labrador Retrievers. I guess I was “hooked”!
I am proud to have produced show champions, good hunting dogs, obedience dogs, service dogs and wonderful family companions. My interest in obedience competition has led to attaining multiple obedience titles including a utility certification.
We only have occasional litters and strive for quality rather than quantity. I carefully screen puppy placements, so I can rest assured that the puppy will live a good life with proper care and lots of love, and that they will make a successful contribution to the happiness of their families. Occasionally, I have an adult available for placement into a retirement home, and I make sure it’s the perfect home for that particular dog. Stud service is available to approved bitches.