Labs, as gundogs, have traditionally been thought of as great flushers, driving game out of hiding. Then as retrievers, finding the downed game and returning it to the gundog’s owner. Over the past few years “pointing” has been add to the valuable traits of the popular gun dog. With this additional skill, the long-trusted Labrador retriever has taken on a new role and is turning heads in the hunting world.
The act of “pointing” involves tracking down upland game and keeping it contained until the hunter can arrive to finish the job. Breeders and trainers maintain that the Pointing Lab is emerging as a breed that adds the valuable skill of pointing to its long list of pre-existing desirable qualities.
Labradors were originally bred as fisherman’s companions, to work alongside the people who lived in the harsh island of Newfoundland. This job required a waterproof coat thick enough to withstand very low temps. They also needed the ability to swim through strong currents for long periods of time.
They were then imported to England where their roll changed to becoming a valued hunting companion. Their ability to hunt and find game, carry objects in their mouth willingly and without harming them, their natural intelligence and temperment quick made them the world’s finest retriever.
From there Labradors have become what we know them to be today, versitile, diverse and talented working dogs. From Military dog to therapy dog, they are very competent and able to do their job very well.
Here are some of the traits and skills our dogs are bred to produce;
- Smaller than other Labs ours come in at about 50-65 pounds for a female and 60-75 pounds for males. We do this for hunting purposes and to help the longevity of the dog.
- Kind natured
- Great drive
- Strong point when trained properly
- Willingness to please
- Good in the home
- Fun to train
- Great hunting companion
- Ability to work upland and water. Our dogs do water retrieves and also land retrieves. These dogs do well with the APLA hunt test requirements.
We have 4 different labrador colorations – Yellow, Black, Chocolate and “Fox Red” (not recognized by the AKC, will show as a yellow lab on the registration).
We have been doing testing prior to breeding to include;
- Hips and eyes
- PRA, CNM, EIC
We take being an Orvis endorsed, AKC Breeder of Merit very seriously. Our dogs are bred and cared for like we would want ours cared for, companions deserve responsible breeding/breeders.