My love of Labradors (in fact any dogs) began as a child, and growing up we had a black Labrador, Paddy. When he passed away I begged and pleaded for another, but was told by mum, “You can have as many as you like when you have your own home.”
Little did I know then what a passion they would become………….
We are a small show / breeder kennel, based in Tibshelf, Derbyshire.
We bought our first Labrador back in 1988, Sam (Sh Ch Beltarn Diuma of Newinn x Boothgates Hot Scoop for Brandhams) who was purely bought as a pet, but through him I caught the “showing bug”.
In 1989 I went back to the same breeder Alison Brandley (BRANDHAMS) and this time asked for a dog to show and I got Oscar ( Brandhams Show Stopper: Boothgates Kountry Kraft x Brandhams Hot Choice) a beautiful black dog with the gentlest of temperaments.
Not only did he do well in the showring, but regularly went picking up through the shooting season.
From the first litter he sired I bought a bitch, Abby: Dumbledale Blue Moon, thus started my original breeding line, which I still have to this day.
In 2008 , purely by chance, an opportunity came along to purchase a black bitch, going back to Show Stopper, we called her Polly: Amberstead Dark and Stormy over Mattand (Sh Ch Silver Suede over Rocheby x Dakross Lady in Satin at Amberstead).
I am forever grateful to Dave and Carol Dawn (Amberstead) as this bitch has taken me to where I am today.
I strive to breed well tempered, healthy, good looking labradors.
All our breeding stock are hip/elbow scored, PRA Clear and have current clear eye certs as a minimum.
My Affix comes from my two son`s names, Matthew and Andrew.