Raised around dogs and horses all my life, our first litter of Labradors to born under the "Ashland" prefix was in 1984. Over the years I have been active in many different areas of the dog world from hunting test, obedience and agility trials to conformation shows. I have held dog training classes for the public, worked as a field/hunt test trainer, as a Vet technician and ran a Labrador rescue organization for a number of years here in USA.
Aside from my Labradors which is a full time job in itself, I also enjoy a number of other activities such as operating M/T Performance along with my fiance, Brown.
My main purpose in breeding is to keep one or two puppies to continue on with my bloodline and breeding program, the remainder of the pups are placed into pre-approved family homes. I only only breed when I have 100% of my time to commit to raising a litter of pups.
I have a very
strict breeding program. To begin with, I only breed from proven
Labradors that are of correct, low-key, easily trainable temperaments,
excellent physical conformation and outstanding retrieving desire for
which the breed was originally developed. I feel that a Labrador being a
sporting breed and developed as a hunting companion should be able to
do many task for which it was bred for. Not all show labs can hunt and
not all hunting labs can show. I think it is imperative to produce a
Labrador that can do a little of everything including being first and
foremost a great family companion.
Each Labrador that that I own has or will participate in some venue, either conformation shows, obedience trials, hunting test on top of being personal companions for our family. Before breeding each one is screened for hereditary problems such as Hip Dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye and heart diseases and DNA tested for PRA, EIC and CNM.
are whelped and raised inside my home, until they leave to their new
families and I take great pride in providing our pups with the right
start from birth until the day they leave for their new homes. Daily
socialization for each pup is mandatory and much enjoyed by both humans
and dogs! Rossy pups are always clean, free of fleas and other
parasites. Our pups are not raised outdoors or away from daily human
My commitment to this breed is lifelong. Breeding should be left for those that take it most seriously and not for a market. This is my home, not a 9-5 facility. So when you call and want to visit our dogs, remember you are asking to be a visitor to my home and family life, not a separate commercial "facility".
I strive to produce the best possible example of the Labrador Retriever in both temperament and conformation with special attention paid to health and longevity. A correctly bred Labrador should excel in trainability, a truly eager to please and intelligent disposition . When mature, around 3 years of age, they should have a calm, pleasing and sunny nature about them. They should never appear shy or aggressive. A great Labrador will never meet a stranger, in other words, everyone is his best friend, even the neighbor's cat!
Aside from this, a well bred Labrador will adhere to the breed standard. The Labrador should be a well developed dog, of medium size, broad head and bodied and well muscled. He should not look long and weedy, and equally objectionable are those Labradors that are fat and have slow, cloddy like movement.
Most all pups are placed into family homes. We actually PREFER companion placements for our litters. Just because I show and breed, does not mean that I only seek to place pups into other show homes, quite the opposite is true. Those pups deemed show prospects usually remain here with us. After all, that is my main reason for producing a litter, for our program and lineage to carry on in the future. Only on a very limited occasion will I place a show prospect into another show home and only under certain qualifications and ONLY when I know it is another breeder of very high standards.
For me, the
most important thing of all is that our Labradors makes peoples lives
full and bring enjoyment not only to myself but to the many families and
individuals that own one or several of our Labbies ...that is by far the best accomplishment!
I am often asked about the various colors of the Labrador Retriever Dog Breed? Like the Blue, Cream/White, Black, Red and the Fawn color
to the passion I have for the Chow Chow Breed and the desire to help
any passionate Chow Chow breed lover, i have decided to explain the
various colors of the Chow Chow breed.
Officially according to the standard of chow-chow Purebred, they are five colors:
These are the 5 major color known to be standard
Let's consider all the listed colors in order.