Here you are Pauline.
Many thanks, John. So good to have the same layout that I have e.g. Breedmate. I'm having (I really mean we're both having) a tough time with our damn printer. It's switched on, and has been for 5 minutes and when you send something to print, it says it's offline. It's driving me mad. It's only about 2 years old, but I think we are going to ditch it and go and get another one. The one we replaced this one with had seen a great deal of printing, whilst I was doing Family History research on my great great great grandfather, Moses 1818 to 1918 for a bi-centenary bash in Bristol. I wish we had kept it.
Lovely to have this information. I'm almost sure John will be 'on the ball' much quicker than I will, as he is much more knowledgeable about backgrounds than I, I'm just an interested bystander reallyHello Pauline and John
My two labs KC details as promised.
Firstly Arya, Hawksbeck Jemima bn 15.8.09 Sire Bohasset Jupiter, Dam Blomvisk Libra of Kingsfolly.
Thistle, Darling Dot bn 2.5.20 Sire Bickerdyke Scorpios. Dam Kenaiteen The Clown.
I have copies of both 5 gen. I would love any comments on their backgrounds. Arya has many FTCH on sire's side and we were told connections to a Sheikh in Abu Dhabi. Who knows though 🤔
Thistle was sired by a stud who is very busy it seems. I'm hoping my due diligence is sound regarding her future health. Her sire, aka Brig, is owned by the same person who sourced both Arya and Millie for us. I don't intend breeding but am interested in their ancestry.
She was Britannias Seraph. As you can see, a mix of show and work lines. I've had dogs with better noses than her, but she could be handled better than anything before of since, hence her success in gundog working test. I could always get her to the fall. All dogs have their strong points and their weaker points. My Chloe has by far the best nose of any of mine, and Amy probably the best all round working dog. This was Anna.Love that picture of you sending the light cream girl off to do her stuff (can't quite remember he name) she is so like my Poppy (Cambremer Quicksilver at Stelmarin) in both colour and build.
Very wise words John Arya has an incredible nose. She is so precise too. Walking three or more dogs to heel she has to be the one closest to my left heel. If one of the others changed position, without fail she hangs back and resets to the default. It is fascinating how many breeding traits from different strains are displayed. I'm proud to have Endacott in her, and saddened the line will discontinue. Our labs, very individual and unique, all do indeed love unconditionally 🥰Labradors are such a special breed, they love unconditionally.
Trouble is, working Labradors tend to come in two flavours, The hard chargers, loved by many trials people because they can be quite hard without putting them off, also they tend to be very fast, often very controlled by the handler to the extent it can be directed onto a sixpence, which looks stylish and always pleases the judge. And the softer, in many ways less flashy dog, often slower, but deliberate. Has a good nose, what we call a natural game finder. Highly valued by the shooting community, but less exciting to watch because it quietly gets on and does the job. As Anne Courtier said to me one day, "I dont want a dog I have to fight to get it to do what I want." And this is the way her Endacott dogs work. Trouble is, these dogs tend to be more sensitive, you cannot boss them around or they switch off. I personally know two of her dogs who went to people and turned out to be round pegs in square holes, never flourished the way they might have done in other hands. It looks like this was the problem with your dog. The Endacott in her pedigree came out. But as I said, Anne is no longer breeding so there will be know more. But Linda Partridge's Braidenvale dogs are very similar in character. Or maybe Henrik Vilendal's Strammers dogs. (A thought for the future. )
Yes and no. I'm a dinosaur. I should have been born 30 years earlier, the days before working and show split to the extent they have now. My all time favourite Labrador was a show dog, Ch Candlemas Rookwood Silver Moonlight. Moo was born 27/3/1964. He was a local dog, owned by Mrs Kneller, he was shown all summer and picked up on Shardloes estate all winter. (He was the grandsire of my first Labrador.) I've always liked training, (does that make me a control freak?) and in the early days was involved in competitive obedience. As an obedience person I happened to say to my friend, who was into working gundogs that, "A good obedience handler could show those working gundog people a thing or two." And was told to put my money where my mouth was!I gather that your main interest is in the Field Trial side of Labrador ownership
How interesting! There was two. Rossbank Otter Belt born 18/2/80, and Rossbank Otterbelt also born 18/2/80!! This is the KC's own database. The pedigree is the same for both, so my guess is somebody at the KC was at a party the night before entering the names! For convenience we will call it Rossbank Otter Belt. Majorson does not have a studbook number. But the KC does list a Belmontville Major, but again no stud book number. Also there is no pedigree, no siblings and no progeny, so I cant help thinking this is another KC boo boo! The data entry clerk had a very good night the day before!I was looking at Rossbank Otter Bell (it could be Rossbank Otter Belt