Shannondoah Kennels
'Labrador Retrievers'

Our Breeding Program


     Our breeding program begins with and is based on breeding to those Labrador Retrievers with those desirable traits and qualities we wish to incorporate into our bloodlines.

     Our goal since 1977 has been to improve the natural instincts of the chocolate and yellow Labrador Retrievers. We believe as James Lamb Free stated in his book Training Your Retriever, “a Labrador doesn’t know what color he is and there is nothing in the book of genetics that says a yellow or a chocolate Lab can’t be as good as the best of the blacks. In fact, the field trial record book says they can be as good as any”.

     In the last several years yellow and chocolate Labs have won national titles. A yellow Lab, NAFC-FC MD’s Cotton Pick’n Cropper became a National Amateur Field Trial winner. Two chocolate Labs have also taken national titles. NFC-AFC Storm’s Riptide Star became the first chocolate to win the National Open. CNAFC Quik Windstorm won the Canadian National Amateur.