On going to look at a litter of yellow puppies at the renowned
Poolstead Kennel of Bob & Didi Hepworth, I came away with a 12 month black bitch! A year later she was CH.Poolstead Pin Up of Fabracken.
Beautifully bred, being by CH.Sandylands Mark x
a bitch who
was a mix of Sandylands & Kinley breeding. I
had hopes she might be a good producer. Indeed
It was also 'Pin Up' who really started my interest in the working
side of the breed. She was a natural at work and taught me so much about the 'real' Labrador.
After winning her second CC I was
determined that if she was to win her Show Champion title then she would
become a full Champion by gaining her Show
Gundog Working Certificate (SGWC).
This has been my intention ever since
then. Many show bred Labradors
will work, given the opportunity, and make very useful picking-up dogs. There is so much satisfaction
to be gained from watching any dog do the job the breed has always been bred for. Since
then all the Fabrackens are worked throughout the winter, as well as gaining SGWC's, WT awards & Working Gundog
Certificates (WGC). Their temperament and ability to do this are very much in mind when choosing
Use is made of the KC/BVA Hip,
Elbow and Eye schemes
and the dogs are also now Optigen DNA tested for prcd1 GPRA. Also DNA tested for
CNM and EIC.
Many things go to make up a good Labrador, health being a very
important part of that.