Our foundation bitch, Diamond R Sexy Sophie, encompassed all the qualities we find ideal in a Labrador. Hard working, aggressive entry to brush and water, 'birdiness', willingness to please, and an extremely easy going temperament. She also had a reserve win,1st and 2nd her only three times to a show. Most importantly she had the ability to produce the same or better in her offspring. Sophie’s bloodline is one of very few chocolate bloodlines in the country to consistently produce top quality performance dogs that were still a joy to have in the home. At the time of Sophie’s death she was the Dam or Grand dam of over 40 performance event dogs.
We select our dogs not only on their temperament and ability as working dogs, but on their ability to pass on those traits. We don’t breed titles to titles because at the end of the day most of us don’t need champions, we need a healthy hard working hunting dog. We produce all three colors of labs, which gives us more freedom in breeding to concentrate on working ability, conformation, and temperament. To line breed, each new breeding dog is a cross between a Diamond R Dog and an outside bloodline. This allow us maintain what we find desirable in the Diamond R line, while avoiding in-breeding. The puppies produced are all different combinations of our line, and we are happy to help you pick the best dog for you.
Line breeding is how we consistently produce top quality dogs, without crossing genetics too closely. Line breeding is best described by an excerpt from a Ducks Unlimited article:
"...Total outcrosses, matings of unrelated genetics, may produce the occasionally exceptional offspring, but this is an unpredictable undertaking. The only way to gain predictability of traits is to seek an experienced breeder with proven bloodlines which produce successful progeny. This will usually involve some form of line breeding. The mating of similar genetic relationships (line breeding) is conducted to intensify qualities within the line and to improve upon the predictable traits within litters. Line breeding is successfully practiced in all forms of livestock. Line breeding itself produces nothing, good or bad, it merely intensifies what is genetically there in the bloodline. Most professional breeders use some form of line breeding as soon as they find a successful combination. In other words, outcrosses, random matings, despite the parents' apparent abilities and or titles, will not assure that the traits of the parents will be passed to the offspring. Only line breeding can offer this possibility.” - Ducks Unlimited "Puppy Selection Tips".
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