A Tradition of Type, Temperament and Soundness.
This page will
tell you a little about the history of how Gregoire's
Labradors came about.
We moved our
family to East Central Indiana near Indianapolis,
Indiana about 36 years ago .Our children grew up with
all types of critters from ponies, horses, to bunnies
and chickens .So my english bred - labrador retrievers
and their offspring were part of the family even back
I have enjoyed being involved
and living with our Labradors for the past 30 + years. My first labrador
was a darling chocolate puppy named Candy. She was to be
my first real experience with owning a show dog
prospect. Back in those days chocolate Labradors were
not winning much in the ring. However, Candy did an
excellent job in the whelping box producing two nice
show dogs that later became my foundation labradors, Tanker
I then took on the challenge of
researching pedigrees and studying the strengths and
weaknesses of each dog. Clearing for genetic conditions
such as xraying and testing hips/elbows and eyes of
our Labradors were important .Then doing our homework
and doing pedigree research when selecting dogs to
be bred . I was guided by some really fine people over the
years. I was able to seek the help of some good breeders
and vets, and by steering me away from some lines, Gregoire's Labradors has grown into a solid, healthy kennel.
I have made wonderful friends with so many labrador
Labradors are very versatile.
Gregoire's Labradors are no exception. I have placed dogs in
4-H homes, and donated some for seeing eye dogs and
one of my
favorite contributions, was placing some in narcotic detection
dog service jobs. Labradors being in the work force is important. This is so helpful in
fighting crime in our cities. I have been blessed with a
few such dogs that did become useful citizens in this field,
including some wonderful chocolates.
For myself, I enjoy going to
AKC dog shows and competing in conformation breed classes. I
have also done a little Dog obedience work, getting a
Companion Dog title (CD) on my girl "Cami". I took my
8 year old chocolate labrador , "Tanker", out to a WC
event and earned his Working
Certificate (WC) . That was really fun.
Tanker was a natural, and had no special training. Labs
are so versitile.
Showing the English bred chocolate
labrador retrievers has always
been such a challenge. They are getting more recognized
by judges but it has taken years for judges to be able
to reconize the qualities and the beauty of this color
.For many years the chocolates struggled because of the
smaller gene pool .
Black and yellow labrador
retrievers have normally
been the for runner in the show rings. I have been lucky enough to have
some of my chocolates that have been competitive and I have
thoroughly enjoyed showing and winning. It is so wonderful to go to
the shows and see all of my friends and the Labs that
they are showing. It is my favorite thing.
All of my dogs are
OFA hip/elbow and eye certified.
I lost my first husband
suddenly in 2001 .With the love, support and help of my
freinds and family I continued to stay involved with the
labradors. I now am remarried to a wonderful man named Al and
we both enjoy our labees together and hope to have a
long wonderful life together .
I have a few litters each year.
All are planned with the idea that I will keep a few
offspring for myself to carry on the Gregoires name. I
usually have a litter in the spring and one in the fall.
We whelp our puppies in a laundry room next to our
kitchen or in a guest room off our kitchen. We then
can monitor them completely.
We built a cozy
puppy bunkhouse for our older puppies to move up too .It
is just outside our back door off our laundry room . Our
cute little place is thoroughly insulated, heated
and air conditioned. We glued fiberglass walls all
around for easy cleaning . Here we
have a ceiling fan ,radio and tv surveillance .Our puppies then have more room to
romp and play and
grow. The babies during nice weather can go out onto a
covered patio thru a guilitine sliding door where they
can hear the birds and outside noises. They seem to
really enjoy this. (SEE THE PICTURES on the KENNEL PAGE
My preference over the years has been raising and
showing "chocolates" but a few "yellow" labees have
joined us now and I do have 2-3 black labradors
now these days .
But the Chocolate Labradors have
been my favorite .I think it goes back to the days when
I first saw them when I was young and visiting in
England in the yorkshire area. Watched them hunt in
the potato fields.
Labradors are so wonderful and
anyone that does decide to find a Labrador for their
family will really learn to appreciate such a grand
animal. With the right training, socializing and love,
this breed is a great companion and true family friend.
AL and Sue married in Las Vegas