I'm a pedigree chocolate Labrador living in West Devon with a good hip score and clear eyes. My owners think it's high time I earned my keep at stud, or at least made a contribution. My kennel club name is Kenmilltri Oo La La but my friends call me Basil.
I was born on 11th October 2003 and live in West Devon on a smallholding together with Aylesbury Ducks, Chocolate Muscovy Ducks, Cayuga Ducks, Sebastopol Geese, Vorwerk Chickens, Suffolk Sheep and rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs. I've been told that I am a very handsome chocolate Labrador with a gentle and friendly personality. I keep myself fit by going on plenty of walks and playing games with my family.
I am a member of the West Dartmoor Working Gun Dog Club as it was felt after my first shooting season that learning a bit of etiquette could be in my best interest. The training was a bit dull but when put into practice there's no stopping me! There are no other pedigree chocolate Labradors on my shoot, only spaniels and collies, so here in West Devon I feel like a rarity.
I've taken part in agility training, which involved jumping over hurdles and "A" frames, and through hoops and tunnels. After only five weeks my instructor told me I was "exceptional" for a chocolate Labrador and if my tail was dipped in white paint I could pass for a collie!
In January 2007 I entered my first ever show, the West of England Labrador Retriever Show. It was very exciting and lots of people came to watch me win this rosette, which was a Second in the Novice Dog Class. It was so much fun I think I'll enter into more shows and who knows, one day it could be Crufts!! Here are some more photos of me in action at the show.
Being a pedigree chocolate Labrador at Stud can be hard work. When I was just one year old I had my hips scored. They told me my scores were very good, but I don't particularly enjoy going to the vet.
When I was two I had to go to another vet to have my eyes tested. He told me that my eyes were clear and I had my certificate stamped. I now visit him every year, but I still don't enjoy going to the vet!
I'm not a chunky build Labrador but slim and athletic with a dark chocolate shiny coat.
I'm now at stud and hoping to pass on my dashing good looks and charm with the help of any good looking pedigree Labradors.
Here is a list of all the litters I've sired so far. My "foward family tree".
Molly is four months younger than me and we're best of friends. As a Jack Russell she has a bit of an attitude (as you'd expect) but is loving and loyal. She copies me by cocking her leg to wee, but she has also shown me a thing or two about catching mice. I was already an expert hole digger.