We established Lobuff in 1968 after
attending Suffolk County KC and winning a Long Island KC match and
getting hooked, as they say. We're a small hobby kennel on Long
Island, and we're proud to own and breed English type Labradors.
It's always been important to us to strive to have dogs that are
triple or multi purpose dogs. We feel that a well bred healthy and
sound Labrador should be able to go out and do any job asked of
him or her. While titles and wins are great, in the end it’s
the quality and temperament of the dogs that matter. We believe
that breeding dogs is an art, not a science. The terms “sound
and healthy”, are all too often confused with “titles
and clearances” – they’re not the same thing!
You can have a list of titles and clearances a mile long but if
the dogs don’t look and act like “Labradors” then
you haven’t succeeded. Throwing pedigrees and clearances together,
to have puppies in the whelping box that will impress puppy buyers
is not our idea of “breeding”. Deciding which dogs to
breed together has to come from your heart, mind and love of the
breed, “guided” by some of the info that science has
to offer – clearances should be used as tools, not the be
all and end all.
Through the 70’s and on into the 80's we had finished many
champions and had several dogs that had done specialty winning like
Ch's Lobuff Seafaring Banner and sister Ch Lobuff Tequila Sunrise
and her daughters Ch Lobuff’s Missouri Breaks and Ch Lobuff
Sundown at Kerrymark. By that time we had an idea of the look, shape
and attitude we wanted for our dogs. Co-owning "Baloo"-
Ch Lobuff's Bare Necessities CD JH, (sired by Kendall Herr’s
Ch Dickendall Ruffy SH) with Emily Biegel - "Tollhouse"
Labradors, was a turning point in our breeding program. He sired
more than 50 working Guide Dogs as well as champions, Junior Hunters,
obedience dogs, explosive detector dogs and family companions. He
was a 5 time specialty BISS winner including Potomac as well as
the National Sweepstakes in '91.Shown by the incredibly talented
Beth Sweigart of the “Green Team”, he was Best of Breed
at Westminster KC twice and was the #1 Labrador in the US for '94
and '95. Combining the Banner and Tequila Sunrise get with Baloo
– through his daughter Ch Curlee Hill Lobuff Seeone we were
able to cement in a type and soundness that define the Lobuff dogs
Showing dogs was a family affair, in the early
years of the 60's and 70's. Col Jerry and Lee Weiss and all 5 daughter
enjoyed the sport as a hobby. Although today, it is Col Weiss as
a popular AKC judge and Lisa as a breeder and breeder/judge who
carry on with the Lobuff dogs. As is the case with so many things
we believe "it takes a village" and the sport of dogs
is a prime example, we have so many friends who have helped with
the dogs along the way.
Dove is co-owned with Hollyridge
– Julie Quigley-Smith and we enjoyed great success with her
and several of her get, twice winning BOB at Potomac. First with
Dove herself handled by Lisa and then with daughter Puffin and in
2008 handled by all around great guy Norman Grenier, who also won
14 BISS with Puffin as well. Her sister Piper was also a 7 time
BISS winner and has several Champion get. Handled by Lisa –
Dove also won the LRC National and another Dove daughter Ch Lobuff
Hollyridge Kisskadee was BOB at Westminster KC in 2009. Puffin,
Kisskadee and Ozzy as well as Ozzy son Wizard and Puffin son Taylor
live in RI with Julie and her family.
The two boys from the 2002 - Ch.
Borador's By George x Turtle Dove litter, live with “Lady”
Diane Pilbin and her donkeys!!! Ch Lobuff Bobwhite at Chucklebrook
and Ch Lobuff The Eagle Has Landed @ Chucklebrook – “Beau”
and “Eddie”. She also has Lobuff Chucklebrook Gypsy
Rose and Lobuff Chucklebrook Sirius Blk - Bc. Diane has been a friend
since the 60’s when we had littermates from a Ch Spenrock
Banner litter – Chammy and Cognac our foundation bitches.
Puffin and Piper have proven to be valuable producers and the boys
have proven to be wonderful sires. All have specialty winning get.
It was Emily Biegel who started "Baloo" and Anna Clark
who finished his titles - a shattered femur left him with some arthritic
changes the physical demands were too much to ask of him so we had
to stop at the CD and JH. He was an exceptionally smart dog who
passed on wonderful traits to his offspring – working in the
field and in harness. We’re excited to have some young Baloo
offspring out in the ring again thanks to technology. Yellow Baloo
son out of Treasure - Lobuff’s Heir Apparent will be out in
the ring with Rusty Howard in 2012.
Great co-owners are hard to find!! Nancy Wolston a “Dual Labrador”
driven Co-owner, has the 1st Lobuff MH, with BISS Gr Ch. Lobuff
Major Yeager At Asquam MH. Nancy always goes full tilt, logging
countless hours and miles. She and “Yeager” completed
a Master Hunter title and qualified for the Master Nationals in
’11 and again in “12!!!! Winning BOB at LRC Boston was
icing on the cake for Nancy. She is also chasing a SH title for
Gr CH Hollyridge Fine Troy Ounce JH, Troy, and a MH title for his
sister Lira – Dove grandchildren co-bred with Hollyridge.
We’re so proud of Nancy and her gang as she does all her own
training – duck by duck!!!
We have so many friends to thank for helping us carry on this breeding
program that we love so much. Tina Barks at Bellwhether has Dove
daughter “Sure’ll Crow” and her son Bellwhether
Thunderbird Via Lobuff – Thunder has both majors and is a
wonderful producer. Lee Holstien at Darlinghill Labradors has put
a WC on Ch Lobuff She’s All That to Tollhouse -”Marley”
and is showing 3 of her “Beau” offspring. Lee also has
“Em”- Wizard’s sister on the road to success.
Janet Huntley of Dockside Labs has Piper’s daughter “Orangina”
and her daughter “Winnie” doing all kinds of activities.
Winnie was Best in Sweeps and Best Puppy at the Mid Jersey LRC Fall
of 2010 – handled by Janet!!! Sue Ketcham at Brookstone co-owns
Ch Lobff Sirius Stuff at Brookstone and finished her herself with
specialty wins!! Sue also has CH Lobuff Hollyridge Miss Independent
almost to her Grand Championship. Thanks and congratulations to
all our friends who have done so well with dogs from our breeding
mixed with theirs Dr Kathy Sneider at Aquarius with Ch Aquarius
Center Court Delight “Buzz”!!! Leslie Plank at Forestwood
, Eileen Kelly at Ol Bailey, Audrey Bloom at Sageriver, Jessica
Gore at Water Oak and Abby Kagen and Greg Goebel at Liddle to name
a few!!! Check out their websites.
We plan to continue on down the road in the future with Dove grandchildren
and great grandchildren. So far the journey has been fantastic,
what makes it all worth while are the great friends we've made along
the way. Thanks to all who have worked hard!!
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