Legacy Labradors - The Original
The Labrador Retriever's ancestor was developed by British fishing fleets working the cod-rich banks off
the coast of Newfoundland in the 1500's and 1600's. This "fishing dog" retrieved the cod escaping from
primitive hooks, and helped with the gathering of game by the small crews that wintered over to tend the
shore-based infrastructure. This dog was called the St. John's Water Dog.
In the 1830's the 5th Duke of Buccleuch imported the first ancestral Labradors from Newfoundland and
developed the beginnings of the Labrador breed. The Dukes of Buccleuch have subsequently maintained this
original strain of Labrador Retriever and have bred over many years a superb game finding dog to supply
the needs of their gamekeepers for their vast estates in Scotland. The Duke of Buccleuch's kennels are
the only Labrador breeding kennel which has been in continuous operation since the introduction of
Labradors to England in early 1800's.
Buccleuch Avon and Buccleuch Ned are considered the foundation dogs of the Labrador breed. One of their
offspring, a 5th generation grandson, Peter of Faskally was a tap root of the modern Labrador breed. More
than 32 of Peter's progeny won or placed in field trials, and in 1911 Peter won the first IGL Retriever
Championship. Peter of Faskelly was also the first retriever to be worked on hand signals in a field
trial. Peter of Faskally did a great deal to popularize the breed.
A look at Peter of Faskally's pedigree will testify to the importance of Buccleuch in the early
development of the Labrador breed.
• Pedigree of Peter of Faskelly
Today, the original strain of Labrador continues in FTW Buccleuch Oak, a handsome and talented black
labrador dog who resides in Scotland with the 10th Duke of Buccleuch.
We here at Duckhill kennels have bred bitches to Buccluech Oak and have retained and trained a number of
the puppies. They are characteristically high in hunt drive and easy to train. The best of them is Tibea
Duckflight, who exhibits great hunting initiative, great intelligence and exceptional ease of training.
Tibea Duckflight is being bred to a few select bitches to produce puppies of excellence and of the
original strain of Labrador. Scroll down for current litters and sires and dams.