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Field Champion Kirby's Iron Mike
Gene Kirby with Field Champion Kirby's Iron Mike

Labrador Retrievers for Field Trials

I was given a Black Lab around 1976 and have had an ongoing love affair with labs ever since. We bought a chocolate in 1978 and started breeding to the best chocolate factored field trial dogs in the country.  Our goal: to produce good looking field trial quality chocolates.  Over the last 36 years we have produced 3 or 4 litters yearly and have shipped them all over America and Canada.  Our preference is for our dogs to go to hunting or field trial families since our dogs are bred to work.  However, our Labs are very adaptable and become happy family pets as well.

Most of the time we do the selecting of the pup for the buyer.  Our effort is given to matching pup to people.  We have never had a pup that didn't adapt to the new owner.  Soft and easy dogs go to people of a similar nature.

On occasion we select a dog for our own field trial competition that doesn't work out.  We then sell that dog as a "started gun dog" and the buyer gets a great deal as the selling price never covers the cost of time and effort put into the training.

Upcoming Litters
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Due 8/25/17
Ready 10/6/17

Dogs at Stud
Kirby's Night Ryder

Kirby's Texas Watermarker

Contact Us!
DAY: 336-869-5527
FAX: 336-869-8471

I have trained most of my own dogs (15 at present) to some degree (as time allows) but depend on two professional trainers at my Shady Oaks Kennel to do most of the work. I run the dogs at many field trials and sometimes at hunt tests.

Conditions of Sale
  • Colors available: Black, yellow and chocolate
  • Included are first shots and first worming. OFA and CERF CERTIFICATES are available on the parents. Pups are guaranteed against HIP DYSPLASIA and PRA.
  • No return policy, no money back and no puppy exchange
  • No training included in the price of the puppy
  • There is no guarantee for the breedability of the dog
  • Sires are Field Champion/Master Hunters
  • Buyer pays for shipping
  • References are available
  • Offering started dogs, finished dogs and stud service to OFA-CERF Females
Yellow Pup
Kirby's Shotgun Shuffle JH
All field trial breeding is from OFA/CERF breeding stock.  Many are sired from National Field Champions.  We specialize in breeding and training of Labrador Retrievers for hunting, hunt tests and field trials.
Gene Kirby with PuppiesGene Kirby and wife
Picture on Left:  Gene Kirby and two young lab pups at eleven weeks.  Picture on Right:  Martha and Gene Kirby with two of their outstanding breeding females: Sierra (black) and Jan (yellow), both of which are producing outstanding working pups.
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