About Us

James & Diane Hopkins, RR #3, Port Rowan, Ontario N0E 1M0

Where intelligence, devotion, soundness and working ability are our #1 priority.

Bred for soundness, structure, and serviceability, we strive to produce dogs that are happy hunters, obedience and other performance sport competitors, and above all, exceptional family pets.

We breed only when we expect to keep a puppy to compliment our training and breeding program, so we only have at the very most one litter per year.

We are proud to have bred the Dog Ambassador from our first litter with National Service Dogs, who train dogs to work with autistic children. His name is Nikon and he does demonstrations for schools and other organizations. He also goes along when talking to families who are in need to see if a service dog is right for their situation.

We also have one puppy from our 2006 litter who graduated from the Special Needs Program with Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides in 2008.  She now lives in British Columbia, where she works hard, but is spoiled rotten by her new owner.  We  donated one puppy from our 2008 litter as well. She graduated from the seizure response program in May of 2009.    She lives with Kelly in Coalhurst, Alberta.  My goal, however, is to have a pup graduate from the seeing eye program.  It is very exciting to look forward to our puppies graduating from their programs and helping people with special needs.

My husband, James and I have owned dogs all of our lives, and received our first show dog as a wedding present – CH Limberlost Cousteau, a male Great Pyrenees. Over the years we always had purebred dogs that we sometimes showed, but it was about 10 years ago that we got our first Labrador. In 2002 we got our first true performance dog, Tanner. She is presently known as OTCH Sugarplum Tanner, Am CD, WCX, JH. She earned her CD at just under 9 months. She attained three titles – her CDX, WC and JH titles in 2006. She completed her Working Certificate Excellent title in 2007.  In 2008 she completed her OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion) title in only 10 trials and passed one Senior Hunter test in the fall of  2008.  She suffered a shoulder injury that winter and is now retired.

We breed yellows and blacks and puppies are born in the house, right off the kitchen and  raised underfoot. We ensure the puppies are well socialized and implement the Super Dog Program, also known as Early Neurological Stimulation from day 3 to day 16. More information can be found at this link: Breeding Better Dogs.  As soon as they are able to walk, they are in a sensory rich environment which develops thicker cerebral cortexes, having more synaptic contacts between neurons and have higher levels of neuro-endocrine transmitters in their brains than puppies that have been raised in a non-stimulating environment. When measured later in life, the results show that puppies raised in an enriched environment tend to be more inquisitive, more adept at performing difficult tasks and are more intelligent, having experienced more at an earlier age.

We feed TLC dog food and the only supplement we add is a coconut oil and cider vinegar mixture.

All of our puppies are CKC registered and sold on limited registration. They are temperament tested, wormed, vaccinated, eye examinations by a canine opthamologist and microchipped before leaving for their carefully chosen homes. All breeding stock have all hip and elbow clearances, Optigen tested for PRA, and yearly eye clearances. The puppies also have a two year health guarantee for inheritable diseases.

We do all of our own training and handling for obedience and hunt tests. My husband, James is a CKC Hunt Test and Working Certificate judge.

The pup we kept from Tanner’s first litter, Tannerforge Braveheart (William), earned his Working Certificate title at 12 months and his Junior Hunter and WCI in 2007 and his WCX in 2008. He and two of his litter sisters are in training for competitive obedience. These pups are by Can & Bda Ch. & MOTCH Pinebank Phantom of the Night, RE WCX MH Am RE, Am UD

owned by Susie Bell. Phantom was a great dog with a wonderful sense of humour and personality. He completed his Master Hunter title and his Obedience Trial Champion title in 2007 and his Master Obedience Trial Champion title in 2008, and is exclusively owner trained and handled. Phantom was #8 All Breed Obedience, #5 Sporting Group in 2008.  Chili, who is the pup we kept from this repeat breeding had her first performance title – WC 16 days after turning 6 months old!

William and Tanner's first senior hunter pass Brighton 2008

William and Tanner’s first senior hunter pass Brighton 2008

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in a puppy at tannerforge@gmail.com Deposits will be accepted at the birth of the pups.

We are located near Long Point, Ontario, Canada.

  • Secretary – Labrador Retriever Club of Canada 2015-
  • Vice President –Labrador Owners Club – Diane 2013
  • Secretary/Treasurer – SWORTC 2013 – present – Diane
  • Hunt Test Chair – LOC Hunt Test 2012 –  Diane.
  • Secretary for the LOC Canadian National Master Committee in 2012 – Diane.
  • Co-chaired and chaired the SWORTC Hunt Test for 4 years – Diane
  • Field Trial Secretary/Treasurer for SWORTC 2006 – present – Diane.
  • President of the SWORTC club 2009-2012 – James.
  • CKC Hunt Test and Working Certificate judge – James.

See this old video of some Champion/field trial dogs that had been imported from England showing what the retrieving game is all about – International Field Trial Ch Bancory Varnish of Wingan and Ch Timbertown Clansman – you see the dogs at about 4 minutes in.


say no to silvers

Say no to silver labradors

2 Responses to About Us

  1. Michael says:

    I am interested in a male Lab, english breed preferable chocolate or yellow. Do you have any available? if not when do you expect the next litter?
    Please add me to the next waiting list.

    Thank you

  2. Diane says:

    Hi Michael
    Thanks for the inquiry regarding a chocolate or yellow puppy. I’m not sure when we will be expecting a litter. You might want to look around.

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