We are a small show kennel based near Chorley, Lancashire in the North West of England. We are Kennel Club Assured Breeders/Successfully Inspected August 2017 and are UKAS Accredited.
We make full use of the BVA hip, elbow and eye testing schemes. We also Optigen test, EIC and HNPK test when required.
Andrew and I bought our first Labrador back in 1998. Andrew and myself had grown up with dogs and we wanted a family dog of our own.
Bob, our yellow Labrador Retiever, came into our lives and the love of the breed began. Darkened Wyte was his Kennel Club Name and he died August 2011 at the ripe old age of thirteen and a half.
When Bob was two years old, we wanted another Labrador, again as a family pet. We got in touch with Jenny Dobson, the North West Labrador Retriever Club Puppy Register Co-ordinator, and she gave us the name of a breeder who lived locally to us - Kathleen Smalley (Glenmoss affix). She had a litter of black puppies and along came Lucy (Glenmoss Lady Doctor). A lovely looking bitch, who was very well bred and, looking back, may have won well in the show ring.
A short time later, Andrew and I started to look into the possibility of showing a Labrador. We had kept in regular contact with Kathleen. Showing dogs seemed such a fun hobby to have. We did our homework, looked into pedigrees, and the bug for wanting to show a dog had really got started.
We got in touch with Jenny again and she put us in touch with Margaret Litherland of the famous Oakhouse Labradors and along came Benson (Oakhouse Ot Toddy at Cuerdenlake) and a short time later Phoebe (Oakhouse Ome and Away to Evesmoore). George, our middle son, also caught the "show bug" and Margaret chose him a lovely yellow bitch to show from the "Hollyoaks litter". Oakhouse Oatibix or Abi as she is known to us.
We have home-bred Labradors also doing well in the championship show ring qualifying for Crufts each year.
The affix "Cuerdenlake" came about because we are very lucky to live near Cuerden Valley Country Park. The dogs not only have the opportunity to run and play with their doggy friends but they swim daily in the river Lostock which runs through Cuerden Valley Park. Something which the dogs adore!
We are very proud to have bred Guide Dog "Mary" born October 2007 (by Oakhouse Obadiah x Oakhouse Ome and Away). Mary became a fully qualified Guide Dog and companion in 2009. Cuerdenlake Enagh resides with Guide Dogs in France and Willow, Oakhouse Oceans Eleven to Cuerdenlake, resides with Guide Dogs in Ireland.
It's a fantastic hobby and not only is it lots of fun but we have made some wonderful friends too.