Copperbirch Champion Labrador Retrievers – “For Love, Loyalty & Friendship”
” Just about anyone can breed a Labrador. Almost anyone can breed a Champion; even if by luck. However only an expert breeder can consistently breed Labrador Champions – Generation after Generation!”
Welcome To Copperbirch Labradors – Irelands Top Producing Field Trial Kennel of the 21st Century !!
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH MONTANUS – 3 Times Winner of: The Icelandic Retriever Championship.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH DASHER – Irish Retriever Of The Year 2007/2008.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH CAPELLA – Australian Retriever Of The Year 2011.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH SOLO – 2nd Irish Retriever Championship 2010.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH ZEUS – 4th Irish Retriever Championship 2011.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH HEINEKIN – Winner Coupe De France a la Francaise 2014.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH PADDY OF LEADBURN.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH LIFFEY.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH SAMURAI.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH MANDELLA -Winner Irish Retriever of the Year 2017
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH BLACKFOOT.
- Breeders of: FTCH COPPERBIRCH ROOSKY.
- Breeders of : FTCH COPPERBIRCH COLUMBUS.
- Breeders of : FTCH COPPERBIRCH HARP
- Breeders of : FTCH COPPERBIRCH ROME
The first ‘Copperbirch’ Litter was registered with both the English and Irish Kennel Clubs in 2004 by Professional Dog Trainer, Gundog Trainer & Canine Behaviourist Keith Mathews aka ‘The Dog Guru’
As breeders we pride ourselves in producing healthy, intelligent, working Labradors with the calmness of temperament that makes them loving, loyal family pets that are a joy to live with and easy to train, yet should the need arise they also have the profound ability and talent to work in the field as working, competition, shooting and hunting dogs, search and rescue dogs, narcotic dogs, guide dogs, medical alarm dogs or therapy dogs.
We are extremely proud of all our Copperbirch Labradors they give many years of pleasure to their new owners whatever their eventual roles in life.
Our own Copperbirch Labradors are all working and competition dogs most are Field Trial Champions yet they live with us in our home as our pets and members of our family.
Copperbirch Labradors as Working & Competition Dogs
Our ‘Copperbirch’ line of Irish bred Labrador Retrievers is one of the most sought after Labrador lines in the world.
They are famous for being very hard going and stylish in their work with natural hunting and game finding ability yet they are very calm and easy trained. This is one of the reasons why they are so successful in the field.
We are very proud that our puppies have been trained and handled by some of the most successful trainers and handlers on the planet.
A well as breeding numerous Copperbirch Champions, Keith Mathews is a full time professional and ‘A’ Panel Retriever Judge with the Irish Kennel Club, he has been successful in training and making up 4 home bred FTCH’s. In the past he has also won the Irish Retriever of the year and in addition to his 4 FTCH’s he has also had countless other wins and awards with several other Copperbirch Labradors.
Our Breeding Programme
Keith really knows his Copperbirch Labradors better than anyone and has proven to be an expert in marrying up the pedigree of chosen Stud dogs with his Copperbirch females to create “the winning fusion of genes”, generation after generation.
As a testament to this breeding success we are very proud that over the last 10 years over 100 Field Trial Champions, Winners and Award Winners have been bred directly from our lines this makes our Copperbirch Labrador Line one of the most successful Irish Labrador Lines in history!!
We are not a large breeding kennel by any means. We breed a small number of litters each year. Our puppies are home raised indoors, well socialised and very much loved before travelling to their new homes.
As Breeders of Champion Labradors Retrievers we only breed from dogs with clear eye certificates and below average hip & elbow scores.
Copperbirch Labradors were probably the first Labrador Breeders in Ireland to genetically DNA health screen all our Labradors for both PRA and CNM Labrador Myopathy, EIC and SD2.
We will always ensure that at least one of the parents of a potential litter would be tested genetically free from PRA – Progressive Retinal Atrophy, CNM – Centro nuclear Myopathy, EIC – Exercise Induced Collapse & SD2 – Skeletal Dwarfism 2, therefore guaranteeing that none of our Labrador puppies will ever develop any of these four awful diseases.
We Export Worldwide
Our puppies have found homes as far away as Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Asia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Russia, India and Australia.
The Copperbirch Family
Once you welcome a Copperbirch puppy into your life you immediately become a member of our extended Copperbirch family.
We are available to assist with the care of your puppy throughout its lifetime. Keith is an expert in the world of breeding, dog behaviour and training and is always on hand to assist you with any questions you may have with regard to your puppy’s long term nutritional needs, its welfare and most importantly its training.