Today’s guest is Stephanie Wolfinger, a labrador lover who has channeled her passion into dog labrador breeding, shows titles and more. She explains some of the DNA testing done on her dogs and how that translates into what judges evaluate in the show ring.
Stephanie also explains some of my biggest confusions about the show ring – like why do handlers keep liver treats in their mouth?! Yes, that’s really a thing!! She also talks about how great it is to be able to bond one on one with your dog. I hope this conversation leads you to learn more about your favorite breed and inspires you to bond with your own dog.
Breeding Healthy Labrador Show Dogs
Stephanie Wolfinger lives in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, with her husband, 2 kids, mini dachshund and 4 Labradors Roxy, Clyde, Charley, Secret. She’s had labs for 18 years and loves them so much that she decided to get into shows, obedience, hunt titles, dock diving and breeding.
Wolfpack Labradors is a small breeder that specializes in English Style Labrador Retrievers. Stephanie’s goal is to breed for temperament, quality, and always trying to improve the breed. All of her dogs are OFA certified clear for hips, elbows, and heart, along with genetic testing. Everything is done by the AKC standard. Stephanie believes dogs aren’t pets; they are family members who deserve unconditional love. In addition to Wolfpack Labradors, Stephanie also owns a hair salon, and yes… the dogs go to work with her!
Topics Discussed in this Episode:
- How Stephanie got her start with labrador breeding
- Tests to get to ensure that your bred dog is healthy
- What judges look for in labradors at a dog show
- Equipment and attire for dog shows
- How co-owning show dogs works
- Blog Post // Questions to Ask Your Labrador Breeder
- Pawprint Genetics
- Westminster Dog Show
- Midnight Jungle Dogs Dress
Where to Find Stephanie:
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