Cameron Mtn Labradors is located at the base of Cameron Mountain just outside of the town of Gordonsville, a short drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Cameron Mtn Labradors is a serious hobby kennel emphasizing the breeding of healthy, handsome English style Labradors that come from a long line of show, hunt and obedience titled dogs. These English type of Labradors, with their beautiful boxy heads and calm temperaments, are ideal for hunting and family companions while being bred to conform to the breed standard. We are currently participating in conformation shows which judge for temperament and athletic ability as we wait for the fall hunting season to begin.
This love affair with dogs began early, Becky’s earliest memory is of a big black lab named Inky giving her a wet sloppy kiss, she was in love, she was three. When Becky was 7 years old and her parents purchased a very poor quality purebred miniature poodle for a family pet. At an early age Becky began obedience training with “Pups” and achieved an AKC Companion Dog (CD) title on “Pups”. She desired more and was rewarded with a German Shorthair Pointer (Rainy) to show in Junior Showmanship and Conformation classes as well as another miniature poodle (Lady) with show potential, all before graduating high school. During high school Becky worked at the home of AKC BIS Judge Jean Fournier caring for her kennel of Siberian Huskies as well as working at a local animal hospital. It was also at this time that she became involved with the Farmington Valley Kennel Club and was featured on a monthly radio program about dogs in Hartford, CT .
Becky went on to Colgate University earning a degree in Economics and then to the University of Hartford for a MS in Tax Accounting, eventually becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Becky and Marc Hofmann, a Nuclear Engineer, were married and living in Connecticut when they acquired first one, and then a second Brittany. They became active in showing and participating in AKC conformation classes, hunt tests as well as the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. They competed, hunted, and showed until their own litter grew to two boys and they relocated to central Virginia. They proceeded to breed several litters of Brittanies, with a puppy from each of two litters going to Turkey, perhaps some of the first Brittanies to be imported there. The addition of twin daughters to their family of four halted the showing and breeding as they raised their children and enjoyed the Brittanies as family and hunting companions.
Along the way they acquired a neighbor’s poorly bred black Labrador Retriever and fell in love with a breed that was mellower than field trained Brittanies. As the children grew, and the Brittanies aged, Becky and Marc decided that their hearts were wrapped up in Labradors, a breed more suitable to the fantastic goose hunting available in Virginia.
In 2011 they acquired their first Labrador, seeking out a puppy that would have the potential to do it all, to compete in the show ring, retrieve the goose from across the pond and to have the potential for obedience involvement. Bear has proven to be all of that and more.
As the children, who were homeschooled, began to head off to college Becky and Marc sought a female to begin their breeding program and acquired another “do it all” dog from Tealwood Labradors. Through their friendship with Jenny Mitchell at Tealwood, Cameron Mtn Labradors has begun what we hope will be a successful venture into the world of the Labrador retriever. Our goal is to build upon the foundation, to breed English Labradors which conform to the AKC standard, who succeed in the show ring as well as, retrieve the goose or duck from 300 yards across the pond.
2017 Pupdate- I guess we need to change our name to Cameron Mtn Labradors… and a Brittany. We have ventured back into the world of Brittanys with a lovely little girl…Polo’s Northern Exposure of Cameron Mtn…call name “Maggie”.