Bella Notte Labradors story begins like so many others: we lost our amazing first Lab, Sage. Sage was a truly wonderful dog and we fell in love with the unconditional love, gentle personality, and even temperament that only a Lab can provide. However, Sage was not the product of OFA Certified parents and had numerous orthopedic issues as she grew older, which unfortunately was likely the product of her being from a backyard breeder.
After we lost Sage, we desperately missed her and knew that our two sons would benefit greatly from having the love of a good Lab
in their lives. Therefore, much time and careful consideration went into our search to find the perfect dog to further expand our family.
Following much searching and deliberation, we found the perfect fit with Donna Stanley of Endless Mt. Labradors and her beautiful dogs. Bella (Endless Mts Alpine Bella Notte) came home to us and is everything we could ask for, and more, in a companion dog for our family. We could not
be more pleased with her temperament and she has developed into a treasured member
of our family.
Due to Bella's exceptional temperament and beautiful appearance, we decided to conduct genetic testing to begin the process of breeding her. Through the Greater Pittsburgh Labrador Retriever Club (GPLRC), we met many wonderful people that supported us in our conformation ring hopes, as well as our breeding desires.
Club member Cheri Herschell of Rebellion Labradors owned an upcoming young male that was an ideal match for Bella named Chief (GCH CH Rebellion's Mischief In Me JH, CA, CGC, WCX). Through him, we had the first generation of Bella Notte Labradors daughters: Bella Nottes Harvest Moon O Mischief and Bella Notte's Pennies From Heaven. We are very pleased with both of these girls and feel that they truly embody the Ideal Companion Dog.
Our breeding program continued growing as we looked forward to the future. With the support of Gerardo and Joan Saldana, we were able to to introduce the Zinfndel Labradors line to our program, while also developing a lasting friendship. They provided us the wonderful opportunity to breed Luna (Bella Nottes Harvest Moon O Mischief) to their amazing male, Big Papi (BISS GCH CH Zinfndel Lengley's Big Papi). This exceptional pairing has produced puppies that possess the most wonderful temperaments. We kept a female, Bella Notte's Sunny Side Up, as our future hopeful in our breeding program.
Also a product of this pairing was our first home-bred, Champion pointed Labrador, Bella Notte’s Heisman Winner of Buckeye Valley, “Archie.”
Sally Bell of Borador Labradors was pivotal in adding some European Flare to our breeding program. She had a very impressive male at her kennel that was visiting from Poland named "Banana," American CH, Polish CH, Polish Junior Champion Bruno Banani Bella Mare.
Banana and Luna produced Bella Notte's New Moon Rising, "Sidney"and she certainly inherited a lot of her
father's good looks! We are thrilled with her kind nature and sound structure.
MBISS MBOSS AM/CAN GCH MyKiss Chips' Ahoy WC RN CGC, "Chip" sired two of Penny's litters. Tamaria Hartman of MyKiss Labradors has been a wealth of knowledge and
information in our pursuit of outstanding Chocolate Labrador puppies. Chip and Penny have produced wonderful, highly intelligent puppies with beautiful conformation!
CH Bella Notte's Buried Treasure, "Indy"
We kept an easy-going female, Bella Notte's Buried Treasure, "Indy." Indy has been a natural in the show ring, earning her first major during her first weekend out. Indy finished her Championship with three majors and is Grand Champion pointed. We continue to expect great things moving forward in her show career!
Another success story from this same Chip and Penny pairing is GCHB CH Rebellion's Key to Erebor from Bella Notte JH CD WC, "Thorin," owned by Cheri Herschell of Rebellion Labradors. Thorin has already made a name for himself in the conformation ring, achieving his Bronze Grand Champion title at 3 years old. Thorin is also an avid hunter, with his Junior Hunting title as well as his Companion Dog obedience title and Working Certificate.
GCHB CH Rebellion's Key to Erebor from Bella Notte JH, CD, WC, "Thorin"
Our third generation of Bella Notte Labradors arrived in the Spring of 2019. Sunny was bred to Multi BISS GCH CedarLakes Inside Scoop, "Cooper" owned by Anne Thornbury.
Cooper is an accomplished show dog having been chosen for a Judges Award of Merit at The Westminster Dog Show in years past. The puppies Sunny produced with him were absolute show stoppers!
One exciting result of this Cooper and Sunny pairing is Bella Notte's Ray of Sunshine CGC, "Ray" owned by Christine Mac Isaac. Not only is Ray beautiful, she is also a titled Canine Good Citizen.
QuailChase Labradors amazing father and son team of "Jolly,"BOSS GCHB CH Quail Chase Bearcreek Jolly Joe and "Dominic,"GCH CH Hurley Quail Chase Old Dominion sired our next two litters. Duke and Tina Donahue were extremely supportive and very invested in the puppies produced by their amazing boys.
Jolly x Penny Puppies
Jolly and Penny had a lovely litter of chocolate puppies that were very easy going like dad, Jolly, yet have their mother's confident and outgoing personality.
Dominic and Sunny had a beautiful litter of black puppies, which have been some of the most inquisitive and agile puppies we have produced. It has been fun to watch these little athletes as they grew up!
Bella Notte's Stacked Deck, "Decker"(Dominic x Sunny) was a lot of fun to take into the show ring. At 7 months old on his first weekend out, he was Winners Dog three days, Best of Winners twice, and Best of Opposite Sex over several specials, as well as Best of Breed Owner Handled. He was always a very enthusiastic boy just like his sire, Dominic.
GCHS CH Empress Risky Business JH BCAT CA RN DN DJ CGC TKN FDC ATT, "Beau" owned by Dawn Nacey, Tanner Hale and Christy Hale, produced a spectacular litter of puppies with Sunny. These puppies have gone to the most wonderful families. They truly embody the kind and loving temperament of the Ideal Companion Dog.
Beau x Sunny Puppies
Bella Notte's Treasure Trove,"Shorty," is Indys daughter with "Chief," GCH CH Rebellion's Mischief in Me JH, CA, CGC, WCX. Shorty has the most outgoing and confident personality. She loves water and is always game for anything! As a young puppy she even attended The Labrador Retriever Club National Specialty in St. Louis Missouri at the Purina Farms Complex. She is such a special girl!
"Sidney," Bella Notte's New Moon Rising and "Nova," GCH CH Valhalla's Supernova at Scarfone's JH, produced our newest member of the crew here at Bella Notte Labradors. Bella Notte's Moonstruck, "June," has been a true delight. Along with her littermates, she has the most kind personality as well as beautiful conformation. June was Best Of Breed her at her first all breed dog show. She is following in her aunt Indy's footsteps by beginning her Championship title with a major as her first points. Not too shabby for a one year old!