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Despite fortuitous outcrossings, and with considerable study of pedigree and offspring, Helen Ginnel and Sally decided to breed Julie back to her sire Ch. Whygin Gold Bullion. From the litter of nine, six blacks and three yellows, five champions were finished—Am-Can Ch. Shamrock Acres Sonic Boom, Ch. Shamrock Acres Casey Jones CD, (sire of 12-time BIS winner Ch. Shamrock Acres Light Brigade), Ch. Shamrock Acres Whygin Snow, Ch. Whygin Luck of Shamrock Acres and Ch. Shamrock Acres Twenty Carat. This breeding was repeated twice more, but only one other puppy finished a title, Ch. Shamrock Acres Sparkle Plenty CD. In 1963 a third bitch was acquired from Helen Ginnel, Whygin Busy Belinda (Ch. Whygin Poppitt x Bengali Sari). She completed her championship in 1965 and produced 11 champions including two BIS winners, Ch. Shamrock Acres Dapper Dan and Ch. Shamrock Acres Light Brigade. Sally's acquisitions of the three bitches from Helen Ginnel, all top producers— Campaign Promise, "Julie" and Busy Belinda formed the foundation for Shamrock Acres breeding, along with progeny from the first Labrador, Marlab Gypsy CD. Use of the two Whygin stud dogs, Ch. Whygin Poppitt and Ch. Whygin Gold Bullion strengthened the Whygin influence.

Three Shamrock Acres-bred stud dogs became top producers—the yellows, Ch. Shamrock Acres Light Brigade and Ch. Shamrock Acres Benjamin; and the beautiful black dog, Ch. Shamrock Acres Sonic Boom. Several other Shamrock Acres-bred dams are also top producers— among them: Ch. Shamrock Acres Cotton Candy, Ch. Shamrock Acres Yellow Ribbon and Ch. Shamrock Acres One Way Ticket.

Shamrock Acres breeding stock is divided between dogs and bitches with conformation backgrounds and those with field backgrounds, and some with combinations of both. The show lines are based on line-breeding with an occasional outcross, which is then crossed back to the original line. Some line-breeding is followed with field-trial lines, but not as close as the conformation pedigrees. Shamrock Acres lines have produced three dual champions that have show champion dams and field champion sires—Dual Ch.

Shamrock Acres Super Drive (NFC NAFC Super Chief x Ch. Could Be's Miss Erable), breeder, Sally McCarthy Munson; Dual Ch. Royal Oaks Jill of Burgundy (NFC NAFC Super Chief x Ch. Ch. Shamrock Acres Whygin Tardy CD.), breeder, Laurie Allen; Dual Ch. Tumarc's Triple Threat (FC Air Express x Ch. Sunburst Blackfoot Nell – Air Express is a son of Super Chief and Nell a daughter of Shamrock Acres Sonic Boom), breeder, Judy Weikel Aycock. This kennel has also produced a National Champion, the 1979 NFC AFC McGuffy (FM NAFC Ray’s Rascal ex Candlewood’s Southern Deal). Unfortunately, the novice owner inadvertently omitted the Shamrock Acres kennel name when registering the puppy. It is a sad quirk of fate to have achieved this goal and then not have the dog carry your kennel name.

Our thanks to the owners of Shamrock Acres dogs, and the handlers, Dick Cooper, Stan Flowers and Barbara Holl who were instrumental in helping us reach our goals.

Currently our daughter Colleen McCarthy is training and handling the Shamrock Acres Labs in both Conformation Shows and Hunt Test Trials.

In 1985, we bought our first Pug, and now have 5 fawn colored females and 1 male. Four are champions, another has her C.D. Champion Knick Knack Shenangian was ranked #10 in the U.S., 2002 and won a Best In Show 2003. Handled by Colleen McCarthy.

Records We Are Proud Of:

3 Best of Breed—Westminster Kennel Club

2 Best of Opposite Sex, Westminster Kennel Club

Sporting Group 4—Westminster Kennel Club Owner handled

4 Best of Breed—International Kennel Club

3 Best of Opposite Sex—International Kennel Club

Sporting Group 4—International Kennel Club Owner Handled

Best In Show—International Kennel Club

Best of Breed—Labrador Retriever Club National Specialty Show

Breeder & Owner—Top Sporting Dog in U.S. 1968

Breeder—1979 National Field Champion

Breeder—The First Master Agility Champion Labrador—2001

Owned by Barry Hall, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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