Welcome to Autumn Lake Golden Retrievers which features the Lounsberry family (four and two legged). Our home is where the military takes us, so our dogs are well traveled. We mainly breed and show English type goldens and English bulldogs, but we have just added American type goldens we hope will show well in the states. We are members of the American Kennel Club, Italian Kennel Club, the Golden Retriever Club of America, the Golden Retriever Club of Hawaii (former vice president), the Golden Retriever Club of Italy, the Bulldog Club of Hampton Roads, and the United Kennel Club. We are continuing a golden retriever line started in Australia 23 years ago by Lillian Robinson of Glenregal Kennels. Our "Wilson" and "Chinook" were the male and female "picks" of her last gorgeous golden litter. Their heads are picture perfect. We also have our little sweetheart, "Dani" who comes from NZ and Australian champion lines from Montego Kennels. Dani whelped 2 beautiful litters and is now retired and loving one on one attention living with a good friend. Havoc, our new American type is grandson of the famous "Chaos" Rush Hill Run'n Amuk at Aberlard born in Italy of Leongolden Kennels. We also have another Leongolden sweetheart, Leongolden's The Seven Ravens At AutumnLake, "Raven", born in Florida now that they moved. Her daddy is famous Gemini's Fallchase The Butler Did It "Cody". Top golden USA 2011, and came out of retirement to win Westminster best of breed 2013. We will strive to breed for health, correct conformation, beauty, and sound temperament.We do OFA and BVA studies for hips, and sometimes PennHIP. We sometimes like to do hip clearances on dogs before they turn 2 (PennHIP can be done as early as 4 months, BVA 18 months, Australia 12 months, OFA 2 years) so we aren't holding onto dogs that won't pass for breeding and get hopelessly attached. I actually prefer BVA reviews as they are a lot more thorough in the explanation of where the hip defects are. BVA has been around a lot longer than OFA and I find are a bit more objective in their assessments. So if you are looking for a breeder that does everything the American/OFA way, look elsewhere. We do OFA eyes, heart, and patellas. We also do several DNA tests for common diseases that effect our breed.
The genetic make-up of each litter's parents are carefully studied to enhance and improve on each subsequent generation's health, structure, beauty and temperament. Puppies are raised in our home and are well socialized before going to their new families. They will have received needed veterinary care, immunizations, and temperament testing and microchips before leaving our home. We keep in close contact with all of our puppy families to this day.
Our English dogs started their show careers as pups in Oahu, Hawaii, continued on in the national and international circuit in Italy, and as of December 2013 WE ARE BACK IN THE GOOD OLE US of A in Chesapeake, Virginia !!! We kept a puppy from Chinook and Spencheal Fredastar's litter - a lovely little girl we named Isabella Rossellini "Izzy". She started showing overseas but it wasn't for her. She has so far whelped 2 beautiful litters and is living with a good friend under contract between litters. We also kept a female pup from Wilson and Dani's breeding, her name is Gigli (gee-lee). She looks like her gorgeous father. She is wonderful English type, with a beautiful head and coat. She has showed a few times in the US and has won under judges that like English type (which are few and far between). She has obtained her UKC CH, and I had the choice to send her to Canada to get her Ca CH or stay home with me. She is particularly close to me so I think that a separation would be too much of a shock to her emotionally. We have also kept a beautiful blend from Izzy's first litter, Skye. She will be starting her show career September 2014. We have also started our American golden retriever line with Leongolden puppies. Our first, Havoc, we purchased in Bologna, Italy from Leongolden kennels. We became good friends with Musta and Carlota El Korchi while showing and living in Italy. Leongolden has now conveniently relocated in Florida, so we have purchased two more beauties from them. Raven and Poseidon.
After many years of waiting, and yearning, and being patient with the Goldens, in OCT 2012 Chris finally got his way...and we became owners of a beautiful English Bulldog named "CHOP" (Shamrock Van't Patdana Home). Unfortunately, we lost our beloved Chop upon his return flight to the US in April of 2014. Devastated by this loss and after some time to mourn, we were given an opportunity at owning another precious English Bulldog. On Chris' birthday we welcomed CMT's Eisenhower The Intimidator (aka "Ike") to our home. Thank you Chrissy Neff for this wonderful bulldog. He started his show career in the summer of 2014 and is almost finished with his Championship. We also added a new little female bulldog from Shakare Ancrum at Ancrum's English Bulldogs and named her Ancrum's "Georgia Rose" at AutumnLake. So we are now a very full house - but we love the chaos. We will start adding English Bulldogs to our breeding program fall 2015. Also our Ike is our English Bulldog Stud Available in Chesapeake, Virginia to approved females.
Some of our males are available for stud. Please visit the other pages of our website or contact me by email for more details as some of our studs are in pet homes.