Rocheby Old Smokey

Born 11 July 1997

Great  World  Influential  Modern Labrador 

TOP  LABRADOR SIRE      2003 - 2004 - 2006 – 2007-2008-2009


Top Gundog Sire   2008


The Legend - Old Smokey has died 22.02. 2010.
He never really recovered from the operation to remove a stone last October.
A terrible loss for Marion & David and labradors worldwide.
One of the Worlds Top Modern Day Producers - if not the best.
Top UK Sire seven years back to back - a feat never equalled. 


We ALL enjoyed him just as he enjoyed all his life.

Marion Hopkinson

I received the sad news from Marion Hopkinson that their dear yellow dog, Rocheby Old Smokey, (Rocheby Navy Blue x Sh Ch Rocheby Polkadot) has passed away at the age of twelve and a half. Born in 1997, he was shown, often by Marion s husband, David, and gained his stud book number. However, it was as a stud that his reputation became world-renowned. The quality of his offspring was evident right from the start of his stud career and he soon became the favourite stud of very many show Labrador breeders.

His popularity as a sire continued throughout his life. He consistently stamped his type and produced champions, CC and RCC winners to such an extent that he won the Top Labrador Stud Dog title for several years running and was Top Gundog Sire in 2008. He sired 13 champion offspring including Sh Ch Cambremer Craftsman, Sh Ch Cambremer Two to Tango, Sh Ch Foxrush Ovaltine, Sh Ch Lindall Double Blue, Sh Ch Lindall Strawberry Cream with Farbrae, Sh Ch Linjor Valentino, Sh Ch Newinn Old Hinney at Tissalian, Sh Ch Rocheby Statesman, Sh Ch Rocheby State Occasion and Sh Ch Rocheby Smocked Silk at Suttonpark, Sh Ch Saranden Saboteur, Sh Ch Tissalian Oh Sanchia, and Sh Ch Wilsbury Wildfire at Halshimoor.

What a tremendous record. Our sympathy is with Marion and David and all those who have loved Old Smokey. His memory will last forever proved by the fact that there are few present day Labrador pedigrees in which his name does not appear.

Ann Britton Our Dogs. UK  5 March

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