Globetrotting Arran dog makes a name in the US

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A globetrotting dog from Arran is causing a stir across the Atlantic – not only for his fine breeding, but also because of his unique pedigree not found in other Labrador retrievers in the US.

Innis Dubh, a one-year-old male black retriever from Bougarie Kennels in Sliddery, made the arduous journey from Scotland via Amsterdam, Newark, Chicago and onto Minneapolis, at only five months old.

The pedigree pup is owned by John Franke of Bemidji, Minnesota, and is being professionally trained by Ivy League Dog Training in Walcott, North Dakota, where he is learning basic obedience and hunting training.

John said: ‘ This dog I got as a buddy, if he took to hunting training, bird dogging, great, but first and foremost, he is a house dog I hoped would turn into my hunting buddy. He’s a magnificent dog – his temperament, he’s lovable and energetic.’

Innis Dubh, who, like his brothers and sisters, are named after places on Arran, has settled into his new life in the States and has already featured in a local newspaper, the Daily News in Wahpeton, North Dakota where his breeding and unusual pedigree have been the subject of discussion.

Karl Bednarchik of Ivy League Dog Training said: ‘ Innis Dubh is a fine example of British breeding. His body and head are more blocky than the American Labradors bred here.

‘They’re used so much differently in Europe than here. The Labradors here have become finer boned, narrow heads, so they can run all day. They’re used for more upland hunting.

‘The Labradors we breed here in America, in my opinion, are lighter and more athletic versus the traditional English Labs. This is the first one I’ve ever seen that came from Scotland.’

Bogarie Kennels are Kennel Club registered breeders who selectively breed dogs with show champion and working trial winning lineage. All of their dogs undergo various health checks and rigorous assessments and are keenly sought after, not only in Scotland but throughout the world.

Karl Bednarchik puts Innis Dubh from Arran through his paces in North Dakota. Photo courtesy Daily News No_B40dog01