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Our objective is to breed true to type, temperament and structuraly sound healthy well socialised lovable Labradors. That are capable of undertaking any task that is set them, e.g tracking, field work, therapy dogs, showing, obedience or as that much loved family member. They fit in well to  family life, be it playing with the kids or having a muched loved cuddle on the couch with the adults. Labradors are very affectionate easily trained and are eager to please.  

We have always had dogs in our lives. Ben's love of Labradors started as a kid when his family had a Black Labrador Retriever named "Roy". Between us over the years we have had the pleasure of sharing our lives with several different breeds of dogs as our much loved family companions before finally  settling on the Labrador Retriever. Between us we have had "Cleo" the Basenji, Great Danes "Choppers and Duke", St Bernard"Helga" our Alaskan Malamute "Keeta","Bessie" the Kelpie along with "Minnie" a Minuture Fox Terrier and our much loved German Shephards "Leo and PJ" and of course our dear old Labradors "Sailor and Yoda".   

The last 30+ years we have had the pleasure of having Labrador Retrievers. We took up showing and breeding this wonderful breed 20+ years ago, at the same time we were succesfully breeding, racing and showing both Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses, something we have now retired from, although we still have a few retirees in our paddock. This has given us more time to spend with our beloved Labradors. Our holidays consist of camping at a lake or somewhere quiet along a river where our dogs can come with us and also enjoy themselves. Our Labradors are a very much loved part of our family and live a happy and idyllic life on our rural property in Western Victoria a couple of hours from Melbourne.

Devinelea's past and present show team: 
Artie's: Dogzonline Pointscore Competition Results.
2020 Not held due to Covid - 19
2019 No 1 National Neuter Labrador Retriever  
2019 No 1 N.S.W. Neuter Labrador Retriever 
2019 No 3 N.S.W. Neuter in Gundog Group 
2018 No 2 National Neuter Labrador Retriever (with limited showing)
"Maggie"  AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION Jollab Perazzi (AI) 
"Ziva"       AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION Devinelea Flanders Fields
"Gibbs"    AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION Devinelea Anzac Cove
"Ellie"      AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION and NEUTER CHAMPION Devinelea Jive Talking
"Abby"     AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION Devinelea Maleficent (AI)
"Kensi"    Devinelea Stares and Whispers (AI) 
"Gus"       AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION Kirkdell Australian Idol (AI)
Devinelea's current show team:
"Gus" - "Kensi" and "Ellie". 
Showing is something we have come to really enjoy, giving us a great excuse for weekends away, travelling and exploring some wonderful parts of our great country, places that we would not otherwise have seen. Camping with our dogs, and catching up with some wonderful friends who enjoy the same things, people we would not have met if not for the dog world.
We said goodbye to our old mate "Sailor" at 13.5 yrs. 
And our very special girl "Yoda" at 11.5 yrs.
We have such fond memories of our time with them and miss them dearly. 
We thank the following people for their friendship, time and advice over many years.
  • Geoff Jolly:- JOLLAB Labradors
  • Jane and Clive Kibble:- CURLBROOK Curly Coated Retrievers
  • Jan and Gavin Farrelly:- JAYEFFE Labradors
  • Bev and David Jones:- KIRKDELL Labradors

Contact Details

Ben & Robyn van Maanen
Stawell, VIC, Australia
Phone : 03 53573254
Email : [email protected]

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