Welcome to Thorington Stud

Welcome to Thorington Stud

Welcome to Thorington StudWelcome to Thorington StudWelcome to Thorington Stud

About me

Steve Sword - Licensed and vet checked labrador breeder


I am a dog breeder licensed under the Animal  Welfare (Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, registered as Mr S Sword with eastsuffolk.gov.uk - Licence no 19/00108/AW18LI.

I am located in the countryside in rural Suffolk with plenty of room for dogs to play & exercise.

I am regulated, independently inspected & properly insured. All my puppies are vet checked before leaving for their new homes.

I am also an accredited microchip implanter.

I breed labradors in black, chocolate & yellow and occasionally goldadors from my home. My aim is to breed quality, healthy puppies responsibly with a superb temperament which are ideal as pets for families with children. I have also assisted customers with puppies to be trained as learning support dogs including autism, deafness, diabetes, epilepsy & emotional support. You are welcome to see parents and the whole litter and examine kennel club paperwork.

I take great care in the selection of the parents to provide you with a pup which is healthy, free from genetic faults and free from any high inbreeding. As a responsible breeder I take the time & trouble to have all parents  tested for the recommended health screening for this breed  including hips, elbows and eyes and test the parents for inbreeding coefficient predictions  to give you the maximum chance of a trouble-free life for your beloved pet.

All pups are socialised & gradually exposed to everyday household activity including washing machine, TV, vacuum cleaner & visitors. This helps them settle easily into new homes without too much stress. The parents are not left out - they enjoy varied daily fun & exercise including off lead play, ball chasing & enrichment/scatter feeding to stimulate their lives & avoid boredom.

Pups are sold guaranteed to pass your vets' initial health check and each pup also comes with four weeks free insurance through PetPlan.  All Labrador pups come with Kennel Club papers. They also come with instructions, starter food, microchipping, scent blanket and 24/7 help and advice for the life of your dog. I have a number of repeat customers and new customers generated through personal recommendations. 

Please do not be offended if I ask questions on your home & lifestyle. It is important that each of my pups goes to a 'for life' home & that you as a customer are fully aware of the responsibilities of a dog before committing to one.

If you are interested in a puppy with potential for breeding later in life, please chat this through with me so that it can be discussed fully so that I may assist you with selecting a suitable pup providing I am confident that you can offer a suitable home with sufficient knowledge.

All pups are initially sold with endorsements on their KC paperwork to protect responsible breeding. This can be removed providing that the puppy undergoes hip, elbow & eye health tests with average or higher result. These are carried out after their 1st birthday.



The ideal family dog - easy to train, lovable and excellent with children.

KC registered & microchipped puppies.

All our current puppies have homes - a new litter is due March 2020

All parents are full health tested  (hips, elbows & clear eyes) with excellent results & have low inbreeding coefficient.

Please call for details & current availability.



 Goldadors are a hybrid cross created by the combination of labrador and golden retriever parents. 

Make a fantastic family pet.

Please call for any update 

Verified Customer Feedback/Testimonials



Jan 20

Hi, thought I’d give you an update of how our lab is doing. We got her 3 years ago and it was the best decision of our lives. She was originally called simply the best and she is quite literally simply the best but we named her Maggie. Maggie absolutely loves the beach, whenever we go we can’t get her out of the water. She is such a well behaved friendly dog and whenever people come over they always say how jealous they are. Maggie also still has a puppy face with such gentle eyes. Thank you so much for such a wonderful puppy.




We just wanted to thank you both for such an amazing puppy. She has settled in so well - taking herself out for pretty much every toilet since we've had her, no crying through the night, picking up training so quickly & just having such a lovely personality.

So proud of her & couldn't imagine life without her now! Plus she's just sooooo beautiful! 

Katie H



Good afternoon,

Hoping that this finds you both well, Seasons greetings to you.

Thought you might like to see how Mr Darcy is progressing at 9 months old. People can't believe he's only 9 months old, he's so well behaved and well socialised, loving everybody and everything (especially treats!).

He's loving Spain and the long lunch breaks! We're so pleased with him and his development, He's a real credit to you.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, and all the very best for the New Year.

Best regards,

Adrian, Wendy and Mr Darcy 




Just a quick message to say a massive thank you for my beautiful girl.. Indie was from the the lab X goldens and well she has been no trouble I love everything about her she's so intelligent and like a sponge right now and loving her training we are doing well with our scent training she is bang on with her basic commands and loves it.. today was so lovely to walk with a responsive loyal dog although I did buy the wrong colour haha 

Might have to return for a black one soon haha 

She's always dirty!!! Lol 

She needs to grow into her legs now although she's a big girl already 

And she needs to stop being such a greedy sod when foods about she's a worktop snatcher 🙄 but it makes for easy training so pros and cons and all that lol 

We all love her sooo so much thank you.

Sam, Ben and family XXX




Sept 19

As promised I'm sending you a photo of Olive!

I have to say that she has been a total hit with the family, she is such a happy and confident puppy.  She loves to play with the girls and so far there hasn't been anything she has been afraid of.  We've just started going to puppy training classes and even the veterinary nurse running the class said that she felt sorry for Olive as none of the other puppies were as playful or confident as her.  One of our friends has a disabled (mental and physical) daughter, when she came round, Olive just sat down next to her, which was so lovely to see.

I just want to thank you for breeding such a lovely dog, we are ever so thankful.

I wish you a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,




October 19

Just thought you may like to know that Switch is thriving and is an amazing family member.

A year on, she has developed in such a well tempered gentle and fun dog. Extremely good with the kids, people she doesn’t know and other dogs. A little mischievous of course as you would expect from a puppy but overall a fantastic dog and has brought lots of happiness to us all!

Hope all is well.

Best wishes,




Hi On the eve of his first birthday, ww wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for our beautiful dog Jasper (clash of clans). We regularly receive compliments on how well behaved he is and his handsome looks. It has been a fantastic first year and so far we have kept him out of mischief. Although given the opportunity he would like to be a cross channel swimmer! Hope you both are well and hopefully we will be back again when we retire for another addition. Thanks again The Hollis Family 



Sept 19

We thought we would let you see how the puppies are doing now they have reached 5 months.

Gracie is into everything and anything where as Wesley is a chilled boy, they go to work with Craig everyday on a farm, they have had pretty every noise thrown at them and passed with flying colours their interactions with farm animals has also passed with flying colours they go pretty much everywhere as well. Next on our list was swimming lessons so we took them to Felixstowe beach two weeks ago, the pups were overloaded on excitement! Both pups passed their swimming lessons also with flying colours, everyone has commented on how good and well behaved both pups are, my husband and I are so pleased with our kids. Thank you.


Diana & Craig



Sept 19

Hi, just wanted to send an update on Thorington Daredevil aka Barney.
It's a year today since we picked him up, and he is the best!
He has the most incredible temperament, and loves taking the children to school and having extra cuddles.
He loves scentwork training, and is about to take his level 1 trials.

We plan on taking the PAT assessment later this year/early next, as he is such a gentle giant.

Thanks for providing us with the best puppy we could have asked for!

Cara, Darren, Toby, and Riley



Just a quick update as promised,

Florence is doing great, is a very well behaved girl and has learned so much so quickly, loves going for walks and playing with the kids, has made lots of new doggy friends around the area and on the beach. Everyone loves her and can't believe how adorable she is.

Couldnt have asked for a better dog to be part of our family.

Thank you will update with a new photo of fully grown. 


Our Puppies

Labrador pups

Labrador pups come from parents who have been health tested. This includes hips, elbows & eyes. They also come with full Kennel Club registration with parents health results printed on the Kennel Club papers.


The order in which deposits are received will determine the order that puppies are chosen. This is fair to all owners.

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07738 417670

Thorington Stud (Steve Sword)

Suffolk, England, United Kingdom