|In 1910, Peter of Faskally, who had much Buccleuch blood on both sides, became the only Retriever to win two open stakes in one season and in 1911 was the first champion to compete in an entry composed entirely of Labradors.1 With no fewer than 32 of Peter's progeny winning or being placed in stakes in the decade to come, it is apparent that his stud work was a major force in extending an already formative influence. It is also known that he is the original blood line for all present day Chocolate Labradors.
Peter's performance in field trials between 1910 and 1912 was documented by the family and from the numerous cuttings they collected, it is clear that he was an exceptional gun dog whose work was admired by all commentators. As the Dundee Courier commented of the Scottish Retriever Trials in October 1910. He was sold for $103,000.
A reporter in the Kennel Gazette in 1911 said:
"I have no hesitation in describing Mr. A.E Butter's Peter of Faskally as the most notable performer of the year. After carrying off first prize at the All-Aged Stakes at the Kennel Club Trials...he went on to reap a further brilliant victory by taking first prize in the Open at the Scottish Field Trials. The winning of two such capital events in one year has never been done before. Peter to my mind combines to perfection all the qualities that are claimed for Labradors, great speed, sagacity, excellent nose, and absolutely tender mouth, and while splendidly endowed with initiative, he is not above taking a hint from his master".