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Labrador Health  |  Labrador Diet Labrador Training  | Puppy Health | Info

    We believe in creating better dogs, not just more of them. We stand behind our Labrador puppies and in doing so we have a great reputation, and want to keep it that way.  We guarantee our lab puppies for several years and educate you on how to train and care for them properly.  We offer house training, crate training, and basic obedience training on any of our Labrador puppies.  This is an extra service that we have found to be very popular especially with dual income families or family's that want to bring in a well mannered junior dog, which won't knock over the kids in excitement.  We believe that training is the key to owning a Labrador and it takes a lot of time and patience to train a dog on one's own time.  Our consistent regiment is firm but loving with tactics that seem to prove that our Labrador puppies and young adults are fast learners. It is a real pleasure to buy a Labrador puppy already house broken and obedience trained because they have manners, come when they are called, and do a host of heartwarming tricks.  Our breeding Labrador retrievers are of champion lines, and most of our dogs all hold International titles.  We always say "Good labs aren't cheap and cheap labs aren't good." One should know what they are getting into before they sign the dotted line. 

 We have shown many dogs throughout the years and we have also been involved in many AKC events. We've campaigned our dogs all over the United States with show handlers and have had a lot of fun in the International All Breed shows ourselves. We have titled 14 Labradors of our own in these shows, all of which make up our founding breeding stock. While we are no longer involved or active in showing, the puppy or dog you purchase has come out of one or more of our foundation dogs which holds a title in the ring. These stunning sons and daughters are here with us today and have taken over the breeding program that their show parents and grandparents were responsible for. Our Labrador retrievers are of quality, so they are not cheap, or inexpensive, but you will save hundreds and thousands of dollars in the long run by buying a quality dog from a reputable breeder with nicer blood lines. 

Environment:

Creating a Safe Home for Your Lab:
     Labs are curious. Both puppies and adult Labs like to "check things out."In the yard, make sure that poisons and chemicals are out of reach and secured. The same applies for in the house: a common household cleaner or insecticide in the kitchen or bathroom cabinet can be harmful or life threatening to your lab. If your dog just ingested poison, bring him outside and administer 1 TSP (1/2 TSP for puppies) of salt on the back of his tongue, allow him to vomit, and call your Veterinarian.
Make sure your dog can't escape your yard. Check all fences and gates. If you can find a way for him to go under or over, fix the problem! He doesn't want to run away from you, but when you leave without him, he may want to go with you.
Is your pool or spa fenced? If not, Swimming Lesson #1 is: "How to get out." Do not leave him in the yard alone until he gets out on his own, from every corner of the pool. Remember, a puppy can walk right through an Iron pool fence!

Lab Health Concerns:
     Surgery isn't always the answer to the problem. Be careful of "knife-happy" Vets. Anytime a Veterinarian gives you some bad-news, double check his suggestions with your breeder. Additionally, this website has some great information regarding veterinarians, and diagnosing dysplasia and many other dog ailments.

Hip & Elbow Dysplasia:
     This is why we screen our dogs prior to breeding. Although, even if both of the breeding pair is clear, a dysplastic puppy could still be produced. Always remember, a dog with mild dysplasia can live a normal life, without any evidence of pain.

Dysplasia:

     Hip dysplastic problems are very costly and hard on any animal, and what's worse is that they're quite common especially in this breed.  We prevent this from the very beginning by using supplements in the food, and easy gentle play on our breeding Labrador adults to prevent such hip and joint ailments.  We do all the health checks necessary to prevent ailments on these wonderful innocent Labrador puppies by working hand in hand with a reputable Veterinarian. As mentioned before, we stand behind our dogs and puppies with generous guarantees just on the off chance something horrific were to happen. Most of our clients are coming back to us to get their second and third Labrador puppy as soon as they deem they can handle another addition to their family. We feel that buying a quality Labrador retriever from such nice lines should guarantee you of a better temperament; our labs are bred to meet the lab breed standards, so they will be easier to train, significantly calmer, and are beautiful to look at. We strive to give you a great experience and a DREAM Labrador Retriever puppy, or young adult.

Vaccinations/worming/Microchipping

     Your puppy has received its first puppy "2 way" puppy vaccination (canine distemper-Parvovirus vaccine) and was wormed several times, mainly once every other week until 7 and 8 weeks old. At 7 or 8 weeks old your puppy had his 5 way shot. (Parvovirus ,Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza & Adenovirus type 2) I recommend a "5" way puppy shot at 12 weeks, and then at 16 weeks. Then rabies shot at 16 weeks can also be had.

     It is important that your dog be protected against distemper and Parvo. I do not usually give any additional shots for any other diseases. Follow the recommendations of a trusted vet for vaccinations necessary for your area, such as for Lyme disease in areas with deer ticks. Too many shots are neither necessary nor good for the health of our pets.

We boost rabies shots every 3 years after the 1 year booster.

boost 5 way shots every 3 years as well- after the 1 year booster

Worming:

     Your puppy was wormed previously (almost every other week) we have taken a stool sample to our vet to make sure your pup is free from worms. Take a fresh stool sample in to each vaccination appointment at 12 and 16 weeks and only give additional worm medication if necessary. Pups are extremely susceptible to worms and it isn't a bad idea to have a stool sample checked monthly until they are about 6 months old especially if they are exposed to many other animals or places where other animals have been. Check with your vet for additional recommendations. (After the extensive worming we do here, I personally don't worm my dogs unless I see them in their stool.)

Heartworm Medication:

      I do not use Heart medicine. I don't believe my vet and I have seen a case of it in our area of Southern California in 20 years. Follow your vet's recommendations for your area. But do not be roped into this as maintenance if you live in Southern California.

Micro chipping / Tattooing:

     If your puppy is scheduled to be spayed or neutered, it is best to have the pup micro chipped at the same time. If your puppy is to remain intact, I recommend finding a microchip clinic put on by a local dog club which is much less expensive and does not require the pup to be sedated as most vet offices require. I have used both Home Again and Avid microchips.

     Tattooing is a less reliable way to permanently identify your pet. Tattoos on bellies can be hard to find under all that hair and tattooed ears can be removed.

Woolycoats

What the LRC says about a Labrador Coat:
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The coat is a distinctive feature of the Labrador Retriever. It should be short, straight and very dense, giving a fairly hard feeling to the hand. The Labrador should have a soft, weather-resistant undercoat that provides protection from water, cold and all types of ground cover. A slight wave down the back is permissible. Woolly coats, soft silky coats, and sparse slick coats are not typical of the breed, and should be severely penalized.

     A Woolly Coat only happens once or twice in about every 6 to 9 litters. In a litter of puppies only 1 or 2 pups in the litter will have a Woolly Coat, so although it's not necessarily rare, you just don't see it often in the Labrador breed. These are all AKC registered Puppies from AKC registered Sires and Dams, so the only real difference is their coat. The price is the still the same as other puppies. A woolly coated puppy in the litter appears to have a fluffier/thicker coat than its litter mates and tends to look like a fluffy cotton ball. As it grows up and out the fur is softer and it is as soft as a bed of feathers. At about 5 to 6 months old the woolly coat appears to look exactly like a light cream Golden Retriever. Many people have mistaken this woolly coated Labrador as being a Golden Retriever for this reason.  Bathing and grooming are done exactly the same as your standard flat coated Labrador retriever. The coat is silky, smooth, and tangle free which is unlike a Golden Retriever. Once all the adult hair comes in on these puppies' coats the texture changes a bit. The guard hairs become a little less silky to the touch. There are no guaranties on the denseness of the adult fur, but we have seen more of a wiry feel on one of the ones with thicker coats that we have bred. Purposefully these dogs should not be placed in a reproduction breeding program, because they are only to be cherished as family pets. If we happen to be lucky enough to have a Woolly Coat Puppy in a litter you shouldn't hesitate to take them home because just how rare it is to see a woolly coated Labrador!