About Us And Our Home Bred Puppies....
We have been blessed with great results, as a result of our experience, dedication and hard work... but especially because we genuinely love the labrador breed!
We work hard and are determined to produce HEALTHY, HAPPY, INTELLIGENT PUPS!!
We have been dog lovers for years and years. Our family is dedicated to raising each and every puppy with the utmost care and attention to good development. EVERY puppy we offer is raised to serve their new owner well... the rest is up to you! Your pup will provide you with loyal companionship, whether trained to hunt, compete or fill that important role as the family pet. We want them to surpass everyone's expectations!
We are Friendly, honest and reliable Home Breeders, carefully raising and socializing healthy, quality pups in a family environment. Our love for this breed increases our desire to breed GREAT dogs. Our goal is to work hard and continue to do our best work to produce "Phenomenal Pups!"
Although we appreciate the importance of a pup's bloodline, our greatest focus is the good HEALTH of our Dam and all her puppies. In order to have healthy pups, we MUST have healthy parents! Our dam is examined by our vet before and after breeding, and again closer to whelp time. During her pregnancy, she is on a strict diet of premium high protein food, then prior to birth of pups, she begins same premium newborn food pups are first given. The vet is notified when mom is in labor, and we remain in close communication in the event we have a complication, which can happen even to a healthy dam! The pups receive the same careful attention...
We would like to have pups established in their new homes no earlier than 8 wks. (This is best for pup. They benefit most in their litter environment during that last week, since it begins their first "fear period"). We will be more than happy to work with each family to address any specific timing needs. You can learn more about pup's first "fear period" by searching on-line - or by asking us for information on the several similar periods during pup's life. The first of these usually ends by the end of their 8th week (56 days), but could last up to 11 weeks. Instructions will be sent home with you for your reference, enabling you to help your pup through this critical period. All of this contributes to a more self-confident, happy pup for you to enjoy for pup's entire life.
With our close attention to details when bringing up our pups, you will be getting a loving and loyal companion, who is respectful, eager to learn and work for you with enthusiasm and intelligence for many years to come.
As mentioned above, health is extremely important to us... for our adult dogs as well as for our pups. Even though we now believe that a balanced raw diet is best for dogs and cats, we know that most people either can't afford to buy it or don't have time to prepare their own cooked or raw dog food - or neither works. We've been working hard to find a healthy solution, and I have to confess, I've been all over the map during this process. The main thing to know is that there is a lot of information for you out there, so please educate yourselves regarding the dangers of kibble alone AND the dangers of over vaccinating (studies show that if your dog has been vaccinated once, most likely they are vaccinated for life!) Also the dangers of using the common flea, tick and heart worm poisons. These can destroy or confuse your dog's immune system! There are safe alternatives, and for the sake of our dogs' health and longevity, we have taken a different path.
We now take a more natural approach to rearing our dogs, and are incorporating a lot of this into feeding our new pups!
After much reading and learning, we no longer consider even the best kibble, alone, to be a healthy food choice for our dogs, (unless it is Wysong Epigen 90) The dry form of pet food is the least healthy of dog food forms, mainly because it is made primarily by using huge amounts of starch, which then converts to more sugar than is healthy for our pets. Food forms in order best to worst are: balanced raw, canned, dry... (Dr. Becker has a good article on this, also DogfoodAdvisor) When our poor pets' immune systems are compromised... it makes sense that the result is many more dogs and cats at younger and younger ages suffering with allergies, cancers, thyroid and joint issues, and all kinds of diseases that our pets shouldn't have, if they have normal functioning, healthy immune systems, supported by a nutritious diet. (more topics to read about).
It doesn't have to be an 'all or nothing' approach. Any real food addition to a kibble diet is an improvement, along with variety. There are many additives available on the market for topping a kibble diet to offer better nutrition. If you would like to gradually start your dog on a balanced raw food diet, either as a topper, part or full time, I like Steve's Real Food, Wysong, or Barf. But companies like Trudog offer freeze-dried toppers for kibble, also. Another really good immune booster is 4Life Canine Transfer Factor, which mine get daily. I mentioned Wysong Epigen 90 above... it is the only kibble on the market that is starch free!! My new favorite! But I will continue to add fresh variety to their diets.
I am sharing these things, because I would want to know!! For years, I have fed a raw chicken leg 1/4 to each about once per week as a supplement to my dogs on kibble... knowing that wasn't enough, no matter what the label states. I would also add fresh veggies, fruit and egg (be sure to google which foods NOT to feed your pets-some are toxic) Our dogs have always been healthy, maybe largely because we have done this... but since we have reduced the amount of kibble and feeding more raw, we have noticed far less in the way of allergic symptoms, and know problems that need a trip to the vet! [Some great sources you can find by searching for Dr. Falconer-natural rearing ... a wealth of information on Natural Rearing your pet. Also, check out Dr. Becker on Mercola Healthy Pets].
We truly "are what we eat!" And that is also true for our pets!
There is no substitute for a very healthy beginning, mixed with the very important socialization and training periods for each pup. We introduce them to duck and pheasant for scent only - no mouthing. Again, it is the individual attention to each and every pup that makes us stand out from many of the others!
Our dam is very intelligent and beautiful, and from a wonderful bloodline. She has a great "nose" on her, and has natural pointer tendencies--her great-great-great grandsire is Sir Hershey of Surrey, GMPR (Grand Master Pointer). You can read more about him and others on the "Past Champions" page.
Our choice of male to sire each litter is carefully determined, finding only the best partner for our dam. Information on sire for current litter can be found on the "Current Litter Sire Pedigree" page. We want to do our part to improve the breed that we love so much, which is why we search for just the right male.
NOTE: Because the health of our dogs and their offspring are of such great importance to us, should anyone decide they would like to have their own litter 'down the road,' we just ask that they give the same close attention to the health and wellbeing of the parents and the litter, by choosing mates with the same basic health clearances that were acquired for the parents of their pup. We are happy to offer counsel to anyone interested in raising a healthy, well socialized litter.
Note the list of great dogs in both parents' bloodlines (found by researching "Dam & Sire / Pedigrees") ---These will make up the bloodlines of your NEW PUP! And that's great news! BOTH parents have great ancestors!
If you are you looking for a HEALTHY, WELL SOCIALIZED pup
with prominent National Field Champions, GMPR, Master and
Senior Hunters in their Pedigree,
then you should be very pleased with our puppies.
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It's A Family Affair! :)
The whole family loves to get involved with our pups. We work hard to get them ready for you...happy, happy, smart little pups-that's what they are! Saying "good-bye" to them is very hard to do...
They warm your heart in a hurry, but it helps to hear stories about them after they are in their new homes. : )