About us......our dogs......our family
We are a very small breeder taking our hobby very seriously. We raise quality Labradors that are the best loyal friends and companions. We've been told that our Labs are soul-healing and head turning. The foundation that our program has to offer along with heartfelt family involvement means that your puppy leaves here with good early experiences, from parents that have been health tested. Those early experiences have gone on to mold and shape our puppies into service dogs, therapy dogs, champions of many kinds and of course companions like no other......the most loyal family dog ~ the LOYAL LABRADOR.
Heart and Soul
~Quality hands on time ~ faithfully ~ Loving your puppy in early puppyhood ~
~Generations of experience raising Labs~
1977 ~ Me as a child holding an English Lab Puppy from our first litter
2009 ~ Our daughter holding one of Selah's puppies
English Labs are a happy memory for me. My dad and I raised English Labrador Puppies together back in the 1970's. Those were some my my fondest memories. I'm thrilled to be able to offer our children the same opportunity. We can count three generations of English Lab breeders in our family and I can't imagine our lives without our Loyal Labradors. We continue education in breeding, staying up to date on the most current on important issues pertaining to the Labrador Retriever. We are highly selective in how we breed our Labs. We KNOW the quality of our Labradors because many of our pedigrees/bloodlines go back 5 generations, making our foundation girls great-great grandmas.
What makes us different ?
1.) Family Raised: We feel that it's very important to treat our puppies and dogs as family. So, our English Lab puppies are born in our home and remain in our home the entire time. They are never kept in an outside building, they are family loved puppies,
born in our home. We provide daily socialization. They
get constant attention from day one. Because of the way we raise our
Lab puppies you'll find that we specialize in good early experiences while raising them. Many of our puppies go to service and therapy dog homes.
2.) Health tested parents: We carefully select our dogs so we gladly stand behind our English Lab puppies with a written health guarantee. We keep and breed only the best. We never compromise temperament, health or intelligence for color or beauty. We want our Labs to have it all. We test our Labs for genetic eye (CERF), heart, OFA hip & elbow defects. ABOVE and beyond that, We test the DNA of our Labradors for EIC (Exercise induced collapse), PRA (Progressive Retnal Atrophy), DM (Degenerative Myelopathy), CNM (Centronuclear Myopathy), Cystinuria and Hyperuricosuria. We breed away from these genetic diseases with the help of these tests to assure that no puppy is affected by these diseases. Adopters are given copies of the parents health clearances & pedigrees.
3.) Evaluations done on each puppy: A Volhard evaluation
is done on each puppy before he/she leaves to help us help you in
selecting a puppy to fit your home. We personally evaluate each puppy
along the way to determine what kind of home would be a good fit for
each puppy. We specialize in "matching" puppies to their homes. We
offer our clients education and direction during the selection of their
4.) Bred for AKC breed standard: We breed quality, not quantity in the English Lab. We've produced many service dogs and therapy dogs along with other types of working dogs. Please check our Congrats page for conformation Labs that we have out there. Most of all we breed for a gentle and loyal AKC standard Labrador with good social attraction, one that is smart and eager to please. Temperament and health are an important focus in our breeding program. AKC standard is our goal and we do personally show our Labs in AKC conformation shows and some times hire handlers. We have champion blood lines and also have bred to Champion bloodlines for the breed standard English Lab.
5.) Quality, not quantity: Our Loyal Labradors average 2-4 litters per year. We
have a waiting list and our puppies are generally spoken for before
conception. We are NOT a quick fix for a puppy. We only take deposits
from adopters that are willing to wait 6-12 months. Sometimes the wait
6.) Training: Our puppies are potty box trained. This gives your puppy a head start with potty training. Ask us how this works.
7.) Frequent updates: Photos and videos are taken of the puppies to chart their growth.
The puppies are given color coded collars and you will
watch your puppy from birth to 8 weeks old. It's exciting for the
adopting family to follow their puppy from birth till go home through
photos and video.
8.) We do not ship our Lab puppies .
We are a small hobby breeder. Please come to our home. If you fly to
MN, you will take your puppy back with you as "carry on". Your puppy
will thank you for the chance to skip the "cargo" experience.