In the North American society we live in we have been conditioned to automatically look for the lowest price when we search for a new product. Every day we are bombarded with advertising on tv, newspaper, internet and radio to "save, save, save." "Lowest prices, 30% off, 2 for 1. When purchasing chocolate lab puppies you are bringing in a new member to your family for possibly 15 years. We want to encourage you to search for your new family member not by way of the "cheapest dog for sale" rather, the "best chocolate lab puppies you could find." You will want to be reasonably sure of a couple of things:
The first is that you are ready for a commitment of that length. If you are ready, then you will want to ensure that care has been taken to breed genetically sound, smart, healthy chocolate lab puppies. One of which whom will be your companion for years to come. Imagine two years down the road finding out that your dog has severe hip dysplasia and has to be euthanized. Understanding this, we have taken great care selecting and evaluating the Labrador Retrievers we breed in every effort to eliminate that risk. Here are some of the reasons for considering our chocolate lab puppies:
The parents/grandparents of our chocolate lab puppies have undergone hip and elbow xrays to certify that they do not have hip or elbow dysplasia. Each Test cost about $900. It is not mandatory that breeders have this test done on their Labrador Retriever breeding stock so beware of other breeders who have not taken the time to check that their Labrador Retriever has genetics are suitable for breeding. Don't be fooled, not all medical issues are genetic. For example ACL tears are more to do with your lab's weight and their conditioning before going for a high energy run.
The parents/grandparents of our chocolate lab puppies have undergone tests on their eyes (yes we actually take them to an eye specialist about 1 hour and a half away but are replacing this with genetic saliva screening). This means that the parents of our chocolate lab puppies do not have a genetic eye disease they might pass on and are worthy of breeding. It cost around $45 for the test. It is not mandatory and many breeders do not have this test conducted on their dogs prior to breeding. We have recently switched to genetic testing for this disease to clear our dogs prior to breeding. This physical examination is being replaced by genetic screening to ensure the breeding dog is not affected by PRA.
Our dogs are not inbred. We have a pedigree-a family tree so to speak-which we can look back upon to ensure brothers and sisters, or fathers and daughters are not breeding. We also do not "line breed." Line breeding is when a grand parent is bred to a grandchild. This is done when a Labrador Retriever breeder wants to repeat a certain trait in a dog or other animal. The risk of a weakened genetic profile for an enhanced look is a risk that we just do not take. The Canadian Kennel Club keeps records on purebred dogs and their litters. It only takes about 4 or 5 minutes to complete the paperwork on a puppy to register them with the CKC-it's not a big deal. Beware of puppies called "purebred without papers." There is no such thing. What makes a dog a purebred are the papers which show a record of it's breeding history.
There are a few ways we guarantee the health of our puppies. First, our adults have been genetically screened so we guarantee that your puppy will not be affected by Centronuclear Myopathy, Degenerative Myopathy, Exercised Induced Collapse, Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration, Retinal Dysplaysia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia 1, and Skeletal Dysplasia 2. Our geneticist's tests are 99.9% accurate and we will refund 100% of your purchase price if your dog is diagnosed as being affected by one of these diseases. We provide you with a one year comprehensive warranty on major organs which also includes 14 months on hips and elbows which allows you time to test them if you wish (the Penn hip test can be performed at one year old, in addition, OFA hip and elbow preliminary tests can be done at one year old), and a four year extended written health guarantee on major organs if you feed your dog what we recommend to our extended Lucky Labs family. What you feed is of most importannce to the health of your dog. The quality of food, the nutrients and their absorption rate will have an outcome on how your dog's joints develop and how their organs function. In fact, a study published by the Institute of Canine Biology by Dr. Carol Beuchat Ph.D suggests that genetics can be responsible for as little as 15% of hip dysplasia cases "Many studies have shown that genetic variation accounts for only a modest fraction of the variation in hip scores, usually 15-40%. This means that some fraction of the variation in the quality of the hips is the result of non-genetic, or "environmental" influences." We have been using the same brand of dog food since 2007 and have hundreds of real life reports of healthy dogs both from observing our own dogs and past clients' experience with the dog food. The experience gained with this food goes far beyond comparing ingredient labels from one food to another.
When you purchase your quality Labrador puppy, we want you to have peace of mind that every effort has been taken to provide you with a sound, classic Labrador Retriever. We understand that this puppy will become a new member of your family and we want you to enjoy it for many years to come. If a genetic defect other than those listed above is discovered in your lab puppy we will replace it for you as outlined in our guarantee. Our goal as breeder is to exceed your expectations by providing ongoing communication after you bring your chocolate lab puppy home.
We provide 6 weeks complimentary Health Insurance
Our puppies come with 6 weeks of complimentary health insurance (for Canadian residents only) which covers many vet fees for illnesses and accidents or advertisements in the event your puppy is lost or stolen.
Each chocolate lab puppy is microchipped for identification. Once you purchase your puppy and name it, we transfer ownership and contact information regarding the microchip is replaced with your information.
Our Veterinarian administers the first set of shots and conducts a health examination on each puppy. You will receive this certificate of health signed by our vet when you pick up your new Labrador Retriever. As well prior to leaving us we bath, trim the nails and clean the ears of your puppy.
All of our lab puppies will have been de-wormed 3 times by the time they leave at week eight beginning at week 2. We only use the highest quality medicine which covers all worms and environmental parasites. Beginning at week 2 allows us to catch any worms before they can take hold resulting in puppies who thrive.
We are a registered Kennel with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) in good standing and abide by the highest levels of quality and standards.
Most importantly we have arranged a generous discount for the training and info site Puppy Trained Right which will help you prepare for the many things you need to know before you take your new puppy home. It also shows you step by step how to train your chocolate lab puppy and set them up to follow you for years of K9 enjoyment. People who don't understand how to train or who don't train always contact us with obedience issues like "my puppy is nipping," or "my puppy is crazy and won't listen." Those who enjoy the course prevent problems from occurring in the first place. The discount allows you to purchase the course which is regularly $299 for $59!! We also strongly recommend the Chew Chew Toy pack which combines a variety of developmentally appropriate toys with healthy puppy-stage training treats. Other important links for training are Making your Lab Puppy fall in Love with you and 80 training tips from expert breeders.
We spend a great deal of time socializing our lab puppies while they are with us. Puppies are exposed to Early Neurological Stimulation Pioneered by Dr. Carmen Battaglia, many different people, adult Labrador Retrievers, surfaces, sounds and situations. They are handled daily, talked to and yes even sung to! This begins slowly at 2 days old and the socialization time increases after their eyes and ears open.
Our chocolate lab puppies for sale, as well as yellow and black Labs are $2,500. Silvers are $3500. A non-refundable deposit of $400 will hold a puppy for you. Reservations are taken in order that we receive your deposit. We are a Labrador Retriever breeder whose puppies are puppies are of high quality and are in demand so it is normal to have reservations for litters that have not yet been born. Our puppies are sold on a non-breeding contract in order to help reduce unwanted dogs in shelters. Spaying or neutering your dog is just doing your part. When we all work together we can breed and own purebred dogs responsibly.
** Here is how it works. Once you place a deposit, you will be assigned a position of pick. If there are no spots in current litters available you will go onto the waiting list. You are placed at the end of the list of either male puppies or female puppies depending on what you decide to reserve. As our mothers come into heat people on the waiting list are emailed in priority with pictures of the parents and asked if they wish to move from the waiting list into a specific litter. If you accept your choice will be confirmed by an email from us. If you choose to pass you will remain in the waiting list moving up to any spots that were left open from others moving off the list.
Once you move into a litter the process works like this. If for example you are 2nd pick of the female chocolate lab puppies of a litter, the puppies are ready for pick up eight weeks after the puppy's birth. Around week 4 you will be emailed your appointment to pick up your puppy and scheduled after the first pick has arrived and picked. So for example if there are eight puppies born, 4 girls and 4 boys, and you get second pick of the girls, your appointment will be made a half hour after the first pick has picked-up their puppy and you will have the pick of the remaining 3 girls. This gives the puppies time to open their eyes, and begin developing their personality before you have to make your choice. We will post new photos at 7 days and again at week 4 to show the chocolate lab puppies progress. We will also provide you with a written contract of the position of pick, the sex and color of puppy you have requested upon receiving your deposit.
** We take deposits for four boys and four girls for each purebred lab litter. Our mothers have had up to 13 puppies. In the event your choice of sex or color is not whelped, you will be offered priority pick of the very next availability we have or you can choose to wait for a future litter. We provide this in writing to you upon making your deposit.