WHAT IS CERF?
WHY ARE HIPS AND ELBOWS GRADED?
We are no longer running in hunt tests or trials. We have decided to concentrate on training for upland and waterfowl hunting only. You will not see any of OUR dogs, except Jaeger, with AKC titles in their name but there will be some in their parents pedigree. We choose our dogs from known breeders who hunt their dogs, or hunt and run tests and trials.
THE COST OF MAINTAINING HEALTHY LABS AND GOOD BREEDING PRACTICES IS VERY HIGH. MANY OF THE SAME TESTS USED ON HUMANS ARE ALSO USED FOR DOG BREEDING. THERE IS USUALY A MINIMUM OF 3 VISITS TO THE VET THE 1ST VISIT PRIOR TO BREEDING, ANOTHER BEFORE WHELPING TO DETERMINE NUMBER OF PUPS TO BE EXPECTED AND THE 3RD AFTER THE PUPS ARE BORN TO HAVE THE LITTER AND MOTHER CHECKED BY THE VET. ALL VACCINATIONS WILL BE UP TO DATE PRIOR TO PUPS GOING TO THEIR NEW HOME. WE TRY TO PRICE FAIRLY, TAKING PEDIGREE, TIME OF YEAR, NUMBER OF PUPS IN LITTER, OTHER LITTERS AVAILABLE AND THE ECONOMY INTO CONSIDERATION. WE TRY TO PRICE ON THE LOWER SIDE FOR A COMPARABLE BRED LABRADOR. AT $900 A LABRADOR WITH A N AVERAGE LIFE OF 12 YEARS WOULD COST $6.25 A MONTH. WE BELIEVE WE PROVIDE MUCH BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE LABRADOR THROUGH OUR BREEDING AND PUPPY NURTURING PROGRAM. We have paid 100% to 400% more for the dogs we are breeding than we are selling their pups for. Selling a better Labrador at a lower cost allows more people to have a well bred dog.
The fee is $8 per day for requests to pick the puppy up after the expected pickup date. Labrador puppies should be with their new owners on the 49th day for optimum bonding as that is when they begin to form strong relationships with people.
We feed only Purina Pro Plan. Pro Plan large breed puppy food is fed to our expecting bitches and puppies from 4 to 24 months Pro Plan performance is fed to dogs during intense training and during hunting season, this ends up being most of the time. Adult Chicken is fed to less active dogs. The cost of food is directly related to the nutrition content and density. Less expensive food has less nutrition so you will need to feed more to maintain the same the dog. The more you feed the more you need to pick up and dispose of later. Most of our dogs get only 3 measured cups of food a day with Pro Plan, most other brands of food would require 8 to 12 cups; it is up to you how much yard waste you would rather pick up?
The Size of labs can be from 55 to 100 pounds or more. with good hips, elbows, strong and in shape muscles and skeletal system any size lab can hunt for many years , either upland pheasants or waterfowl.
3 Colors of the Labrador:
1. Black - most popular due to the dominate Gene
2. Yellow - is the second most popular due to dominate X recessive Gene
3. Chocolate - has its color due to recessive X recessive Gene
Yellows vary in shades of color from a very light yellow (almost white), to a dark yellow, it's darkest being a very dark yellow called Fox Red.
Chocolates can be dark brown to almost gray (sometimes called silver )
Some labs will naturaly point small game, birds, rabbits etc. The point is much like that of the more familiar pointing dogs like the English or German Shorthair. The main difference is that they will move when the game moves and and will still flush and retrieve. They can be trained to hold and back other pointing dogs. Some of our labs do point and I do prefer to hunt pheasant over labs that point. We do not do any training or reinforcing of the point.
PICKING OF PUPPY
IF THE LITTER IS ALL ONE COLOR THEN A CHOICE OF MALE OR FEMALE WILL NEED TO BE MADE AND A DEPOSIT WILL HOLD YOUR PICK IN THE ORDER IT WAS TAKEN . If the litter is all black,and there are 3 males and 3 females. if you are the first to put a deposit on a black male you will be the first to choose out of the 3 available males . If you are the second to put a deposit on a black male you will get to pick out of the two remaining males after the person with the first deposit has made their choice." If the litter is of multiple colors and genders the choices become more difficult, but to be fair and in trying to ensure the puppies go to their new homes on the 49 day, a choice will need to be made. If after you put a deposit on one you decide you want to change color or gender, you may do so, if there is no other deposit on the one you wish to choose. You may see the mother anytime and the father anytime "if" , it is on site. But the puppies are kept from outside biological influences for about 2 weeks, after then the pups may have visitors and be handled by others. The actual picking of the puppy should be done at or around 2 weeks, you loose your pick if you are unable to pick your pup within 2 days of the 2 week Birthday of the puppy since other picks would have to wait for you and that is not a fair practice. The puppy will be marked with nail polish and a collar if necessary.
PAYMENT AND DEPOSIT,
CHECKS,CASH, PAYPAL FOR DEPOSITS. CASH OR PAYPAL FOR FINAL PAYMENTS.