We currently have two litters planned out of our Chocolate girls Rosie and Riley.
We have begun taking inquiries for these upcoming litters. We invite you to reach out any questions!
Please fill out a QUESTIONNAIRE (below) if you are interested in one of our puppies!
Dec 2021 Litter
Maria’s Riley CGCA/U TKN
Maria’s Allie CGCA/U TKN
Dec 2021 Litter
Maria’s Rosie CGCA/U TKA
Usually, puppies are able to go to their new homes by 8 or 9 weeks of age. Some puppies will be kept back a bit longer if they are being considered for show & breeding prospects for our own breeding stock.
We do not breed unless we are interested in a puppy for ourselves for the continuation of our lines so we often
reserve two puppies depending on the size of the litter. When prospective puppy owners come for a visit at 6 weeks, we ask that they decide on their preference of 2 or 3 puppies if there are that many available in a litter. Some puppies’ temperaments are more suited for some families and not others, such as older couples, working or families with children and families who may wish to hunt with their dogs. We try to fit the puppy’s temperament with the families, their living or activity situations.
The puppies themselves will have a first set of vaccines just prior to 8 weeks, and have also been wormed prior to going to their new homes. The litter is wormed every two weeks, starting at 2 weeks of age. The sire’s health clearances for hips, elbows and eyes and are certified by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) and/or PennHip for hip and OFA elbows. The dam’s health clearances for hip and elbows are prelimed awaiting 24 month OFA clearance. The eye clearances for both parents are certified by an animal ophthalmologist and/or have
CERF certificate annually. The sire and dam have also been DNA Optigen tested for
PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) so no pups in this litter will develop PRA. The
parents are also DNA tested for EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse) just to name some of
the tests that the parents have had done. All Parents have had Cardiac Ultrasounds to
identify any cardiac defects.
Yes. You may view a sample copy of our puppy in the links above. You may also sample a contract when you come to visit the litter the first time (around 7 weeks of age) or before via email if you prefer.
A Puppy Packet will be given to you when you pick up your puppy. It will include all the clearance information on the sire and dam as well as an AKC registration application for your puppy and feeding/ care instructions. This puppy will also have been micro-chipped with the AKC/reunite program and more info on this can be found on the AKC web site and on your puppy’s registration papers. You will need to go onto this database to check the contact information after new owner takes ownership of puppy.
We will register your puppy with the AKC. You will be expected to provide a check to cover the AKC registration fee of $85.00. We wait two weeks to be sure you and your puppy have adjusted before
submitting the final name change on the registration. Part of AKC registration fees contribute to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, promoting healthy dogs for the long term health of all dogs, not just show dogs.
Research studies have been undergone for Labrador Retrievers on the long-term health benefits for keeping all young dogs intact until the age when growth plates close between 12 to 18 months. Initial studies in other breeds have shown that this is making a significant difference in helping to prevent premature cancers and joint breakdown. We strongly recommend that owners wait at least until 12 months before neutering and spaying. Many veterinarians are not aware of these studies and will try to convince you to spay and neuter the pup. If this should be the case, your veterinarian should be referred to the updates on these studies so they can be aware of this current research.
Our family has been raising Labrador Retrievers for over 12 years. We are involved in obedience training and CGC (Canine Good Citizen) training. I have been training dogs in Obedience, Canine Good Citizens and Trick Dog titles for over 37 years and have shown dogs in obedience trials in the past. We also show “Rosie” Carefree
Life of Riley in Conformation and is working toward her Championship. Rosie is an accomplished Canine Good Citizen earning her CGCA & CGCU, which is the highest CGC awarded. She also has completed her AKC Trick Dog Novice (TKN) and Trick Dog Intermitted (TKI) all by 9 months of age. We are also involved in
Therapy and service dog work with some of our dogs and bring them to libraries and care facilities to aid and comfort children and adults of all ages. My husband, Paul and I, keep a small kennel. All our dogs live in the house with us and our litters are also raised in the house where they are socialized with the other dogs and family. We also do basic obedience training, and promote field training to insure our breed does not lose their