ABOUT US AND OUR DOGS
In the spring of 2004 we had our very first litter of Yellow Labrador Retrievers. We all so enjoyed the whole process of raising and nurturing pups! We thought our first Lab was an extra special dog, but when we began to get great feedback from her pup's owners, we knew we'd breed again. It's now turned into a most fun hobby for the whole family and mostly myself as it's a wonderful challenge to find and breed only the best, most healthy dogs out there. In fact, my hope is to have dogs good enough for my kids and their families to breed someday. Anyway, we dearly love our dogs and offer their pups with hope that you will too.
The pups are whelped (born) right in our Great Room and hand-raised as part of our family. All of our kids have always schooled at home, so it's not unusual to find them studying with a pup in their lap. We hope the love, attention and training we give them in the first several weeks of life will get them off to the great start necessary to be a cherished, healthy member of your family for years to come. In fact, we have started incorporating the new Super Dog Early Neurological Stimulation into our handling of the pups. Not because we are after dogs with better performance per se, but because it's proven to produce:
1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
2. Stronger heart beats
3. Stronger adrenal glands
4. More tolerance to stress
5. Greater resistance to disease.
You can read more about it at: http://www.kitsapcanine.com/articles/SuperDog.pdf
We also patiently and diligently nurture and work with each one as they grow; attempting to keep them from developing bad habits their new family will have to someday undo. Our litters are trained to eliminate on wood shavings in a large box by 5 weeks; which makes house and crate training so much easier because they have learned from the start that clean bedding is to sleep on, flooring is where we play and there's that other place to eliminate. We also know many of you have little ones as we do, so we gently discourage them to not bite or gnaw on human hands. This doesn't hurt real bad when they're little, but it certainly will when they get bigger and stronger.
Each of our parent dogs have had their hips and elbows x-rayed for dysplasia around their first birthday. Once they are two years, most become certified through O.F.A. Each dog we breed has been deemed at least good, but some are excellent! We recently passed on a gorgeous girl because one of her hips were not as tight as I like to see them in the x-rays. The vet mentioned that some, maybe most breeders would have bred her anyway since that hip was not bad. In fact a big breeder of very nice dogs told me recently that she does breed dogs who's hips come back "fair". She says, "Hey, fair is fair... they're not poor, so I breed." Needless to say, I no longer use her stud dogs. I am committed to only breeding the best and that means spaying instead of breeding sometimes.
It's not unusual to have a dog or two in our pool, but this one day a several summers ago we had seven! Five of our "guardian girls" came by and joined Ted and Lucy;
the two that lived here, for an impromptu Dog (swim) Party! Yes, you're right Barbara... it does look like a page out the child's book, Go! Dog, Go!
Since we breed and raise pups as a family hobby, we have just a couple litters each year, and generally not more than one litter at a time. We are committed to giving our mama dogs and each of their pups our very best care and training, and that could not be accomplished if we were nurturing multiple litters. We love to travel with our kids (yes, we take all of them:) and since they do much of the hard, hard work hand-raising pups entails, the proceeds actually go to them and are used to visit some incredible places all over the world.
We personally find a blend of English and American Labs to be a wonderfully fun combination. However, we are starting to breed mostly English litters now and are getting away from all American (Field) pups as they tend to have more energy than the typical family wants to deal with. Unless you're a big-time hunter, we think you'll be much happier with these mild-mannered English Labs. We are currently breeding longer-legged English Labs with blocky heads, shorter snouts, large bone, big barrel chests and otter-type tails.
"Labs have been America’s top dog for nearly two decades due to their loyal and gentle nature," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.
2012: For the 20th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America.
These are the dogs we love and trust with our precious ones...