Our philosophy begins with the idea that any dog we breed should be one that our family would want to own. The dogs are raised alongside our family on 15 acres in Olympia, Washington. Our focus is on family dogs that are mild tempered, intelligent, adaptable, and healthy. Each dog we own was selected based on their own temperament and the temperament of their parents. The dogs are purebred AKC registered Labrador Retrievers and each litter is registered with the AKC. Our dogs lead mentally and physically healthy lives and we make sure that each of our litters are bred from parents who have proven to be excellent family dogs.
My first Labrador came into my life 20 years ago and I have had one or more continuously since. When my husband and I bought our first home and began the process of getting a dog, we looked at every breed and the obvious choice was a Labrador. We purchased a black Labrador puppy and added a rescued yellow Labrador months later. Ten years, three children and a move up the coast later and we began looking into getting another dog. We looked at each and every breed again and unanimously chose another Labrador. I believe they are the perfect family dog-an equal blend of intelligence, loyalty, trainability and beauty.
My passion for breeding Labradors began years ago with an unfortunate experience with a poorly bred puppy. We learned after months of struggles to train and bond with this dog that she was raised in an unsanitary kennel, not cared for properly, and certainly not socialized. I realized that a breeder carries an immense responsibility to prepare a puppy for life with a new family. A good dog begins years before a puppy is whelped and it is our goal to produce excellent family dogs.
Nature and nurture both play a large role in the foundation of a good Labrador. Temperament is passed on through the parents and early experiences shape the dog's personality. My dogs are carefully chosen based on the environments they were bred in, the temperaments of their parents, and their individual personalities. Both the sire and the dam have been selected due to their excellent temperaments, trainability, intelligence and appearance. It is my belief that a puppy raised in a stimulating environment with close contact with humans and other animals creates a well adjusted, happy, trainable dog. A lack of socialization leads to a puppy that is fearful of human contact, new places, and new sounds.
Our dogs are equally at ease in the living room as they are in the farmyard. Daily exposure to children, visitors, other animals, power tools, and an active lifestyle have taught the dogs to be at ease in any situation. Our puppies are raised similarly and will be prepared for life with their new family and whatever situation that may bring. From a young age, the puppies are around cats, birds, young children and every noise, smell, and sight that those entail. An Early Neurological Stimulation program is utilized immediately, and age appropriate activities that challenge and stimulate the puppies are planned for each stage of development. This creates a well rounded dog that is prepared for new situations and will be able to remain calm and poised.
Our mission is to produce the healthiest puppies possible. Our litters are purebred puppies that come from AKC registered parents. The dogs are fed a high quality, grain free diet to ensure their nutritional needs are met. Our litters are extensively researched before breeding takes place. Adults are not bred until they have been deemed to be healthy and free of genetic defect. The hope is to reduce the incidence of genetic disease through responsible breeding. Each parent has been proven to be free of six diseases common to the Labrador population and has their DNA on file with the AKC. Our dogs are chosen based on their temperaments, the temperaments of their parents, and their health histories.
Our litters are registered with the AKC and each puppy goes to their new home with an AKC registration packet, health certificate from a licensed veterinarian, four dewormings, first vaccination, microchip, dewclaws removed, and adoption bag with information packet, food, blanket, collar and chew toy.
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