Labrador Retrievers is a small kennel that is located in the shadows
of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. I have
been actively showing and breeding English style Labrador Retrievers
By breeding for soundness and temperament I strive to produce Labs that
will become an integral part of the families who purchase my puppies.
To assure this, all puppies are born and raised in my house where I
am able to watch their development closely. This enables me to more
closely match puppy personalities to those of the new owners.
As I primarily breed for myself, puppy buyers can be confident that
a lot of thought has been put into the breeding of the litter. All of
my dogs have their hips, elbows and eyes cleared from hereditable diseases
and I thoroughly research pedigrees so that the breeding will produce
what I want and expect.
Because I care so deeply for the Labrador breed, and my puppies in particular,
all puppies are sold on Limited Registrations and I require that they
be kept in the house and raised as a part of the family.
On this note, I
would like to share my thoughts on co-ownerships. Very rarely in a litter
are there more than one or two puppies that possess all the correct
"pieces" and are worthy of breeding in the future. Most of
the times these correct "pieces" are only noticeable to the
practiced eye of a breeder - new puppy owners cannot see these differences
even when they are pointed out! The majority of breeders are committed
to the Labrador, strive to preserve the breed and improve upon what
is already in their breeding program. When a breeder does see a puppy
with breeding merit we may agree to co-own one of these puppies for
perhaps a puppy or two back in the future. Our intent is to feed that
line back into the breeding program. Most times these puppies are placed
with people whom we trust to do the proper research it takes to make
a successful breeding. Some breeders, however, will want a contract
for multiple puppies from multiple litters as part of a co-ownership
agreement. I caution you to always ask "Why" and take a hard
look at where your puppies will be going. It could be to a loving home
or it could be a puppy mill. Would you really want a puppy that you
lovingly raised to end up in a puppy mill? I believe it is not only
your right but your obligation, as a Labrador lover, to ask what the
plan is for these future puppies that you are giving back to a breeder
as "payment" for the co-ownership. Remember, you will no longer
have any control over the puppies' destiny and some may end up in deplorable
Please don't do
this to our breed!