Finding a Reputable Labrador Breeder

Oftentimes, the process of finding a reputable breeder that you can trust requires a lot of time and research. So, here are a few things that every prospective dog owner should keep in mind when selecting a dog breeder:

Find a breeder that genuinely cares about their dogs

Labrador Breeder in NYThis should be a requirement with any dog breeder you select, and it won’t take you long to realize where your potential breeder stands. You will quickly see if the breeder takes the time for both their girls and each puppy in the litter. The demeaner of your breeder and how they interact with the puppies will provide you with a solid impression of who they are as breeders, but another tell-tale sign is what the puppies are fed.

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we look for only natural and wholesome foods that we can trust, and encourage the new owners of our pups to continue that effort with TLC Whole Life Dog Food. Use the coupon code 60090-1025 to save five dollars on your order.

Your breeder should remain transparent about their litters

An exceptional and trustworthy breeder will allow you to explore your potential pup’s bloodline and be willing to answer any questions you may have. As with any lineage, the pedigree of the mother and father, as well as their overall health and characteristics will give you a good look into the development of your puppy from that litter. A championship bloodline, a strong personality, and good health in the parents give your puppy a higher chance of carrying on those traits.

Your breeder should be organized and knowledgeable about the Labrador breed

As we mentioned, your breeder should be able to show you all of the documentation necessary for the parents and litter as well as their license and proof of inspection. They should also have a contract set in place. This will vary among breeders so make sure you ask questions.

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we are knowledgeable breeders that care for our pups as well as their moms on our 87-acre kennel. Our goal is to find only the best homes with loving families for our pups. That’s why we offer a one-year written health warranty for all of our puppies, who are also micro-chipped and will have already received their first shots and veterinarian health certificates before going home with you. Call us at 607-857-1461 today to learn more about our chocolate, black and yellow Labrador puppies!

How to Choose the Right Stud Dog for Your Bitch

If you’re looking to produce a healthy litter of Labrador puppies with your bitch, it’s incredibly important that you find her the right stud dog, or Sire. Look no further than Hidden Ponds Labradors—through either side-by-side breeding or semen shipment, we have a history of producing litters that have proven immensely successful in the long run.

But that didn’t happen overnight: choosing the right stud dog for your bitch is a process where owners must keep a few factors in mind. Here’s what to consider:

Knowing the stud’s pedigree

Like father, like son (or daughter): whoever you choose as your stud will most likely pass down the traits of its family to the next generation. This means that your stud dog’s bloodline is consequential. You’ll want to find a stud dog that comes from a strong lineage that has demonstrated success over the years.

Knowing the stud’s coatHigh-Quality Stud Dogs in NY

We hear this happen all the time: two black Labradors produce a puppy with a yellow coat. How? Because both the stud or the bitch had the yellow coat trait in their DNA. Breeders should know what color trait their dogs carry beforehand. If it is not known, it can be easily found out with a genetic test. That’s where our experience proves beneficial.

Knowing the stud’s health

A quality stud dog is a healthy stud dog. Every responsible breeder will have conducted the proper health tests beforehand and will have that information available to you. You’ll want to be sure that the stud dog has good physical health and fitness, with no track record of disease or illness. By having a stud dog that is clear on all of his genetic traits you can breed with confidence even if you don’t know your bitch’s genetics. Genetic health factors can be detrimental to a litter’s well-being and should be taken seriously by any potential dog breeder.

Once you’ve taken these factors into consideration, you’re ready to choose the right stud dog. At Hidden Ponds Labradors, we offer two beautiful stud dogs who have stood the test of time, and are known for their strength, and positive traits. Call us at 607-857-1461 today to learn more about producing a high-quality litter of black, yellow, or chocolate Lab puppies through our stud dog services.

The Importance of a Champion Bloodline for Your Labrador Puppy

When looking to add a puppy to your home, it’s important that you choose the breed of dog very carefully, find the most trustworthy and exceptional breeder, and ensure that your future companion has an outstanding pedigree.

Breeding and lineage of your puppy’s parents are essential factors to consider when selecting the right pup for you.

Two well-bred black Labrador puppiesAn exceptional breeder will have their bitches and sires tested for hips and elbows, as well as other genetic tests. These would include EIC, HPNK, PRA, DM, and CNM to name a few. This information stays very transparent so that you know everything about your pup’s parents and will insure that your pup is being passed down only the best genetics. A champion bloodline is important as well. A champion or Grand champion title means that they have been seen by many experts in how a Labrador should be built and move. It is not a “beauty contest”, rather an evaluation as to how this dog compares to the breed standard. If a dog is built correctly and moves correctly they are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. So by breeding to dogs that are the closest to these standards your pet has a greater chance of being built correctly.

If the parents display winning characteristics, your puppy is more likely to carry the same attributes.

The parents of your potential pup should be true testaments to the Labrador breed; strongly built, intelligent, and well-mannered. A sound temperament, winning personality and certified pedigree are essential in the parents if you would like any chance of your pup carrying on those traits. By requiring these characteristics in the parents, breeders can increase the likelihood that their litters will reflect those same characteristics.

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we use the highest quality sires, usually Grand Champions. When paired with the outstanding genetics of our girls who are usually sired by grand Champions, we can produce a litter of Labrador retriever puppies that display the most loveable and award-winning qualities, with black, chocolate, or yellow coats. If you are looking for well-bred puppies or exceptional stud dog services, give us a call at 607-857-1461 today.

What to Know About the Labrador Breed

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we are well-versed in the Labrador breed. They’re an incredibly smart breed, known for their loyalty, and kindness. Not to mention that their number one trait is their personality and that is our absolute requirement for our dogs.

Here is some additional information about the Labrador breed:

Yellow LabradorA Labrador’s sociability is one of its greatest benefits. Not only do they get along well with humans, but also, other dogs—this is huge for any potential dog owner. Labs are devoted, intelligent, and enthusiastic companions who need to be included in family activities.

One of the most important factors that go into the decision to purchase a pet should be their ability to be trained. Labradors fall on the “eager to please” side of AKC’s spectrum, meaning they’re ready to be trained. They are a gentle and non-aggressive dog breed and possess a well-mannered temperament.

With the Lab’s physical strength, early socialization and puppy training classes are vital. Gently exposing the puppy to a wide variety of people, places, and situations between the ages of 7 weeks and 4 months and beginning obedience training early on will help him develop into a well-adjusted, well-mannered adult. Puppy training classes serve as part of the socialization process and help the owner to recognize and correct any bad habits that may be developing.

If you have any questions or are looking for more information about the Labrador breed, don’t hesitate to call the experts here at Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461 today. You can learn more about our available puppies here.

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