Why search and rescue dogs? A true story.

Why search and rescue dogs? A true story.

Many years ago, my brother, who lives in California came home to find his long-time partner gone from the home. It was not too surprising considering they lived on a ranch in the wine country with streams and red wood trees. It was certainly a beautiful place to go for a walk. As the day turned to evening, the tension increased, and when he didn’t return home by night fall, the worry and panic had settled in.

Search and Rescue Dog searching under debris

With no sign of him and no word from the neighbors, the authorities were called in. Of course, as is in every missing person case, the police had to consider foul play by my brother. Upon investigation, this was ruled out as the likely cause of the disappearance. The next procedure was to look for a lost or possibly injured man. Unfortunately, this was a difficult task as they lived in a rural area with few people and lots of open country of mountains, valleys, woods, and fields. There were many ravines and rough terrain making the searching very difficult.

 

After the authorities found no trace of my brothers missing partner, the devastating feeling of helplessness came upon my brother who was missing his loved one. There is no relief from the questions of not knowing if, not knowing where, and not knowing why. The days went on, and the torment of the questions never left my brother’s mind throughout his daily routine. Day after day, week after week, and month after month went by without answers to the questions.

 

Then, on a Saturday morning there was a knock at the door. A group of strangers stood at the door with a couple of dogs. They asked for permission to try and help find the man missing for six months. They also asked for a piece of clothing that was worn by him, so the dogs could track the scent of my brother’s partner. Six months of rain, wind, and sun had gone by, which raises the question: How would these dogs be able to track a scent of this man six months after he went walking. But these were trained search and rescue dogs. The dogs led the handlers directly to where he was in a deep wooded ravine. The dog went directly to the body. The other dog went directly to the walking stick a few yards away that he had been using.

 

Everyone always hopes for the best possible outcome, but the relief of finally knowing is almost palpable. The healing and closure that the volunteers and their dogs brought was such a benefit that it makes their time, effort, and money spent well worth it. Without them, the questions would persist, and the thought of not knowing would strangle anyone’s mind. We thank these Search and Rescue dogs and the volunteers for all that they did.

 

Hidden Pond Labradors trains search and rescue dogs for these types of cases. Whether there is a missing person, natural disaster, or you’re looking to track a loved one who is lost, we have those loving and caring dogs for you. Please contact us at 607-857-1461.

 

Labrador Retrievers and the AKC Breed Standard

Labrador Retrievers and the AKC Breed Standard

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we place a large emphasis on the AKC breed standard, ensuring that our dogs come from upstanding championship bloodlines and are certified by the American Kennel Club.

Labrador god laying down in a field

The AKC Breed Standard is essentially a set of criteria for a dog to be considered of the highest breed quality possible.

 

In brief the, the criteria include, but is not limited to:

General appearance

The AKC breed standard for Labrador retrievers describes a dog that has a strong, athletic build, allowing the dog to be utilized in a hunt, win as a show dog, or act as a family companion.

 

While you don’t have to intend for this purpose, the idea here is that the dog could be able to retrieve, as its name demands.

Coat & coat color

The AKC calls for a coat that is dense and straight, so that anyone who brushes it can feel the its hardness. Its undercoat, meanwhile, should have weather-resistant characteristics, so the dog can withstand water damage.

 

With coat color, the AKC recognizes black, yellow, and chocolate. Anything other than those three colors, such as silver, champagne, and charcoal, is disqualified.

 

White spots are not necessarily encouraged but are permissible.

Temperament

The AKC certifies dogs of sounds temperament; eager to please, kind and intelligent. Ideally, a Labrador retriever will be non-aggressive towards people or other animals, but instead very friendly to whoever they meet.

 

The AKC also evaluates the build of every dog looking for sound structure, proportionate sizes and substance, and several other distinguishing features of the breed.

 

See the full list of criteria here, and then meet the puppies born from our championship bloodlines here! Call Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461 with any questions you may have.

How Labrador Retriever’s Coat Colors are Determined: Black, Chocolate, and Yellow

A Labrador retriever’s coat is a defining characteristic and an important factor when choosing the newest addition to your family.

As recognized Labrador breeders, we are knowledgeable on these dogs and their coat colors. There are several factors that determine color, which every prospective buyer and owner should know.

Most importantly to note: there are only three colors of Labradors Chocolate, Black, and Yellow. There is a great variation in the yellow color from fox red to almost pure white. All other color variations are not recognized by the AKC.

Black Lab PuppyBlack Labs

Let’s start with the dominant color: black.

So, for context, every Labrador retriever is born with two alleles or genes. One from each parent, just like us: Each parent can donate a dominant B black gene or a recessive b chocolate gene.

If you have at least one B black gene, you will have a black dog. So, they can be BB or Bb.

 

Chocolate Lab Puppy

Chocolate Labs

If they possess two recessive genes b the chocolate gene, it means that they will have a rich chocolate coat.

The only genes a chocolate dog can have is bb.

 

 

 

Yellow Labs

Yellow Lab PuppySo where does the yellow color come from?

Another allele comes into play with a yellow coat. There is a gene that is an on/off-switch. The off switch is recessive just like chocolate. The on switch is dominant E just like the black gene. I don’t know why they chose the letter Ee.

If the puppy possesses two recessive off-switches, it will be yellow because you’re “turning off” whatever the other color is. If there is at least one on switch EE, Ee two on switches or an on-switch with an off-switch allele, then the puppy will show its color based on the Bb genes.

If you’re looking for a yellow Lab, there is a wide array of yellow coats, from almost white to fox red. Those colors are more complicated genetically

Exotic colors

You will see people offering Labradors in other colors. These include silver, champagne, and charcoal. None of these colors are recognized by the AKC. They may be registered as chocolate from the AKC, but they are most likely mixed with another breed to obtain those colors. We never offer any of these exotic colors nor do any of the breeders I know.

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we have top-notch sires and exceptional girls that allow us to offer beautiful litters of black, chocolate and yellow Lab puppies.

If you’re looking to add a Lab to the family, check out our puppies who are ready to go to their forever home! Call us at 607-857-1461 today with any questions you may have.

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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