It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! To be a lab that is… Labradors LOVE the snow! They will play, play, play all day long in this fluffy white stuff if you let them! Even though Labradors are indeed bred for the cold weather and to swim in icy waters with that thick double […]
- Outstanding puppies that are family and house-raised
- Flawless, low-key temperament
- Selectively bred with careful genetic screening
- And...what many other lab breeders can't claim...
- EIC Clearance (cleared for Exercise Induced Collapse)
- OFA Certified Clearance: hips, elbows, and heart
- Optigen tested to eliminate genetic eye defects, including PRA found in labs
- CERF tested to eliminate genetic eye defects (retinal folds, cataracts, etc.)
Dog parks are sort of a newer craze among pet owners. The general thought here is to let dogs interact off leash, play, and socialize. This concept SEEMS great. Here’s the problem though… Often I’ve seen and heard of incidents where playing turns into bullying… And too often, the owner of said bully is not […]
Everyone is ALWAYS asking what toys we recommend for labs, here at Endless Mt.! Below are some of our favorites (well, the dogs’ favorites!)… and we do offer a crate package full of these fun goodies at the time that you pick your puppy up! Kongs We LOOOOOOOOVE the Kong! Not only are they […]
While Halloween can be a fun time with friends and family, be to sure that you’re also looking out for your fur babies on this Howl-i-day! (Cheesy, I know…) Playing dress-up… Costumes can be fun for your kids and for your dogs, but be sure that your canine kid is comfortable in his/her Howl-o-ween get-up! […]
While we strive to not only eliminate this issue from our bloodlines, genetically, we also strive to educate new puppy owners on environmental preventative measures. (Hip Dysplasia in Labradors: What can I do to prevent it?) However, if you are finding yourself with this diagnosis for your labby, we’d like to give you some hope […]
While dysplasia is not as prevalent in Labrador Retrievers as the giant breeds, such as Newfoundlands and Irish Wolfhounds, for example… they are still a large breed that have the potential to develop this, at times, debilitating disease. Why do OFA’s? On one hand, there are certainly genetic factors when it comes to both hip […]
I’m often asked this question by inquiring clients… “I just lost my (insert pet’s name)… How long should I wait before getting a puppy?” People frequently call us after losing a beloved canine family member, asking about our upcoming litters. Although many of them also seem to have this guilt about even thinking of bringing […]
You may have seen the symbol below on our homepage… This shows that we are an AKC Breeder of Merit. You might be thinking… yeah, so what? But, truth be told, this does help you narrow down through your list of breeders… In order to be a Breeder of Merit, a breeder has to meet […]
We just wanted to pass this on from Jay, President of Flint River Ranch, about their new kibble shape! “Hello Flint River Ranch Family! I’ve been fielding questions about the new kibble shape on our Original, Senior Plus and Lamb and Millet formulas. We’ve tried in previous notices to inform everyone via emails and Internet […]
How to Choose a Labrador
(Hint: it's more about choosing a reputable breeder than a "puppy"!)
1. Find a breeder that breeds not just for "color", but for genetic soundness, good temperament, and conformation to breed standard. If not, you may end up with an aggressive or hyper temperament, or a dog that succumbs to premature death. All pups are cute...but what kind of dog will you end up spending 15 years with???
Just because a dog has "papers" or is "AKC registered" does not make it a good dog. This merely means the dog’s parents are in the AKC registry (the AKC does not police QUALITY, they are only a registry!), ...anybody can put two dogs together who have AKC registration, but they can be horrible specimens of a labrador! Hint: if all a newspaper ad can say is "shots, wormed..." that’s pretty pitiful if that’s all you can say about your pups!
2. Unless you are going to be doing high- stress, professional field trial competition, look for a lab with "English" bloodlines. American Field lines are a little different in temperament. The American field dogs can be hyper, high-strung, and do not always make the best indoor pets. Not ALL American labs are like this. But in "general" you may see this difference. If you are looking to do high stress field trial competition, a field lab may be what you want. But for a real laid back, "fireside" lab that sits at your feet, you may find the English labs a little more close to that description. The English labs are mild, sweet, quiet dogs which still maintain a playful attitude and have the natural retriever instinct, but these labs are sure to be good companion dogs that you can absolutely trust and enjoy in any circumstance. The English labs are also a little different in build than the field labs. (see our article on our "about labradors" page of this site)
3. Don’t buy the lab that is "closest in distance", or "the cheapest in the newspaper"...this is the WORST criteria to determine the quality of Labrador you will have to live with for 12-15 years! Choose a breeder who has been breeding labs to improve the breed, who is selecting excellent breeding stock, and who is doing CERF and OFA clearances (hips/eyes). If you call a "breeder", ask, "what was your purpose in breeding this litter?" If they say, "to get chocolates, or "to let our kids enjoy the experience", or because they "love their dog" (commonly called "hobby breeders)"...these are poor excuses. If you ask if their dogs are OFA and CERF and they say "huh?????" HANG UP!!!! Or if they just say "yeah", ask "what was the hip rating on the sire of dam of this litter?" Remember...even if you are just looking for a "pet" you don’t need to give up a good temperament and genetic soundness for the possibility of a poor temperament and a crippled or blind lab in the first year (literally!) Who wants to fall in love with a new family companion, just to have the heartbreak of death, serious illness, or premature euthanasia because of poor attention paid to the breeding of the dog? The extra $100-200 is worth it in the end...you’ll pile up hundreds or thousands of dollars in vet bills if you "skimp" on your initial investment of the "right dog"!
4. Ask if the pup comes with a health guarantee and what this includes. Most "hobby breeders" who have lower priced dogs will not do this, thus, the price is lower. Plus, they are not investing in testing for genetic clearances or investing in the most excellent of breeding stock. The breeder should be doing health clearances for hips and elbows (OFA), eyes (CERF, Optigen, AVCO), heart clearance, NARC clearance, and EIC (exercise induced collapse) clearance. If they say "what is that???" or "my vet says my dogs is fine" or "my pups never had problems" hang up...its just excuses, or they don't want to know if their dogs carry these problems, or they are cutting corners ($$$) and not doing these clearances.
Be prepared to be "entertained" by the evasive answers most breeders will give you! Have fun!!!