The terms "English" and "American" Labrador have been used improperly and more as a nickname for body descriptions. With those nicknames, the misconception has came into play that either "English" labs are more calm and laid back, or are fat and lazy. "American" labs are tall and lanky or are very high strung and hyper. These statements could not be any further from the truth and someone's opinion.
There is only one Labrador breed standard. When you are looking for a certain temperament, structure, etc., it can be more dependent on the dog's genetics and pedigree instead of the "type" of lab that they are.
do you sell on limited or full registration?
Here at Triple Creek Kennels, we only support ethical breeding. An ethical breeder does not breed to make income, they breed to advance only the healthiest Labrador Retrievers to the happiest homes.
With that being said, our litters are only sold on limited registration. We allow our buyers to request a change to full registration once all health clearances and terms of our contract are completed at 2 years of age. This ensures that our lines stay protected and do not end up in the hands of irresponsible breeders.
What health CLEARANCES do your dogs have?
We test for the following: hips/elbows, eyes, cardiac, dentition, patella, CNM, DM, EIC, HNPK, PRA/PRCD, RD/OSD, SD2, Cystinuria, Elliptocytosis, HUU, MTM1, Narcolepsy, PRA-crd4, PRA-GR2, PKD, CMS, Copper Toxicosis, D Locus (Dilute), L Locus (Long Hair), K Locus (Tan Points).
We are one of very few breeders in the country that complete these extensive health testing requirements. We are happy to participate in the OFA CHIC Program. For buyers, the CHIC program provides accurate information about the results of a breeder’s health testing. More information on Labrador breed specific CHIC requirements can be found here - https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=LR
WHAT IS "HEALTH TESTING" AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR BUYERS?
Health testing is a broad term covering breed standard testing that should be performed at a minimum of 2 years of age. The Labrador Retriever Club (LRC) list of recommended testing can be found here. By performing these series of tests we ensure that we produce genetically sound puppies. Here at TCK, we choose to go above and beyond this list of recommended testing. We believe that extensively health tested parents lead to happy healthier puppies.
How much do your puppies cost?
Our puppies are not from a cheap backyard breeding program. Puppy prices range from $950-$2050. There are alot of factors taken into consideration when determining price of a puppy. Stud fees, health testing, veterinary costs, travel expenses and titled lineage in pedigree as well as accomplishments (titles) are a few things we take into consideration. We do not price puppies according to gender or color. We also do not charge a different price within a litter whether your are a pet only home, working home or breeding home.
We have invested thousands in our breeding dogs to ensure that we produce healthy sound puppies. Our buyers value this aspect and respect the price we choose for each litter. Buying a puppy should never be based on price alone.
wHAT AGE DO YOU ALLOW YOUR PUPPIES TO JOIN THEIR NEW FAMILIES?
By Virginia state law, we will not allow our puppies to leave us before 7 weeks of age. We feel that 8 weeks is a good age for our puppies to start their journey with their new families. This gives them a proper amount of time to be fully weaned and eating dry dog food, have a vet check, receive vaccines and multiple dewormings, and most importantly learn skills from mom and other littermates to lay a foundation for proper socialization and development.
WHAT TYPE OF FOOD DO YOU FEED YOUR DOGS AND PUPPIES?
We recently made a switch to Extreme Dog Fuel and we are highly pleased with the results. Our adult dogs eat the 26/18 Elite formula (Green Bag) containing Glucosamine. Our puppies eat the 26/17 Elite formula (Blue Bag) for active dogs and puppies.
Note: We do not require our puppies to remain on this formula but do require them to be on an appropriate large breed puppy food until a minimum of 12 months of age.