Frequently Asked Questions
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How do Pick #'s work?
If you had 3rd pick, for example, that means that 2 people get to arrive before you and choose their pups. Then you will pick from the remaining pups.
When you do you ween your pups?
We don't ween them, the moms do - we let nature take its course. We support the mom & pups by supplementing the pups' food just as soon as she starts to ween them. For more information and discussion on this topic, click here.
How is it possible for an AKC registered dog to be a mixed breed?
Misbreedings and unintended matings happen. Registration can easily be manipulated and there is no oversight to register puppies. On the extremely unscrupulous side of things, imagine this: A registered dog could be dead, but desperate for money, an unscrupulous owner could register mutts off the street and sell them as "AKC registered". Misbreedings and unintentional matings happen. Dogs can carry pups from different fathers in the same litter. Silver labs are a great example of a misbreeding that went on to be AKC registered and now widely sold. For more info click on the color page. Owners that register misbreedings and unintended breedings put money above the AKC registry's integrity. Some "pure breed" dogs were never pure breed, to begin with. Often times the owner didn't know it, they bought an AKC registered dog, mated the dog, and registered the pups and that's how so many mutts get into the AKC registry system.
Do you offer to board dogs?
No. Too much risk!! No playdates.
What should I select, a boy or a girl?
Many people choose females because they are afraid of the male "marking their territory" (peeing all over their furniture and house), and/or they don't want to see the male's "red rocket" appearing out of nowhere. While marking does occur with un-neutered males and males that are neutered too close to puberty, males that are neutered well before puberty will never mark territory or even lift their leg as this is a behavior that is sex hormone-driven. Furthermore, a male that is neutered under 2 months in age, their pee-pees remain very very small - oftentimes you have to look under their bellies to tell if it's a male or female - their pee-pees are not readily noticeable. In the last 5 years, I am yet to see a male that was neutered before 2 months ever show their "red rocket". However, this does happen to males that are spay/neutered after 2 months of age. The longer the person waits to spay/neuter, the larger their pee-pee grows, and even after they are spay/neutered - their "red rocket" will continue to manifest itself when excited, sometimes spontaneously, and even while relaxed. This can be very unsightly, especially when you have kids or guests. PLEASE NOTE that ALL of our pups go home spayed/neutered so you can feel confident that you won't have this problem with a male.
Now that the main reasons for avoiding males are overcome - let's discuss male/female differences. Generally, boys will look more masculine and generally be larger than the girls sporting blockier heads and bodies, growing 10-15 lbs larger than a girl will. Girls will generally look more feminine, have smaller features, typically thinner heads, and grow to become smaller than their male counterparts. If your house is mostly tile you can feel confident in selecting either gender. However, if you have a lot of carpets that your pup will be allowed to sit or lay on, selecting a male is a smarter choice. Sometimes females will have a small dot of urine left on their vulvas after they go pee. If she comes into the house right after going pee, it's possible that over time you may accumulate small dime-sized dots on your carpet from when she sits or lays down. Many times people with females will have their carpets cleaned every other year. An easy solution to this is to limit her to non carpeted areas or to quickly and gently blot her vulva when she comes back in to prevent any of this from happening. Other than that there is not a difference. How the pup is and who they become is all very dependent on their personality assessed at 7 weeks in age and how well you train them. Both males and females are highly trainable, will have many of the traits of their mom, dad, or a good combination of the 2.
Am I able to come to visit your property before I make a deposit?
How can I know if my child is allergic to labs?
Take your child to a dog shelter and see how they react to various breeds and mixes. Generally speaking, if your child is allergic to 1 dog, your child will be allergic to our dogs too.
Can I come to visit my puppy?
If you've made deposit and your litter has been born, check your email for specific dates which will be determined within a week or so after birth.
When can I pick up my pup?
Please see the Puppies page for our Rearing Process. Generally, the 1st Saturday closest to the pup's 49th day of life.
What color is best for me?
There isn't a personality difference based on color. The best way to determine which color is right for your household aside from personal preference is based on the color of clothes you like to wear, where you live, and of course your lifestyle. People that camp & hunt tend to prefer the darker colors. If you live in a sunny place such as Arizona, generally most poeple prefer lighter colored labs due to sun exposure. If you have darker flooring, wear black clothing often, and are not a big outdoors person, chocolate or black labs are a great choice. Generally blacks tend to shed less in our experience. If you have lighter-colored flooring, wear lighter-colored clothing often, and are an outdoors person in a sunny state, a lighter color might be better suited for you.
What's the difference between an American & English Lab?
According to the Labrador Retriever Club, there is no technical distinction between the two, there is only 1 Labrador Retriever Breed.
The modern-day Lab as we know them today comes from 2 dogs: The Newfoundland (gentle giant, more fur) and the Saint John's Water-Dog ("the lesser Newfoundland - leaner, thinner, thinner coat, working dog).
The American Lab tends to take more after the looks, smarts, and trainability from a Saint John's water dog, whereas the English take after the New Foundland as far as looks and thicker / chunkier bodies. In our experience, there are a few distinctions between the 2. Both are highly trainable. American labs will have a high endurance for sport, naturally slender, and have thinner coats. Hunting labs are most often American. Our American Labs stay thin without having to manage food portions and quickly pick up on training. English labs have been bred for the show ring and tend to have calmer temperaments at younger ages, are substantially less active, thicker-bodied, have thicker coats, and blockier heads and bodies. However, due to English Labs' less active nature, they are more likely to become overweight and prone to hip and joint problems. With proper exercise and diet, weight, hip, and joint problems can likely be avoided. In general, if you are an outdoors kind of person, an American Lab or an English/American will fare the best for their thinner coats, leaner bodies, athletic abilities, and desire for activity.
How do I know which one is right for me - English or American?
Your lifestyle is the best indicator. An American Lab will desire exercise and might seem hyper to someone with a sedentary lifestyle, especially during the first 1-2 years as your puppy matures. If you are inside most of the time and plan on only doing minimum amounts of exercise, an English Lab might be more suitable or a whole different breed of dog altogether. Be sure to manage diet and exercise to prevent weight gain. Generally, if you are an outdoors or active person, the American Lab is ideal for its trainability, endurance, and desire for exercise, and its thinner coat keeps it cool.
Why is Conformation Size Important?
It's been scientifically proven that all breeds started from wolves and evolved into various breeds by breeding for certain traits. Most recently a canine research group took several packs of fox cubs, chose the cubs that were most social and friendly, and then bred them. The results were astonishing. Within just 1 litter, the fox's ears started to turn down (normally they point up) and they changed from fox-red to various shades of light colors - all just by breeding for friendliness & social factors! It's important to try to continue the integrity of the Labrador Retriever breed. It's important to understand that in almost every litter, there is usually 1 or 2 that are either larger or smaller than conformation size. We start with conformation size parents but there is no guarantee that your lab will grow within conformation range.
Can I get a refund after adoption?
There are no refunds. We don't sell pups. By the time you have come to select your pup, we have already rendered our breeding services over the course of 7-8 weeks. However, if you choose, we will re-home your pup. Any re-homing service fees that we accept are kept by us.
Can I bring my dog with me to pick out a puppy?
If we bred your dog, yes. Otherwise no.
Where are you located?
9028 N Sunset Place Effingham, Il 62401
How do you know what colors will be produced?
Please see our Color page.
Why do you require Spay/Neuter?
Early Spay/Neuter is more Humane. There is no benefit in waiting to spay/neuter. Delaying spay/neuter makes training more difficult, the cost is more expensive, and most importantly, it is far more painful on the pup/dog at a later age. Please see our Spay/Neuter page for complete information.
What brand of food will you feed the pups as they start to wean?
See the Care page and scroll down to the Food & Feeding Schedule.
How will a new puppy fit in with my existing dog(s)?
We aptitude & temperament test our pups with The Complete Service Package to be sure to help you select the right puppy for your household and other pets. However, if you are concerned and just want to discuss it, please feel free to email me and I'll give you a call.