Labs are also an active breed, needing consistent physical exercise as well as mental stimulation to stay healthy. They love to play, fetch, swim and run. Don't expect them to be couch potatoes. If you don't have time for them, don't ask about one of our puppies. Obedience is important to consistently train and there are many dog sports including nosework that can be fun to play with your dog. We aim to breed dogs who are suited for many purposes. Expecting them to entertain themselves outside without supervision will end up in boredom and you will end up with a new landscape and probably a lot of destruction. Bored dogs can get just as creative inside the house if left to their own devices for hours on end. While their fur isn't as fluffy as the goldens, shedding is almost a year round situation with labs as well, so you'll want to make sure you have a good vacuum on hand. They often live 10-12 years, sometimes longer. If you take home a puppy, you had better darned well commit to that lifespan. Enjoying a sugar face companion is a gift.
We have placed many in field/performance homes, sporting homes including dock diving, and active pet homes. Our labs have hips, elbows and eye clearances, as well as genetic testing for Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) and Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM). These are recessive genes, meaning they have to have one from each parent to be affected. Our puppies are guaranteed to be either clear or carriers, meaning they are not affected by these disorders.