Newborn Ashland pups
WE HAVE NO PUPS AT THIS TIME. We do not plan on another litter until late winter or possibly Spring. Interested in getting on our waiting list? Read our info below BEFORE calling. Thank you!
All litter updates and pictures will be posted on our Ashland Facebook Page, visit us by clicking (here)
Our Most recent litter of blacks & chocolates born April 20th.
(All pups are spoken for)
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As always, we have a limited number of pups each year. Generally speaking our pups are reserved well in advance. If you are interested in an Ashland puppy, please take a few moments to review our info below before contacting us.
Here are my specifics, before emailing or calling.
1). I do prefer phone calls, email is fine but please be very specific. Emails that ask nothing more than pricing are simply deleted. If emailing, please include your phone number and best time to reach you. We will be happy to send our information packet (PDF File) that includes our policies, puppy application, pricing and reservation requirements AFTER we are able to speak with you over the phone.
2). We breed on a limited basis and only when we intend to keep back pup(s) for ourselves, not to produce puppies as a source of income. Keep in mind, most people that end up getting one of our pups have been on a waiting list a minimum of four months to one year. If you cannot wait, please go elsewhere. We CANNOT predict litter sizes or rush mother nature. Breedings are planned for a purpose, not a market!
3). Pups are placed into pre-approved homes. We only take a limited number of deposits per litter. We DO NOT ship puppies. We DO NOT sell pups to second or third parties, dog brokers, or for gifts.
4). All pups sold with agreement of sale. Life time take back policy and breeder support. All companion pups sold with Spay/Neuter agreement.
Our commitment to this breed is life-long! Temperament, health and longevity are all top priorities as well as preserving the wonderful breed characteristics, natural abilities and the correct type and temperament the Labrador was originally bred for.
"Dog producers" are a dime a dozen. Real breeders
are a few and far between! Not everyone breeding dogs should be
bestowed to hold the title of "Breeder". Because there are so many bad
Labrador breeders, we encourage you to take your time seeking out a
Labrador puppy. Ask questions and learn as much as possible
before spending your hard earned money on a pup that might have
serious health and/or temperament issues. A good breeder will
welcome you to be a part of their family and will always be there to
answer your questions or concerns through-out the life of your dog.
About our puppies
Ethical breeders make every effort to avoid producing puppies with heritable diseases that can either be prevented entirely or greatly reduced through selective breeding and health screening practices. Dogs are living creatures. It would be beyond ridiculous for any of us to say that we can promise that no dog is never going to develop a problem. It is just not that simple. What I as a breeder can do and am morally responsible for, is to make sure that each dog I own is prescreened for our breeds specific health problems before they are bred.
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) is a centralized canine health data base jointly sponsored by the American Kennel Club and the Orthopedic Foundation For Animals. CHIC recommends that breeders do the following minimum health clearances on Labrador Retrievers:
*Eye Exam by ACVO Veterinarian/CERF
*Exercise Induced Collapse
Of course the above is a minimum suggestion from CHIC, however we feel strongly that Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) should be high on their list as well. Below is a quick explanation of each breed specific disease. All Ashland Labradors are PRE-SCREENED and certified or DNA Tested for the following:
1).Canine Hip Dysplasia. (CHD) This is the most common of orthopedic problems affecting ALL large breed dogs including Labradors. Parent dogs should be x-rayed and those x-rays submitted to the OFA for a grade of Excellent, Good or Fair prior to breeding. There is no DNA test for Hip Dysplasia at this time so x-rays are the only way to determine the dogs hip joint status. I always tell people to keep in mind that X-rays are used as a "tool only", they are read by individuals, therefore they are very subjective. Regardless, all breeding stock MUST be screened.
2). Elbow Dysplasia. Same process as with the hips above. X-rays are sent to the OFA for evaluation. Both elbows graded as "Normal" will receive a certification.
3). ACVO or CERF exam for Breed Specific Inherited Eye Disorders. Breeding dogs should be checked YEARLY by a board certified ophthalmologist for heritable eye disorders such as cataracts and entropion.
4). Progressive Retinal Atrophy. (PRA) This is the leading cause of blindness in Labrador Retrievers. (This disease can be identified by a DNA test (blood sample) which is sent to Optigen to screen the dog for PRA). Utilizing available DNA testing such as this, breeders can 100 percent prevent the onset of inherited PRA by selective breeding practices.
5). Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia. (TVD) A known Heart Valve Disorder in Labradors. Reputable breeders should have any dog one year of age or older screened and certified normal by a Canine Cardiologist prior to breeding.
6). Exercise Induced Collapse. (EIC) (DNA TEST) Not a fatal disease, however it is disturbing for anyone to see a Labrador collapse after a few minutes of hard exercise. Most commonly affected collapse cases are seen in Labradors of Field Trial lineage, however many lines of show Labradors are also affected. Not all breeders are testing for EIC at this time. Affected, carrier or non-tested dogs should only be bred to Normal (non-carrier) tested dogs so that all resulting offspring are not affected.
7). Centronuclear Myopathy. (CNM) (DNA TEST) This disease is characterized by early onset of muscle weakness, wobbly gait, fatigue and difficulty eating. Onset usually begins as early as a few months of age. Not all breeders are testing for CNM at this time. Affected, carrier or non-tested dogs should only be bred to Normal (non-carrier) dogs so that all resulting offspring are not affected.
Ashland Labrador puppies will be accompanied with Warranties for the following:
It is extremely important that pups from birth on receive daily interaction with humans and once they begin moving about they should have exposure to various places, sounds and surfaces. Our pups are born and raised in our home. Not a kennel, shed or other "away" place. We spend a tremendous amount of time socializing our pups. When your pup is ready to leave (around 8 weeks of age) you can be assured the he or she has had the best possible start in life. Your pup will also be introduced to the crate before leaving. For older pups we keep past 9 weeks, we ALWAYS start obedience, leash and house training and continue with their socialization.
All pups come with our Lifetime take-back policy, breeder support and agreement of sale. Pups going to pet homes are placed with AKC limited registration and a spay/neuter agreement.
FAQ: Many people ask me if I sell pups on AKC full registration which is for breeding purposes. The answer 9 out of 10 times is NO not unless you are an established breeder that I am already familiar with and has integrity. I do not mind working with new people wanting a pup to start or to add to their own program, however you must agree to be mentored, you must do all appropriate health clearances and also have a desire to become involved in the Labrador world through showing or performance events and must also become a member of an all-breed or Labrador Club. I will be more than happy to help guide you in all the right directions but please if your only agenda is to breed for puppy sales, then I have no interest in downgrading my dogs or reputation.
Puppy Take Home Package:
You will receive a puppy pack which includes the following:
Cost of pups and deposit & reservation information is discussed in our online puppy package mentioned above. I would like to add that our pricing is the same regardless of color or sex for a companion puppy.
Color of Pups:
If you have a few extra minutes, please take some time to read my advice on color shopping!
One very important topic that I would like to address is color. Not too many breeders take the time to educate prospective puppy buyers. I have another page that explains coat color in more detail (click here) but for now I want to brief you on the basics in your search for a Lab pup and want to avoid problems encountered when shopping for color.
Labrador Retrievers come in ONLY three colors! Black, chocolate or yellow. Yellow can range from a very light cream or "light yellow" to a very dark yellow which is called "Fox Red" and there are many various shades in-between these ranges. Chocolates can range from a light brown to a very dark Hershey chocolate color. Yellow eyes, green eyes or blue eyes are not typical for Labradors. All Labradors regardless of their coat color should have brown eyes with the exception of new pups, which eyes are dark blue when they first open but by 8 weeks of age should be brown. Labradors are known for their soft expression and gentle eyes. Eyes that are ROUND or droopy are very incorrect and undesirable.
At NO TIME should anyone fall for such scams as SILVER, CHARCOAL, CHAMPAGNE, Bi-COLOR or WHITE Labradors. People advertising anything other than the true three colors of Black, chocolate or yellow are not and I will repeat NOT reputable breeders by any stretch! No registry or Labrador breed club anywhere in the world approves or recognizes these "other" colors. Regardless of some breeders bold claims that these are accepted colors. I want you to understand that it is NOT...(IS NOT)...a color associated with pure-bred Labrador Retrievers at any stage of the breeds development any where in the WORLD! The AKC along with The Labrador Retriever Parent Club does not recognize silver or these other colors. AKC papers or not! There are three colors a breeder can check on a pups AKC registration application, again they are Black, Yellow or Chocolate. No where will you find in print "Silver" "Charcoal", "Champagne", "BI-COLOR" or "White" on a set of AKC papers. These people breeding these unpure colors are selling pups for ridiculous amounts and sending their pups out with the AKC papers marked as Chocolate for silver, Black for Charcoal and Yellow for white or champagne. Listen up.....you do not purchase a brand new red car from the dealer and the title say's it is white, nor do you purchase a solid SILVER Dalmatian puppy and the papers say he is Black & White! And please don't be so foolish to believe these "Breeders" claims to having documented research to prove the existence of these "off color" Labradors. They do not! Furthermore, if they were accepted colors, the Labrador Retriever Parent club would allow it to be written in the breed standard, the AKC would recognize the color and you would find these off-color Labradors very easy to find that were not seriously in-bred with siblings, father to daughter, etc and they would be able to compete in breed competitions.
To touch base a bit more on "White Labradors", I continually get phone calls from concerned puppy buyers asking my opinion about the white pups being advertised from "SO and SO White Labradors Website". Listen, do your research! No real breeder uses the term "white".
Yes, yellows can be very pale in color and from pictures look white BUT fact is that these are just regular light yellow Labrador Retrievers. There is nothing special or rare about this color and no reputable breeder out there that I know of advertises their puppies as "white", let alone charge way more for a "lighter shade of yellow". One thing is certain, these very pale puppies may look white when young but when they begin to mature, you will see some darker yellow coloration appear in the adult coat. Sometimes it is vague and sometimes it is very noticeable, especially along the ears, top-line, back of the rear legs and tail. Yet a heavy number of "White Labrador Breeders" want you to believe that these "lighter colored yellows" are true white, that they are extra special and they ask ridiculous prices for their puppies. Advertising White Labradors is nothing more than a marketing scam and a way to bump up the price on an otherwise washed out SHADE of coat color. Yes, "washed out" shade. The first yellow Labradors were YELLOW, not cream or light. Most of these "White Lab Breeders" have very inferior dogs with very poor temperaments and obvious conformation faults. If they only breed for "White Labs" then I would suggest you look elsewhere. Personally, I would run from any breeder that uses the term "White Labrador". They will usually not even own a black dog or breed to have any other color other than so-called white! Again..$$ signs is there only reason for breeding. I want you to understand that there is nothing wrong with liking the lighter shade of yellows, however you can easily find light yellows from many reputable breeders while at the same time paying a realistic price and getting a pup that is far superior in conformation and temperament. Please do not call me and ask me for references regarding ANY BREEDER that advertises white. I have absolutely NOTHING GOOD to say about them! Go see their dogs in person. What you see in the parents Temperament IS WHAT YOU WILL GET once your puppy matures. And people, pictures of Labradors do not even begin to show you a dogs temperament or type. I have seen pictures and thought "Ooh what a gorgeous Labrador" only to see the dog in person and go UGH what a knuckle head! Then again, I have seen pictures and said yuck, then have seen in person a beautiful dog. Please do visit breeders if possible and interact with the parents (if both on on site). That way you will know what you are getting.
There are many yellow dogs pictured through-out my website that may appear white but fact is they are yellow..just light yellow and they come from CHAMPION Parents with a good amount of black Labradors through-out their lineage. This just goes to say that "light yellows" do not have to come from two parents that are extremely "light" in color. Understanding genetics and breeding to IMPROVE the next generation through selective breeding for the "Entire Dog" including TEMPERAMENT and not just a color or other phenotype.
Teresa L. Gordy
(615) 289-9535 Cell