No plan for puppies until late 2021.
Last updated: 1/10/2021
We typically raise 1 or 2 carefully planned litters per year, and are selective about the homes that will welcome our puppies. Families should be prepared to wait several weeks if not months to prepare for their new puppy. If you are interested in a puppy, and think you might be a good match, the first step is to read this page, then contact us for more information and a questionnaire. Email is the best way to get in touch with us initially: RussfordLabradors@yahoo.com. Be prepared to share information about your family and answer questions - we want to be sure our pups are going to the best homes.
Please keep in mind that Russford Labradors is a family hobby, not a business. We spend months planning every breeding, and our lives are put on hold while we raise each litter of puppies. A tremendous amount of money and time is invested into each of our litters, even before they are ever conceived. No matter where you purchase your puppy, you will be making a 10-15 year commitment, so our advice is to shop wisely!
Information on our puppies:
All of our dogs are bred to the Breed Standard, and are commonly considered "English" style versus the "American" field style Labrador. Click here for information on the differences.
All of our puppies are sold on AKC Limited Registration (no breeding rights) to pet homes.
We do not sell puppies online, and we do not ship puppies; all families must be willing to come pick up their puppy in person.
We spend a great deal of time raising our puppies using methods from the Puppy Culture program for rearing and socialization. We believe this program offers an advantage to our puppies and their families, by shaping and developing our puppies' personalities in positive ways at a very young age.
We will always take back any dog of our breeding at any time, no questions asked.
All puppies are appropriately vaccinated and dewormed, with a health certificate from a Veterinarian. Our puppies are microchipped, and have their chips registered for life before going to their new homes. Our puppies go home with a free 30 day trial of pet health insurance from Trupanion, and are AKC registered on Limited Registration. We provide families with extensive information on feeding, training, and socialization, and we will always be available for questions, concerns, and support for the lifetime of every puppy.
We carefully select the sire and dam of each litter based on conformation, temperament, pedigree, and health. Before breeding, our girls have OFA health clearances for hips and elbows, an echocardiogram heart clearance, and their eyes cleared by a canine ophthalmologist at a minimum, in addition to extensive DNA testing. We are happy to provide copies of our dogs' clearances to interested families.
PLEASE NOTE that we spend a great deal of time matching our puppies to the families they are best suited for based on their temperament and personality. We do not allow families to come pick out their puppy. In our experience, what families can observe in one, or even multiple visits is simply not comparable to what we have observed 24/7 over the course of two months or more in each puppy. Additionally, our goal with each litter is to keep a puppy for ourselves to continue in our program, and so all puppies are continually being evaluated for that purpose. This method of matching puppies and families has been very successful for us.
Click on the following links to learn more about our philosophy in breeding:
Information on the health risks associated with Early Spay & Neuter.
Why we require our puppy families wait to spay/neuter until dogs are fully grown (minimum of 18 months). If families are not comfortable with, and willing to advocate for their puppies by waiting until this time frame, we are not the breeder best matched for that family.
Please understand that we do not allow visitors to the home when we have a litter of puppies, out of an abundance of caution for the health of our dogs. Once a litter is born, families will be able to meet their puppy at a scheduled pick-up time. Young puppies have fragile immune systems, and we do not risk bringing in any outside diseases that could threaten the health or the lives of our dogs and unvaccinated puppies. We will however provide lots of pictures, videos, and updates to waiting families; and families are of course encouraged to arrange a visit to our home to meet us and the dogs prior to the birth of a litter. Most recently, a new strain of canine influenza has threatened the health of dogs and puppies in our region. Click here to read about one breeder's experience with canine influenza, and to better understand why we have this policy to protect our puppies.