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    We breed top quality Labs in all three colours, Black, Yellow & Chocolate. Our puppies are born & raised in the home for adequate socialization. All breeding stock is hip & eye certified clear from hereditary defects. All puppies have a written two-year warranty for hips & elbows and four years for eyes. All our puppies are sold on a non-breeding agreement and puppies sold as companions must be spayed or neutered by the age of eighteen months. The puppies have their first set of shots, vet checked and de-wormed when they leave for their new homes. All puppies are tattooed for identification purposes and are Canadian Kennel Club registerable. Puppies are sold only to pre-qualified (screened) purchasers.

Adopting a Labrador Retriever Puppy from Ashstone ...

How To Adopt a Labrador Puppy from Ashstone Kennels
(Information about how to proceed once you've decided
you are interested in obtaining an Ashstone Labrador Retriever

Puppy Questionnaire
(Questions we need you to answer before we agree to place
a Labrador Retriever puppy with you)

Deposit Contract
(Our terms and conditions for accepting your application/reservation
for a Labrador Retriever puppy)

Puppy Sales Agreement and Guarantee
(Find out what we expect as breeders and what you, the buyer
of one of our Labrador Retrievers, gets
when you purchase an Ashstone Labrador Retriever)

The Best Time To Adopt A Pet
(Take the short quiz and find out if you're really ready for a pet.)

Your New Labrador Retriever Puppy
(information from us, as breeders, on Labrador Retrievers and puppies
for perspective buyers and new owners)

Shipping Labrador Retriever Puppies Worldwide
(Labrador Retrievers travel well.  Find out how it works, what it costs)

Coat Colour Inheritance Chart
(How to predict coat colour in a litter)

2008 Litters

Oct. 3, 2008

Crystal & Bucky Litter

Yellow litter born Sept. 6, 2008.
4 yellow females.

Ashstone's Crystal Animation Can. Ch. Ashstone's Buck At Lab Lodge

Older Puppies and Adults

Oct. 3, 2008

If you require a puppy
That isn't noisy and doesn't chew,
Who won't pee on the carpet, or one who
Will never shed or make a mess,
And will never bite under severe duress,
There's only one breed that will bring you joy,
It's the All-American Plush Stuffed Toy!

~ Nancy E. Holmes

   You should expect to put both time and effort into your search for your Labrador Retriever. Remember, this dog will be a member of your family for up to 15 years--it is worth waiting for the right one. Think of the time you spend buying a car and, remember, it stays in the garage. Put at least that much time into buying the dog that will live in your home, play with your children, possibly sleep on your bed.

  • Begin by educating yourself about the breed and make sure it is the one for you. Go to Ashstone's Bookstore for our recommendations on books about Labrador Retrievers.

  • Even if you want a family pet, go to local dog shows to see and interact with many Labradors to get an idea of what you like.  The CKC web site lists shows & trial events

  • Visit the CKC web site to gather information about dog ownership.

  • Next, decide if you want a puppy or an adult.


    • Every breeder should have a breed standard on hand and they should be able to point out major, minor and disqualifying faults.

    • They should be aware of the major breed problems. Every breed has some. These are problems that occur in the breed with more or less frequency that all decent breeders try to eradicate. Labradors have problems with Hip Dysplasia (CHD), Elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and to a lesser extent Epilepsy and Heart Disease.

    • The breeder should know their own pedigrees well. They should know the faults their own lines may carry. All lines have some faults. They should be willing to put in writing what they will do if your puppy develops any of these problems.

    • Ask for proof of any testing the breeder has claimed to have done. Ask to see the OFA papers to prove their dogs have been x-rayed free of Hip Dysplasia AND Elbow Dysplasia. If they do not have the OFA rating, they should still have proof from a veterinarian that their dogs have been x-rayed and found free of CHD and ED. Be aware that a majority of vets do not know what dysplastic hips actually look like on x-ray. What they may feel looks normal, the OFA would consider dysplastic. If they cannot produce these papers, (on both parents), do not buy the puppy. Do not be taken in with lines such as "my dog has never limped" or "my vet said it was unnecessary". If a breeder claims to never have bred a problem, either they haven't been breeding very long or are stretching the truth. EVERY breeder will produce a problem sooner or later, no matter how careful you are in planning a litter.

    • Also ask to see all certification that the parents have been checked within the last 12 months for PRA. A regular veterinarian cannot check for this, it must be done by a Canine Ophthalmologist (dog eye doctor). These veterinarians usually have the initials ACVO (American College of Veterinary Opthalmology) somewhere after their name. Again, if they cannot produce these papers (on both parents), do not buy the puppy. Breeding stock must be checked yearly for their eyes. Again, beware of excuses.

    • Ask for references such as past puppy buyers, other breeders, trainers, vets, breed club affiliations, etc. Then follow up on the references.

    • Beware of the hard sell breeder or the one who appears too willing to part with their puppies. Decisions to sell a puppy should not be made based on telephone conversations alone. A reputable breeder will be keen on interviewing you.

    • Breeders should provide some sort of written instructions on caring for your new puppy. Most will give you 48-72 hours to have the puppy checked by your own vet and if necessary return or exchange the pup.

    • Puppies should not be released to their new homes before 7 weeks of age and should have had their first set of vaccinations (Parvo/Distemper). If the puppy is older, vaccinations should be completely up to date.

    • To protect your rights, ensure that the sales contract indicates the breed of dog, that is is pure-bred and eligible for registration by the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, United Kennel Club or which other registry the breeder is claiming.

    • Ask to see the contract/guarantee before you leave a deposit or purchase the puppy. Some guarantees/contracts give the puppy buyer the run-around and don't actually cover anything. Some make the puppy buyer put down/euthanize the dog before the breeder will pay off on even a case of mild dysplasia. READ THE CONTRACT THOROUGHLY

    • Ask to see the dam (mother) and the sire as well if he is on the premises. Beware of the breeder who either doesn't allow you to see the dam or says the dam is not there. This person might not be the actual breeder but someone who buys whole litters for resale.

    Registration of a Pure-Bred Dog

       Be aware that AKC/CKC/UKC registration (or any other registry) does not mean quality. It only means that your dog is a pure-bred. Remember, "Pet Quality" puppies should be considered as just that! Even litters from very well bred parents usually contain only a few "show or breeding" quality puppies. The rest of the litter, sold as pets can well supply the pet-buying public without any lessening of the breed standards, providing that the buyers realize that, while pure-bred, these individuals are not breeding stock. You might not be able to tell the difference between a "show or breeding quality" and a "pet quality" dog, but there are differences. Your pet will still be a delightful companion, but it might have some minor "fault" not desirable in a breeding animal. Spayed and neutered dogs make better family companions and their chances for some cancers are lessened. In fact most reputable breeders will insist that pets be sold on a spay/neuter contract or on a limited registration.

    Buying A Puppy Long Distance

    Puppy Warning Label

    For more information on any of these litters contact us at
    Please include in your e-mail to us, your location and a little about yourself.

    Keep your dog safe and happy by having a fenced excerise area for them to play in. Their lives have been entrusted into your hands for safe keeping!

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