Labrador Retrievers as a Breed
The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador, or Lab for short) is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. A breed characteristic is webbed paws for swimming, useful for the breed's original purpose of retrieving fishing nets. The Labrador is the most popular breed of dog by registered ownership in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States (since 1991). It is also one of the most popular assistance dog breeds in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities. Typically, Labradors are athletic and love to swim, play catch and retrieve games, are good with young children, elderly, and for protection.
The AKC describes the Labrador's temperament as a kind, pleasant, outgoing and tractable nature. Labradors' sense of smell allows them to hone in on almost any scent and follow the path of its origin. They generally stay on the scent until they find it. Navies, military forces and police forces use them as detection dogs to track down smugglers, thieves, terrorists and black marketers. Labradors instinctively enjoy holding objects and even hands or arms in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness (a Labrador can carry an egg n its mouth without breaking it) They are also known to have a very soft feel to the mouth, as a result of being bred to retrieve game such as waterfowl. They are prone to chewing objects (though they can be trained out of this behavior). The Labrador Retriever's coat repels water to some extent, thus facilitating the extensive use of the dog in waterfowl hunting.
Labradors have a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog. This includes a good reputation with children of all ages and other animals. Some lines, particularly those that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field (rather than for their appearance), are particularly fast and athletic. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand—an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic. Females may be slightly more independent than males. Labradors mature at around three years of age; before this time they can have a significant degree of puppy-like energy, often mislabeled as being hyperactive. Because of their enthusiasm, leash-training early on is suggested to prevent pulling when full-grown. Labradors often enjoy retrieving a ball endlessly and other forms of activity (such as agility, Frisbee, or fly-ball). Although they will sometimes bark at noise, especially noise from an unseen source ("alarm barking"), Labradors are usually not noisy or territorial. They are often very easygoing and trusting with strangers, and therefore are not usually suitable as guard dogs.
When something really awesome and wonderful comes into your life, I believe it is your responsibility to share it with your family, with your friends, with your neighbors and even your community. Our Yellow Labrador Retriever Diamond from the very beginning has been one of those awesome-wonderful things that has came into our lives, and this is my attempt at sharing her with you.
My wife and I have 5 beautiful kids with us, but our sixth child, a little angel in heaven named Samantha Michelle was due to be born November 2006, in July of that year we found out she had a fatal disease effecting brain development, Anecephely. We decided to continue carrying her for as long as we safely could, which was until her 7 month, when she was delivered. We had several hours with her, though she passed on delivery, than had a beautiful burial service on the hill at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Our original plan was to stop having kids after Samantha but God had other plans and blessed us with two more daughters Michelle Samantha and Amber Jean. I like to think that Samantha made it possible for Michelle and Amber to join us. 2006 was a brutally ruff year for us, my sister Lisa also passed away in her early forties living behind four great kids who adored her.
That's when Diamond our yellow Labrador joined the family the month that Samantha was to be born and I promise you that having that beautiful 8 week old Labrador puppy in the house really did some amazing work helping us through the grief.
little Mike & Diamond
My decision to breed Diamond
When Diamond turned four I knew I wanted to share with her, with my children, and our friends not only these wonderful puppy's but the whole life experience. And so began the search for that perfect dog, and that's when I really noticed all the issues with finding honest people to deal with who have the right intentions for breeding. A lot can be said and has been said and argued to the pros & cons of purchasing
from breeders, I certainly believe you get what you pay for and I
also believe that an incredible amount of due diligence is
due on the part of you the prospective new puppy owner when
going through the process. I found some amazing breeders with some
research but unfortunately more
often than not, I found a lot of breeders that obviously only had a
revenue stream in mind when they decided to breed.
I believe one should not do anything if your not going to do it right. More importantly my name carries a lot of value in my community, and I never would want anyone to question my honest heart felt intentions. So why go through all the trouble with designing a website, learning about breeding, finding the best pet health insurance company and sharing so much of our pet lives for a single litter of puppies? The answer is because I live to improve the quality of life for families, and this was just another way for me to do that. I want you to feel as fortunate about the opportunity to have one of these puppies as I have. I hope you can appreciate the research, the effort and love we have put into these ten puppy's.