Labrador & Golden Retriever, as stated by Akc has the life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

Lovely article, contribute to the breed.

1) What are good breeders?

Good breeders carefully plan for and produce litters of purebred puppies with the specific intention of making a "contribution to the breed", that is to say- their goal is to produce healthy, sound, stable and conformationaly correct dogs. They strive to produce dogs that are fine examples and representatives of the breed. Their goal is to produce dogs that are good ambassadors for their breed. 

In doing this, good breeders are guardians of the breed- they protect it from unwanted change as well as promoting the betterment of the breed- they are advocates for their breed. It is their careful breeding practices that promote positive changes in the breed for years to come.

2) Good Breeder 101

Good breeders register their dogs with the American Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a registry that keeps track of the pedigrees of purebred dogs. It strives to ensure that each dog registered is a recognized, distinct breed of dog.

3) Good Breeders are members of their regional and national breed club. 

Membership in a regional and national breed club helps a good breeder stay abreast of events and issues that may affect their breed. 
Participating in breed club activities and events keeps a 
good breeder connected with other good breeders so important information can be shared, like information on health, nutrition, and training.

4) Good breeders follow their national breed club's Code of Ethics (COE) and health testing guidelines.

A good breeder will test for certain genetic disorders and conditions for that breed specific.. 

Good breeders make every possible effort to ensure that their dogs are genetic tested before considering them for breeding. 
Good breeders submit health testing results to the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), a database that keeps track of health testing. All results both normal and abnormal are posted there. As well complete final testing after 2 years, as recommended by OFA, not just breed on prelims. 
The CHIC database is one tool a good breeder can use when researching a dam or sire for a particular breeding.

5) Good breeders show and title their dogs before breeding them.

Earning a championship in conformation by competing in dog shows is one way good breeders demonstrate a healthy dog is worthy of being bred. 
A dog who earns his championship has correct conformation, has been socialized and can adapt well to crowds, noise, other dogs and being handled by strangers. 
A commitment to the process of earning a championship also indicates a breeder's level of belief and vested interest in an individual dog. 
Many good breeders go on to compete in:
Conformation Events , AKC & UKC
Obedience Competition, Canine Good Citizen test, Obedience trials, Rally, Tracking tests. 
Sport Dog Events, Canine freestyle, Agility trials, Flyball, Canine Frisbee.
Testing Your Labs Hunting & Tracking Skills, Hunting trials, Field trials.

6) Good breeders carefully consider which dogs to breed.

AKC registered, AKC championship earned and health screened with a CHIC number is just the beginning. 
A good breeder carefully considers a dog's strengths and weaknesses- which attributes to preserve and which might benefit from improvement. 

7) A good breeder is always trying to improve the next generation and will seek out the best possible dam and sire combination with regard to pedigree, structure, type and temperament.

8) Good breeders dedicate themselves to raising healthy and well socialized pups. 
Once the well planned litter is on the ground, a good breeder will leave nothing to chance. The care and socialization of pups becomes the good breeder's #1 priority. 

9) Good breeders interview and consider prospective new homes and owners very carefully.
A good breeder knows that the process of placing a pup with a new owner in exchange for a fee charged is not so much "selling" a puppy... it is really an adoption. 
A good breeder will ask many questions about you, your activity level, your home and family. 
A good breeder will want to get to know you a bit to determine if you and one of his or her pups will be a good fit. 
A good breeder will have a contract that spells out certain assurances such as a puppy health guarantee and certain expectations like the requirement that a pet home neuter or spay the pup at the appropriate age and not sell breeding rights to just anyone, just to put their kennel name out their. 

10) Good breeders are there for you.

A good breeder remains in touch with you and is a valuable resource on issues like health, nutrition and training advice. 
Good breeders always take back a pup for any reason.


A lot of thought and process is taken in consideration in doing a pairing, to ensure wonderful temperaments, health, and genetics. 


Doing all the necessary testing for each breed to produce the healthiest puppies possible. Here are a list and links available to review on our sires and dams explaining the of testing we do. 



Ofa Hips Excellent/Good/or Fair

Ofa Elbows 1 with Grade (as not sure if could be an injury or Normal 

Heart Echo


Full Dentition 

Eye Certification yearly



Centronuclear Myopathy

Degenerative Myelopathy


Retinal Dysplasia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia 1

Skeletal Dysplasia

D Locus 

Coat Color Inheritance 

Long Coat


Golden Retrievers 

Ofa Hips 

Ofa Elbows


Heart Echo 

Full Dentition

Eye Certification yearly 





Degenerative Myelopathy











Ofa testing we do.

As a prospective buyer you should be able to access to links on the site to see data basis for testing information or ask the breeder for copies....


Hips http://www.offa.org/hd_info.html


Elbows http://www.offa.org/ed_types.html



Eyes http://www.offa.org/eye_overview.html


Heart Echo http://www.ofa.org/cardiac_echo.html

Patella  http://www.ofa.org/pl_overview.html

Full Dentition 

Centro nuclear Myopathy   https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/dog/CNMLabrador.php

Degenerative Myelopathy


HNPK https://www.optigen.com/opt9_hnpk_test.html

Retinal Dysplasia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia 1

Skeletal Dysplasia

D Locus 

Coat Color Inheritance 

Long Coat


What is EIC?

What is PRA?

Reason Iron Hill doesn't remove Dewclaws.