Important information on getting one of our puppies.
Spaying and Neutering - We at Iron Hill Retrievers want to ensure to educate our families on our policy here, is part of our guarantee. 
We do place our puppies stating in our contract that they will be spayed or neutered,  will be voided in  your contract if its done before your new  puppy reaches 16-24 months of age (girls must go through at least one heat cycle and be 2-4 months past that heat cycle in addition to the age requirement) to allow all growth plates to close (see chart at bottom of page). This allows your puppy to physically mature and gain the look and size they were bred to be.
When a dog’s reproductive organs are surgically removed, the sex hormones they produce also disappear. The sex hormones are responsible for more than just sexual behaviors and one of their responsibilities is regulating growth. 
Links to help provide information on our policy.

Spay Spaying is the removal of the uterus and ovaries
Neuter Neutering is the removal of a male dog's testicles


Evidence indicates that in at least large dogs, the health benefits of keeping the ovaries may outweigh the health risks (the risks being mammary tumors and pyometra, which is infection of the uterus). 
A more recent publication from U.C. Davis (de la Riva, Hart et al, 2013) looked at two joint disorders and three cancers– hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tear, lymphosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma and mast cell tumor– and showed that, for all five diseases analyzed, the disease rates were significantly higher in both males and females that were neutered either early or late compared with intact (non-neutered) dogs.
New Alternatives
Ovary Sparing Spay

Sometimes referred as a "partial spay" which is to  remove the uterus and leave the ovaries
Vasectomy The health pro and cons tip even more strongly in favor of keeping the male hormones than in females, since the only health conditions prevented by neuter are benign prostatic hyperplasia in older dogs (which is treatable by neuter or PEMF), and testicular cancer (which is also a disease of old age and treated by castration, which is usually curative).

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Welcome to Iron Hill Retrievers!

Iron Hill Retrievers is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Eastern Iowa, close to Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. We are a small breeder of English Type Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Breeding quality Labs in black, chocolate and yellow, ranging from light cream to fox red.  Our puppies are raised in our home with lots of love and care. 


At Iron Hill Retrievers, both our Labradors and our Goldens typically have a lovely strong head, a wide back skull and thick muzzle, well angulated shoulders and rears. Our Golden Retrievers are from European lines.

Most importantly, Iron Hill Retrievers possess true temperaments, very laid-back and gentle in the home, but love the outdoors and the opportunity to hunt if required. All breeding dogs have health clearances before being breed. Our Labs and Goldens have some of the best pedigrees in the Midwest.

Iron Hill Retrievers are members of our family and embraced by all the comforts of our home and family. Home of the "Heavenly Puppies"......

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

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Christina   563-212-9609





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