Health requirements for an approved BITCH before breeding with any of our studs. She must be in good health and pass hip/elbows/eye clearances, be DULITE free, and as well be brucellosis tested.

If using one of our boys that is a long coat carrier, she must be clear.             Suggestions recommend are Heart, EIC and PRA, as well as HNPK.  

STUD FEES is 1500 to 2000.


Labradors : Angus and Sheamus

Golden Retrievers: Thaddeus






We've found that using this IDEXX chart is the BEST way in which we go by for breeding.    

Many breedings are done guessing when is the right time and is done far too early and result in misses. Investing in progesterone testing minimizes misses based on timing. Chances are greater in getting a successful litter, we will not agree on a breeding without doing so.  Please follow this chart and give to your veterinarian when planning for a breeding. 

You can usually wait to do the first progesterone number on the 8th day, if caught early.

Do not stop testing until you've reached a number over 5. 


Below 1.0 ng/ml - no ovarian activity - ACTION: Test every 3 or 4 days
1.0 to 2.0 ng/ml - rise indicates active ovary - ACTION: test in 2 to 3 days 
2.0 to 4.9 ng/ml - active ovary - ACTION - Test every 24 hours until you determine 5.0
5.0 ng/ml OVULATION
5 to 6 ng/ml - ACTION - Breed in 2 to 3 days
6 to 11 ng/ml - ACTION - BREED in 1 to 2 days
11 to 19 ng/ml - ACTION - BREED TODAY
OVER 19 ng/ml - ACTION - BREED IMMEDIATELY if vaginal smear is OK and bitch is still receptive. This is considered LATE if you still have to ship semen. Hope for the best. 

Not much can be determined by the numbers after 5, but you should not determine a breeding date until you get a number 5 or over.

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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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