We are a small family, hobby kennel nestled on fifteen acres of beautiful rural homestead in SW Minnesota. We warmly refer to our place as the "Hayshaker Ponderosa". We raise AKC registered bred to the standard Labrador Retrievers. Our Labs are first and foremost, members of our family. They are born and raised, live and sleep in our home. We do have large outdoor yards connected to indoor areas that are air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. We farm 950 acres of corn and soybeans so our fur kids have plenty of space to stretch their legs and stir up a pheasant or two.
We regularly show our puppies and dogs in AKC sanctioned conformation matches and shows, working toward their Championships. We proudly boast several AKC (American Kennel Club) and CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) champions.
Many of our puppies are placed in hunting homes, several are therapy dogs, couch potatoes, kid lickers and co-pilots in many vehicles. They all love their jobs. Several of my puppies have been placed with Can Do Canines (formerly Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota) and Occupaws (Service Dogs for the Blind).
We feel strongly about balancing our dogs with titles and certifications on both ends, so we are working our labs in obedience/rally as well as obtaining CGC and TDI certificates on them. We want them to, not only have awesome temperaments, are beautiful conformation wise, but to have good manners and be well socialized as well.
We currently only have black and chocolate Labradors in our program. Please know Labradors only come in three colors BLACK, CHOCOLATE & YELLOW as established by the LRC.
We breed to improve our personal program and reserve the right to keep the puppy or puppies we so choose from each litter. Therefore, our major focus when breeding a litter is to enhance and improve on the traits our dogs already exhibit. We strive to produce healthy Labradors that are physically sound, correct in temperament, conformation, working abilities and breed type as defined in the Labrador Retriever Standard. As a result, we are extremely careful and meticulous when researching/selecting the stud dogs our girls are bred to. We encourage responsible breeding, and, therefore only place our puppies on limited registration which means they can NOT be bred. We OFA certify our dogs’ hips and elbows, along with annual eye certifications with an ACVO. We also genetically test our breeding dogs to be sure they are free of PRA/prcd, RD/OSD, have heart clearances and are not EIC affected. The sires of our litters have all of these certifications as well.
As much as we would love to keep all the pups we raise, it is impossible. So, we select special families to be keepers of our Hayshaker puppies on AKC Limited Registrations. We place our puppies according to their personalities and your family lifestyle; matching you up with the best puppy we feel fits your family & lifestyle. Our puppies are whelped and raised indoors with our family, so they become accustomed to the hustle and bustle of everyday life as a loved and cherished family member. Our puppies are litter box trained, started on house training, exposed to crate training and started on simple commands. Puppies are 8 weeks old or older before they go to their new families. Our dogs and puppies are subject to our other fur kids we refer to as Labracats…or is that Catadors???? The Labrador temperament is one loving quality that makes them so remarkable and trustworthy. Our dogs and puppies are constantly handled as we have 8 Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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