We are a small family, hobby kennel nestled on nine acres of beautiful rural homestead in SW Minnesota. We warmly refer to our place as the "Hayshaker Ponderosa". We raise AKC registered English/Bench style Labrador Retrievers. Our Labs are, first and foremost, members of our family, and they live and sleep in our home (many nights we have anywhere from 1-5 dogs in bed with us, along with a cat or two) although, weather permitting, they do enjoy "sleep-outs" filled with the smells and sounds of nature at its best from the safety of their large kennel yards. With the indoor areas 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. Click here to see the Ponderosa! We regularly show our puppies and dogs in AKC sanctioned conformation matches and shows, working toward their Championships. We proudly boast three AKC Champions of which two are Grand Champions. Natalie is "GRCH CH Hayshaker Cole in Yer Stockin CGC, TDI", obtaining her AKC Championship at 18 months of age and grand championship at 2.5 years old. Our second Grand Champion is Louise, GRCH CH Hayshaker Two Thymes A Charm, along with the love of my life, my chocolate doofy dog Evon who is CH Hayshaker Knight B4 Christmas. He and Louise were handled entirely by me in puppy and Bred By classes. We are extremely proud of these accomplishments.
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. Two of my girls are with Can Do Canines (formerly Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota) one of which is an intricate part of their breeding program. To date the two litters she has had for them have produced pups that are in homes as assistance dogs, or in training to become a service dog.
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.
Our Labradors come in three colors BLACK, CHOCOLATE and YELLOW.
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 girls to be sure they are free of PRA/prcd and RD/OSD through Optigen, 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 babies 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. 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.
If you are interested in adopting a Hayshaker Puppy, please fill out an application found below: