Awarded AKC's Breeder of Merit
Thank You for visiting Legacy Labradors.
Breeder of Champion Labrador Retrievers for 25 years.
Legacy Labradors has been awarded AKC's Breeder of Merit!
PUPPIES ready! Boys and Girls .
Older puppies available too......
Home to “Colby”…. #1 Labrador Retriever, Best Show & Multiple Best In Specialty Show Winning Champion Broad Reach Ruff Stuff.
Accepting Applications & Deposits.
Please email for Application and detailed Information package.
Puppies are HOME Raised!!! Born, raised & play in the kitchen!!
- Puppies are Vet checked - all puppies have passed their health & physical examinations
- Puppies are paper-trained
- De-wormed (Fecal test reports all Negative!) copies provided in each individualized Puppy Book
- DHLPP Vaccinations
- DNA Tested & Cleared
- Crate Socialized
- AKC Registered (papers come with each puppy)
- Parents have OFA & CERF & DNA clearances (copy of parents Health Clearances provided in each Puppy's "Puppy Book")
If you have a preference for color and or gender please mention that in your email/message - this will help alleviate "yo-yo" emails. PLEASE TYPE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CAREFULLY. IF YOU MISSPELL YOUR EMAIL IN THE RESPONSE BOX I CANNOT RESPOND..... THIS HAPPENS ABOUT 30% OF THE TIME. Visits are arranged after submission of puppy questionnaire/application. Applications are accepted when we have a litter on the ground.... when we don't have puppies we don't accept applications...... to accept applications when there are no puppies then implies that I will call you when I have puppies...... that could be MANY MANY months.... so best to wait until there are puppies. Please email me if you would like more information. Thank you!
DNA Tests currently available for Labrador Retriever Breeders
Below are the DNA tests which are available for Labrador Retrievers. These tests were developed and became available because of private research (Universities and Research Institutes) and private donations from Breeders and organizations (i.e., AKC).
A dog must receive a gene from EACH parent in order to develop these diseases. We have been very fortunate not to have any or our dogs inherit any of these diseases and we continue to test our dogs to help insure that we never have these diseases develop. In our opinion every Labrador Breeder should be testing their dogs.
- Centronuclear Myopathy
- Cystinuria (Labrador Retriever Type)
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Exercise-Induced Collapse
- Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis
- Myotubular Myopathy 1
- Narcolepsy (Labrador Retriever Type)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cone-Rod Dystrophy 4
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Golden Retriever 2
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration
- Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (Labrador Retriever Type)
- Retinal Dysplasia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia 1
- Skeletal Dysplasia 2
- Centronuclear myopathy
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Exercise-induced collapse
- Hereditary nasal parakeratosis
- Progressive retinal atrophy, Progressive rod-cone degeneration
- Retinal dysplasia/Oculoskeletal dysplasia 1
- Skeletal dysplasia 2
Socialization starts as soon as the puppies are born. Being held a few times a day, When their eyes & hearing open they are introduced to everyday household sounds (dishwasher, vacuum, TV, traveling in the car, etc). Puppies are played with for hours every day and paper training starts at 4 weeks of age! House training is a breeze when puppies go to their new homes at 8 weeks of age!! We typically will keep a one or two puppies from each of our litters with the anticipation that one will go on to compete in AKC shows and eventually contribute to our breeding program - we make this determination usually between 16 weeks and 1 year of age. Consequently, we sometimes will have a slightly older puppy available as a pet. These puppies are beautiful and healthy and are exceptional puppies as a pet but just don't meet the demanding requirements to be a show or breeding dog.
Occasionally we have older adults available (some people unfortunately think we always have older dogs available...... this is not the case... it is a rare event). These adults have finished their showing career. They are wonderful household family members. We like to see our retired older "kids" live in homes where they can be the apple of a family's eye..... And be spoiled by their new family. All our adults have lived in the home and are NOT "kennel dogs". They also make wonderful companions for retired persons who would love to have a buddy but don't want the work of training a puppy. Labradors bond with their new owners within DAYS!!! Yes, Days!!! This is one of the great attributes of Labradors and why they make faithful companions to individuals with special abilities (Therapy dogs, Guide Dogs for the Blind, etc)...... after a dog has finished their therapy or guide work training at one of the Guide Schools they are usually between 2 and 3 years of age...... and within days of being matched with their new owner they're Best Friends and bonded as if they had grown up together! There are not too many breeds that can make that claim.
Here at Legacy Labradors we strive to produce top quality puppies not only for the show ring but for loving families looking for their new canine pet family member. All dogs in our breeding program are AKC Registered, have OFA Hip and Elbow Certifications and Eye Clearances (CERF). Our males are DNA Registered with the AKC as well. Our puppies have appeared on NBC, CBS & ABC, doing segments on "How To Find A Good Dog Breeder" as well as doing Charmin Cottonelle print advertisements.
You might wonder why we let our older dogs leave... and it's a good question. It's heart breaking to let our older kids go to new homes..... BUT!!!!! we know that having them live with a family that will spoil them and treat them like their own child is the best gift we could give our dogs....... they were meant to be someone's Best Friend and they were meant to HAVE a Best Friend..... so the tears we shed when they go to their new homes is tears of happiness.... nothing is more rewarding than having our kids live a life of "Reilly" and knowing that we have brought unmeasured happiness into another family's life. Some of our older "kids" live on the ocean in Martha's Vineyard, some have their own helicopter and fly from NYC to their country farm to chase sheep on the weekends!!! (NO KIDDING!), and some live with children and adults with Special Abilities... the unconditional love and happiness they bring cannot be measured. So, this is why we let our older kids leave and adopt new families. And yes! We ask the new families to send us pictures from time to time so we can see how happy our kids are with their adopted families.
Each day we get numerous requests from customers to call them when we have what they're looking for. It would seem to be an easy solution to keep a waiting list and everyone would be happy. We tried this in the past and it was a miserable failure. We want to take this opportunity to explain why we don't keep a waiting list. We get several requests on a daily basis for puppies and older dogs we do not have at that time. When we started keeping a waiting list, we found that it increased in size much faster than we could fill requests. In a very short time, it became unmanageable. People had to wait far too long, and were angry with us for not keeping them informed as to their position on the list. However, the list got so large; we would have had to hire a person just to call people on the list, in order to keep them up-to-date. This just wasn't feasible. We also found that when we tried contacting someone on the list, the vast majority had quit waiting and had already found something else. In addition, the list got so large that the wait was many months on most puppies. In the end, we not only didn't fill their request, but may have actually lost them as a future Legacy family member. So, not only were customers unhappy, but we were causing ourselves much more work in the process. Thus, why we ONLY take deposits for deposits AFTER the puppies are born and not before. We also only send and accept applications (competed questionnaires) when we have a litter..... We do not keep a file of applications on hand.
All puppies are AKC registered and leave with an AKC limited registration. Puppies receive their age appropriate wormings, vaccinations & examinations by a Board Certified Veterinarian before leaving for their new home.
Our pups are played with and handled on a daily basis which is imperative for a puppy to be well adjusted. Our puppies go through the same socialization program as puppies that are raised for therapy and guide dog training. Our pups are exposed to normal everyday sounds (vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, dinner being made, telephone ringing, riding in the car, sleeping in their crate, lawnmower, police car sirens, etc.) We paper train our pups, which makes housebreaking a breeze! We like to meet you and your family to ensure that your new puppy and your family are an ideal match. WE DO OUR BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR DOGS ARE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BEFORE WE WILL SELL A PUP. WE WANT YOU TO BRING YOUR FAMILY AND PLAY WITH THE PUPPIES. Yes, our dogs are the English type. Actually if you look at the pedigrees (family tree) you will see many of our dogs are sired by English imports and some of our dogs are imports from Scotland and Holland. We take great pride in our breeding program with the ultimate goal of providing you with the best quality puppy.
Serious Inquiries Welcomed. Please call or E-mail with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment to visit.
Other Sites for Your Interest & Research:
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American Kennel Club www.akc.org/index.cfm
Orthopedic Foundation of America www.offa.org
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Why I use & recommend NuVet Plus & NuJoint DS–
As a quality breeder, my highest priority is the health of the dogs I breed. Part of that responsibility includes doing everything possible to assure their wellbeing after they go to a new home. In conjunction with feeding a high quality dog food I use NuVet Plus to fill in the gaps. Giving your new puppy NuVet adds an extra layer of protection, especially during the most critical first year of life.
Additionally, when puppies nurse, they rely on their mother’s colostrums (highly nutritious milk produced right after birth) for the antibodies they need to fight infection. However, the maternal antibodies’ effectiveness declines as the puppy’s immune system begins to mature. By 8 weeks, your puppy’s immune system is at a vulnerable point and will soon be challenged on multiple fronts.
When a puppy is moved away from its mother and siblings to live with its new family, the immune system is weakened by the stress of adoption and exposure to bacteria and viruses in its new home. These are pathogens for which the puppy’s body has not yet developed antibodies, and it is widely recognized that the immune system is less effective in times of stress. So starting NuVet Plus now is important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult. Your puppy has been receiving NuVet daily with breakfast (and actually were receiving the benefits of NuVet vitamins when in utereo..... because their mother is given NuVet every day including during pregnancy)...
The vaccine series is also started during this time period. Vaccines are only effective if the immune system can respond properly. If the immune system is distracted by combating an actual disease processor and it does not receive the nutrients required to keep it strong during times of stress, the health of the puppy is at risk. The best way to prevent illness during this critical time is to provide the nutritional support required for proper immune system function.
About NuVet Plus -
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- White Plains School of Animal Training 914-693-0667 www.psat.net
- Portchester Obedience Training Club www.pcotc.org
Home Again Canine Recovery www.homeagain.com
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Official Standard for the Labrador Retriever
Official Standard for the Labrador Retriever General Appearance: The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions; the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the temperament to be a family companion. Physical features and mental characteristics should denote a dog bred to perform as an efficient Retriever of game with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of pursuits beyond the hunting environment. The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat; an "otter" tail; a clean-cut head with broad back skull and moderate stop; powerful jaws; and its "kind," friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence and good temperament. Above all, a Labrador Retriever must be well balanced, enabling it to move in the show ring or work in the field with little or no effort. The typical Labrador possesses style and quality without over refinement, and substance without lumber or cloddiness. The Labrador is bred primarily as a working gun dog; structure and soundness are of great importance. Size, Proportion and Substance: Size-The height at the withers for a dog is 22½ to 24½ inches; for a bitch is 21½ to 23½ inches. Any variance greater than ½ inch above or below these heights is a disqualification. Approximate weight of dogs and bitches in working condition: dogs 65 to 80 pounds; bitches 55 to 70 pounds. The minimum height ranges set forth in the paragraph above shall not apply to dogs or bitches under twelve months of age. Proportion-Short-coupled; length from the point of the shoulder to the point of the rump is equal to or slightly longer than the distance from the withers to the ground. Distance from the elbow to the ground should be equal to one half of the height at the withers. The brisket should extend to the elbows, but not perceptibly deeper. The body must be of sufficient length to permit a straight, free and efficient stride; but the dog should never appear low and long or tall and leggy in outline. SubstanceSubstance and bone proportionate to the overall dog. Light, "weedy" individuals are definitely incorrect; equally objectionable are cloddy lumbering specimens. Labrador Retrievers shall be shown in working condition well-muscled and without excess fat. Head: Skull-The skull should be wide; well developed but without exaggeration. The skull and foreface should be on parallel planes and of approximately equal length. There should be a moderate stop-the brow slightly pronounced so that the skull is not absolutely in a straight line with the nose. The brow ridges aid in defining the stop. The head should be clean-cut and free from fleshy cheeks; the bony structure of the skull chiseled beneath the eye with no prominence in the cheek. The skull may show some median line; the occipital bone is not conspicuous in mature dogs. Lips should not be squared off or pendulous, but fall away in a curve toward the throat. A wedge-shape head, or a head long and narrow in muzzle and back skull is incorrect as are massive, cheeky heads. The jaws are powerful and free from snippiness- the muzzle neither long and narrow nor short and stubby. Nose-The nose should be wide and the nostrils welldeveloped. The nose should be black on black or yellow dogs, and brown on chocolates. Nose color fading to a lighter shade is not a fault. A thoroughly pink nose or one lacking in any pigment is a disqualification. Teeth-The teeth should be strong and regular with a scissors bite; the lower teeth just behind, but touching the inner side of the upper incisors. A level bite is acceptable, but not desirable. Undershot, overshot, or misaligned teeth are serious faults. Full dentition is preferred. Missing molars or pre-molars are serious faults. Ears-The ears should hang moderately close to the head, set rather far back, and somewhat low on the skull; slightly above eye level. Ears should not be large and heavy, but in proportion with the skull and reach to the inside of the eye when pulled forward. Ears should not be large and heavy, but in proportion with the skull and reach to the inside of the eye when pulled forward. Eyes-Kind, friendly eyes imparting good temperament, intelligence and alertness are a hallmark of the breed. They should be of medium size, set well apart, and neither protruding nor deep set. Eye color should be brown in black and yellow Labradors, and brown or hazel in chocolates. Black, or yellow eyes give a harsh expression and are undesirable. Small eyes, set close together or round prominent eyes are not typical of the breed. Eye rims are black in black and yellow Labradors; and brown in chocolates. Eye rims without pigmentation is a disqualification. Neck, Topline and Body: Neck-The neck should be of proper length to allow the dog to retrieve game easily. It should be muscular and free from throatiness. The neck should rise strongly from the shoulders with a moderate arch. A short, thick neck or a "ewe" neck is incorrect. Topline-The back is strong and the topline is level from the withers to the croup when standing or moving. However, the loin should show evidence of flexibility for athletic endeavor. Body-The Labrador should be short-coupled, with good spring of ribs tapering to a moderately wide chest. The Labrador should not be narrow chested; giving the appearance of hollowness between the front legs, nor should it have a wide spreading, bulldog-like front. Correct chest conformation will result in tapering between the front legs that allows unrestricted forelimb movement. Chest breadth that is either too wide or too narrow for efficient movement and stamina is incorrect. Slab-sided individuals are not typical of the breed; equally objectionable are rotund or barrel chested specimens. The underline is almost straight, with little or no tuck-up in mature animals. Loins should be short, wide and strong; extending to well developed, powerful hindquarters. When viewed from the side, the Labrador Retriever shows a well-developed, but not exaggerated forechest. Tail-The tail is a distinguishing feature of the breed. It should be very thick at the base, gradually tapering toward the tip, of medium length, and extending no longer than to the hock. The tail should be free from feathering and clothed thickly all around with the Labrador's short, dense coat, thus having that peculiar rounded appearance that has been described as the "otter" tail. The tail should follow the topline in repose or when in motion. It may be carried gaily, but should not curl over the back. Extremely short tails or long thin tails are serious faults. The tail completes the balance of the Labrador by giving it a flowing line from the top of the head to the tip of the tail. Docking or otherwise altering the length or natural carriage of the tail is a disqualification. Forequarters: Forequarters should be muscular, well coordinated and balanced with the hindquarters. Shoulders-The shoulders are well laid-back, long and sloping, forming an angle with the upper arm of approximately 90 degrees that permits the dog to move his forelegs in an easy manner with strong forward reach. Ideally, the length of the shoulder blade should equal the length of the upper arm. Straight shoulder blades, short upper arms or heavily muscled or loaded shoulders, all restricting free movement, are incorrect. Front Legs-When viewed from the front, the legs should be straight with good strong bone. Too much bone is as undesirable as too little bone, and short legged, heavy boned individuals are not typical of the breed. Viewed from the side, the elbows should be directly under the withers, and the front legs should be perpendicular to the ground and well under the body. The elbows should be close to the ribs without looseness. Tied-in elbows or being "out at the elbows" interfere with free movement and are serious faults. Pasterns should be strong and short and should slope slightly from the perpendicular line of the leg. Feet are strong and compact, with well-arched toes and well-developed pads. Dew claws may be removed. Splayed feet, hare feet, knuckling over, or feet turning in or out are serious faults. Hindquarters: The Labrador's hindquarters are broad, muscular and well-developed from the hip to the hock with well-turned stifles and strong short hocks. Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are straight and parallel. Viewed from the side, the angulation of the rear legs is in balance with the front. The hind legs are strongly boned, muscled with moderate angulation at the stifle, and powerful, clearly defined thighs. The stifle is strong and there is no slippage of the patellae while in motion or when standing. The hock joints are strong, well let down and do not slip or hyper-extend while in motion or when standing. Angulation of both stifle and hock joint is such as to achieve the optimal balance of drive and traction. When standing the rear toes are only slightly behind the point of the rump. Over angulation produces a sloping topline not typical of the breed. Feet are strong and compact, with well-arched toes and well-developed pads. Cowhocks, spread hocks, sickle hocks and over-angulation are serious structural defects and are to be faulted. Coat: The coat is a distinctive feature of the Labrador Retriever. It should be short, straight and very dense, giving a fairly hard feeling to the hand. The Labrador should have a soft, weatherresistant undercoat that provides protection from water, cold and all types of ground cover. A slight wave down the back is permissible. Woolly coats, soft silky coats, and sparse slick coats are not typical of the breed, and should be severely penalized. Color: The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification. A small white spot on the chest is permissible, but not desirable. White hairs from aging or scarring are not to be misinterpreted as brindling. BlackBlacks are all black. A black with brindle markings or a black with tan markings is a disqualification. Yellow-Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog. Chocolate-Chocolates can vary in shade from light to dark chocolate. Chocolate with brindle or tan markings is a disqualification. Movement: Movement of the Labrador Retriever should be free and effortless. When watching a dog move toward oneself, there should be no sign of elbows out. Rather, the elbows should be held neatly to the body with the legs not too close together. Moving straight forward without pacing or weaving, the legs should form straight lines, with all parts moving in the same plane. Upon viewing the dog from the rear, one should have the impression that the hind legs move as nearly as possible in a parallel line with the front legs. The hocks should do their full share of the work, flexing well, giving the appearance of power and strength. When viewed from the side, the shoulders should move freely and effortlessly, and the foreleg should reach forward close to the ground with extension. A short, choppy movement or high knee action indicates a straight shoulder; paddling indicates long, weak pasterns; and a short, stilted rear gait indicates a straight rear assembly; all are serious faults. Movement faults interfering with performance including weaving; side-winding; crossing over; high knee action; paddling; and short, choppy movement, should be severely penalized. Temperament: True Labrador Retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the "otter" tail. The ideal disposition is one of a kindly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal. The Labrador has much that appeals to people; his gentle ways, intelligence and adaptability make him an ideal dog. Aggressiveness towards humans or other animals, or any evidence of shyness in an adult should be severely penalized. Disqualifications: 1. Any deviation from the height prescribed in the Standard. 2. A thoroughly pink nose or one lacking in any pigment. 3. Eye rims without pigment. 4. Docking or otherwise altering the length or natural carriage of the tail. 5. Any other color or a combination of colors other than black, yellow or chocolate as described in the Standard.