Timber Creek breeds top-quality Labrador Retrievers that are fantastic for hunting companions or family pets. We offer pups from the finest lines available. Getting a nicely-bred pup insures a healthy companion that is eager to learn and trainable. All Timber Creek pups have documentation to be clear of any genetic issues. All lab puppies come with a written health warranty guaranteeing their status. Pups are raised in our home and are well-socialized. They are exposed to children, other dogs, gunfire, and birds as they grow.
Dewclaws are removed at three days of age and deworming treatments are given at 2, 4, and 6-weeks old. Pups are available after 6-weeks shots are given (all vet-administered). All pups are sold with full written guarantees for OFA and eye qualification.
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While we have bred and worked with Labradors for multiple generations, we are not high-volume breeders. We may not have a pup available during the timeframe you need. In that case, we are happy to help you find a pup elsewhere. We have lots of contacts and can locate a pup for you, of any breed. Like Labradors, many breeds have their own genetic or health-related issues that need to be checked when finding a pup. We can guide you through the process to help make sure you find a great new family member.
Getting a pup is a big decision. A few tips are below to help with the process.
Dogs have incredible diversity across different breeds. Size, shape, coat type, temperament and tons of other characteristics vary from one end of the spectrum to the other. These traits have been specifically bred into (or out of) over multiple generations. Even in our time of breeding Labradors, we’ve seen certain traits passed along from generation to generation. When looking for a pup, it’s critical to understand the individual characteristics of each breed and what they’ll mean for you and your family.
We hear complaints constantly from owners of different breeds related to behaviors or characteristics that are built into that breed. Beagles bark, bloodhounds sniff, shepherds herd things – even kids, retrievers like to chase things, etc. This is a great thing when the breed matches the requirements. It can add to the challenges when there’s a mismatch though. We’ve worked with most breeds and can help with questions related to them. If you’re wondering if a particular breed will match well with your household, let us know. We’ll be glad to help.
Unfortunately, there are many genetic disorders that can be an issue for Labradors today. Even worse, many breeders breed pups without regard for this.
Whether you end up with a pup from us, or somewhere else, please get familiar with the acronyms below and don’t buy a pup without knowing the status of each one. A little prevention now is much better than dealing with problems later.
Specifically for Labradors, there are several very important genetic issues to check for when finding a pup. In decades past, multiple generations of Labs were bred without knowledge of or regard for genetic defects. For field trial lines many line breedings were done too closely with the hopes of getting titles. Just look back several generations on most nice trial-bred pedigrees. You’ll see the same set of ancestors on most of them. While they did succeed in producing some very capable retrievers, they also succeeded in producing some terrible disorders. Not long ago, EIC, CNM and other genetic issues weren’t something to worry about. Unfortunately, you can’t afford not to check on them now.
Luckily tests have been developed to check for these disorders. A simple blood or DNA test can give results showing the status of a potential breeding pair. Most Lab breeders have become familiar with this and are checking. It’s an inexpensive way to guarantee any pups produced will never have problems. Sadly, many breeders still either don’t know or don’t care and are continuing to produce puppies with crippling or terminal diseases. These pups are still being sold to unsuspecting families. We’ve seen it too many times with dogs sent for training. We’ve spotted signs of these disorders and informed the owners. There’s nothing worse than finding out about something like that too late. It’s much easier to spend a little time up front learning what to look for to prevent a problem – instead of dealing with it later. Get familiar with the acronyms below. These are not rare disorders. Unfortunately, they are all too common. Check health first when finding a pup. Then, look at pedigrees / backgrounds.
With all of the disorders listed above, a registry exists that lists the dog name and registration number that was tested. It will list the test results. This is a great tool when looking for a pup. Over our years of working with dogs, we have seen too many problems show up for too many families. There are tests and tools to prevent those problems. With just a few minutes and a little bit of research you can guarantee you will never deal with them.
Whether it’s a pup from us, or somewhere else, we want to see it go right for you. We’re happy to discuss details of one you’re looking at with you. Usually, we can help you determine the status of a pup in a few minutes. We’re happy to talk to other breeders to check out a litter if you want. We’re glad to help however we can.