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All puppies sold for pet situations are sold with a limited registration through the American Kennel Club.
Where in Northern, IL are we located?
North of Rockford, IL.
Do you have English style Labradors?
I'm sure through all your research of American and English style Labradors and by looking at my dogs you should be able to tell they are 100% English style... I will never have the American style for I don't prefer their temperaments.
What size and weight will our adults labradors be ?
Do you ever have older dogs ?
IF we have any older dogs available it WILL be on this page...my older dogs are $2,500.00 and will be spayed or neutered before leaving my kennel. It is very rare that I have older dogs because I usually donate these dogs to be some type of service dog, but if that is all your looking for them keep an eye on this page.
How much are your puppies ?
All my puppies are $2,000.00 and a $500.00 non-refundable deposit is required to get put on my waiting list. Non-refundable what does it mean ? If a puppy of color or sex is NOT born to your wants your deposit is then carried over to the next litter that would have the color and sex you prefer. All puppies are sold on AKC limited registration and you will be signing a contract that your puppy will be altered at their proper age. There are NO Exceptions to this rule.
When do you recommend spay or neutering ?
year to 18 months of age. **Please note that veterinarians more than likely will
not agree with this recommendation. We feel that our bloodlines need the growth
hormones to grow properly with hopefully less issues later. Any questions about
it please ask me. If alteration is done before my recommended time frame my
guarantee is voided. This dog will be on a limited AKC registration. Once your
dog is altered within the above timeframe please send me a copy of the bill and
I will send $100.00 gift card to help with the altering costs. Once the
alteration is complete you will get a copy of your Limited Registration papers
How do I make a deposit ?
In the notes section please physically type:
2.) your first choice color/sex and second choice color/sex
3.) That you understand that this deposit is NON- refundable.
I have never used pay pal before how do I send money that way ?
Can I mail a check via snail mail ?
Absolutely, however we receive deposits regularly and sending via mail just might place you further on down the waiting list.
Can we visit your place to visit with your dogs ?
Without having a deposit with us and before the 5 week visitation time frame the answer is NO and for a couple reasons: A.) bring disease from a place that you are unaware of to my property and if I have young and not yet vaccinated puppies here it could be fatal for the litter. B.) merely time I work a full time job along with my love and hobby of raising dogs there is lots to do here and not a lot of time for visitations for all the inquiries that we get.
Do we remove declaws?
How do we get to pick our puppy?
keep in mind that we as breeders have no control of what color or sex is born so
please be willing to accept a different color and or sex.
How you get to pick your puppy is when your deposit has be received. ie: Senerio #1 If you are 3rd on my waiting list for a yellow male and only 2 yellow males are born then either your second choice sex or color comes into consideration IF you don't have a second option then your deposit gets carried over to the next litter whenever that will be. Senerio #2 If you are 3rd on the waiting list for yellow males and there are 5 yellow males born then on pick up day the two families that have deposits before you get to pick their puppy before you.
I do recommend having a second choice of color and or sex which of course could increase your chances of actually getting a puppy from a particular litter. Please keep in mind that most of my puppies are sold BEFORE they born and just because I have your deposit doesn't mean that I can order what color and/or sex that I have deposits for.
Another recommendation is please do not discuss the first stages of puppy buying with your children... until about a week before first visitation which is at 5 weeks old and is also when they have their first set of puppy shots in them. Anything can happen during birth and first couple weeks that I sometimes have no control over and hate to cause any heartbreak.
When can we visit our puppy ?
When can our puppy go home ?
Gestation for dogs is 63 days and by law I have to keep the puppies until they are 8 weeks old. Pull out a calendar and review to make sure that your schedule works with puppy pick-up dates. Any puppy left over 8 weeks there will be a $ 10.00 a day boarding fee.
Do all Empress Pups go home with micro-chips ?
with the purchase of one of our pups, we will micro-chip them and register them
with Pet Key for lifetime training, and amber alerts if your pet gets away from
you, for an extra $ 50.00 (if your vet would perform this procedure it would
cost you $60 to $ 100.00.) I personally register your puppy through AKC for $
30.00 so start thinking of long registered name with the Empress name at the
beginning of the name.
Do you have the laid back temperament Labradors ?
Yes ! We have generations of wonderful dispositions and temperaments.... Versatile personality so if you are couch potato you Labrador will be right by your side... if you are very active person your Labrador will be right there with you.
Do your dogs have hips and elbows done ?
Yes ! On every dogs page on my web-site clearly states Hips and Elbow certification with the number assigned to that dog from Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. The dogs that don't have a number are probably not over 2 years of age.
How much can we exercise our puppy/dog ?
Please consider Labrador puppies grow up to close to 2 years old.... try to limited high jumping up (ie: for a toy/frisbee) jumping down (ie: out of vehicle/couch/bed) and running (ie: beside you/golf cart/bicycle) Once they turn 2 once they are conditioned enough for heavy exercise like jogging with you etc.... it's a process just like you starting to run... they will need to build up to it and will not happen over night.
What food do you feed ?
There are not many companies that have "true" research on the needs of a growing puppy other than Royal Canin. Why is this important ? Would you feed your baby adult food ? I would think you would answer NO for baby food is designed for a growing baby and is the exact reason why I recommend Royal Canin Medium Puppy food until atleast a year old. If this particular food is not feed all guarantees are voided.
After a year old there are many great foods on the market just please stay away from any brands you can buy at a grocery store.
Health and temperament are paramount to us. To help
us breed sound dogs, all of the dogs we breed have had x-rays and determined to
be free of dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). We also
have their eyes certified annually to be free of inheritable eye disorders by a
board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO). We believe that temperament
has a very large genetic component and therefore we only breed dogs that exhibit
a wonderful Labrador temperament, conformation, retrieving instincts and
intelligence. We breed only the English lined Labradors with stellar
temperaments. People ask me this all the time how is the temperament of your
puppies? I really don't know how to answer this other than they are wonderful...
just come and see for yourself!
The test that we do is our best effort to ensure that our puppies are free of common congenital disorders. However, most congenital disorders have a polygenic mode of inheritance, meaning there is multiple gene involvement, making it impossible to determine with certainty that any puppy will be completely free from any disorder. Nutrition, exercise and other conditions will play a role in determining whether the puppy will develop certain disorders as well as help puppies grow into happy, healthy adults. We also encourage every puppy buyer to have their new puppy examined by their veterinarian within 48 hours from the date of purchase. If it is determined that the puppy is not in good general health, with a written veterinarian statement and the puppies' return, the entire purchase price will be refunded.
Page Updated: 2/6/2018
We hope to have puppy late summer / fall 2018.... keep an eye on this page for updates.
Taking deposits on these litters and please understand pregnancy is NOT confirmed from
the above litters that is why they are posted on PLANNED litter section. Thank You!
Puppies available to pet homes only.
Please call or email for more information.
Available Older Dogs
I'm not placing these dogs because there is something wrong them....
they where picks from different litters that I have decided to sell.
Please contact if you are seriously interested. A deposit will be required to hold any dog.
As most of you know that we have worked with different service dog organizations and now taking the next
step to help donations of puppies regularly for them.... I am searching and in need for FOSTER homes
for some 2+ year old girls that will come back here once a year for breeding purposes and puppies donated.
Hoping for Northern IL or WI homes for homes will be inspected and you will need a fenced in backyard...
there are no exceptions : ) application will need filled out as well. Please contact me privately for consideration.
In the long term this girl will end up being spayed and continue to live and be loved in your home.
Please Call or email us for more information.
It is a common misconception that breeders are responsible for the over population of dogs leading to the main reason dogs are abandoned and overflowing Shelters that are subsequently euthanized.
According to PetKey statistics, eight million pets are micro-chipped and many millions more have collars with ID tags of some form. Yet, sadly, each year, over seven million pets are lost or stolen, and only about 8% are ever reunited with their families.
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