Thursday, August 17, 2017

Halia's first litter (Aug 2016)

These little guys were always hungry!

Two have gone on to training programs, and one (Hero Labradors Polar Bear) was kept to build our breeding program.

A good breeding program takes time.  From birth to 2 years, the dogs are kept healthy and socialized, and tested for genetic defects through a DNA screening.

Once they turn two, then they get their hips and elbows screened for dysplasia, and eyes checked annually for canine retinal atrophy.

Polar Bear, being Halia's son, won't breed with her, but SHOULD be able to breed with Hero Labradors Nani.  Polar Bear is VERY calm and focused, like his mom (when she isn't playing.)  He is a BIG lab, currently about 70 lbs at 1 year, and still has to "fill out" his big feet and body.  Nani is more petite than Halia, but full of energy and Very cuddly.  She's the couch ninja who can slide right next to you and you don't even realize she'd gotten on the couch.



Nani is super playful and LOVES to run.  If all goes well, her first litter should be next summer, and between her and Polar Bear I expect happy, calm, sturdy puppies that are right in the target zone for what I am looking for in terms of size and temperament.


--Chuck