We produce quality black, chocolate and yellow (including the fox red shade) Labrador puppies! Upcoming Litters: 1) FC AFC Gunstock's Win Chester X Birddog's Riparian Remington MH~All dark yellow/fox red litter due September 25th-27th~Will be best for serious working working homes, yet also be able to live in the house. ~Now accepting a limited number of deposits to hold picks.
2) HRCH Black Ice's Carbon Copy of Ammo Mud Bud "Buddy" MH QA2 X Birddog's Sweet Remembrance~Black and Chocolate litter due October 4th ~Great for working homes, that also want a family companion.~Now accepting deposits to hold picks!
3) Birddog's Wetland Raider MH X Birddog's Lucky Lucy (Repeat breeding) ~All yellow litter ranging in shade from light to dark fox red due October 7th. ~Proven cross that does excellent in hunt test/hunting homes, service work, and active family homes. ~Now accepting deposits to hold picks!
Planned Litters for 2019 1) Birddog's Power of the Phoenix MH X Birddog's Hayseed Molly Mcbunn~All yellow litter ranging in shade from light yellow to fox red.~Tentative Schedule: Due November-December and ready January-February 2019 ~Great for the field and home!~Now accepting a limited number of deposits to hold early picks. 2) FC WBF's Man On The Stand QA2 X Birddog's Goodtime Magnet MH24~Exceptional repeat all chocolate litter planned!~These pups can go any direction. Will be one of the nicest all chocolate litters available anywhere in the country!~Creating a waitlist until we have a better idea of timing.
We are required to charge a sales tax of 7.875% on all puppy sales.
Starting in 2016, we will no longer allow visitors when puppies are on the ground until the puppies have had their first round of vaccinations. No Exceptions! This is to ensure the safety and health of the puppies. We welcome and encourage visits to meet the dogs at anytime when we don't have puppies on the ground.
We feel it is important for new families to be able to see the puppies and their development before they are ready for their new homes. When we have a litter on the ground we will post videos and/or pictures of our puppies weekly on our Bird Dog Labs Facebook page! Please feel free to "Like" our page if you enjoy what you see! Thank you!
If interested in a puppy from a current or future litter please call 218-368-1175.
The goal of Bird Dog Labs is to produce the “total
package” when it comes to a working Labrador Retriever. What this means, is that we strive to produce
pups that are good looking, genetically and structurally sound, intelligent, versatile,
easy to train, have strong natural hunting abilities (retrieving drive, marking
ability, etc.), the potential to compete in hunt tests and field trials, strong
desire to please and maintain the wonderful gentle dispositions that Labradors
are known for. Our program focuses on
quality and not quantity. We only breed Labrador Retriever puppies and we pride ourselves in our quality of care.
We only breed when we can guarantee that every puppy will receive daily
individual love, care, and attention. When we have more than one litter at a time we hire special helpers to ensure our level of quality of care is provided. We have an extensive Super Puppy Program that begins immediately. All puppies are born and raised in our
home. Between days 3-16 they will receive early neurological stimulation following the military's Super Dog Program (Biosensor) and Aviddog's Early Scent Introduction. They will have dew claws removed, are de-wormed appropriately, have their first round of vaccinations and will be vet checked at 3 days and 6 weeks of age and are microchipped at 7 weeks (started in 2014). At a minimum all puppies are introduced to water (weather permitting), gunfire from a distance, feathers (birds or bird wings), different
environmental terrains, obstacle courses (indoor and outdoor), crates, and car rides. We expose all puppies to loud noises daily and begin separation of bathroom areas and play/rest/eating areas starting at 3 weeks of age (intro to potty training). All puppies are thoroughly socialized with adults, children and dogs of various ages. We do the best
we can to give each and every pup the best start possible!
It is impossible to state that any given dog will be
completely free of a genetic imperfection. Yet we are determined to do everything we can to prevent any Bird Dog Labs puppy from having a known genetic or health issue. We are diligent in our efforts to thoroughly
research the backgrounds of all sires and dams, to try to reduce the odds of producing
a defective puppy or litter. All sires
and dams of Bird Dog Labs litters have OFA hips good or excellent, OFA elbows
normal, EIC and CNM clearances are known, and a passing CAER (formerly CERF). In 2015, we began testing all of the current and upcoming dogs that we own for 15 different genetic diseases that have been found in the Labrador Retriever breed. These genetic diseases include: exercised induced collapse (EIC), centronuclear myopathy (CNM), progressive retinal atrophy-progressive rod-cone degeneration (PRA-pcrd), retinal dysplasia/oculorskeletal dysplasia 1 (RD/OSD), cystinuria, degenerative myelopathy (DM), elliptocytosis, hereditary nasal parakeratosis (HNPK), hyperuricosuria, myotubular myopathy 1 (MTM1), narcolepsy, progressive retinal atrophy- cone-rod dystrophy 4 (PRA-crd4), pyruvate kinase deficiency (PKD), skeletal dysplasia 2 - dwarfism (SD2) and progressive retinal atrophy-golden retriever 2 (PRA-GR2). We have also tested all of our current and upcoming dogs for the D Locus to prove that quality bloodlines from reputable breeders do not carry the "d" allele. All of our Bird Dog Labs are Dilute Free. We are truly dedicated to doing whatever we can to ensure that no Bird Dog Labs puppy will be affected by any of these diseases. Only when we are satisfied
that the dogs meet our high standards of health will we breed. This is also
why all Bird Dog Labs puppies come a 30 month written hip/eye health guarantee and an unmatched lifetime genetic disease guarantee against the 15 different diseases we test for, providing the purchaser
complies with the agreement.
Our puppies are not from cheap backyard-type
breedings. Expect to pay $1,200-$2,500 and up for a Bird Dog Labs puppy. We go above and beyond in all aspects and it shows in the puppies we produce and the care they receive. We care deeply about all of our puppies and put a tremendous amount of time, research, love and money into making sure our puppies only receive the best care possible. Our
prices reflect that, but still are competitive with today's market. The prices are dependent on the stud used, the pedigrees and titling of the sire
and dam, and any special circumstances that we have to overcome in order to make the litter happen. Please remember that the cheapest part of owning a dog is the price you pay for him or her.
Also the puppy is going to be your buddy and hunting partner for the next 10-15
THE PICK PROCESS: We do our absolute best to try to make sure it is a good fit for both the puppy and the new family. Before accepting a deposit, we prefer to have a conversation with prospective new owners to learn more about what they are looking for and planning for the puppy. When it comes to the selection process, we use the order deposits are received in determining pick order. But it is not as simplified as that. We pay very close attention to our puppies as they develop and we do our best to learn their baseline personalities and/or traits. It is important to understand that these personality traits can and often do change as they grow. Puppies are just like humans in regard to how their experiences and environment plays a role in who they become as adults. When it comes to the pick process, we use the baseline traits to help distinguish the pups as individuals from their litter mates. We always keep in mind what each family is looking for and have an idea of what puppies we feel would do best in each home no matter the pick order. We work with each family during the process. It is ultimately the new owner's decision how they want to make their selection. It can be based on conversations, in person (if the puppies have had their vaccinations), based on videos and pictures, reaching in blind or we can make the selection for you. Our puppies are ready to go at 8 weeks of age and we require that the pick process is complete or very close to complete by the time the puppies are 7 weeks of age. This means that when the puppies are close to 6 weeks of age, if the selection process has not started, we will be contacting the families in the order deposits were received to get the ball rolling.
We can fly pups out of Delta of Bemidji. Costs usually run around $450. This includes crate, veterinary health certificate, and cargo fee (using the DASH option).
Puppies can also be shipped using ground transport for cost. We recommend Move The Dog Transportation (Kati Becker) and Bittersweet Pet Transportation (Edgar Johnson). Cost is variable and dependent on mileage. Clients work with ground shipper directly to determine cost. Occasionally we are able to offer delivery routes for pups from our own litters. Rates are dependent on location and number of puppies traveling. If we can offer a delivery route, we try to stay comparable to what it would cost to fly a puppy. This way it covers our expenses for the trip (gas, food, car rental, hotel, etc) and allows us to pay a helper to care for our own dogs, while we are on the delivery trip.
Deposits are non-refundable unless we cannot provide a puppy that meets your desired sex and color you indicate on the puppy deposit form.
We reserve the right to first pick either sex from any litter. We also reserve the right to refuse to sell a puppy to anyone at anytime if we feel it will not be a good fit for either the puppy or the interested party.