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At Duckhill Kennels we conduct a selective breeding program aimed at producing puppies that will become excellent gundogs and excellent family dogs. Further, we strive to breed dogs that the average novice trainer can train with gentle training methods.
Our major breeding selection criteria are:
1. Hunting and Gamefinding Initiative
2. Calm pleasant demeanor
3. Intelligence and ease of training
4. Natural Delivery to hand
Robert Milner personally selects and trains all our prospective breeding stock to insure that they have the behavioral traits needed to attain our breeding program goals. Robert has been training and breeding gentle gundogs since 1972.
During that time, he has trained well over 2000 gundogs, including a good number of puppies from his breeding programs. Thus he is quite well educated in recognizing the puppy behavioral traits that translate into excellence in the grown gundog. He is also quite good at picking parents with the behavioral traits important to an excellent gundog. Retention of a large number of our puppies in our headstart program offers us another opportunity to "fine tune" our breeding selection process.
Hips: We Xray the hips of breeding stock and have them evaluated by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFFA.org) However, prospective puppy owners should be aware that hip dysplasia is one of the most studied of retriever medical issues, though the research is still fuzzy and sparse compared to research in the human sector. Many studies have shown that hip dysplasia is not 100% genetic - there are environmental factors that can affect malformation in the joints.
Eyes: We DNA screen for Progressive Retinal Atrophy. PRA has been a lurking problem in the British Field Labrador population in the past, but has been greatly improved in the last few years by a partnership between the British Veterinary Association and the Kennel Club to make is mandatory that PRA results and Hip results be posted on the individual dog's registration certificate.
Vaccinations & Healthcare
While in our care, puppies receive DA2PP-L vaccination boosters at 5, 7, 11, and 15 weeks of age. (If the puppy is picked up at 8 weeks, they will have completed 2/4 rounds of boosters. If they stay for Headstart Training, they will receive all 4). Rabies shots must be administered by a veterinarian after 16 weeks of age. Microchips are implanted at 8 weeks of age. Puppies receive routine dewormers and treatments against common intestinal parasites every 3 weeks (Panacur, Strongid, Metronidazole, Baycox, Praziquantel).
Puppy Headstart Training
Duckhill Kennels is proud to offer our puppies one of the only early learning programs for working dogs in the country. We highly recommend this Headstart Training program to all of our customers, regardless of whether their pup will be a gundog, detection dog, or simply a fantastic family pet. Puppy Headstart Video Puppies are exposed to a variety of sights, sounds, socialization in addition to capturing the earliest learning time in a dog's life to introduce basic obedience, gundog behaviors, or search & rescue behaviors. The puppy headstart program runs from the age of 8 weeks to the age of 16 weeks and costs $400 for the 8 week program.We also highly recommend that customers pick up their puppy in conjunction with attending one of our monthly Gundog Training Seminars. A planned, organized training program is a necessity to achieve an excellent gundog. Seminar schedule is here.
A synopsis of the subject matter of the seminars may be viewed here.
What is a Legacy Lab?
- PHOTO ALBUM of current puppies
- SIRE & DAM information
- All puppies are sold with full AKC registration.
- A deposit of $300 will reserve a puppy
Warranty & Return Policy
We require all puppies that are sold to be seen by a vet within 7 days of purchase date for a general health checkup. If the initial vet visit is omitted, our entire health warranty is voided. If the veterinarian finds the dog to be in poor health, the dog must be immediately returned to Duckhill Kennels at the expense of the buyer within 10 days for a full refund or replacement of equal value, unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon. Failure to see a veterinarian within 7 days will void all guarantees.
If, for any reason, the buyer decides this is not the puppy for their family, the buyer may bring the puppy back to Duckhill Kennels at the buyer's expense with 10 days for a full refund (minus shipping, training and veterinarian fees) or replacement puppy. Duckhill Kennels will only replace a puppy one time.
This warranty does NOT include worms, fleas, mites, coccidiosis, giardia, or any other parasites as they are common in dogs and puppies. Any and all hernia repairs do NOT warrant a replacement puppy as it is not life threatening and in no way interferes with the quality of life for the puppy.
Duckhill Kennels assumes NO responsibility for veterinarian or shipping fees.
All puppies are sold as pets only as defined.