Startop Labradors We are a small hobby kennel located in the
beautiful Adirondack Region of NY State.
We are about 2.5 hours from the
NY/NJ border and under 3 hours from CT, MA, VT, NH, LI, RI and PA.
We raise and show
Champion Labrador Retrievers. I have been involved with Labradors for 20 years.
First starting with an interest in Obedience and Hunt Training with my
black male Hennessey who was purchased as a pet, and
later becoming heavily involved in Conformation showing.
I am very
active in dog showing, handling my own dogs as well as dogs owned by
other breeders. I have finished multiple American and Canadian
Champions. I have handled several dogs to American & Canadian BISS,
BOSS, Best in Sweeps, Best Puppy in Specialty & numerous JAMS at both
all breed and specialty shows including American & Canadian Nationals,
Westminster and Potomac.
Though I am not
able to get out to many official Hunt Tests, I feel very strongly that a
Labrador should be willing and able to retrieve birds both on land and
in water. Therefore I train all of my own dogs to do so. In doing this I
know I am maintaining the purpose of the breed within my program. In
fact, many of our puppies have successfully been placed into hunting homes!!
I strive to produce
correct temperament, excellent health and correct conformation by carefully selecting and
breeding dogs that fit into the Labrador
Breed Standard as set forth by the
National Labrador Retriever Club.
Every litter I
choose to breed is with the intent to keep a puppy or even several for
ourselves for our
future in the show ring, and with
the goal of improving our lines. If there are pet quality puppies in a
litter, they will be offered to approved family homes.
We do not sell
Dog showing is
my hobby and breeding is done for ourselves, not as a business. Our
litters are born and raised inside our home, never in a kennel.
place our pet puppies in pre-approved homes with non-breeding contracts.
Litters are registered with the American Kennel Club and will come with
AKC Limited Registration.
All of our breeding stock have
orthopedic certifications through OFA and CERF clearances and at least
one parent will be Optigen Clear.
Labradors, we do the very best we can to produce the healthiest, most
correct Labrador Retrievers possible by breeding only sound dogs with sound
pedigrees. This involves certifying our dogs to be free of health issues
themselves, and also extensive knowledge of our pedigrees to identify any possible problems in
previous generations. Although there is never any way to "guarantee"
that a puppy we produce will not have health issues itself, we know that
we have done all that is possible to give our puppies the best
chance of being free from hereditary defects.
select puppies for each pet home, it is never a first come, first
process is outlined
All puppies will have received their first shots, been
de wormed, seen by our veterinarian for a
exam and are microchipped prior to going to their new homes.
We do this so you are assured of a happy,
healthy addition to your family.
replace any puppy sold by us which is certified by
the OFA to have lifestyle altering Hip Dysplasia (moderate or severe with DJD)
stemming from genetic not environmental cause, up to 25 months
of age. This guarantee is valid providing your dog has not
been altered (spayed or neutered) prior to reaching 12 months of age and
your vet can provide proof of good care and no injuries throughout the time you have had
our puppies are sold with spay/neuter agreements, however we feel very
strongly about not doing this too early.
are three great articles explaining why we feel this way and what the
potential health risks of spaying
and neutering too early are
We do not
remove dew claws. We feel that this practice is both cruel and unnecessary, therefore
we will not take part in it. There is veterinarian documented
evidence that removing dew claws can cause undo strain on carpal joints
resulting in early arthritic changes. Please see this
It is our duty to breed responsibly, and this means....
* using high quality breeding stock that have been temperament tested,
are loving, and beautiful specimens, certified free of dysplasia and
other common genetic abnormalities.
* placing puppies with families that have been approved only after being
interviewed at length, and have demonstrated a willingness and ability
to raise a member of this noble breed in a healthy, nurturing
offering complete follow-up and lifelong support for all puppies
* implementing non-breeding agreements to pet-homes (limited
registration) including in our contract the stipulation that the dog
will be spayed or neutered and not be used for breeding.
* assisting families that are interested in pursuing events especially
designed for retrievers by recommendations for training and classes,
clubs and associations as well as guidance to get started.
providing a commitment to each and every dog we produce that if it ever
finds itself in need of a home, it is welcomed back into ours, no
questions asked, anytime, for any reason.
Inspected and in Good Standing
I am a dog breeder.
I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs,
talking, and learning from those in my breed and those outside it.
I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend
an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes.
I only bring puppies into this world that I think will be
the healthiest (mentally and physically) and best examples of their
I support each family who chooses one of my puppies and
let them know they are now a part of our extended family.
I treat them all well.
I am there if one needs to come back and will
aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if it's in the wrong
I support my breed in reputable rescue and education.
I hold them when they arrive and leave this world.
I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they
will be the advertisement for my dedication.
I don't keep track of the money and time I put in to my
love of dogs, it would not be a true measure of how I feel.
The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but
investment in the next generation.
I am not ashamed of who I am... I work hard at being
agood dog breeder and encouraging others.
I am a breeder and I am proud of it. If we don't support
each other - we are doomed as a fancy.
Our beloved Dusty
was diagnosed with severe hip and elbow dysplasia with Degenerative
Joint Disease at just 6 months of age, before he became ours
He was not our
breeding and we didn't own him at that time. I found out his breeder was
going to euthanize him (she had already made the appointment) so I
begged her to give him to me and promised to care for him.
That is exactly
what we've done for the last 10.5 years. Dusty has required very little
special care aside from the obvious food, water,
exercise and love.
Sad to think how
close he came to dying just because his xrays looked bad and I hope his
story might save another dog whose owner thinks hip or elbow dysplasia
is an automatic death sentence.
Dusty is neutered and
lives a pampered life with us as a permanent house dog and member of our
Dusty shows no
signs at this time of any lameness or discomfort from his potentially debilitating
our rescued Rottie mix
We saved him from euthanasia
by the animal control agency in our town in August 2002
approx 1 year old at the time
Due to his
apparently abusive past he had some major behavioral issues at first but with lots of love
and training he learned to overcome his separation anxiety and
He is our
house pet and took over the job of our "protector" after our other
In January 2011, we
almost lost Bristol. Against all odds, he recovered from major emergency
surgery due to a burst gall bladder and severe peritonitis. His liver
was also partially removed. Our vet still can't believe he made it after
she basically sent him home to die the day after the surgery. With round
the clock care from us at home and a nightly trip back to our fabulous
vet, he miraculously pulled through and is feeling better than ever!