Pet Keen advocates for adopting before shopping. We understand that there are many reasons for seeking a breeder, though, so we encourage it to be done the right way. We have not personally investigated all the breeders here; rather, we have gathered their details for you to get in touch and ask all the right questions before you decide.
Many different breeders specialize in this breed, enabling you to choose the best one for your budget and needs.
Here are eight of the most active breeders in the state. Of course, be sure to do your own research before purchasing any puppy.
The Top 8 Labrador Retriever Breeders in Colorado
1. Heatherdowns Labradors
This kennel has been breeding and raising Labrador Retrievers since 2001. They strive to raise dogs with sharp intelligence and high trainability. All their dogs receive health clearances before being bred, ensuring that their puppies are healthy and less prone to genetic conditions.
They even provide a 100% money-back guarantee and a 30-month written health guarantee on their puppy’s hips, elbows, and eyes.
2. Albrecht Farms Labs
Albercht Farm Labs breeds dual-purpose hunting and companion animals. They do not breed for the show ring, which makes their dogs a bit cheaper than others. However, they do focus on temperament and health, as these two factors are essential for companion animals.
They socialize their puppies from the day that they are born, and they provide a 100% money-back health guarantee. They also provide a 26-month guarantee on their dog’s hips, eyes, and elbows.
3. Bear Creek Labradors of Colorado
Like many breeders on this list, Bear Creek Labradors produces dogs for companions and hunting purposes. Their dogs do compete in field trials and other hunting tests. They also breed gun dogs.
All their puppies are put through a complete socialization program so they are friendly and ready for their new homes. They also provide a guarantee on their puppies that is similar to that of many other breeders.
4. Colorado’s Finest Kennels and Ranch
This kennel is devoted to raising well-balanced Labrador Retrievers that meet conformation standards and make great family dogs. Their foundational adults are free from hereditary problems, and their puppies have a health guarantee.
Besides Labrador Retrievers, they also produce Goldendoodles and other similar family dogs.
They only breed dogs that have several generations of healthy ancestors, helping ensure that their puppies are healthy.
5. STK Just Labs Kennel
STK Just Labs raises dogs that are American Kennel Club (AKC), Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), and Canine Eye Registration Foundation registered. All their breeding dogs are tested for common genetic conditions. They strive to produce puppies without any inherited conditions and provide a 28-month guarantee on their puppies’ hips and eyes.
Their kennel is licensed by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture.
6. Sadona Labrador Retrievers
This is one of the few kennels on our list that actively shows dogs in the show ring. They have been breeding dogs since 1968, far longer than most kennels out there. They have produced championship dogs in both America and internationally.
While they focus on showing dogs, they do strive to produce dogs that make good family pets too. They produce three lab colors: black, chocolate, and yellow.
7. Evermor Labradors
Evermor produces English Labrador Retrievers, which are slightly different temperamentally from American Labradors. Their dogs actively compete in AKC shows, and they genetically test all their dogs before breeding.
They don’t produce puppies often, but they do occasionally breed a litter or two.
8. Columbine Labradors
This kennel takes care to socialize their dogs from birth. They have four children, so their dogs are well-socialized with children at the very least. Their breeding dogs have their OFA certifications and undergo yearly eye exams.
While their Labradors are show dogs, they strive to produce pet-quality dogs too.
The Labrador Retriever is an incredibly popular breed. While that means you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a good breeder, you are also more likely to come across many backyard breeders. Dogs from these places can inherit various health problems and genetic conditions due to the disregard for proper breeding standards. Always seek out high-quality breeders who take care of their dogs, both before and after breeding.
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