Hill Country Labradors is a small hobby kennel breeding only a couple litters a year, when we want to keep something for ourselves. We are looking for show prospects and to add to our breeding program. We believe a Labrador should have it all... retrieving instincts, intelligence, good health, beauty, and a wonderful temperament which is hallmark of the breed.
We strive to produce outstanding puppies that are family and house raised
with quality time and unconditional love. Our dogs are selectively
bred with careful genetic screenings to ensure a happy healthy
dog that will shower you with sloppy kisses for years to come. We look for families that plan on making their puppy a valuable member of the family. Our puppies go to new homes at 8 weeks of age.
Our puppies are sold for pet and hunting companions and are sold with
AKC LIMITED REGISTRATION.
Health & Temperament
Health and temperament are of the utmost importance to us.
. To help us breed sound, quality dogs, all of the dogs we
breed have x-rays done of their hips and elbows and are determined
to be free of dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
(OFA). We also have their eyes certified annually to be free
of inheritable eye disorders by a board certified Veterinary
We believe that with superior health and temperament, we can
produce wonderful puppies that can develop to their fullest
All of our puppies are examined by a board-certified veterinarian
to ensure that the puppy is in good health before it goes
to its new home. We also ask every puppy buyer to have their
new puppy examined by their veterinarian within 72 hours from
the date of purchase. If it is determined that the puppy is
not in good general health, with a written veterinarian statement
and the puppies’ return, the entire purchase price will
When you purchase a puppy from Hill
Country Labradors, this is what will be included:
~ Avid Microchip w/ registration for recovery
~Puppy Health Record
~Well puppy check by a licensed veterinarian
~De-wormed at 2, 3, 4, and 6, & 8 weeks of age
~Socialized with people, children, elderly, and other dogs
~Copy of Parent's certificates of accomplishments,
championships, titles, etc.
~Puppy supply list and Purina Pro Starter Kit
~Coupon towards your first bag of puppy food
~Support - If you ever have questions or need help,
we are here for you.
We ship puppies within the United States with
Delta and Continental Airlines.
Importance of Puppy Socialization
The socialization of puppies comes from two sources, human
and canine. The first acts of socialization come from the
interaction between mother and littermates. A mother teaches
her puppies what is acceptable behavior. The mother to puppy
and littermate to puppy socialization is invaluable and cannot
be simulated in any way, which is why we do not allow any
puppies to leave until they are 8 weeks of age.
Once the mother’s work is well underway, it is our turn
to assist in the process. Exposure to as many different noises,
sights, smells and experiences are vital to producing a stable,
well-tempered puppy. Car rides, collars, walking on leash,
cats, other breeds of dogs, children, high pitched voices
and crates all are seemingly simple, everyday stimuli that
we expect our dogs to respond favorably to. We often take
for granted that these are all new experiences for a young
puppy. When some one they have learned to trust exposes them
to the new experience, it reduces the stress and can be quickly
viewed in a favorable light. We believe in The Rule of Seven,
written by Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy
Puzzle, which offers these hints for socializing very young
puppies. Please read below to see what we do for young puppies
following these guidelines.
Puppy socialization does not stop with the breeder. It is
important that a new owner continue to reinforce positive
new experiences. I encourage all new puppy buyers to take
their new pups between 4-6 months to Puppy kindergarten or
an Obedience class. This is a wonderful chance for puppies
to meet other young dogs of different breeds in a new and
different environment. It also teaches a puppy the basic rules
of sit, stay, down, come, no, etc. I strongly believe in Klicker
Training with a young pup as it uses POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
using treats, to help teach acceptable behavior.
A well socialized puppy is one that is happy, confident and
ready to encounter his journey through life.
Hill Country Labradors believes in and follows these tips from
THE RULE OF SEVEN for socializing young puppies
THE RULE OF SEVENS ... TIPS ON PUPPY
Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy Puzzle offers
these hints for socializing very young puppies.
By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should have:
Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet,
concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspaper,
Played with 7 different types of objects,
such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy balls,
squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items, paper/cardboard items,
milk/soda jugs, etc.
Been in 7 different locations, including:
front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry
room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc.
Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed
a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up
steps, climbed down steps, climbed over obstacles, played
hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step, etc.
Eaten from 7 different containers: metal,
plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan, etc.
Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard,
kitchen, basement, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.
Met and played with 7 new people,
including children and the elderly.