Just because all of my miniature labs end up in the rescue program does not mean I'm an irresponsible breader! Because the opinion and approval of the JL board members is important to me, I want to be totally open about my breading program. I will show you all the care that goes into each of my dogs. Then you can judge.
First, I take a careful look at my breading stock:
Then I select for color:
Sometimes I have to mix to get the exact shade I want:
The head shape is very important:
I check hips:
I check elbows:
Only when I know that the fundamentals of the dog are sound do I bread for personality and temperament:
A good smile is very important:
As is the nose:
Not only do I select for eye color, I check eyes in all my dogs:
Healthy teeth and tongue are necessary:
Ear shape is also important:
And all dogs have the classic Labrador webbed feet:
When I am sure that I have a thoroughly sound specimen physically, I carefully temperament test and try to get a good evaluation of that individual's personality. No matter how similar the breading stock, each lab is different.
Currently, I have 9 dogs that will be ready for Christmas.
I have been completely transparent with my entire breading process so you can see how careful I really am. Notice that I do not bread in the backyard, all my dogs are inside! I'm sure some professional breeders out there will have criticism. I know they're under the normal breed standard, and I do bread for dudleys, although I know that some consider it a fault. I have taken special requests in the past, and bread for specific colorations and temperaments. I do not bread silvers, although I must admit I do have the basic stock that would allow me to do so. But I don't want to open myself to the criticism and repurcussions that would ensue... I know they don't have papers, and no titles in the lines. Most end up in rescue but all have found homes. I try to bread without major faults, but there have admittedly been two occasions where a pup had unexpected problems (sorry about the elbow and ear problems, Ed!). But even the most careful breading won't eliminate all random chance. And I have not made any profit at all from my pups, all proceeds go directly to charity.
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Seriously, these little guys are my latest effort. They are going to be shipped to Houston this week (hopefully they'll make the trip safely and undamaged), where they will be some of the offerings for the silent auction fundraiser for STLRR on Nov. 3. This batch all have ornament hooks for hanging on a Christmas tree. I hope they do well, because I certainly have fun doing them (though I'll have to order in more Sculpey soon as I am starting to run low on my stock!). And hopefully they will help raise critical money for helping out their full sized counterparts.
Thanks for looking!
Toby and Chamois say: GO STEELERS!
I actually thought someone was breeding live miniature Labs when I clicked.
Cute! Nice! Informative! Responsible breeding! They look great!
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Ursula, you are such a wonderful person....... and a very talented sculpture as well !! They are ALL adorable ! I'm sure they will bring much needed funds to the lab rescue...... thanks for all you do, and thanks for all the pics !! Now we know all about YOUR breading program !! Thumbs up my dear !!!
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
That was fun to see. You do such a great job. I've always loved your siggy.
Cute, cute, CUTE post!
And your figurines are adorable.
Seamus and Flynn
This was all going very well until you mentioned that you gave them away in a SILENT ACTION!!!! How COULD YOU give pups away in an AUCTION!!! ;D ;D ;D
Seriously - this was a great post - I'm so glad that I have high-speed internent and could download all the pics ;D
They are so cute and beautiful done!!! So personal and unique every one of them. And for a great cause too.
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
I want one! They are great!
I LOVED reading that! I am so glad to see that you are such a responsible breader. The results of your breading program are adorable.
Brenda, Sam & Bodie
Ursula, the Christmas themed collection is wonderful! I hope you help STLRR raise lots of funds!
I am so glad I had you put a hook in my little "Lucy" sculpture you made for us. It will be hung proudly on the tree this year with all my other special dog ornaments!