Cricket Hollow Farms Labrador Retrievers
So, you've decided you want to add a Labrador Retriever to your family! Congratulations, it is a momentous decision to commit yourself to care for and love a dog for its lifetime. For love it you will, there is just nothing like the love of a lab! That said, before you go any further, perhaps you could take a look at this wonderful "So you think you want a labrador retriever" page and see if a lab really is the right breed of dog for you and your situation. This page will discuss the pros and cons and costs involved with a lifetime commitment to your new puppy.
So - you're still with us? A lab
must be the puppy for you if those cons and costs didn't outweigh the
pros! Of course, if you have ever been owned by a lab, you already know
all this and you know it is all well worth the cost and the fur on the
Conditions of Puppy Sale
We only raise a few litters per year, so each and every baby is precious to us. We do everything in our power to ensure the babies are healthy, happy, well socialized little darlings. We offer an extensive guarantee, which includes everything from a three day return regardless of reason, to a 2 year guarantee of the puppy's hips, and lots of other guarantees in between. You won't find many equivalent health guarantees out there. We sell all our puppies on a limited registration. We occasionally will place a show quality puppy, but only under a co-ownership agreement. We offer two types of contract, limited registration contract and co-ownership contract. You can view the contracts and have the difference between the two explained here.
If you are on Facebook - please join us there - just look for Cricket Hollow Farm - we have tons of our puppy families posting photos and updates about their Cricket Hollow Kids and any one of them would be more than happy to tell you about their experiences with us!
We are careful about where our precious little ones are going. We do our utmost to ensure the babies will be all they can be, we start them off right by using the BioSensor method of neurological stimulation. We also socialize our puppies extensively to ensure they will be happy, healthy additions to their new families. We take special care in deciding which puppy goes where by use of extensive puppy aptitude testing.
Puppies go to their new homes at about 8 weeks of age. They will be microchipped, have their first shots, have been wormed, and our vet will certify their health prior to them leaving. All puppy prices are for puppies going to approved pet homes on a spay/neuter contract (non breeding). Price includes 7.25% Illinois State Sales Tax as required by the state of Illinois. All our puppies, regardless of color or gender, are $1400. Contact us if you are interested in a show/breeding prospect, pricing varies on show/breeding puppies. Puppies come microchipped for their safety and our peace of mind!
On unborn litters, we will accept deposits ($300) on up to 8 puppies (4 males and 4 females). Eight puppies is the average litter size for labradors, (although we have had 11 or 12!) The gestation period for a Labrador is about 60 days. On unborn litters, we can not be sure that there will be a litter, sometimes the breeding doesn't take, or something goes awry and the litter is re-absorbed. In the event that there is no litter, or when the puppies are born, if we do not have your selection, your deposit is returned, or can be used toward a future litter. Deposits are ONLY refunded if we don't have the gender/color you reserved. If we have the color/gender you requested and you've changed your mind about a puppy, the deposit is not refundable.
To read about how we decide which puppy goes to which family, click here.
Contact us to be certain there are reservations available, as things change on a daily basis.
Current (or expected) litters:
Ms. Vespa is in season now and has been bred to Cruise for an all yellow litter in shades from cream to medium yellow due in September depending on when she cycles. Vespa is the daughter of our Nova and Angus, grand daughter of our Comet and Thistle, great grand daughter of our Luna and Maize - she's the culmination of over a decade of careful breeding and planning in our lines. She is an absolute gem of a dog, kind, sweet, loves to learn and work, swims, retrieves, gets along well with everyone she meets. Cruise is one of our young boys, I've known his sire and grandsire and Cruise definitely has their sweet, easy going nature, though he loves to retrieve and has been easy to train, he's very easy to live with as he's very calm. If you'd like to get on the waiting list for one of these yellow babies, please just send me an email.
Jersey is due to cycle in August and will be bred to Yeti for blacks and possibly yellows due in October. Jersey is the daughter of our Angus and Frenchie - grand daughter of our Boone and Wren. She's a beautiful girl who loves nothing more than retrieving and romping with her half sisters. She loves water and has been easy to train and live with. She has her mama Frenchie's chill attitude but her dad Angus' strong character. Yeti is the sweetest, most fun loving chocolate fellow every, he has had one litter for us and his babies are just like him, beautiful and mellow while still loving to fetch and swim. I've just started a waiting list for blacks from this pairing, as the majority should be black. Please just email me if you'd like to be on the waiting list for this litter.
Nova is due to cycle in August and will be bred to Angus for a black and yellow litter due in October. Previous babies from this pairing have been wonderful, fun, sweet, easy to train and beautiful (Vespa is a shining example). We are taking names for puppies from this litter, please just email me if you'd like to be on our waiting list.
Previous babies from this pairing:
Ms. Jenga is due to cycle in August and will be bred to either Yeti or Briar (depending on timing) for an all chocolate litter due in October. She is a sweet, smart girl who is one of the darkest chocolates ever! He's fun and happy and has been a joy to train and live with. I've got a pretty long waiting list already for chocolates, but feel free to email me to see if there is room for any more reservations.
Litters we are planning (waiting for the moms to cycle):
Siri will hopefully have red babies with Harry later in the winter.
Winter plans include some chocolates from black and yellow from Pearl or Mavis or Olive.
The waiting list fills up fast, so if you would like to be on the list email me!
Any or all of these plans are subject to change as the whims of these lovely ladies decree.
Litters sired by our boys:
None at this time.
You are always welcome to email us to see what is in the works, things can change and often do :-)
Puppy families are welcome to prepare for their new family member with the purchase of a Puppy Layette from our petstore.
We also offer training packages of one or two week duration to help house and obedience train your new family member.
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