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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 couch.


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'd like to view some photos and notes from our
previous puppy families, you can visit them on our Love Page. Recently added pages 7-14 can be accessed 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.

In order to help us decide which puppy is the best match for you,
please complete and submit our puppy questionnaire


Placement

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:

 


---------------------Paprika-------------------------------------------------------------------------Elmo---------------------------

Paprika is expecting red fox and possibly a few medium yellow babies with Elmo. Paprika is one of the sweetest girls we have, the family is already lobbying for her to get to stay with us when she retires, and she's only three :-) Elmo and Paprika had babies last year who are doing great out in the world, getting rave reviews from their families. We have reservations available for both male and female babies from this upcoming litter, babies are here! It's a big litter! They'll be going home starting the 24th of March. Please email me if you are interested in a puppy from this pairing!

Previous puppies from this pairing:




-----------------------Jenga-------------------------------------------------------------Briar -------------------------

Jenga has hopefully been bred to Briar for chocolate babies arriving in late March. Jenga is Bramble's half sister. Bramble and Briar had a litter together last year who are doing wonderfully out in the world, happy, healthy and getting rave reviews from their families. I have some of these babies reserved already, but do have reservations available for both genders currently. Please just email me if you are interested in a puppy from this pairing.

Previous puppies from half sister Bramble & Briar



--------------Zinnie--------------------------------------------------------------Angus-------------------------------------

Zinnie has been bred to Angus for black and yellow babies in early April. These two have a litter out in the world, doing great and getting
rave reviews from their families. Zinnie is a fun and loving girl, she lives to play with toys and has to always bring you a
toy to for show and tell. Angus is a wonderful boy, with a huge heart and a deep desire to please. Their babies will be
terrific family members, hunting companions, or service/therapy workers. I've still got a few reservations available for these
babies, please email if you'd like to reserve one.

Previous babies from this pairing:




----------------------Jersey----------------------------------------------------------------Cruise---------------------

Jersey and Cruise are currently honeymooning, so hopefully they'll be expecting babies mid-April. Jersey is the daughter of our
Frenchie and Angus, she's a lovely girl with tons of bone and a sweet spirit. She's been a fun girl to train and live with!
We expect yellow babies in light to medium shades. Cruise is one of our young yellow fellows, he's a sweetheart, adores every
Person and dog he meets, it's been a joy to watch him grow and bloom. Please email me if you'd like to be on the waiting list for
one of these lovelies!



-------------Nova------------------------------------------Goose------------------------------------

Nova is currently in season and we hope to get her bred to Goose for babies later in April. We expect
yellows in shades from cream to medium yellow. I've got quite a few babies from this litter already
reserved, but please email me if you'd like to add your name to the list. This will be Goose's first litter, he
is descended a couple generations back, from our Hope and Thistle, and really has Thistle's kind ways.
Nova has been a wonderful girl here, she's third generation (daughter of Comet, who is Luna's daughter).
She's had some lovely babies for us, including our 2 year old girl Vespa. These will be some really lovely
babies if Goose figures out what he is supposed to be doing!

Previous Nova puppies:

 


Future litters:

Litters we are planning (waiting for the moms to cycle):

Mavis or Boo will have black and yellow babies in the summer/fall.

Fall plans include some chocolates from Jenga, yellows from Vespa and or Lemon.

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.


Looking for a photographer for your family photos or dog portraits?
Michael H Photography does a terrific job.
Mike has a very artistic eye and his photographs are a cut above
your standard portraits or staged shots.
Check out his website linked above to see more of his work!


See more Puppy Pictures

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