breeding, all dogs must have cleared and certified,
hips, elbows, eyes and hearts. Eyes are certified annually
beginning at six months of age by the Canine
Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)
and, Optigen tested and cleared
prior to breeding, for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Hips
are initially evaluated at 16 weeks of age by a
certified veterinarian for a "preliminary" rating, and again at two years of age
by the Orthopedic
Foundation For Animals (OFA) for final certification.
Additionally, in some cases, breeding stock has been evaluated by the
British Veterinary Association (BVA). Heart evaluations are
conducted by the Cardiology Department of NC State University and certified by
Each breeding is carefully managed with progesterone timing to determine
accurate breeding dates, ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, and, contraction
monitoring and Fetal Heart Doppler monitoring.
McNeil puppies are born and raised inside at home in a safe and clean
environment where they are under watchful eye, exposed to a lot of human
contact, and early socialization. Puppies have their first
veterinary wellness checkup at one week of age and a final in-home
veterinary wellness visit prior to leaving for their new homes. Puppies are
micro-chipped for permanent identification using an Avid
Microchip. Puppies are wormed routinely and vaccinations are administered at
7/8 weeks of age. Litters are
temperament tested at seven weeks of age. The Wendy Volhard
Puppy Aptitude Test
to assess temperament and intelligence trainability. Puppies are available for
adoption at eight weeks of age provided all puppies are on the same
social and psychologically developed level.
McNeil puppies are sold by referral/application only.
Under absolutely NO circumstances will a puppy or adult be sold
or consigned to pet shops, other commercial dealers, or offered at
auction. Pet quality puppies are sold on Limited Registration,
registered with the American
Kennel Club with encouragement for spaying/neutering.
Every puppy goes to their new home
with a "Puppy Raiser Guide". Information on the Labrador
Breed Standard, puppy preparation, health and safety, and training and
obedience are provided for you at
McNeil Education and Training Corner
For a list of
reading, please visit Beamer's
Bookshop A letter to the veterinarian
describing the puppy's medical history is included in the "Puppy
Raiser Guide" book, as well as a copy of the Juvenile Adoption
Agreement, pictures of the litter from birth to eight weeks of age,
pictures of parents and grand parents, five generation pedigree,
individual registration application, microchip registration, and
copy of the individual temperament test evaluation.
Early puppy socialization and
obedience training is very important. This is very much encouraged
through my training program which offers puppy socialization,
kindergarten and obedience training, and obedience familiarization and
canine behavioral consultation for owners. Continuing education and
research is paramount to the improvement of this wonderful breed. As
breeders, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves, as well as
potential Labrador owners. AND, it is our responsibility to protect,
preserve, and improve the breed!
I strongly encourage you to
the breed, familiarize yourself with the term
and read the "Guide to
Buying a Labrador" before you begin your search. Give serious consideration to where and from whom you purchase
a puppy. Remember, a puppy is for life!