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Holzinger Kennels - breedingHolzinger Kennels is dedicated to the art of breeding Labrador Retrievers that are World Class upland and water dogs. Our years of experience and high standards have produced hunting dogs that are not only remarkable out in the field, but also maintain the classic temperament of an exceptionally well rounded Labrador Retriever. Our breeding successes have lead to many males sold from our lines having gone on to become stud dogs in other kennels.

We start by researching and obtaining the highest quality dogs, with strong field trial pedigrees from England, Scotland and North America. Our dogs have all of their health clearances, have an excellent temperament, and possess unsurpassed trainability and desire. In addition, we look for dogs with the classic Labrador conformation. 

Requirements Prior to Breeding

A copy of her AKC certificate, pedigree and negative Brucellosis results preformed within 30 days or less of the breeding. (It can take a week to get results back from your vet.) A copy of her final OFA hip and elbow certification and a copy of her eye certification (CERF) after 18 months of age / yearly. She must have current vaccinations, including Bordetella vaccination. (Kennel Cough).

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Scheduling a Breeding

If you decide to breed to a Holzinger recommended stud, please let us know about a month in advance. If your female has not been bred before, we recommend that you check with your vet to determine the optimal time to breed. Generally the 11th and 14th days bring the best results. At the first sign of heat, please leave a message with Terry and Laura Holzinger at (952) 440-1600.  Please state when she first started in heat.

Optional Services

Your female will be boarded in an indoor heated kennel facility. Boarding for the first 5 days is free, there after boarding will be $18 per day.

We also offer a puppy referral program. See the Puppies link for more details about this program. For inquiries about our breeding services or referral program please contact us. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

Q.  What are the benefits of breeding the English field trial lab?

A.  For over 100 years, the British have been breeding Labrador Retrievers for qualities that are also in high demand here in the U.S. Their dogs have a reputation as intelligent, good-looking dogs with calm, gentle temperaments, as well as being stylish game finders with instinctive retrieving abilities. In England, it is important to breed for these qualities because their field trials are run much differently than American field trials. At British field trials, handlers and their dogs must remain lined up at heel, marking downed birds, but not moving until directed. They may sit for hours, watching as other dogs are released one by one to retrieve. If a dog moves or whines he is disqualified.  Once a dog is released for a retrieve, the judges look for superb hunting skills, with an emphasis on strong game finding ability, intelligence and trainability. Since a dog cannot be spoken to except to handle on a blind retrieve, temperament is critical in determining which dogs are bred. It should also be noted that in England electric collars and force fetch techniques are not used. They believe in bringing out the desired qualities through a combination of selective breeding and positive reinforcement-based training.Holzinger Kennels - questions

The American bred field trial and hunt test dogs have outstanding qualities as well. The American Labradorís strengths lie in their excellent marking ability, endless desire and energy. They are known especially as superb water dogs.

We have been successfully breeding the American and English lines together for years, and find their respective strengths quite complementary. We are not suggesting that one line such as English vs. American or one quality, pointing vs. flushing or even one game, field trials vs. upland competitions is better than the other. We are fortunate that one breed can provide us with so many valuable choices and diversity, and that through selective breeding you can get what you need in a Labrador.

Q. Why breed a pointing lab?

A.  The pointing Labrador is a very controversial line of dog that has been gaining in popularity in the past few years. We have found that there are certain lines, particularly British, that will produce a greater natural tendency to point. In our breeding program, we have never purposely tried to bring the pointing trait out or to actively discourage it. If a dog tends to point, the vast majority of upland hunters feel that is an obvious bonus. Our goal is to breed the very best all-around lab possible. There are so many great qualities with the Labrador Retriever, we do not want to overlook one to get another. We are confident that through our experience, patience and a genuine passion for improving the Labrador breed, we can produce exceptionally well rounded dogs.

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