Tru-Heart Labradors proudly produces the finest chocolate, yellow, and black Labrador Retriever puppies available in Florida today. Our puppies can be found in loving homes throughout the United States.
Tru-Heart Labradors puppies are sold on a limited-registration basis (full registration that includes breeding rights is permitted on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee), and we take pride in the fastidious, loving, and stimulating environment in which our puppies are raised. Please refer to our Litter News page for puppy availability.
Our Breeding Philosophy -
The pedigrees of all of our dams and sires contain champion English and/or working bloodlines, including Tabatha, Sandylands, Dickendall, Lawnwood, and Rocheby; however, outcrossing (creating new genetic combinations by bringing together genes from totally unrelated Labs to eliminate undesirable traits caused by recessive genes) is the fundamental philosophy of our breeding program. With a dog such as the Labrador Retriever, the #1 dog in America for many years, outcross breeding achieved as a direct result of extensive sire/dam pedigree research reduces the occurrence of common health issues caused by years of linebreeding within bloodlines and over-use of popular stud dogs. Using this principle,Tru-Heart puppies are bred for good bone, sound temperaments, aesthetically-pleasing conformation, and physical/genetic health.
English or American?
There is only one breed of dog known as the Labrador Retriever, described by the official Standard of the Breed. Within the Labrador Retriever breed type there are variations in body style,as well as the preferences of individual breeders and owners. In the United States, the general public has begun to label these variations mistakenly as "English" or "American" style. Perhaps better descriptions for variations in style are "show/conformation" or "working/field" styles.
It is important to remember that these labels describe only the extremes of both styles and do not help identify the temperament, trainability, or health of the dog. In fact, the vast majority of Labrador Retrievers, whether conformation/show or working/field type, possess moderate body styles much closer to the written Standard of the Breed. It is also possible that within a single litter, whether that litter has been bred for show/conformation or working/field, individual puppies can mature to be representatives of the range, though rarely producing the extremes, of the two styles.
Some breeders will tell you that show-bred dogs make better pets since they are calmer. This is not the case. I've seen show-bred dogs that would chew up everything in your home if left alone and field-bred dogs that would sleep all day on the couch until you got out the gun. You can't make assumptions based on type.
Remember, there is only one Labrador Retriever breed, one that meets the requirements, as set forth in the Official Standard.
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