Thanks so much for your interest in my puppies and or dogs. If you are on Facebook please click our Facebook link on this page and LIKE our page at Empress Labradors Homestead for 24/7 updated information and everything that typically goes on here. Adopting one of our puppies comes with instructions and READING this page could possibly answer any questions that you may have before emailing me.... so please again READ and review this page to it's entirety.
All puppies sold as family pets are sold with a limited registration through the American Kennel Club.
Where in Northern, IL are we located?
North of Rockford, IL.
Do you have English style Labradors?
I'm sure through all your research of American and English style Labradors and by looking at my dogs you should be able to tell they are 100% English style... I will never have the American style for I don't prefer their temperaments.
What size and weight will our adults labradors be ?
Do you ever have older dogs ?
IF we have any older dogs available it WILL be on this page or on our Facebook page Empress Labradors Homestead...my older dogs are $3,500.00 and will be spayed or neutered before leaving my kennel. It is very rare that I have older dogs because I usually donate these dogs to a service dog organization, but if that is all you're looking for one keep an eye on this page or our Facebook page.
How much are your puppies ?
All my puppies are $2,500.00 and a $500.00 non-refundable deposit is required to get put on my waiting list. What does non-refundable mean ? If a puppy of color or sex is NOT born to your wants, your deposit is then carried over to the next litter that would have the color and sex you prefer. All puppies are sold on AKC limited registration and you will sign a contract stating that your puppy will be altered at their proper age. There are NO Exceptions to this rule.
How do I make a deposit ?
If you have never used Pay Pal before please google - "How do I send money via Pay Pal" and follow those instructions
Email to send it to is firstname.lastname@example.org
Must send it via Friends and Family option. If not there will be a Pay Pal fee that will need paid to me.
Once in Pay Pal or Venmo there is a NOTE section.
Please physically type in the section the following:
1.) Your email address
2.) First choice color/sex and second choice color/sex
3.) Lastly, that you understand that this deposit is NON-refundable
When do you recommend spay or neutering ?
1 year to 18 months of age. **Please note that veterinarians more than likely will not agree with this recommendation. We feel that our bloodlines need the growth hormones to grow properly with hopefully less issues later. Any questions about it please ask me. If alteration is done before my recommended time frame my guarantee is voided. This dog will be on a limited AKC registration. Once your dog is altered within the above timeframe, please send me a copy of the bill and I will send $100.00 gift card to help with the altering costs. Once the alteration is complete you will get a copy of your Limited Registration papers for AKC.
Can we visit your place to visit with your dogs ?
Without having a deposit with us and before the 5 week visitation time frame the answer is NO and for a couple reasons: A.) Bringing disease from a place that you are unaware of to my property - if I have young and not yet vaccinated puppies here it could be fatal for the litter. B.) Merely time - I work a full time job along with my love and hobby of raising dogs, there is lots to do here and not a lot of time for visitations for all the inquiries that we get.
Do we remove declaws?
How do we get to pick our puppy?
Please keep in mind that we as breeders have no control of what color or sex is born, so please be willing to accept a different color and or sex. With our litters, the breeder will always have first and second pick to choose puppies that will continue our breeding lines.
How you get to pick your puppy is determined by when your deposit has been received. ie: Senerio #1 If you are 3rd on my waiting list for a yellow male and only 2 yellow males are born then either your second choice sex or color comes into consideration, and IF you don't have a second option then your deposit gets carried over to the next litter whenever that will be. Senerio #2 If you are 3rd on the waiting list for yellow males and there are 5 yellow males born then on pick up day the two families that have deposits before you get to pick their puppy before you.
I do recommend having a second choice of color and/or sex which of course could increase your chances of getting a puppy from a particular litter. Please keep in mind that most of my puppies are sold BEFORE they are born and just because I have your deposit does not mean that I can order what color and/or sex that I have deposits for.
Another recommendation is please do not discuss the first stages of puppy buying with your children until about a week before first visitation which is at 5 weeks old. Anything can happen during birth and the first couple weeks, and I would hate to cause any heartbreak.
When can we visit our puppy ?
When can our puppy go home ?
Gestation for dogs is 63 days and by law I have to keep the puppies until they are 8 weeks old. Pull out a calendar and review to make sure that your schedule works with puppy pick-up dates. Anyone who needs a puppy to stay here over 8 weeks will be charged a $ 10.00 a day boarding fee.
Do all Empress Pups go home with micro-chips ?
Along with the purchase of one of our pups, we will microchip them and register them with Pet Key for lifetime training and amber alerts if your pet gets away from you for an extra $ 50.00 (if your vet would perform this procedure it would cost you $60 to $ 100.00.) I personally register your puppy through AKC for $ 30.00 so start thinking of a long registered name with Empress at the beginning of the name.
Can I come visit your dogs and puppies?
Sorry but the answer is no and for many reasons. I work a full time and just do not have the time to spend with every individual person that wants to play with puppies. That is why I schedule one puppy playdate when the puppies are over 5 weeks old and vaccinated. And because of my limited time outside of work, I try to spend as much of my extra time training and enjoying the outdoors with my dogs. It is also very risky for all of my dogs and puppies anytime I allow visitors to set foot on my property due to carrying and spreading diseases that can easily do harm to very young and older dogs. If you are interested in coming to meet an older available dog, I do allow you to visit after you send a deposit. If you do not fall in love with the dog I will refund your entire deposit.
Do you have any dogs or puppies that can become service dogs or emotional support dogs?
Yes my dogs and puppies have great temperaments and, with the proper training, can and do go on to be service dogs, ESA dogs, and therapy dogs. If you are looking for a dog to train yourself, my puppies and older dogs are priced the same. I only donate dogs to the following service dog organizations: Paws With A Cause in Michigan and Fidos for Freedom in Maryland. Feel free to reach out to one of these organizations to learn about their processes in being matched with a service dog.
Do you have the laid back temperament Labradors ?
Yes ! We have generations of wonderful dispositions and temperaments.... Our dogs are quite versatile so if you are a couch potato you Labrador will be right by your side... if you are very active your Labrador will be right there with you.
Health and genetic testing done?
OFA Hips and Elbows
CAER (formerly CERF) - exam by an opthamologist yearly
PRA - progressive retinal atrophy
EIC - exercise induced collapse
HPNK - Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis
D Locus - Dilute Clear
How much can we exercise our puppy/dog ?
Please consider Labrador puppies grow up to close to 2 years old.... try to limited high jumping up (ie: for a toy/frisbee) jumping down (ie: out of vehicle/couch/bed) and running (ie: beside you/golf cart/bicycle) Once all their growth plates have closed and they are physically mature (usually around age 2) and once they are conditioned enough for heavy exercise like jogging with you, etc.... it's a process just like you starting to run... they will need to build up to it and it will not happen over night.
What food do you feed ?
There are not many companies that have "true" research on the needs of a growing puppy other than Royal Canin. Why is this important ? Would you feed your baby adult food ? NO for baby food is designed for a growing baby and is the exact reason why I recommend Royal Canin Maxi Puppy food until at least a year old. If this particular food is not fed all guarantees are voided.
After a year old there are many great foods on the market, just please stay away from any brands you can buy at a grocery store.
Health & Temperament
Health and temperament are paramount to us. To help us breed sound dogs, all of the dogs we breed have had x-rays and are determined to be free of dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). We also have their eyes certified annually to be free of inheritable eye disorders by a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO). We believe that temperament has a very large genetic component and therefore we only breed dogs that exhibit a wonderful Labrador temperament, conformation, retrieving instincts and intelligence. We breed only the English lined Labradors with stellar temperaments. People ask me this all the time how is the temperament of your puppies? I really don't know how to answer this other than they are wonderful... just come and see for yourself!
The tests that we do is our best effort to ensure that our puppies are free of common congenital disorders. However, most congenital disorders have a polygenic mode of inheritance, meaning there is multiple gene involvement, making it impossible to determine with certainty that any puppy will be completely free from any disorder. Nutrition, exercise and other conditions will play a role in determining whether the puppy will develop certain disorders as well as help puppies grow into happy, healthy adults. We also encourage every puppy buyer to have their new puppy examined by their veterinarian within 48 hours from the date of purchase. If it is determined that the puppy is not in good general health, with a written veterinarian statement and the puppy returned, the entire purchase price will be refunded.
Page Updated: 10/10/2019
Rumor and Bernie (all chocolate puppies due mid November)
Rumor and Bernie (all chocolate puppies due mid November)
No Litters Planned At This Time
Taking deposits on these litters and please understand pregnancy is NOT confirmed from the above litters that is why they are posted on PLANNED litter section. Thank You!
Puppies available to pet homes only.
Please call or email for more information.
Available Older Dogs
They will be ready for their new homes Fall 2019. $1500
Scotch & Salsa Available in 2020.
A deposit is required to hold one of these girls
Please contact if you are seriously interested. A deposit will be required to hold any dog.
As most of you know that we have worked with different service dog organizations and now taking the next
step to help donations of puppies regularly for them.... I am searching and in need for FOSTER homes
for some 2+ year old girls that will come back here once a year for breeding purposes and puppies donated.
Hoping for Northern IL or WI homes for homes will be inspected and you will need a fenced in backyard...
there are no exceptions : ) application will need filled out as well. Please contact me privately for consideration.
In the long term this girl will end up being spayed and continue to live and be loved in your home.
Please Call or email us for more information.
It is a common misconception that breeders are responsible for the over population of dogs leading to the main reason dogs are abandoned and overflowing Shelters that are subsequently euthanized.
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