What You Need to Know About Purchasing a Nycoma Way Puppy
At Nycoma Way, I
strive to produce sound, healthy, good-natured, typical Labradors that
conform to the standard, and exemplify the "style" of Labrador
prefer. I breed only when I desire to keep something for myself,
to improve and carry on my lines. All my puppies are sold on
spay/neuter contracts and
Only under very
special circumstances will I allow a puppy to go home with full
registration. In those circumstances, I remain on the AKC
registration papers as co-owner. Whether for show or
companion/pet, I require all puppy homes to sign a contract which
outlines my health guarantee and my puppy owner responsibilities.
I provide a complete puppy folder to all new homes including a
four-generation pedigree, health clearances on sire and dam and any
other known relatives, photos of sire and dam and other relatives,
health certificate including shot record, a myriad of training articles
and general Labrador information, a six-lb. bag of food, and baby
blanket that smells like your puppy's home to help with the transition
to his/her new home.
note, I do NOT sell puppies for breeding.
Those puppies that I believe possess the quality I desire to continue my
lines remain here in my home, or are placed with other reputable
Labrador breeders with whom I have developed a relationship.
My litters are planned well in advance of the breeding, with much
research and analysis to try and determine the best dog for my girls.
I try to weigh all of the available information regarding health,
temperament, type, trainability and drive, structure, movement, and
hereditary problems. With the recognition that there is no clean
pedigree, or perfect Labrador, I try to make the best decisions
possible. Breeding dogs is both an art and a science. There
is no guarantee that a puppy will not develop an unfortunate hereditary
or health problem, but we can do our best to try and minimize that
possibility by weighing all of the available information and making the
best informed decisions possible. I screen our breeding stock for hip, elbow, and eye soundness through the
Orthopedic Foundation for
Animals (hips and elbows) and
Canine Eye Registration Foundation (eyes) as well as
(eyes). I also evaluate hocks, shoulders, hearts, thyroid, and
other areas as necessary, or deemed prudent given the pedigrees and dogs
I believe strongly in
open communication among breeders to try and improve the health and
soundness of our breed. I do not believe in mud-slinging or
bad-mouthing when a breeder acknowledges a potential or known problem in
his or her line, or particular dog/bitch. I respect and commend
breeders who share information with others about hereditary problems
and/or concerns. It is only through open and honest communication
that we will be able to make informed decisions about our breeding
programs and to continue to improve the integrity of our breed.
Information shared openly and honestly is that alone--information and
data, not a statement about the individual or the dog in question.
Are You Interested in a Labrador Puppy?
Please Read This First.
Purchasing a new puppy is a lifetime commitment and should
not be taken lightly. I encourage interested puppy homes to
research carefully the breed they are interested in bringing into their
home and family--what are the breed's characteristics? What was
this breed bred to do? How much care and exercise does this breed
require? What are the genetic and hereditary problems common to
this breed? What type of home and physical environment does this
breed do best in? While Labradors are the most popular breed in
the United States today, according to AKC Registration statistics, they
are not the breed for everyone. Please take the time to do your
homework to make sure a Labrador is right for you. There are far
too many Labrador puppies and adults in shelters across the country, in
Labrador Retriever Rescue, and foster homes. Tragically, many of
these Labradors are euthanized when a home cannot be found.
Not-for-profit rescues and volunteers cannot save them all.
Respected and committed breeders are not out for the "quick buck", and
involve much emotion, time, and money into each and every puppy brought
into this world.
important as researching the breed that is right for you, I highly
recommend you interview the breeder you are interested in purchasing a
puppy from. You should expect a concerned and committed breeder to
do the same of you. You should be concerned about
compatibility--do I get a "good" feeling about this person?
Is it a good fit? Would I feel comfortable coming back to this
person over the course of my dog's life to ask questions or obtain
advice? Is he or she committed to the welfare of this breed, or is he or
she just concerned about profit? Why is s/he breeding this
particular litter? Are they planning to keep a puppy from the
litter for themselves? What are the breeders' goals for this
particular breeding? Why this particular stud dog?
What is the breeder's home like? Is it clean? Does the
breeder allow you to just pick out whatever puppy you want, or does s/he
carefully temperament test and match a puppy based upon the best "fit"
with your lifestyle, goals, and expectations for your future companion? Where are the puppies
born and raised? Are they raised in the home? Are the
puppies and other dogs clean and healthy? Will the breeder provide
references from his or her veterinarian or other puppy homes?
Purchasing a Labrador puppy is a 12-15 year commitment, on average.
Concerned breeders will feel responsible for that puppy for its entire
12-15 years. Has the breeder stated that he or she will take back
or re-home a puppy or adult, regardless of age, if you can no longer
care for it? What does the breeder's contract state? What
are your protections? What are the breeder's protections?
At Nycoma Way,
spend considerable time interviewing, getting to know, and visiting with
each and every prospective puppy home. I am very selective in
the choice of homes for my puppies. I can do this because I do
not have many puppies available. I typically breed only one,
occasionally two, litters a year. As a result, most of my puppies
are reserved before the puppies are even born. I do not sell
puppies over the Internet, and prefer to meet each family in person
before committing to selling a puppy. If an in-person visit is not
possible due to distance, a more in-depth and lengthy interview process
is initiated. I typically develop on-going relationships with my
puppy homes, enjoying holiday pictures and cards, emails, notes, and
visits. I am committed to the life of each puppy that leaves my
home, and do all that I can to make sure that a Nycoma Way puppy goes
to the best home possible.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about upcoming litters or
my Labradors in general. I will happily send my puppy questionnaire and
puppy packet to interested parties upon request.
Educational Resources for Potential Puppy Homes
Labrador Retriever Breed
A very good
overview of the Labrador Retriever breed
This is a
great link to articles on Labradors, purchasing a puppy, canine health,
and other articles of interest
at great discounted prices or
a great website for dog books.
on the book to be taken directly to a website to purchase.
THE ART OF
RAISING A PUPPY
The Monks of New Skete
RETRIEVER: THE DOG THAT DOES IT ALL
Lisa Weiss & Emily Biegel
Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson
YOUR DOG'S ADOLESCENCE
CHILD-PROOFING YOUR DOG
MY DOG PULLS. WHAT DO I DO?
by Turid Rugaas
DOG OWNER'S HOME VETERINARY HANDBOOK,
James Carlson & Liisa Giffin
A DOG FOR
Claire Bessant, Peter Neville, Bradley Viner
RETRIEVERS TO HANDLE
D.L. & Ann Walters
TRAINING RETRIEVERS FOR MARSHES & MEADOWS
PUREBRED RESCUE DOG
ADOPTION: REWARDS AND REALITIES
FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG - UNDERSTANDING
EMOTION IN YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND Patricia
ON TALKING TERMS WITH
DOGS: CALMING SIGNALS 2ND. ED.