"Labs to Love puppy, Beacon has such a silly personality and is friendly to absolutely everyone!
He knows how to sit, shake, come, goes potty outside and sleeps through the night in his crate.
He's an exceptional puppy and we're so happy to have him!" 

--Meredith San Diego, California puppy

Labs to Love puppy, Buttermilk Biscuit, CGC is a Registered Animal Assisted Therapy Dog with the Delta Society.

- Owner Handled by Heidi Christ. West Covina, California

"Words cannot express what an AWESOME dog our [Labs to Love] puppy is. Brady is extremely intelligent and everyday people tell me what a beautiful dog he is. He is a very important part of the family."

--Michael Oceanside, New York

"I can't believe that [our Labs To Love puppy] Cali was house trained at 12 weeks of age.

We will be playing with her in the family room and she takes off running down the hall, out her doggie door to pee.

Then she runs back in as fast and starts playing again. She gets up in the middle of the night (if she has to go pee) and goes, and then comes back to bed.

We love our little girl! She is getting along wonderfully with our 3 year old, Willow

-- Triesta, a Carlsbad, California Labrador retriever Puppy

Labrador Retriever Health Screening History

Dog breeders have the responsibility to perform health screening tests on any adult dog prior to a planned breeding, but the health screening that is mandated to be done has changed considerably over time.    

Initially the only health testing required for Labrador Retrievers consisted of screening for Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD).  

In 1966 the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) was founded as a not-for-profit organization by the Golden Retriever Dog Club of America and the German Shepherd Dog Club of America to maintain data of inherited diseases in dogs. 

To screen for CHD, your Labrador's veterinarian x-rayed the dog's hips in accordance with the radiographic instructions set forth by the OFA.

Two decades after the founding of the OFA, Dr. Gail Smith at the University of Pennsylvania developed a different radiographic system to measure hip laxity which she believed to be the cause of degenerative hip changes in dogs. 

The relationship between OFA proponents and PennHip advocates have never been in alignment with each other. 

PennHip measures the laxity of hips under anesthesia to produce a calculated distraction index (DI) that is compared to other DI's for the breed of dog being examined.  DI's of dogs to be used for breeding should be in the top 50% of their breed.  

OFA assesses the coxofemoral luxation (the dislocation of the hip joint resulting in displacement of the femur head from the acetabular socket) to determine a certification classification of the dog.  

Which methodology for predicting CHD is correct?  No one can agree on that answer yet.  What breeders do have is the option to use both testing methods. 

Next came the requirement to screen Labrador Retrievers' eyes which meant a visit was necessary to see your local canine ophthalmologist. 

CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) was the original eye registry which was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned purebred dog owners and breeders whose goal was to eliminate inherited eye diseases in purebred dogs through registration, research and education. 

CERF was disbanded in 2012 when the OFA took over the collection of data and renamed
the eye data collection registry CAER (Companion Animal Eye Registry).  

​Phew!  We aren't even half-way done! 
The third test for Labrador Retrievers debuted in 1990 by the OFA and it was to test for canine elbow dysplasia.  

In the ensuing years, our scientific community has been busy mapping the canine genome.  As a result of mapping the canine genome, the first DNA health tests were offered in 2007.   

Just 5 years later, the minimal required health screening required for the Labrador Retriever increased to: 
  • Hip Dysplasia (CHD) 
  • Elbow  Dysplasia (ED)
  • Eye Examination (CAER) Companion Animal Eye Registry
  • DNA testing for Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
Optional health screening for the Labrador Retriever Adult Dog is:​
  • DNA testing for Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM)

Labrador Retriever breeders can additionally health test their Labbies using DNA testing for: 
  • Cystinuria
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
  • Uric Acid (Hyperuricosuria)
  • Coat length 
  • Coat color ​​