We are a small, well-established hobby breeder situated half way between Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida that proudly produces the finest chocolate, yellow, and black Lab puppies available in Florida today. Our puppies are sold on a limited-registration basis to pet homes only, and we take pride in the fastidious, loving, and stimulating environment in which they are raised. We do not sell puppies through e-mail. We must review your application and speak to you on the phone before we accept a deposit for one of our outstanding puppies.
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, out-crossing (creating new genetic combinations by bringing together genes from unrelated Labradors to eliminate undesirable traits caused by recessive genes) is the fundamental philosophy of our breeding program. We do not inbreed. Please read the following two recent articles on this subject by the Canine Institute of Biology:
Our out-cross breeding practice is achieved as a result of our extensive sire/dam pedigree research to identify and minimize common ancestors in our breeding pairs. Our
"5-generation rule" increases "hybrid vigor" and reduces the occurrence of common health issues caused by years of excessive inbreeding within prominent Labrador Retriever bloodlines. By applying this rule, Tru-Heart puppies are bred for sound temperaments, aesthetically-pleasing conformation, good bone, and physical/genetic health.
English or American? -
There is only one breed of dog known as the Labrador Retriever, as described by the official Standard of the Breed. However, within the Labrador breed type, there are variations in body styles produced according to the preferences of individual breeders. In the U.S., the general public has begun to mistakenly label these variations as "English" or "American", but more accurate descriptions are "show/conformation" or "working/field" styles. In fact, the vast majority of Labradors, whether conformation/show or working/field, have moderate body styles much closer to the written breed standard. Also, within a single litter, whether it was bred from show/conformation or working/field parents, individual puppies will mature to represent the entire range, and rarely the extremes, of the two styles. When choosing a Lab puppy, it's important to remember that these labels do not predict its temperament, trainability, or health as an adult.