Retrievers of Hillside Farms Est. 2009
Raising quality AKC Labrador Retrievers for over 10 years. For a detailed insight into our breeding process, click the picture panel below to view full size images and descriptions.
Welcome! Our pups are kept in a temperature controlled environment suited for all seasons to ensure they're not too hot, not too cold.
We have designed a high top counter to go over all documents and answer any/all questions you may have.
We have a whelping and weigh station for recording weight at birth & at every 3, 5, & 7 week mark. We like to track growth and progression as pups mature.
We have lighting for mom at night and fan (if needed) in addition to A/C or heat for winter and summer months.
During the whelping phase, the aisle is partitioned for a nursing side and a resting/feeding area for the dam. Resting/Feeding pictured.
During the whelping phase, the aisle is partitioned for a nursing side and a resting/feeding area for the dam. Nursing pictured.
Once newborns have arrived, we clean up and get them settled in a cotton bed for a few days to make mom as comfortable & stress free as possible.
As the pups get bigger, we move them into a kiddie pool with an absorbent whelping pad that is changed daily. This helps significantly with clean up.
At 4 weeks, pups are slowly weened from nursing. Most instinctively start eating on their own with little hesitation. We start off eating inside but as they get older we eat outside as it can become a little messy. By 5 weeks, pups are weened completely from mom.