Aristes' Labrador Retrievers - About Us

Aristes' Labrador Retrievers - B. Kellner, breeder: I have been showing and breeding Labrador Retrievers since 1971. I am the President of Sporting Dog Fanciers of New Mexico, a pure breed dog club for owners and fanciers of sporting dogs. My Labrador dogs are shown in AKC Conformation events and I have bred or co-bred over 70 champion Labradors. Lab dogs I have owned and bred have competed successfully in AKC conformation and obedience events. Eleven of our Labradors have become assistance dogs. It takes a special kind of Labrador Retriever to do this for disabled individuals. Several of our Labs have been wheelchair assistance dogs - doing everything from picking up items that are dropped, to calling 911 for rescue when their person has fallen out of the chair. Several of our labradors have been social assistants to shy, disabled children that are mainstreaming in school, and one is a seizure alert dog. All of our Labrador Retrievers are wonderful companions to their people.

All of my labrador puppy litter-care is carefully planned. Sires and dams are selected based on soundness, temperament, breed conformation and most importantly good health. I have litters only when I plan to keep something to continue to improve my Labrador line. Each Lab dog selected for my breeding program has OFA hip and elbow clearances, current eye clearances (CERF and Optigen), a heart clearance and an Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) clearance. Each litter is whelped and raised in the house to ensure our Labrador puppies have the best care, and are well socialized. Labrador breeding stock is from AKC conformation champion lines, not field trial lines. I strive to breed a lovable Labrador companion dog that is content to sleep at your feet or go for a walk or retrieve a ball or frisbee. Some of the Labs I've bred have earned junior or senior hunting titles. Many of the champions in the pedigree are Labrador dogs I've bred, trained and showed.

Labrador Puppies are sold on a limited registration, with an occasional exception for an approved show home. My Lab puppies are never sold for breeding purposes only.

Before you purchase a Labrador Retriever puppy, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Labrador Retriever breed, the breed standard, and genetic problems associated with the Labrador breed.
Read about the Breed Standard and Why You Should Request Health Clearances.

Sporting Dog Fanciers of New Mexico - Charter Member

Rio Grande Kennel Club - Member for over 30 years, former Board Member

Sandia Dog Obedience Club - Member for over 30 years
Conformation Head Trainer

Labrador Retriever Club of Albuquerque - Charter Member (No longer active)

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