Hi, I'm Alison C.
Bred to assist children and adults alike, through life as a best friend or helper, our dogs are very people driven. We want to provide you with your “Heart Dog”, and this is the meaning of Herzhund. We breed to make sure that every puppy is as healthy and temperamentally sound as we can provide.
Alison is an Outstanding Breeder
- 3+ years breeding experience
- Conducts all core health tests
- Exceptional socialisation
- Great communication
- Thorough documentation
- Provides secure payments
Our Breeding Practices
Behaviour and socialisation
Imprinting starts on day 3 after birth with the “Super Dog” or “Bio Sensor Early Neurological Stimulation Program”. Our Puppies are raised under the puppy raising program that was developed by Steve Courtney from K9 Pro.
All dogs entering our breeding program must go through vigorous testing before becoming part of the Herzhund Breeding Team. All dogs must have X-Rays and DNA testing complete and pass our temperament testing to become one of our breeding dogs. All pups are vaccinated and microchipped before heading to their new…
The whelping room is 100% insulated and is complete with soft lighting, ambient music playing throughout, room heating and cooling system and air purification and cameras. There is a complete kitchen for making up food once puppies are on solid foods and a washing area. All floors are sealed with epoxy so we can…
Included with our puppies
We have a puppy hand over day at our facility at pick up time. During this time, Steve and Alison present on some basic puppy raising information, nutrition etc All puppy owners receive a puppy pack which includes some of the most essential products we feel are needed for pups eg leash, harness, bed etc. We have a…
Herzhund Labradors conducts 4 out of 4 core health tests which RightPaw believe are most important to conduct for the Labrador Retriever.
Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) is a genetic condition mainly affecting Retrievers and Spaniels.…
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess the quality of their elbow…
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess their ‘hip score’. Dogs with…
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in dogs is a type of genetic eye disease causing deterioration…
Herzhund Labradors conducts 17 additional tests available for the Labrador Retriever.
Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CMS) is genetic disease that causes extreme muscle weakness after just a short amount of exercise. It can result in puppies or dogs who collapse after only five to thirty minutes of exercise. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Canine Elliptocytosis is a rare genetic disease causing the red blood cells to be abnormally elliptical in shape, rather than round. It generally does not cause a clinical problem to affected dogs, but puppies may be mildly anaemic and smaller than others. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this disease.
Centronuclear myopathy (CNM), is a genetic muscle disease that occurs in Labradors. A DNA test is available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Cone degeneration is a genetic eye disease that results in ‘day blindness’, extreme sensitivity to light, and poor vision. The condition begins in puppies and gradually worsens as they get older. There are various types of cone degeneration in the dog, including Achromatopsia. There is a DNA test available in certain breeds to identify whether a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia (CM) is a mild disease which normally does not have any impact on an affected dog’s health or lifespan but can cause concern if noticed on routine bloodwork without knowing the cause. It is a blood disease resulting in low numbers of very large platelets. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
This condition mainly affects Newfoundlands although other breeds can be affected. It is a genetic condition which results in the production of kidney and bladder stones. There is a DNA test available to confirm that breeding dogs are not carrying this condition.
This is a disease affecting the spinal cord of older dogs, initially causing wobbliness and eventually hindlimb paralysis. It can affect a wide range of breeds. There is now a DNA test that can indicated if a breeding dog is carrying this disease.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a genetic skin disease. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this disease.
Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK) is a genetic condition that can affect Labradors. It causes very dry and crusty skin around the nose that predisposes to infections. There is a DNA test available to determine whether a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Hyperuricosuria (HUU) is a genetic disease that causes a build-up of uric acid in the urine, predisposing to painful bladder and kidney stones. It can occur in a range of breeds. There is a DNA test available to identify whether a breeding dog is carrying this disease.
Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is a rare genetic condition that causes adverse reactions to anaesthetic drugs. It results in the body rapidly overheating and is sometimes fatal. There is now a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Macular Corneal Dystrophy (MCD) is a rare genetic eye disease that has been identified in Labradors. It causes cloudy eyes and potential vision impairment. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM) is an inherited muscle disease causing severe, progressive muscle atrophy in puppies. Affected puppies are small and lack coordination. Within weeks, the puppies may have difficulty holding their head up or standing and may collapse after exertion. There is a DNA test available to identify whether a breeding dog might be carrying this condition.
Narcolepsy is a genetic disease which causes affected animals to fall asleep suddenly following periods of excitement, such a feeding or play. These dogs might collapse and appear drowsy or might completely fall asleep. They usually grow out of the condition after about one year of age. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD) is a genetic disorder resulting in low levels of an energy-producing enzyme in the body. Affected dogs can experience lethargy, exercise intolerance and severe anaemia. There is a DNA available to identify whether a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Skeletal Dysplasia is an inherited form of dwarfism which causes the leg bones to grow much shorter than is proportional for the body. Affected legs will be short and slightly bowed outwards. Often the forelimbs are more affected than the hindlimbs, which can make the condition more difficult to spot in subtle cases. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Stargardt Disease, also known as Juvenile Macular Degeneration, is a genetic eye disease that causes gradual degeneration of the retina. This can cause blurred vision and difficulty seeing when moving quickly from bright to low light. There is a DNA test available to identify whether a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Herzhund Labradors will send their puppies to the following states for their new families:
Getting your puppy home
Herzhund Labradors supports the following options for getting your new puppy home safely.
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About the Breeder
A little about us
Hi we are Alison and Steve and we run Herzhund Kennels. Steve is the trainer and behaviourist at K9 Pro, The K9 Professionals and Steve has been working, training and breeding dogs most of his life. Steve is a Nationally Accredited Dog Trainer, Nationally Accredited Behaviourist , Nationally Accredited Law…
Why we got involved in breeding
When it comes to our Labs, Steve grew up with a Labrador named “Boy”, and he feels the Labrador makes the best pet for children young and not so young. A dog that loves to swim, fetch, hang out and swap attention with you, you wont find a more stable dog than ours. Our breeding goals are aimed at producing stable,…
Our special touch
Genetics Well first of all, there are the genetics, you will not find better! We search the world for the best bloodlines and bring them together here at Herzhund. You can be assured that you are in the right place if history is to repeat itself. Experience Steve’s reputation for being one of the leading dog…
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