This Spirit of St. Louis Labrador Retriever
Club (SSLLRC) is committed to the creation and maintenance of a specialty
dog club that supports excellence in breeding, exhibition, and
preservation of the Labrador Retriever as it was originally developed. In
order to accomplish this mission, we strongly urge that dogs and bitches
be bred only when such a breeding is conscientiously believed to result in
improvement of the breed.
Recommendations for Breeding:
- Sire and dam are at least 24 months of age.
- Sire and dam are certified free from hip and elbow dysplasia on or
after 24 months of age by Penn Hip, Wind-Morgan or O.F.A.
- Sire and dam are certified by an ACVO-certified veterinary
ophthalmologist free from congenital eye abnormalities until 7 years of
age or entire breeding life, whichever is longer.
- Members shall provide a copy of this code of ethics and
recommendations to sire/dam owner prior to breeding.
Ineligibility Criteria for Breeding Dogs/Bitches:
- Seizures or epilepsy.
- Severe temperament problems (breeder should evaluate temperament of
sire and dam prior to breeding, noting that shyness and
over-aggressiveness are not desirable traits in a Labrador Retriever).
- Other congenital/hereditary health disorders such as heart murmurs,
arrhythmias, absence of two normal testicles located in the scrotum,
myopathy or muscular dystrophy.
Requirements for Breeder Referral by the SSLLRC:
- A.K.C. registration of both sire and dam.
- 3 generation pedigree of both sire and dam.
- All health certifications listed above on both sire and dam.
- None of the ineligibility criteria listed above in either sire or
Documentation of the above should be made available upon request.
Requirements for Litter Listing by SSLLRC:
- Puppies should not be removed from the litter prior to 7 weeks of
- Members shall not sell or donate dogs or puppies to brokers, puppy
mills or research facilities, shall not auction or raffle dogs or
puppies, and shall not sell dogs or puppies at flea markets or by the
side of the road. However, donations to non-profit organizations (such
as support dogs, drug dogs and sight dogs) are encouraged.
- Breeder should guarantee general health of puppies on the date of
sale and puppies should be properly inoculated for their age.
- Breeder should be willing to take back any dog or puppy of their
breeding in need of rescue.
Breeders are recommended, but not required, to seek performance titles
in order to obtain objective corroboration that the sire and dam possess
the desired traits as described in the breed standard, whether with
respect to retrieving ability, tractability or conformation. For
- One (1) championship point as awarded by the American Kennel
- One (1) leg toward C.D. (companion dog) title
- One (1) leg toward J.H. (junior hunter) title.
- J.A.M. (judges award of merit) at a field trial.
- T.D. tracking
- W.C. working certificate.
- One (1) leg toward novice
- Any other performance titles.
Members will maintain and provide complete and accurate records in
with A.K.C. rules and regulations.