I breed about every 3 – 4 years and just had a litter in June 2019 so I won’t have any puppies until sometime in 2022 or 2023. Contact the FCRSA for a listing of breeders and litters.
Kingsbridge puppies are checked by a veterinarian, wormed, have first shots, sold with a health guarantee, micro chipped, and AKC registered before they go to their forever homes. In addition, the litter will experience Early Neurological Stimulation, Early Scent Stimulation and other puppy development activities, be temperament tested, evaluated for structure and type, and started on birds.
There is a lifetime commitment to all of the puppies bred by Kingsbridge. We expect to remain in contact with new puppy owners throughout the dog’s life. A private Facebook group represents the Kingsbridge community and is a place for owners to share stories, ask questions, post pictures, etc.
Interested puppy buyers are asked to fill out a questionnaire to assist us in selecting the right puppy for your needs. Puppy buyers must also provide references, pay a deposit and personally pick up your puppy. Cost of a male or female puppy is $1,900.
What happens when people come to visit?
Visitors are welcome! You can meet the dam which gives you an idea about what to expect from the puppies as far as size, overall looks and temperament. You can view the puppies’ environment and see how they are being raised. You can play with the puppies helping with their socialization into the human world. Puppies need lots of safe, positive and nurturing experiences to help them develop into confident canine companions.
How are puppies matched to new owners/homes?
At about 7 weeks old, puppies are evaluated using criteria such as social attraction, following, restraint, social dominance, elevation dominance, retrieving, touch, sound and sight sensitivity, stability, structure and energy level. The results of these tests along with the breeder’s observations and knowledge, feedback from visitors and potential owners, and responses on the potential owner questionnaire, are all used to help match puppies to new owners.
What are health clearances?
Any dog being considered for breeding should be evaluated to determine if the dog is physically sound and clear of genetic defects. While there are no absolute guarantees for perfect health in a puppy, medical screening of the parents is one way to eliminate some possible hereditary diseases. In Flat-Coated Retrievers, hips, elbows, patellas and eyes should all be examined and cleared.
One examination is a radiograph of the hips to determine if hip dysplasia is present. The x-rays are evaluated by a qualified veterinarian and if there is no evidence of hip dysplasia the Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (OFA) will register the dog and issue a number. A similar procedure is done for elbows.
An examination of the patella by a vet should be performed to determine evidence of patellar luxation. A Normal finding may be registered with OFA and a number issued as proof.
Finally, an exam should be performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist to determine observable inherited eye disease and the results registered with OFA and/or Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF).
What do pedigrees mean?
A pedigree outlines the ancestry of a dog. Knowing the dog’s parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. provides a good idea what a puppy will look like and act like. Health clearances of a dog’s ancestors demonstrate physical soundness; Titles earned demonstrate adherence to the breed standard and trainability. Breeders use pedigrees to enhance desirable traits and improve upon other traits of the dog.
What is the ideal home for one of our puppies?
Active adults who enjoy doing things with their dogs and include them as part of the family. They enjoy training their dog to challenge them mentally and provide physical activity most days. These people are familiar with and accept the responsibilities of owning a dog for its lifetime. If they choose to compete, they are more concerned with the process and less about the title. They allow the dog to run, swim and retrieve often.