Mabry Labs in Murphysboro is on over 100 acres in Southern Illinois, less than two hours from St. Louis Mo. M
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We are AKC inspected and a Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Breeder.
We are also State Licensed and our kennel goes above and beyond their requirements. We don't want to just meet the standard for a license, we want to excel expectations. This is required if you have five females. Please, make sure if you get a puppy in Illinois to ask for a copy of the Kennel License.
Why pick us at Mabry Labs for your Labrador puppy?
Adults: This is one thing that sets us apart from other breeders. Our adults are provided with an inside area with toys, beds and excellent vet care. A radio plays for them as well. They have 24/7 access to outside if they choose to do so. Most prefer to lay up on their Kuranda beds most of the time with their toys or play with a friend. They get their areas cleaned at a minimum of four times a day and disinfectant is used twice a day. Adults get treats, vitamins and are fed daily with a probiotic added for health. We have natural and artificial lighting as well. The dogs even have their own washing machine to clean blankets, toys and towels daily. Dogs are walked, given access to the pond when weather allows for swimming, let out to run in the open yard, play fetching and work on obedience training. Favorite thing of most is to find a human and crawl into their laps. Yes, our labs even come into our home and crawl into our chairs and onto the couch. Adults are treated monthly for worms, and provided vaccines as recommended by the vet. We have DNA on file with AKC, health testing, and screen for genetic diseases. Once you see a dog with EIC or CNM you will understand why we test our labs to make sure our puppies will never be affected by these diseases that can be prevented by selective breeding. Parents genetic tested for EIC, CNM,PRA, PKD, DM, DILUTE, HU AND HNPK. Along with hips and elbow
Hereditary nasal parakeratosis (HNPK) is a disease that affects Labrador Retrievers and related breeds and leads to dry, rough, discolored crusts on the edges of the dog’s nose. The disease results from a mutation that causes the nose to dry out and can lead to chronic irritation and inflammation of the skin on and surrounding the dog’s nose. Symptoms of the disorder appear in young dogs typically between the ages of around 6 months to 1 year of age. In more severe cases of the disease, cracked skin around and on the tip of the nose can become infected and require medical attention. In later stages, the disease can also affect nose pigmentation with nose skin color changing from dark to lighter shades of color. Once diagnosed, continuous care is required to reduce the occurrence of crusting on and around the dog’s nose using topical treatments.
Puppies: This is a major thing here at Mabry Labs that we don’t take lightly. All puppies receive 24/7 care and are inside a climate controlled puppy area. This area is cleaned and disinfected throughout 24 hours a day. If a puppy has an accident it is cleaned up and then disinfected, this is done so that by the time the puppies are six weeks old they are going outside to potty. Going outside by six weeks old to use the bathroom does help when they leave here at eight weeks old and go to their new homes in house breaking. Security cameras monitor puppies all the time and with this we can see if there is anything that needs to be done to them, while still allowing moms to help with the care of the puppies. Moms need to be able to feel comfortable with the puppies and help teach them the first eight weeks. This also helps make a better puppy when it goes home. We use blankets, towels, toys and other items in with the puppies to entertain them and help them get used to things before they go home. They hear vacuums, tractors, trucks, radio, and other noises as well. In summer time they get swimming pools and if weather is nice they run to the pond for adventures. We provide a large play area with toys to entertain them. They get Kuranda beds to sleep on or play king of the bed on. Puppies are given vaccines, vet care, wormings, vitamins, probiotics daily and fed a good quality feed. They do not go hungry, as we don’t want puppies to have to fight others for their food and this makes them better well rounded puppies. We start the weaning process at 3.5 weeks with puppy mush. This is puppy food, goats milk, and probiotic mix that we make for them four times a day. We use a lot of goats’ milk here and they appreciate it. We want to provide you with a happy, healthy puppy and believe that the first eight weeks of life here gets them on the right track. Our puppies are so comfortable they very rarely cry and this is due to the care we provide them. A healthy, comfortable puppy is a happy puppy and that makes them great puppies when they get to go home. We also play with them daily, snuggle with them, and end the day with them fast asleep; before we go to bed all the puppies are sleeping safe inside. Puppies get vet care as needed and a full exam before going home. We also microchip all puppies and pay for the fees so that if they are ever lost someone can find the owners or us.
The building that we use for the adults is a new building put into use January 2016. It is a beautiful building that we take great pride in owning, please check out our kennel page for pictures. It is climate controlled and the dogs appreciate it. A lot of time, work and details went into the building to make it safe and comfortable for them to use. We didn’t want our dogs outside in small cages and dog houses. We wanted to provide them with a safe and clean environment. They have fresh water, food and outdoor access. It has lighting inside to provide them with artificial lighting as well as outside they have natural sunlight. Every dog gets their own Kuranda bed and their own toys. We buy lots of toys here for the dogs and they appreciate that. I don’t know of any breeder in our area that has a building like we have and this sets us apart from them. We believe that if you are going to breed, that care of the adults is just as major as care of the puppies. Care is not just health testing it is also how the animal lives its daily life. Here at Mabry Labs we can sleep soundly knowing our dogs are safe from any bad weather, healthy and happy.
The building we use for the puppies went in in March 2015. It is sectioned off inside for each mother, so that moms feel secure with their babies. This makes it so that mom stays calm and relaxed instead of worrying if another animal is going to get her babies. It is climate controlled. The moms have access 24/7 to outside and can relax outdoors as well as indoors if they want. We take moms for walks and playtime away from the pups so they get free time as well. Feed is never out of the bowls, so moms can eat what they want when they want. Probiotics are given daily with vitamins. Blankets, towels and toys are given inside and cleaned daily. All floors are disinfected every time we leave the building. There are mats that have disinfectant in them to make sure that our shoes are disinfected every time we enter. We also use disposable booties for our shoes when we enter puppy play areas. Security cameras run 24/7 and are monitored 24/7 remotely so we can see what is going on.
As of 2017 we have added on a meet and greet building. This is a secure building set up for puppies to play and interact with people no matter the weather outside. It is heated, cooled, has tv, radio, couch, toys, basically it is a house. My office is in it, so that I can spend time working and playing with the pups. We did in order to have a place that would be easy to keep disinfected between people. As much as we welcome people into our home a home can not be cleaned the same as this building. We strive very hard to keep all puppies and adults safe from any disease/illness and feel that this is the best way to do so.
With all this, you can see part of what sets us apart from other breeders. There is a lot that we do that is not listed on here and I will update more over time. We just wanted to hit some points on this page so that you understand what we do here. Our prices on pups might be a little higher than some breeders, or less than some breeders, yes some breeders do charge more than us and still don't provide half this in their breeding program. Our dogs are in a facility that cost over $200,000 not in a $50.00 dog house or living in dirty conditions. Why would we do this some might ask. Simple we love our dogs and won’t sacrifice their needs above our own. Plus, people pick us to care for their puppies that first eight weeks and we do the best we can. Also, it is nice to know that your puppies’ parents are in the finest hands out there and not living in poor conditions.
We have dogs with excellent genetics with show lines and hunt test lines. We have brought in dogs over time to expand our lines and have some of the best that you can find. Most of all we breed our labs for looks, health, train ability and temperament. We have kept back puppies from breedings that we have done over the years to produce some of the most beautiful and smart dogs you will find. We know our lines are great so we have grandparents of our pups here that you can visit with. We've spent a lot of research time putting together our Mabry Labs. We don't just have the genetics, but we have the building to house them comfortably. we spend our money on our genetics and buildings. We put our heart, soul and time into this. If you find breeders charging what we do or more without putting money with the facilities and just buying up dogs (even high quality dogs) you might want to look elsewhere. As we have high quality genetics and great facilities. If we can do it so can they. Just most don't want a real kennel building as it cost them money and time. Also, a garage with a kennel off the back or side is not a true kennel. We wouldn't want the exhaust fumes near our puppies, would you? You don't heat and cool outside dog houses with $1500 a month electric bills like our kennel. Has this upset some other kennels? You bet it has. We hope they soon step up and do what is right for their dogs as we always will here at Mabry Labs.
If we are out of reach for a drive to get a puppy here, we are more than willing to help you find a breeder near you that meets our standards.
You will always see us growing as everything we get goes into the dogs.
Thanks for reading this page and any questions feel free to ask.
We look forward to meeting new people along the way and love to stay in touch with our puppies as they grow with their new families.
Continue to watch us as we expand on ideas. We always are looking for improvement.
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