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Riverchase Labradors

About Riverchase Labradors

Welcome to Riverchase Labradors. We are located in the Upstate of South Carolina. Our names are Kevin & Terri Hoglen. Kevin is fairly new with Labradors but I have been involved with Labs all of my life. I was very fortunate to be introduced to AKC Conformation Shows at a very young age. I was extremely lucky to have Carroll and Mary James, AKC Professional Handlers, as next door neighbors and close family friends. I remember, as a little girl, watching for hours as Mary bathed and groomed the dogs in preparation for a Show. And then it was time to pack the van for a trip to the next show. I was truly amazed by their love for the dogs. What I thought was just fun and fascinating to watch; little did I know at the time, was ground roots for what my life is about today. Many things have changed since then but the love for the dog only grew stronger. My ultimate dream was to have a Lab that I could one day be getting ready for that big show.
Today, I am probably the happiest that I have ever been in my entire life. I have been a single mom for some time and I have definately had my share of life's ups and downs.My one and only, "True Love", Kevin has re-entered my life, and we were married Christmas Eve 2006. Kevin has a daughter, Tabitha, who is 21,  and is the mother of our newest granddaughter, Dallas Lauren . I also have a daughter, Leah, who is 30 and my adorable granddaughter "Michelle" is 5.  My oldest granddaughter, Allison is 11 and lives with us. Kevin and I have just recently adopted he. Our son, Lee is 26 and is a United States Marine. He and his family are currently stationed in Arlington, VA.   I miss him so very, very much but I am so proud of him. Lee and his wonderful wife, Nancy have 2 children, "Austin" who is 6 and "Alexis" who is 4.  We have just gotten news that Lee has resigned for another 4 years with the Marines and he and his family will be relocating to Beaufort Air Station. He will finally be back "home" in the lovely state of South Carolina. Relocation will be in January 2011.
Labs have always been a huge part of my life and now that Kevin is here with me, it feels so complete. He loves the Labs just as I do. He has gotten so involved with them and helps me so much. I have never seen anyone hunger more to learn all that he can about every aspect of the Labrador. It is such a blessing to know that the person that you are spending the rest of your life with, loves your hobby just as much as you do.  God has truely blessed me with him.
My first litter of Labs was born in 1989. At that time, I just had a female and wanted to experience having puppies. I was hooked after that. In January of 1993, I had a terrible accident and lost most of my right hand. I thought then that my dream was just that, only a dream, and now I would never be able to fulfill it. I was so disheartened that every time I looked at "Sugar", my heart broke. I found a good home for her and put my "dream" on the shelf. By 1996, I had completed numerous surgeries and much physical therapy and was toying with the idea of becoming involved with Labs again. I knew that I had determination and I also still had this "dream" deep in my soul. My search began. I went to a show here at home in Greenville SC. Lori Isenhath, Dovetail Labradors, had a female there "Mary". I held her at ringside, my eyes filling with tears as I realized that I could control her with just one hand. Lori's, Dovetail Longwood Marigold, "Mary" ignited a fire in my soul that can never be put out.
Today, Riverchase Labradors are proud producers of top quality Yellow, Black and Chocolate puppies that adhere to the standard of the breed. We specialize in AKC Labrador Retrievers from top English Show lines for the Show Ring, Gentleman Hunter, Therapy and Helper, and of course that Wonderful Family Companion. I FOCUS VERY STRONGLY ON THAT WONDERFUL TEMPERAMENT AS WELL AS EXCELLENT HEALTH. My dogs currently participate in Bench Conformation. Our goal here at Riverchase, is to produce Labradors with a pleasing temperament, extremely high intelligence, correct conformation, and genetic soundness yet still retaining the true sporting ability of the Lab. All of our dogs are OFA certified and have the proper eye clearances. I am so confident in our breeding program, that I offer a FULL 3 YEAR replacement guarantee against genetic defects. All litters are whelped indoors with me right by mom's side which starts the socialization process right from the moment of birth. I administer Early Neurological Stimulation. Babies are held, cuddled, loved and talked to even before they can hear or see us. Puppies are raised indoors. At 5-6 weeks they are introduced to the outside and are tested with live quail and duck wings. At 6 weeks we use the Puppy Aptitude Test to test temperaments of our puppies. By the time they are 7 weeks they have become happy, curious, tail wagging bundles of joy who adapt quickly from our family to yours. Our puppies are sent home with detailed instructions as well as a health record from our veterinarian.
Please, always remember, that I am here for you and your new puppy. Never feel that a question that you have is not important. I am here for you as long as needed. My love for the breed is so strong that I will always make time for you and your dog, no matter how busy. My goal is for you to be happy with your new family member. If you are not happy, chances are, he or she will not be happy either. Riverchase Labradors breeding program strictly follows the National Labrador Retriever Club ethical standards of breeding. All stock is in good health both physically and temperamentally. Both parents have the appropriate hip and eye clearances. Puppies are raised in a healthy environment with adequate socialization. All puppies are wormed and inoculated according to veterinary recommendations. I strive to place puppies in permanent homes and under no circumstances do we wholesale puppies. Accurate and thorough breeding records are kept and above all, Honesty with puppy purchasers is a priority.

Puppies leave Riverchase at around 9 weeks of age, occasionally a little bit older. If a puppy has had a deposit placed on it to hold for a new owner, a pick out your individual puppy date will set around 6 to 7 weeks of age. Those picks will be made in the order that deposits were received. If the puppy is not picked out at the time agreed upon, you will forfit your place in line and the next person will be allowed to pick. Once the actual pick up date is arranged, if something prevents you from getting it at that time and we are asked to hold the puppy for a longer period of time, there will be an additional $10.00 per day boarding fee. Puppies recieve their shots at 6, 9, 12, and 16weeks. Riverchase Labradors provides all shots for the new puppy that it needs prior to pick up. If we are holding the puppy past 9 weeks for you and their next set of shots come due, we will take the puppy to get those shots but we expect you to reimburse us for that vet expense.

Deposits are accepted in the following ways:

By cash from person to person.
By mailing a personal check or a US Postal money order.  (Checks accepted for deposits only)
Please make all checks or money orders payable to Terri or Kevin Hoglen

If you choose, I can accept a  payment through PayPal with an additional fee of 5% to cover the PayPal fee.
This allows people who wish to use a credit card to do so.

Feel free to call for more information or to talk with us about payment arrangements.

Please enjoy our site and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

About The Breed: Labrador Retriever

History
The Labrador is believed to have originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is thought to have descended from the St. John's Water Dog (no longer in existence), a crossbreed of native water dogs and the Newfoundland to which the Labrador is closely related. The name Labrador was given to this dog by the Earl of Malmesbury and other breeders in England in order to differentiate them from the Newfoundland dog. The Labrador Retriever was originally called the lesser Newfoundland or the St. John's dog. Other origins suggested for the name include the Spanish or Portuguese word for rural/agricultural workers, Portuguese "lavradores" or Spanish "labradores", and the village of Castro Laboreiro in Portugal whose herding and guard dogs bear a "striking resemblance" to Labradors.

Many fishermen originally used the Lab to assist in bringing nets to shore; the dog would grab the floating corks on the ends of the nets and pull them to shore.

The first known written reference to the Labrador is in 1814 in "Instructions to Young Sportsmen". In 1823 sporting artist Edwin Landseer painted a black dog with white markings titled "Cora. A Labrador Bitch," by which time it appears the breed was already firmly established, with several of the nobility either owning or breeding them by the end of that century. The first Yellow Lab on record, named Ben of Hyde, was born in 1899.

The modern Labrador Retriever is among the oldest of the modern "recognized" breeds; according to the American Kennel Club, pedigrees exist back to 1878. Labradors have strong backs and were used to drag and retrieve fishing nets.The Kennel Club recognized the Lab in 1903. The first registration of Labradors by the AKC was in 1917; many English dogs were imported post World War I and these formed the foundation of the American variety.
Description
The Labrador Retriever ("Labrador" or "Lab" for short), is one of several kinds of retriever, and is the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The breed is exceptionally friendly, intelligent, energetic and good natured, making them excellent companions and working dogs. Labrador Retrievers are known to be one of the fastest learning breeds of dog and respond well to praise and positive attention.

The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification. A small white spot on the chest is permissible, but not desirable. White hairs from aging or scarring are not to be misinterpreted as brindling. Black--Blacks are all black. A black with brindle markings or a black with tan markings is a disqualification. Yellow--Yellows may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog. Chocolate--Chocolates can vary in shade from light to dark chocolate. Chocolate with brindle or tan markings is a disqualification.

Although kennel clubs and registries recognize the Labrador in variations of only three colors—black, yellow, and chocolate—some breeders sell light-colored yellow Labrador puppies as a "white" labrador, the dark yellow Labrador puppies as "fox red," or chocolates possessing the dilution factor as "silver Labradors". The "silver" color is nonstandard and would disqualify them as show dogs. Although "silver" labs are currently eligible for AKC registration as chocolate labradors, there remains some debate as to the purity of "silver" labs. The Labrador Retriever Club (parent club to the Labrador Retriever Club in the US) has declared that the "silver" labrador is not a purebred, but rather a creative hybrid. It is their belief, as well as the belief of many breeders, that the "silver" labrador is a result of cross-breeding chocolate labradors with the weimaraner. Whether this breeding was intentional or unintentional is unknown. Kennels often charge greater fees for "silver" labradors, despite their disqualifying color and the LRC's condemnation of the non-standard labrador genetic trait. Another disqualifying factor for chocolate labs (as "silver" is technically classified as chocolate) is any diviation from a hazel or brown eye color. Many "silver" labradors have blue eyes, just like the weimaraner and unlike any other variety of standard labrador. It should be noted that all "silver" labradors are a result of initial interbreeding (father to daughter, brother to sister, mother to son, etc.) to maintain their color and recessive gene traits. The earliest advertisements for "blue" or "gray" labradors date back to the 1950s in the western United States. No "silver" labradors have been known to have been naturally produced outside the United States from native chocolate labrador stock. The US-based kennel where "silver" labradors first appeared also bred weimaraners. Despite the claims made by some unscrupulous "silver" labrador breeders, there is currently no genetic test to prove or disprove that "silver" labradors are purebred.
General Information
Labrador life expectancy is generally 12 to 13 years, and it is a healthy breed with relatively few major problems. Common Lab health issues are:

Labs are somewhat prone to hip dysplasia, especially the larger dogs, though not as much as some other breeds. Hip scores are recommended before breeding.
Labs are sometimes prone to ear infection, because their floppy ears trap warm moist air. This is easy to control, but needs regular checking to ensure that a problem is not building up unseen. A healthy Lab ear should look clean and light pink (almost white) inside.

Darker pink (or inflamed red), or brownish deposits, are a symptom of ear infection. The usual treatment is regular cleaning daily or twice daily (being careful not to force dirt into the sensitive inner ear) and sometimes medication (ear drops) for major cases. As a preventative measure, some owners clip the hair carefully around the ear and under the flap, to encourage better air flow.

Labs are often overfed and are allowed to become overweight, due to their blatant enjoyment of treats, hearty appetites, and endearing behavior towards people. A healthy Lab should keep a very slight hourglass waist and be fit and lithe, rather than fat or heavy-set. Excessive weight is strongly implicated as a risk factor in the later development of hip dysplasia and diabetes, and also can contribute to general reduced health when older. Arthritis is commonplace in older, overweight labs.

A Labrador that undertakes significant swimming without building up can develop a swelling or apparent kink known as swimtail. This can be easily treated by a veterinary clinic and tail rest.

Labs also suffer from the risk of knee problems. A luxating patella is a common occurrence in the knee where the leg is often bow shaped.
Physicality
22 1/2 to 24 1/2 inches (male); 21 1/2 to 23 1/2 inches (female).
Personality
Labradors are a well-balanced and remarkably versatile breed, adaptable to a wide range of functions as well as making very good pets. They are easily trained and are a very obedient breed. They are loyal companions that share the love you give to them. They are very friendly dogs and are great with children. As a rule they are not excessively prone to territorialism, pining, insecurity, aggression, destructiveness, hypersensitivity, or other difficult traits which manifest in a variety of breeds, and as the name suggests, they are excellent retrievers. As an extension of this, they instinctively enjoy holding objects and even hands or arms in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness. They are, however, prone to chewing objects (though they can easily be trained out of this behavior). The Labrador Retriever's coat repels water to some extent, thus facilitating the extensive use of the dog in waterfowl hunting.

Labradors have a reputation as a very mellow breed and an excellent family dog (including a good reputation with children of all ages), but some lines (particularly those that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field rather than for their appearance) are particularly fast and athletic. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear can result in mischief, and may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand. Such dogs can become quite destructive if left too much on their own. Most Labs enjoy retrieving a ball endlessly and other forms of activity (such as dog agility or flyball), are considerably "food and fun" oriented, very trainable and open-minded to new things, and thrive on human attention and interaction, which they find hard to get enough of. Reflecting their retrieving bloodlines, almost every Lab loves playing in water or swimming. They are also strongly built, they have an otter-like tail, and they have a strong will to please.

Many Labs are notorious "chowhounds"; they will eat anything that isn't nailed down, and are experts at manipulating soft-hearted humans into giving them treats/extra food/table scraps/etc (Lab owners consider their pets masters of 'seal puppy' eyes). The Lab owner must carefully control his/her dog's food intake to avoid obesity and its associated health problems.

The steady temperament of Labs and their ability to learn quickly make them an ideal breed for assistance dogs as well as search and rescue, detection, and therapy work.
Talents and Skills
Hunting, tracking, retrieving, watchdog, police work, narcotics detection, search & rescue, sledding, carting, agility, and competitive obedience.

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  • Teresa Hoglen
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