Decatur, Tx  76234  

About Hip Dysplasia

Texas Star Labradors x-rays and OFA Certifies all of our adult Labradors.  By only breeding Labradors that are OFA Certified greatly improves the odds of producing puppies that will live long healthy and pain free lives.  However the OFA reports 3-7% of Labradors from OFA certified parents will still be effected by hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause lameness and arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. It is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds, and is the most common single cause of arthritis of the hips.

During growth, both the ball (the head of the femur, or thighbone) and the socket in the pelvis (acetabulum) must grow at equal rates. In hip dysplasia, this uniform growth during puppyhood does not occur. The result is laxity of the joint, followed by degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis (OA), which is the body's attempt to stabilize the loose hip joint.


Purchasing a Texas Star Labrador Puppy

Texas Star Labradors are in very high demand due to our careful breeding ethics of DNA Disease & OFA Testing.  Many of our Parent Labradors are titled in Show or Hunt, and/or are currently competing to obtain titles, while some are selected for highly desirable traits unique to that Labrador.  All of our Labradors come from very high US & European Show lines ensuring beauty, grace, and conformation according to the Labrador Breed Standard.


$2500-$3000 Limited Registration  Required Deposits are $350.00 pricing is based on titles and breedings 

$2800 - $3750 Full Registration Required Deposits are $750.00 available to approved breeders or those with history of Showing or Hunt Tests.

Texas Star Labrador Puppies range between $2500 - $3000 Limited Registration and by reservation only.  Reservation Deposits are $350 and refundable only if the litter is not born or if there are not enough of the Gender you selected.  Upon begin selected, customers will sign a Puppy Contract stipulating the litter and gender of choice

Full Registration is available to Approved Customers Only - $2800 - $3750  Deposits are $750 for Full and refundable only if the litter is not born or if there are not enough of the Gender you selected.  Requires signing the Texas Star Labradors Breeders Agreement, provided during the approval process.

Purchasing a TSL Puppy

Texas Star Labrador Puppies are available on Limited Registration with the option of Full Registration to a select few approved breeders.  If approved a breeder will sign our FULL REGISTRATION BREEDER AGREEMENT.   TSL reserves the right to terminate a purchase agreement at anytime and refund any deposits on record.

Show Level Puppies

In any given litter there may be between 0 - 2 puppies that are truly show level puppies.  TSL reserves the right to reserve Picks 1 Male and 1 Female for show clients.  Show Level puppies require additional evaluations by Dr Hesser at Josey Ranch Pet Hospital who specializes in show labradors and the evaluation costs approximately $500 for Dr Hesser to evaluate any puppy for the AKC Show ring and possible development to effectively compete, however there are no guarantees in show our how the puppy will ultimately develop.  Please contact us if you are looking for a show level puppy evaluation of a TSL puppy.


This agreement protects Texas Star Labrador blood lines as well as protects the puppy and the breeder purchasing the puppy.  TSL does not permit the breeding of our lines with dogs tested to be a carrier or effected by the dilute gene - Reference the Labrador Retriever Club, UKC, and other recognized organizations stance on the dilute gene in the Labrador lines.  Breeder will agree to require a full DNA testing on any dog being bred including the puppy being purchased and agrees that the puppy will not be bred until OFA Certifications are completed and the puppy passes OFA Certification testing negative for Hip Dysplasia and will maintain the same requirements of any future litters they choose to sell on Full Registration. 

Breeder agrees not to breed Texas Star Labradors with Field Bred Labradors in order to maintain the integrity of our breeding program and will maintain the same requirements of any future litters they choose to sell on Full Registration.

Puppy Pick Dates and Required Pickup or shipping

TSL will notify all customers of the Puppy Pick dates - typically between 5 & 6 weeks old.  Customers will be required to make their choice during this time either in person or by pictures and videos if unable to attend in person.  In the event a customer does not make a selection TSL reserves the right to choose a suitable puppy for that customer at our discretion.   Our time and that of our customers is valuable and we set dates to be as flexible as possible. 

Puppies are required to be picked up the week of 8 weeks of age.  If flying puppies are required to have their 2nd round of shots if flown at 9 weeks or later and will be subject to a $150 service charge plus all applicable vet fees (Approximately $65.00).  Puppies remaining after 8 weeks of age will also be subject to a boarding and care charge of $25.00 per day after 8 weeks and 3 days old.  

Understanding DNA Health Texting

We submit All of Texas Star Labradors breeding dogs DNA to AKC Authorized Laboratories such as Embark, DDC, or Orivet.  Texas Star Labradors carefully plans our breeding to ensure that our puppies are never effected by any of primary diseases associated with the Labrador breed.  These include but are not limited to EIC, PRA, CNM, DM, Cystinuria, HNPK.  By testing all of our adults we can identify if any of our Labradors are carriers of any of these diseases to ensure that they are not breed to another carrier resulting in effected puppies.