Decatur, Tx  76234  

About 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 dysplasia is common even of Labradors from OFA certified parents.  Dysplasia may be in the form of Hips, Elbows, Eyes, Heart, Patellas, and other less common forms.  

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.

Other forms of Dysplasia may be researched on the OFA website and other veterinarian sites y searching "Canine Dysplasia.

Texas Star Labradors has all of our puppies health checked by a Texas board certified veterinarian, customers are then required to have their veterinarian do a health check on their puppy within 72 hours of placement.  Texas Star Labradors follows all recommended health screenings as published by the Texas Board of Veterinarian medicine for an 8 week old puppy, thereby ensuring our due diligence is observed to provide a health thriving member of your family.  Due to hundreds of generations of breeding there is are recessive genes in every Labrador that can result in occassional health issues as a puppy grows.  Texas Star Labradors is unable to control such situations in any way other than health testing of our adults and heath certifications of our puppies by a board certified veterinarian and therefore we are unable to provide any health guarantees after the puppy leaves our kennel.

Texas Star Labradors HIGHLY recommends customers purchase pet insurance to help cover any unforseen medical costs during the life of their companion.  Texas Star Labradors follows the Texas Breeder Bill SB 876 guidelines to ensure due diligence in our breeding program and is not responsible for any medical or surgical costs a customer could incur during the life of their companion.  Labradors are living breathing creatures just as humans are and can be subject to unforseen circumstances.  This is why we recommend purchasing pet insurance.  Texas Star Labradors additionally recommends a customer get a 2nd opinion from a different veterinarian if an issue does materialize.  We have seen situations where petfoods, environment, vitamins/supplements, inoculations and other variables have created health issues for animals and often times a 2nd opinion can help pinpoint an external cause.  Not all veterinarians are as experienced as some others.  


Purchasing a Texas Star Labrador Puppy

A $500 deposit is required to once a litter is confirmed by Sonogram.  Deposits are non refundable once a litter is 2 weeks old. Deposits may be moved to a future litter until the puppy is 2 weeks of age.  After 2 weeks deposits may not be moved due to additional costs to place the puppy.

All of our puppies will be AKC registered, have a formal health evaluation and first shots at 6 weeks by our Vet we have used for many years.  Our vet evaluated our puppies for soundness, hearing, eyes, balance, build, and teeth as well as worming the puppies at that time.

Texas Star Labradors is careful to utilize health testing through laboratory DNA, radiology certifications of Hips & Elbows posted to Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and eye certifications for our breeding parents.    All of our Labradors come from very high US & European English lines ensuring beauty, grace, and build according to the Labrador Breed Standard.

TSL will issue a refund only if the litter is not born, there are health issues with the puppy of your choice, or if there are not enough of the Gender you selected.  In the event that something happens and you are not able to complete the purchase your deposit may be moved forward 1 time - after that TSL will not refund your deposit.  This is because we incure additional care and marketing costs to find a new home for the puppy you had reserved.   Upon being selected, customers will sign a Puppy Contract stipulating the litter and gender of choice.  

Purchasing a TSL Puppy

Texas Star Labradors reserves the right to keep 1'st pick Male AND 1'st pick Female of any litter for Show Prospects in our program.

2'nd Pick Male and Female through 4'th Pick are available for limited registration customers.  

TSL reserves the right to terminate a purchase agreement at anytime.  If Texas Star Labradors terminates a purchase agreement the customer's deposit will be refunded - otherwise deposits are non-refundable, however we will work with a customer in the event of unforseen health or life changes that prohibit a customer from providing a good home to one of our puppies.

Puppy Pick Dates and Required Pickup

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 be at least 8 weeks and requires a USDA Health Certificate from the Vet (Add $65) .  Puppies remaining after 8 weeks of age will also be subject to a boarding and care charge of $10.00 per day after 8 weeks and 3 days old.  

Understanding DNA Health Texting

We submit All of Texas Star Labradors breeding dogs DNA to UKC 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.

TSL Puppies are sold on Limited Registration

Our puppies are  $3500