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.
Texas Star Labrador Puppies range between $2200 - $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.
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.
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 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.