Anfield - Markei 
LABRADORS

Breeders of quality show champion Labradors

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Our Breeding Program

Keith & Mary Bestgen - Markei

Chris Bestgen - Anfield

Wichita, KS  USA

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Our breeding program is a labor of love.  We are a small hobby breeder, breeding 1 to 2 carefully planned litters per year and we only breed a litter when we want to keep something for ourselves to enhance our program and hopefully the breed.  Our goal is to produce mentally and physically sound Labradors that make wonderful family companions.  Dogs and puppies from our breeding have shown to be both willing and capable for work in conformation showing, water retrieving, upland bird hunting, therapy and obedience work

 

All dogs in our breeding program have a minimum of the following health clearances before breeding:  Hips and elbows screened and determined to be free of hip and elbow dysplasia through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and eyes examined and determined to be free of genetic disease by a board certified ophthalmologist (ACVO/CERF).  Most of our dogs also have been cleared by OFA (via ausulation) for heart abnormalities, Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) and Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM).  Any stud dogs selected will also be tested and determined to be non-carriers of Progressive Retinol Atrophy (PRA) as well as an American Kennel Club DNA profile.

 

All of our dogs and puppies are raised in our home.  We make puppies available to qualified, loving families at a minimum of 8 weeks of age.  Knowing that each puppy has it's own unique personality, we do our best to match each one with a family that compliments him or her.  All puppies that we sell have been checked by a qualified veterinarian before placement.  All puppies from our program will have had the following preventative health measures:  dewormed, started on vaccinations and heart worm preventative, microchipped.  Each litter is checked by an ACVO veterinarian and cleared of any eye inherited eye disease.

 

We make ourselves available to answer any questions or address any comments about our dogs.  We will offer life long support and advise to every family that chooses to make one of our puppies a member of their family.  If unforeseen circumstances arise causing a family to adequately care for a puppy placed into their family, we will welcome that puppy back into our household regardless of age or condition.



THE RULE OF SEVENS

(Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy Puzzle offers these hints for socializing very young puppies)

By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should have been exposed to the following:

Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspaper, etc.

Played with 7 different types of objects, such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy balls, squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items, paper/cardboard items, milk/soda jugs, etc.

Been in 7 different locations, including: front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc.

Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up steps, climbed down steps, climbed over obstacles, played hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step, etc.

Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan, etc.

Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.

Met and played with 7 new people: including children and the elderly.

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