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About Us and How Our Puppies Are Raised

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Welcome to our home

Cedar Creek Retrievers is family owned and operated, founded by us in 1990.

Located in Holly Hill, South Carolina.
Our 20 acre farm is designed around our Labradors. We have several ponds for our dogs to swim in as well as a saltwater swimming pool specially 
designed for puppies and dogs to learn to swim while being able to enter and exit safely, puppy play/learning areas, dog exercise yards as well as a climate controlled kennel with outdoor and indoor lounging areas. 

Our puppies are raised indoors in a warm loving environment surrounded by our family. 

We are dedicated to producing Labradors Retrievers that can excel in any household. 

We have over 35 years of experience in producing healthy, sound, talented Labradors, that have proven themselves as valued Service dogs, Champion confirmation dogs, 

Champion sport dogs, Hunting  partners and Family Companions.


All of our Labrador Retrievers have their Hips, Elbows, Patella and Heart OFA Certified,

tested & cleared for EIC & CNM & DNA Dilute clear, Eyes are CERF'd & cleared annually.
We take great pride in our breeding program & do everything in our power to ensure that you have a Labrador puppy that is healthy, free of genetic defects, pleasing in appearance and intelligent with a

Good Attitude for Learning.

All puppies from Cedar Creek Retrievers are conditionally guaranteed to be clear of
Congenital Hip Dysplasia & Hereditary Eye Disease for 26 months.


We welcome you and your family to come out to our farm for a visit.

We want all of our puppies to have Happy, Healthy, Loving homes.
If a situation occurs, at anytime in your puppies life, you find that you can no longer care

for your puppy/dog, we will gladly accept him/her back to our home, no questions asked.

*We do not accept visitors during the whelping and rearing period.*

This decision is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of our puppies.

After the litter is vaccinated and cleared by our Vet 

the families will be scheduled to come out to visit the litter.

The website will be updated with pictures at least once a week as the puppies grow.

We can also send videos and FaceTime anytime throughout the rearing process.


Cedar Creek Retrievers Llc is a State Licensed and

AKC registered Labrador Retriever Breeder.

Offering exceptional Labrador Retriever puppies from

~ OFA and DNA Genetic Certified, CERF Certified, Temperament tested parents ~

Our founder Donna Mintz has been listed as an

honored AKC Breeder of Merit recipient for over 17 consecutive years.

She is also a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizens Evaluator;

Certified Animal Care Specialist & Resident Certified Veterinary Technician.

From the moment your puppy is born he/she will have 24 hour canine medical attention.

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  How Puppies are Raised At Cedar Creek Retrievers

We believe that puppies begin their lives at the moment of conception.

So, from that moment we want our puppies to have the very best we can provide.

Females that are competitive dogs continue light training throughout pregnancy to maintain their peak mental and physical condition. Studies show mothers who continue to stay mentally and physically active have offspring that are healthier with heavier brain weight. 

To ensure enhanced mental ability of our puppies we continue light training, exercise, retrieving and swimming until the day the puppies are due as long as the dam desires.

  Each Cedar Creek mom is attended during whelping.  

All puppies are born in our home in a clean, disinfected area padded with clean towels & fleeces.

They are on a heating pad and/or under a heat lamp in order to keep the

temperature about 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit.  

As pups are usually born at night we sit up & offer support and reassurance during birth.

 We assist the dam as needed. 

As the puppies are born I secure (tie off) & cut the umbilical cord & discard the placenta. Each pup is dried by rubbing briskly within seconds after birth to acquaint her/him with the smell

& touch of human hands as well as the warmth of their dam's tongue.

 As soon as the newborn is dried off it is put on the teat to nurse, as this early colostrum is essential to protect the puppy from disease until the immune system matures.  After each puppy is born the area is cleaned & the dam is dried in anticipation of the next arrival. The mom is offered water and a lot of reassurance. We tell her what a great mother she is and that her babies are wonderful, this reassurance helps her to relax.  We also make sure each puppy is nursing.  When all of the puppies are born we check on them multiple times an hour, picking them up & handling them to be sure all is well and to continue the puppies contact with humans.

We talk to the puppies and tell them how beautiful, precious & brave they are.  

Every time the mom goes out for a bathroom break we change the towels and fleeces.

Puppies are constantly kept on surfaces with good traction, so they don't slip and slide.

This helps to develop good muscle tone & prevents damage to their joints.

Some studies have shown that hip issues can start soon after birth

if the puppy is kept on slippery surfaces.

Our puppies are kept in the center of the family room where they are exposed to all noises of life, children, pots & pans, doors opening & closing, dishwasher etc.  

The puppies are sat down on the carpet, couch & tile floor so they experience

different textures & heights.

The dewclaws are removed within 5 days of birth. In some cases we do not remove the dewclaw.

    The puppies eyes & ears start to open at 14 days.

Around 20 days they start to walk around & bark, growl & play with one another.  

      At this time we place several plush & fleece toys in with them to encourage them to play, hold in their mouth & walk over them. We also place toys above their heads to encourage them to look up & explore the world above them. During this time we continue to pick them up, hug them, kiss them & encourage them to explore!  By the time they are four weeks old, we move them to a larger area that has a sleeping area, a potty area, and a play area.  Puppies at this young age can start to learn to be clean in their personal habits & that there are acceptable places to eliminate & other areas for eating & sleeping. It is at this time that they start getting regular meals during the day when they are

separated from their mother.  

Mom still gets night duty, the puppies will continue to eat & sleep with their mom for another week.

At five and a half weeks old the puppies get three meals a day & say goodbye to mom.

      It is time to be on their own.

They will be fed Purina Pro Plan large breed puppy food Chicken & Rice  or Salmon & Rice.

These last few days with us is very busy and can be very stressful,

so we continue to ensure the puppies with a lot of praise & love.  

Weather permitting the puppies will spend a lot of this time outside in different areas.

At this time they see other dogs, horses, humans, cats, ATV's & they hear all the sounds that go on here; guns firing, duck calls,  barking dogs,  horses & kids playing.  

They are taken for walks in the field & out to the pond.

They are encouraged to enter the pond on their own in a group (safety in numbers).

    The puppies are introduced to a collar & crate conditioning.

     As they grow we get to know each ones personality and aptitude.

     This helps me to ensure that you get the right puppy for your household, we let the families pick their own puppy in the order of their deposits, we will assist with letting you know each personality.  

     We want you to be completely satisfied with your new family member.  
When you come to pick up your puppy we will explain what health care your puppy has received & what we suggest for the future, what puppy food your puppy is eating & how often, we will talk to you about heart worm preventative & flea control, spay/neuter, treats, toys & training.
We will continue to answer questions for you throughout your puppies life.


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