OUR LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPPIES

Soggy Acres was founded in 1998 by Jeff Fuller with the mission of creating Labrador Retrievers with excellent temperaments backed by industry-leading pedigrees.  ALL of our stud dogs have their Master/ finish titles and all of our dams were fathered by males with the same.  Our dogs go through a rigorous  2-year observation process before they are formally admitted to the breeding program.  ALL of our dams and sires must pass both hip and eye clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) before a breeding is performed.  Dogs without the right “look,” temperament, and drive are retired to their foster guardian family and are not bred.

We have several 2017 litters currently bred and will have more upcoming, in all three colors! Please email us at sportingdogtv@gmail.com to inquire.

If you have already decided to place your puppy deposit with us, please complete this form and send it to us with your check.  Thank you!

HERE ARE THE UPCOMING LITTERS WITH AVAILABILITY:

All of our current litters are sold.  We will have more Yellow, Black and Chocolate litters bred with puppies available this winter into early Spring.  Litters fill up fast so please let us know what questions you have!  We would love to have you as part of the Soggy Dog Family!

Please email us with questions!!

Make this the year you get your very own Soggy Dog!

Yellow Lab Pup | Soggy Acres Retrievers
Labrador Retriever Pups | Soggy Acres Retrievers
Yellow Labrador Puppy | Soggy Acres Retrievers

PUPPY FAQ’S

We average about 10 litters per year, in various combinations of chocolate, black, and yellow pups. Most of our litters are born in spring & summer, when the bulk of our females come into season.

We breed chocolate, black, and yellow/fox red Labradors.
Yes. We are licensed by the State of Wisconsin, license number 268696-DS.
We are a licensed breeder as required by law in the State of Wisconsin.  This means we pay a registration fee annually and are subject to regular inspections by the State.  They work to ensure that breeders are not operating a “puppy mill” type of operation.
Please complete our form and send it to us with a $250 deposit to hold you place in your desired litter. Your place in a litter is determined by the order in which deposits are received (i.e. first deposit received on a chocolate male gets first pick of chocolate males on takehome day). Please don’t send money without completing our form!
After we receive your deposit and your form, we wait for the puppies to be born! Gestation periods for Labradors are about 63 days. By Wisconsin State Law, puppies are able to go home no earlier than seven weeks of age. We typically schedule “Puppy Takehome” days for the Saturday following their seventh week. In the interim, we post photos, videos, and updates on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SoggyAcresRetrievers.

Please note that deposits are non-refundable.

We use the basic principles of genetics and our decades of experience in breeding Labradors to “predict” what pups will be born in a litter, and we accept customer deposits on the litter accordingly. However, no one can truly predict Mother Nature, and we often will have more of one gender than the other or more of a certain color than another. If the color and gender combination you deposited on is not born, you have several options. First, if the litter yielded extra pups in the other gender or color, you have the option of taking home one of these pups. Second, we can move your deposit to an upcoming litter. Third, we can refund your deposit.
Pups of any color/ either gender are $1500, plus 5.5% sales tax for a total of $1582.50. We ask for a deposit of $250 down to hold a place in a litter, and the balance is due the day you take your pup home.
We accept all forms of checks (personal, business, cashier’s, money order) or cash.  We do not currently accept credit cards.
Puppy deposits are NOT refundable.  Your deposit was intended to hold your place in a litter; that place in the litter will now need to be filled with someone else.
Yes, of course!  We would love to show you any litters we currently have (assuming they are old enough) as well as the adult dogs we have onsite at the time.  However, PLEASE make an appointment by calling or emailing us.  Our business is also our home!  You wouldn’t want unannounced visitors, would you?
Absolutely. We can arrange to ship your puppy to you. There are Soggy Acres pups living in nearly every state and Canada. We transport our pups via air out of either General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee or O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Transportation costs are passed along to the new owner and are generally $300-$400. Pups transported out of state are subject to your local sales/use tax laws; we do not collect Wisconsin sales tax on these purchases.
Absolutely. Please call or email after the pups are born and will can schedule a time for you to come out and visit the pups. We ask that visits are scheduled no sooner than 2-3 weeks after the pups are born. We welcome your visit, but please remember, puppies are not “chosen” until takehome day.
The litter is registered with the AKC after it is born.  It is up to you to register your individual pup with the AKC, if you so choose to do so.  You will be provided with an AKC registration packet on puppy takehome day, or by mail if the packets don’t arrive in time.  From there, you can complete the packet and register your individual pup.
While we do not require the use of our kennel name in your dog’s AKC name, we certainly do appreciate it.  It helps to build our kennel’s reputation and creates “brand identity.”
You choose your puppy on the day he/she goes home with you, which is the 7th weekend after their birth (as state law requires).
Your life will change in some ways similar to having a baby or small child.  We highly recommend that you take a personal inventory of your life before committing to purchasing a puppy, in much the same way that you would weigh out the effects of adding a child to your family.  This puppy will need quite a bit of your time and attention, especially the first few weeks and months.

  • You will need to “puppy-proof” your house, much like childproofing your house for a baby.  This means keeping electrical cords, shoes, household décor, and other items out of reach.  Verify that your houseplants are non-toxic to dogs, and you may want to check your landscape plants as well.
  • Your puppy will be very high energy, especially the first two years of his/her life, and will need adequate exercise.  Labradors are much like children in that, if they aren’t kept busy with exercise and toys, they can “get into trouble.”
  • You will need to make arrangements to have someone let the puppy out for bathroom breaks every few hours for the first few weeks you have him/her home, with the time intervals becoming longer and longer as the puppy ages.
  • You will need to be prepared to let the puppy out for bathroom breaks a few times a night for the first few weeks.
  • Your puppy will have potty training accidents.  You may want to confine him/her to a room(s) with hard-surface flooring or older carpeting until he/ she has mastered this skill.
  • We recommend crating your pup for one-to-two hours, then taking him/ her immediately to potty, then one-to-two hours of supervised activity, before returning him/ her to the crate.  An unsupervised puppy can cause havoc and can even cause himself bodily harm.

If you aren’t sure that a puppy is right for you during this time of your life, consider adopting an older dog.  You can always purchase a puppy later if your life circumstances change.

We are proponents of “Kong” toys for labs, as well as “sterilized” dog bones.  Both Kong toys and sterilized dog bones hold up well to the chewing prowess of Labs.  Both are pricey but should last considerably longer than other options, and are considerably safer for your dog than other options.  Thin rubber or plastic squeaker toys and cute, fuzzy creature toys are fun for your dog, but will be torn apart typically in under 24-hours, and likely at least partially ingested.  Furry appendages and squeakers that are ingested may have to be removed surgically.
Soggy Acres believes that our dogs can live the best life possible if they live in “real homes.” For that reason, the female dogs in our breeding program are placed in loving homes where they hunt, socialize, play with kids, etc. They only come back to Soggy Acres for boarding (if/when necessary), breeding, and whelping. Therefore, all of our dogs are never onsite at the same time. Once a breeding female is “retired,” she remains with her guardian family for the duration of her life.
While we never have all of our dogs onsite at any one point in time, we always have several onsite, including the “stars” of our television show, SportingDog Adventures. Depending on when you contact us in the breeding process, the pups’ dam will be onsite for breeding and then whelping. In addition, we have several dogs that we keep at our home at all times, including Soggy Acres Desert Fox MH (“Rommel”) and Soggy Acres Picketts Charge SH, who sire many of our litters. We also have several “retired” females living with us that we have always kept at our home, including Soggy Acres Dixie Bell, daughter of the line’s “founding female,” Lily Belle. We also typically have several other females onsite for training, breeding, etc., so potential clients are never short of Soggy Dogs to view!
Yes, the puppy has been seen by a vet several times by the time you will take him home.  He was examined shortly after birth; he was seen again a few days later for dew claw removal.  He was seen again for his first shots.  HOWEVER, the State of Wisconsin requires you to have the puppy vet-checked again.  He will need another exam and round of shots.  More information on this will be provided to you on puppy takehome day.
No, our puppies are not microchipped.  We can recommend a provider of this service if you are interested, or you can inquire with your vet.
You should be fine getting a puppy, but the younger the existing dog, the easier the transition is likely to be.  A younger dog will generally welcome a new playmate, but of course you should be providing constant supervision during the initial meetings.  A senior dog may not be very interested in “Junior.”  Just be sure that your older dog has somewhere to go when he/ she wants a reprieve from your new puppy.  And make sure your senior dog still gets lots of love and attention so that he/ she doesn’t feel displaced.
Most likely, yes.  We have two cats living with our four labs currently.  Just as with introducing the puppy to an existing dog, introducing the puppy to a cat should be done under close supervision.  A puppy can be seriously injured by a swipe to the face from a cat’s claws.  Conversely, a grown dog can cause fatal injuries to a cat if they weren’t properly integrated.
Just as with existing dogs or cats, small children and puppies should be supervised.  The puppy is most likely going to consider your little one a “playmate.”  Puppies love to wrestle and chew on one another, but you probably don’t want your puppy chewing on your children.  Conversely, you don’t want your baby chewing on your puppy or a young child picking up (and potentially dropping) your puppy.  Young children should be supervised with your puppy until all parties become of age to safely interact.
Depending on the order in which your deposit was received, you will be scheduled for a one hour time window to come and select your pup. At that time, you will be allowed to view the pups available in the color/gender combination that you pre-selected, and choose one for takehome. The pups’ dam will not be onsite on takehome day: for the health of the female, we send our dams home at around 5-6 weeks and begin the process of transitioning the pups to solid food. You will be asked to sign a copy of our puppy contract, which includes our health guarantee. A copy of the contract will be yours to take home. You will also be provided with a “welcome letter,” which includes information on the pup’s first shots received, wormer received, etc. We also have puppy food onsite for purchase: we highly recommend purchasing at least one bag to feed the puppy a 50-50 mix with your own food if you plan on feeding the puppy a different brand. (We sell our food for considerably less than retail.) After your paperwork is complete and any last questions are answered, it’s time to take home your new family member!
The adult males in our breeding program range from 75 – 85 pounds, and females range from low-to mid 50’s to low-to mid 60’s. Not only is this the AKC preference for size, but it makes for greater ease in getting a dog in/out of the duckboat, truck, etc.
All of our dogs have excellent pedigrees and all of our sires have hunt titles. Our dogs are bred to have the energy and drive required to be an excellent hunting companion. However, we breed first and foremost for temperament. Our dogs are bred to be as comfortable in the living room as in the duck blind. We won’t breed to create a dog that’s intolerable for the other 360 days a year you’re not hunting. We estimate around half of our clients hunt little or not at all. We have no less than four of our labs in the house at all times, and they are a testament to our line’s great temperament.
We begin e-collar conditioning dogs at no younger than 4 months of age, and full hunting training at no younger than 6 months.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t begin working with your dog on basic obedience training right away!  Your pup, upon takehome, is plenty old enough to be told “no!” We have lots more information on training on the Training section of our website.
We do not place contractual restrictions on breeding the dogs we sell. We would ask you to consider the decision to breed your dog with great care: we can tell you firsthand, that “breaking into” the dog industry is not an easy one, nor is completing a successful breeding an easy task. Creating a “market” for a dog takes tremendous marketing efforts, and beyond that, breeding dogs is complicated by state laws, health considerations, and high costs, including veterinary, food, whelping materials, etc., not to mention the immense time commitment and emotional commitment.
We recommend crate training, where the pup spends an hour or two in the crate, and an hour or two out, playing and socializing. We also offer a variety of training for all breeds of dogs, including, potty training, obedience, and gun dog training. For gun dog training, we ask for your dog to be at least 6 months of age.

Still have questions? Contact us today at 262.215.9683 or at sportingdogtv@gmail.com