............placing paws of joy into your arms!
CALL US AT (540) 529-9532
PO BOX 715
Troutville, VA 24175

Labrador Retrievers
....the perfect addition to your family!

Our vision is ... 

... to produce healthy, English-style Labrador Retrievers with wonderful temperaments to join your family while promoting  positive human-animal assisted interactions.

Ciao Bella Retrievers
(Italien=Hello Beautiful Retrievers!)

We are a small breeder and only produce 1-2 litters of puppies per year. As responsible breeders we ensure that the parents of our puppies have appropriate health and genetic clearances, and exhibit highly desirable temperaments. We work with a highly professional team to support our breeding program to produce excellent results. Our labs are  "working" companions with proven abilities and our puppies are temperament tested before they are placed with you. Our puppies are only placed into approved homes and service dog organizations. We believe in providing our Labrador Retrievers a high quality of life by having them fully integrated into our family. They live in our home versus a "kennel" and love to play on our 28+ acre farm in Troutville, Virginia, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, and only 5 minutes north of Roanoke, VA. We stress bonding from the time the puppies are born. As such they will be raised in our home, well socialized, and engaged in diverse activities based on sound behavioral research to promote their development in becoming the perfect addition to your family!

                            Puppy Sales
Puppies are only sold to approved homes and come with:
1. Pre-Paid AKC registration 
2. Special Vet check and health certificate
3. Proof of health clearances
4. Food supply to ease the transition to your home
5. Early socialization, crate and potty training readiness

                             Our Pledge

We pledge to support 
Service Dog Organizations
in Virginia, with 
puppy donations from our
litters whenever feasible
to help people with
We also pledge to support 
our community with free 
animal assisted activities 
and therapy in class room,
nursing home, and 
hospital settings. We
routinely support Regional 
Hospitals, Nursing Homes, 
Hospice Organizations,
and Rehabilitation Centers with Pet Therapy visits.
As a licensed Pet Therapy Team Evaluator by Pet Partners, Sybille volunteers her time to perform evaluations within the greater Roanoke area to enable more teams to do this meaningful and rewarding work.

One of the most popular breeds in the USA, the Labrador Retriever is loyal, loving, affectionate and patient, making great family dogs. Highly intelligent, good-natured, very willing and eager to please, they are among the top choices for service dog work. They love to play, especially in water, never wanting to pass up the opportunity for a good swim. These lively dogs have an excellent, reliable, temperament and are friendly, superb with children and equable with other dogs. They crave human leadership and need to feel as though they are part of the family. The Labrador is highly trainable and is not only popular as a family companion but also excels in: hunting, tracking, retrieving, watchdog, police work, narcotics detection, guide for the blind, service dog for the disabled, search and rescue, sledding, carting, agility, field trial competitor, and competitive obedience. The  Labrador Retriever originated in Nova Scotia, and the breed was developed in England. But, unique to the United States, our Labradors have evolved into two distinctly different types over the years. The "English type" has been maintained by breeding to the written AKC standard for the breed, which is similar to Labradors around the world. They have been referred to as "show bloodlines", yet they are capable of excelling in all the performance arenas mentioned above. The "American type" has primarily evolved for hunting and field trials. These Labradors are often taller, lankier and significantly more high strung than the English type Labrador. Coat colors for all Labradors should be black, yellow, or chocolate; any other color, including "silver", is not acceptable to the breed standard. . 
One of Bella's favorite outdoor activities:
 Hiking on the Appalachian Trail
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Meet Bella the Celebrity Dog!
Bella and Sybille on their way to Carilion Hospital to visit with patients.
We have met many extraordinary people during our Pet Therapy visits. Most of our visits have been with gravely ill patients in ICU, Neurology, Palliative Care, and Pediatrics. Because of the strict  health care privacy laws and delicate nature of our interactions, we are not able to share these very special stories with you, nor can we take photographs to demonstrate Bella's abilities. These stories are at the very heart of why we focus on breeding these very special companions: In hope that they will become your best furry companion ever, that you may consider pursuing the Pet Therapy career goal  with your puppy, and you enabling us with your purchase to supply puppies with highly rated temperaments/intelligence to organizations who train them to become service dogs so they in turn can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
One of our very special stories involved a little girl named Hannah who was viciously attacked by a Pit Bull. This story  was published in a national magazine, INTERACTIONS,  and then also printed in the Spring 2013 issue of the VENTURES newsletter of Carilion Hospital. To read this Pet Therapy story, click on the following link and then select the second page of the newsletter:  

                                   Meet Bella of the Ball 
               Star City Canine Training Club

We proudly support the following organizations/clubs with our membership:

             Pet Partners


             Roanoke Kennel Club