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

Lindy and her new puppy Ellie

Our vision is ... 

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

CiaoBella Labrador Retrievers
(Italien=Hello Beautiful Labrador 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 desirable temperaments. We work with a highly professional team to support our breeding program and aim to produce excellent results. Our labs are  "working" companions with proven abilities and our puppies are evaluated for health, structure, and temperament 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. We work hard to rear our puppies so that we can place paws of joy into your arms and hearts!

 Puppy Development

What differentiates us from the average breeder is our  trans-formative approach to puppy rearing. We have a formal puppy rearing program in place and work with each puppy every day by engaging them with specific activities  at appropriate levels during each of their developmental periods such as:
  •  Neonatal period: Bio sensor and early scenting..............
  •  Transitional period:Mental challenges for passive play...
  •  Sensitive period: Handled by different people with as
          much variety as possible ( race, age, tongue, dress
          etc),  gun dog training, motion activities, woods walk......
Our goals entail three areas of focus:
1. Body & Brain development:
    Imprinting, bonding, intelligence, train-ability, proprioception,
    confidence, problem solving, learning
2. Introductions:
    People, environment, sounds, sights, scents, dogs, work
3. Manners:
    Housebreaking, bite inhibition, following, restraint, 
    come when called, crate training, leash handling,

Puppy Sales

Puppies are only sold to approved homes and come with:
1. Pre-Paid A.K.C.  registration 
2. Special Vet check and health certificate
3. Proof of parental health clearances
4. Food and water supply to ease the transition to your home
5. Early socialization, crate and potty training readiness
6. Overall puppy assessment feedback and key training plan
7. Pre- Paid invitation to participate in the C-BARQ process at
    age 1 year and 4 years.Upon completion of the process
    YOU receive an assessment of how your puppy ranks
    among his peers! The Canine Behavioral Assessment
    & Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ) process is hosted by
    The Veterinary School of Pennsylvania and directed by
    James Serpell, BSc, PhD. 
    According to the Center for the Interaction of Animals and
    Society of the University of PA it is the only behavioral
    assessment instrument of its kind to be extensively tested
    for reliability and validity on large samples of dogs of many
    breeds.     We are pleased to report that our puppies
    exceed their train-ability scores on average by 28%
    compared to results reported by other breeders/
Contact Us
Meet Bella the Celebrity Dog!
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 our golden nugget stories with you, nor can we take photographs to demonstrate the abilities of our girls. 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 ( A.K.C. Affiliated)

We are active participants with the following organizations/clubs and support them with our membership:

             Pet Partners


             Roanoke Kennel Club



 Our Pledge
We pledge to support 
Service Dog Organizations 
in Virginia, with puppy 
donations from our litters 
whenever feasible to help
 people with disabilities.
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, Inc., Sybille volunteers her time to perform evaluations within the greater Roanoke area to enable more teams to do this meaningful and rewarding work.
Bella and Sybille on their way to do Pet Therapy work.
A.K.C. Kennel Name: CiaoBella
What is a Labrador Retriever?      Click Here
A.K.C. Labrador Retrievers
....the perfect addition to your family!
Rudi winning his first race!
Breeders: Sybille and Mark Nelson

                              TheraPets of the Roanoke Valley, Inc.