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.
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 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!
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
People, environment, sounds, sights, scents, dogs, work
Housebreaking, bite inhibition, following, restraint,
come when called, crate training, leash handling,
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. 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. The current version consists of 101 questions
describing the different ways in which dogs typically
respond to common events, situations, and stimuli in their
We are pleased to report that our puppies exceed their
train-ability scores on average by 28% compared to
results reported by other breeders/ organizations.