CiaoBella Labrador Retrievers                                                                         


We 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!)

As a small breeder we only produce 1-2 litters of puppies per year. We ensure that the parents of our puppies have appropriate health and genetic clearances, exhibit desirable temperaments, and conform to the AKC breed standard. We work with a highly professional team to support our breeding program and have produced puppies who have successful careers as  Service Dogs, Medical Alert dogs, Facility Dogs, Canine Ambassadors for Universities, Pet Therapy dogs, Performance Sport Dogs, and exceptional Companion Pet dogs. Our breeding labs are  "working" companions with proven abilities and credentials. All of our puppies are evaluated for health, structure, and temperament. They obtain certified health clearances before they are placed with you. 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. 
What differentiates us from other Labrador Retriever breeders is our transformative approach to puppy rearing, in-depth temperament evaluations, and focus on health.

We work hard to rear our puppies so that we can place paws of joy into your arms and hearts!
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We have met many extraordinary people during our Pet Therapy visits. We visit the elderly, the sick, the dying, children at school, and perform animal assisted therapy. We do not always see the full impact of our visits, but occasionally we see miracles unfolding in front of our eyes: a child has been revived from a coma, a dying person smiling one last time when the dog caresses her, a child excited to complete his painful physical therapy just to please the visiting dog, and a little boy overcoming his sensory processing issues. These stories and experiences are at the very heart as to why we breed these special companions. In the hope that they may be your best furry companion ever, encourage you to embark volunteering as a Pet Therapy Team, and to produce dogs with highly desirable temperaments for service dog organizations. 
                 Sybille and Mark Nelson, Troutville,Virginia

A.K.C. Kennel Name: CiaoBella
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We pledge to volunteer in community with animal assisted activities and therapy in class room, nursing home, and hospital settings. We routinely 
support Regional Hospitals,Nursing Homes, 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, and teaches Pet Therapy Classes at Star City Canine Training Club, Salem, VA.
We also pledge to support Service Dog Organizations with placements from our breeding program.
2021 Recipient of Outstanding Community Service Award by Federation of Dog Breeders, Richmond, Virginia