We have been owners of purebred labs for the last 22 years, with our extended family also favoring them. Unfortunately, we became personally aware of the problems with inherited diseases when our very much loved 9 year old labrador developed a degenerative myelopathy that rapidly progressed. In this context, we began our hunt for responsible breeders that are judicious in their breeding and also taking advantage of the genetic testing currently available. We spoke to several breeders locally in Seattle and around the country. There are very few breeders in the country who are genetically testing their dogs to the extent that Jana is. Jana came highly recommended to us from another well known breeder and we promptly contacted her. Within hours we were talking over the phone and we hit it off immediately. It was clear to us that Jana is at the forefront of responsible dog breeding in the U.S.!
Fortunately, we were able to secure a black male pup and the communication was prompt with detailed information, photos, video exchanges and access to prior customers. All his medical paper work was available and the pertinent genetic testing was expedited. Jana ensured that he was safely delivered to us, monitoring his flight and texting us to make sure he had arrived OK. He arrived like a little prince with beautiful towels, a gorgeous collar and his own kibble and water! Jana is simply stellar and vastly superior to our prior well known breeder in terms of her dedication to responsible breeding and her responsive communication with us. The process was flawless. She gave us great advice and made herself available for any questions that might come up.
Now, the little guy couldn't be more handsome, affectionate and incredibly smart. He is now 12 weeks old, arrived 5 days ago and we do not kid you that he is already house trained! He goes to our back deck door and sits patiently for us to open the door and then he goes down the 12 steps, does his business and runs right back up. He learned to go up and down stairs, get house and crate trained in less then a week! He wakes up with a whimper 3:00- 4:00 a.m.— does his business immediately and then scoots right back into his crate without protest. Even on his first night with us he did not whimper, cry or complain in his crate at night. He's got a great personality, sweet but mischievous!! He is remarkably affectionate - he asks us to caress his face and seems to drift off into a relaxed state. He notices the bird calls by cocking his head (but hasn't actually seen a bird yet). Today we noticed that he follows a pointed finger, looking in the correct direction.
Yes, he's on the waiting list for Harvard but we believe in home-schooling! WOW - he is just fantastic!!! We can both whole-heartedly give Jana and her pups the highest recommendation. ~Marcella Pascualy and Richard Veith
Couldn't agree with what Marcella and Richard said more. Jana runs a stellar operation. I've also had purebred labs for 20+ years and we do all their hunting and field training within our family. When I went down to pick out the pup I was beyond impressed with Jana's dogs. They were all very well trained, beautiful, well-tempered and friendly beyond belief.
I've had the pup since 49 days old and from day 1 he has been playful and eager to train. He took to his crate right away and was only waking up once or twice a night to be let out. He is a quiet dog too, he never whimpered in his crate unless he needed to go out and he has only barked once when we were playing. Every morning and evening we worked through sit, stay, heel, laydown for 5 min using no discipline and only positive reinforcement and he had all 4 mastered within a week. By 9 weeks old he was already starting to fetch with no training and basically housebroke himself.
He is a brave dog, I haven't seen him shy away from anything. I had my nephews over earlier this week and they grabbed some bubble wrap from an amazon box that just arrived and started jumping on it and popping it. My last dog turned tail and wouldn't come out from under the bed for a few hours when this happened way back when but this pup wasn't fazed at all.
This pup definitely has a sweet and loving personality but is very mischievous but not difficult at all. I couldn't be happier with him and would 100% recommend Jana to anyone looking for a solid family and hunting dog.
I attached a couple pictures of Duke as well. Can't believe how much he and Jessie look alike.
Our pup from Faith and Buddy is awesome. She is going on 8 months and has been in the duck blind since October. I am really pleased with her instinct and ability to learn. She is a great companion around the house. The Faith/Buddy combo has impressed me. ~James Glaeser
Hi Jana. I wanted to give you an update on Rylee at one year. She has been hunting for almost 3 months.
She started to figure it out her very first day! She is an exceptional hunter!! She has surprised several of Bill's hunting buddies and has found birds their dogs have not been able to find. But she will only return birds to Bill. She has a sweet and loving disposition even with other dogs. If she is jealous she simply uses her large body in a polite way to shove the other dog out of the way from being near Bill or myself.
At one year she is hunting as well if not better than any Lab we have owned. Selecting a good breeder is so important. Thank you! —Clair Otani
Jana Love of Love's Labradors mentioned to me that she had a possible client interested in her dogs and asked if I would mind passing on my experience about the Pirate/Grace breeding and Jana as a breeder/ trainer. I told her I would be happy to.
I have had two previous labs, and they have both been great. I hunt the Central Valley of California for waterfowl and upland birds. My last dog died three years ago and I was determined to take my time finding a replacement, as I wanted the best dog I could find for my situation. I only deal with field lab breeders and stay away from backyard breeders and well meaning amateurs. I believe that it is important to get the best genetics, health, desire and temperament possible as the initial purchase price of the dog is the cheapest part of the ownership experience. Accordingly, purchase price was irrelevant. I spent over two years researching, talking to and visiting on line and in person with breeders in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. One breeder I visited told me she did not test for EIC as it is not common and not that big a deal. I crossed that kennel off the list. I decided another major California field lab kennel was probably better at marketing itself than breeding consistent quality dogs. I met Jana in 2009 at the International Sportmen's Exposition in Sacramento and filed her information away in my "maybe" file. Following all my research, I narrowed my list down to Love's Labradors and another kennel. I went with Jana because of her clear commitment to her dogs, the breed and her clients. I have not been disappointed.
I like the look and size of male labs and think that among labs, black dogs have the deepest field genetics; so that is what I wanted. I went with the Pirate/Grace breeding because of the genetics. My black male "Flint" is one year old, and he is coming along great. I think he will top out in weight somewhere in the mid 70's. He has a classic male lab head and very much resembles the sire, Pirate.
Even at his young age, Flint is easy to live with but turns on out in the field. At eight weeks of age, he would retrieve small bumpers. He learns quickly, loves the water, has good nose and loves birds. He also marks very well. Flint has a lot of potential, and as he gets more experience, I think he will be better and better. I am teaching him to sit on the whistle, and he is picking up hand signals quickly. Brains, desire, trainable, easy to live with - it's all there.
I decided not to try and train Flint myself as I did not want to waste time fumbling about. Jana's rates are competitive; and her ability to create an obedient, functional field dog in about two months seemed the way to go. Flint returned from Jana obedient, force fetched, collar conditioned, steady, able to deliver to hand, trained to stay in a layout blind and to sit on a marsh seat while still having an enthusiastic attitude.
One thing I notice in dealing with Jana is that she is totally committed to the dogs and to you as the buyer. She is fanatical about cleanliness, nutrition, health and the dogs wellbeing. She consistently acts in the dog's best interest, and the relationship is not over when you pay for the pup and go home. Last Thursday, she arranged for me to be a guest at a duck club so Flint could get more experience.
Another example of Jana's dedication is when Flint developed a catastrophic lung inflection shortly after beginning field training. I was out of the country, and communication was difficult. Jana rushed Flint to the local animal hospital, arranged for him to be transferred to OSU Veterinary Hospital, communicated with the doctors, and basically kept him alive while overseeing his treatment. Nobody knows exactly what happened to Flint, but it appears that he may have inhaled a fox-tail while I had him in California. His left lung became infected and had to be removed - 40% of his lung capacity. Today he is a tough, fully-functioning, athletic duck dog; and you would never guess that he lost almost half his lung capacity. I was ready to give up and have Flint euthanized, but Jana insisted he could live and recover.
All in all I think you would probably find any dog from Love's Labradors would meet your needs. If I was to buy another pup, I would not hesitate to take one from the Pirate/Grace breeding.
I hope this description of my experience helps."—Jim Ferguson
I have worked with Jana Love on multiple occasions. She is a skilled dog trainer, with excellent insight to the needs of each dog. She has shared many training techniques with me, which I have used on my dogs and client dogs. The techniques that she uses require the dogs to perform precisely. Jana is sensitive to the individual temperaments of each one, and pressures them accordingly to develop a well-trained dog who is excited about performing. She is consistent and uses proven methodology. Dogs in her program learn to respect each other, and she teaches them to concentrate on their work despite distractions.
Jana runs a very clean and sanitary kennel, and is careful about good hygiene for the dogs. She is knowledgeable concerning methods of prevention of diseases, and takes specific measures to be sure all dogs are protected. She provides high quality food, and all dogs in her care are kept in top shape.
Jana provides the dogs with a secure and loving environment. Those she trains like to work for her, and it is obvious that they are content and happy in her care. —Frank Ely, Ely Bird Dogs
I purchased a puppy, Krueger, from Jana Love back in 2009. My wife, Karen was extremely reluctant to owning a dog as she is a perfectionist and needs to have everything in its proper place. Jana assured us that a well trained and obedient dog would benefit us as a family, we decided to jump into the fray. Jana helped us to train Krueger to be obedient and a 'good citizen' and we couldn't be happier. Jana is a valuable link into what we determined to be a valuable resource to the maturing of our dog, Krueger. Krueger is happy and so are we. We couldn't imagine our family without him. —The Delestine Family
The puppy my husband and I got from one of Levi's litters is Rylee. Jana told us she breeds to get certain traits. She is a breeding whisperer. We have had Labradors for decades and Rylee is unique. Every one of our previous labs each has some great trait. Rylee is a combination of all those great traits put together. She is most of all sweet and loving; very smart, learned hand signals by 3 mos & taught herself to use the doggie door in 2 days of coming to our home; she loves retrieving and is absolutely a water dog, she loves to play in her water dish and the bird baths in my garden. She is playful and loves life but serious when she needs to be. She totally perks up when we get out the bird wings. She has inherited Levi's ability to communicate. She keeps us laughing!
Rylee has been a true blessing to our family.
Jana has posted pictures of Rylee in her photos. Levi has a dominant influence on his puppies looks. Several of the puppy pictures look like the same dog or from the same litter yet several have different moms.
If you're contemplating getting a pup from Love's Labradors, I highly recommend contacting Jana. She has all of her "kids" best interests and health at heart. —Clair Otani
Our dog Ruger is the son of Rose and Levi. He's is 14 weeks in the picture. We were looking to retire our older lab and found Jana and I'm so glad we did. Ruger has proven that before your pick out your new best friend, background is everything. He is easy to train, smart, great traits. Jana has done a great job with her dogs and we would buy another one from her in a heart beat... We can't say enough about this dog. We are looking forward to hunting with him for his 1st season in 2015. —Linda Suiter-Brehm