Dusty Road Labradors

About Us

Dusty Road Labradors is located in the beautiful Loess Hills of southwest Iowa. We are a small, quality-based kennel breeding and showing English Labradors. All are labs are AKC registered with many champions in their pedigrees.

We have earned the distinction of being an AKC Breeder with H.E.A.R.T.  We are the only lab breeder in Iowa with this title.  This means we complete the breeding tests recommended by The Labrador Club plus more.   All of our labs used for breeding have hip and eye certifications, and DNA tests for DM, CM, prcd-PRA, and EIC.

Our labs have calm, quiet demeanors making them excellent candidates for family pets, therapy dogs, or service dogs. Our Pippa has received her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) distinction and is a registered therapy dog. Our Conrad is also a registered therapy dog.  Two of Conrad’s puppies have completed their training to be service dogs.  Congratulations to Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network for the intensive training they provided the boys.  One puppy is an emotional support dog, and one puppy is a therapy dog.

Janell and Pippa are a registered Pet Therapy Team thru Midlands Pet Therapy, a part of Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Mark and Conrad are also a registered Pet Therapy Team.  Conrad and Pippa have visited local schools, rest homes, hospitals, senior living facilities, group homes, churches, and funerals.

Our labs are very smart with a strong desire to please their person. All of our labs go to obedience training and many are first in their class.

Our labs are beautiful. They have big blocky heads, broad chests, and the infamous otter tail. We love all colors of labs but have chosen to breed predominately yellow litters with an occasional yellow and black litter.

Our labs are part of our family. All puppies are whelped in the house.  Those we select to keep for possible show prospects or acquire from other breeders spend 6-8 months in the house while attending obedience training and being house trained and socialized.

Our labs are on-the-go guys. We realize the importance of early and continual socialization. Our labs attend family gatherings, go for walks in the park, attend Halloween parties in pink tutus, participate in Buddy Walks for Down Syndrome Awareness, visit PetSmart and PetCo, and enjoy an occasional ice cream cone at the local DQ. The older dogs get to visit Bass Pro and are always enthralled by the mounted animals.

We are members of the Council Bluffs Kennel Club, Companion Dog Club of Omaha/Council Bluffs, and the Mid West Labrador Retriever Club. Janell serves as the Treasurer of the Council Bluffs Kennel Club. We are very involved with club activities: Celebrate CB! parade in May, Responsible Dog Ownership Day, fun days, our dog show in November.  Mark and Janell helped with a UKC show and a program on obedience sponsored by Companion Dog Club.

We love having visitors! We invite prospective puppy buyers to visit expectant parents and meet us. Visitation is allowed up to 1 week before delivery and again at 6 weeks after the puppies receive their first vaccination.  We do require that everyone be well.  Many don’t realize that our illness such as strept throat can be passed to puppies.