Why do I sometimes have youngsters available? When I breed a litter I will keep several puppies from the litter who show the most potential to be structurally correct in hopes they will become a part of my breeding and showing program. As these puppies grow, sometimes I will decide I like one puppy more than another, probably for some minute detail that you are unlikely to even notice. In that case I will offer my second favorite puppy or youngster available for sale to a pet home. Sometimes I keep several puppies from a litter longer and as I begin to do DNA clearances for conditions which can be prevalent in Labrador Retrievers, I will decide to let a youngster go if they "carry" a DNA marker for one of conditions we test for. The genetic tests I routinely screen for are PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), EIC (exercise induced collapse), HNPK (hereditary nasal parakeratosis). DNA testing can reveal a dog "carries" a genetic marker, or the dog is "affected" by the condition. Just because the dog "carries" a DNA marker, that does not mean the dog will ever get the disease/condition. Also even if a dog is "affected", that does not mean the dog will ever have any problems from that condition. Doing these DNA tests help reputable breeders keep from reproducing the condition in future generations. When we know a dog "carries" a genetic marker, we do not breed it to another dog that "carries" that same genetic markers. Because of purposeful breeding practices and special care, I will sometimes choose to let a dog go to a pet home if they have DNA markers. Also when the dogs reach 2 years of age they can be evaluated by the Orthopedic Association for Animals for hip and elbow dysplasia. Sometimes fantastic dogs may fail to become OFA certified. If the dogs cannot be OFA certified, I will not breed them. Many times a dog could have a slight condition that may never affect the dog and the dog most times will continue to live a normal full life as a PET, but would no longer be suitable for the rigors of showing, hunt trials, obedience, dock diving, breeding and other performance related activities. In those cases I sometimes have older dogs available to pet homes. I also let my dogs go to FOREVER PET HOMES when they retire from performance related activities, showing and breeding. In that case I will spay or neuter the dog and sell them as well trained, ready-made companions to FOREVER HOMES. These older dogs are real treasures! They are calm, house trained and can come into a FOREVER PET HOME without any real adjustment period because they are already perfect!