Frequently Asked Questions

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an Ethical Breeder of Labrador Retrievers
in the San Jose Bay Area

As an Ethical Breeder of Champion Labradors, we welcome you to our Frequently Asked Questions section with open arms and wagging tails. Our passion for these incredible companions extends beyond simply breeding them; we are dedicated to supporting you every step of the way in your journey to becoming a proud owner of a Labrador Retriever. Whether you’re a first-time dog parent or a seasoned Labrador lover, we’re here to provide guidance, share knowledge, and address any questions or concerns you may have.

At Bazurto Kennels, we believe that bringing a Labrador into your life is a joyous occasion filled with love, laughter, and endless tail wags. Our commitment to ethical breeding practices ensures that each puppy we raise is not only a potential champion but also a cherished family member. We strive to uphold the breed’s esteemed reputation for loyalty, intelligence, and unwavering companionship.

So, as you embark on this exciting journey, know that you have a dedicated team of Labrador enthusiasts standing by to assist you. Let’s embark on this adventure together and celebrate the timeless bond between humans and their faithful Labrador companions.


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Surprising someone with a dog may seem sweet, but it overlooks the lifelong commitment and responsibility involved. Dogs have unique needs and personalities that must align with the recipient’s lifestyle. Giving a dog as a surprise gift can lead to unexpected challenges and potential rehoming. It’s best to involve the recipient in the decision-making process to ensure a lasting and fulfilling bond. Rehoming a dog is emotionally damaging for everyone involved.


35 Years Strong in the California Bay Area.  With a proud history spanning 35 years in the California Bay Area, Bazurto Kennels has been a trusted name in breeding and raising champion Labrador Retrievers.  Our commitment to excellence and our passion for the breed are unwavering, and we are dedicated to serving our community for many years to come.  If you have any questions, know that we are here for you for the lifetime of your dog.

What is the average size of a fully-grown Labrador Retriever?

Labrador Retrievers typically range from 22.5 to 24.5 inches in height for males and 21.5 to 23.5 inches for females.

In terms of weight, males generally weigh between 65 to 80 pounds, while females typically weigh between 55 to 70 pounds. These ranges may vary slightly based on individual genetics and breeding lines, but they serve as a general guideline for the breed’s size.

What is the Life-Expectancy of a healthy Labrador Retriever?

Labrador Retrievers typically have a lifespan of 11 to 13 years. However, this can vary depending on factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, and overall health care. Providing regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, proper exercise, and a loving environment can help maximize a Labrador’s lifespan and quality of life.

I am not interested in participating in Dog Shows. why should I care if they have a title?

While you may not be interested in showing your dogs, obtaining titles such as Champion or Grand Champion signifies that your dog has been evaluated by experts in the breed community and deemed to represent the ideal conformation and structure of the breed. Dogs with titles are typically bred from lines that adhere closely to the breed standard, which can indicate better health and longevity. Even if you don’t plan to show your dogs, knowing they possess desirable traits recognized by experts can provide assurance of their overall quality and potential for a long and healthy life.

Are your dogs registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club)?

Yes, all of our dogs are registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club). Additionally, we strongly encourage all of our puppy buyers to register their dogs with the AKC as well. Registering your dog with the AKC ensures that they are officially recognized as purebred and opens up opportunities for participation in various events and activities, as well as access to valuable resources and support from the AKC community.

How should I groom my Labrador Retriever?

Labrador Retrievers have a thick, water-repellant double coat that sheds, so occasional baths are recommended to keep them clean. Additionally, regular grooming should include trimming their nails and brushing their teeth. Like with all breeds, maintaining proper grooming habits helps ensure the health and well-being of your Labrador Retriever, keeping their coat shiny, their nails at a comfortable length, and their teeth clean and free from dental issues.

How much exercise does a Labrador Retriever need?

The Labrador Retriever is an exuberant, very energetic breed that requires lots of exercise every day to thrive. A Lab that doesn’t receive enough exercise is prone to engaging in hyperactive or destructive behavior to release pent-up energy. Labs particularly enjoy activities like retrieving and swimming, and they excel in hunting trips, field trials, and canine sports such as agility, obedience, tracking, and dock diving. Many Labs also excel in important roles such as search-and-rescue, drug and bomb detection, and as service and assistance dogs. Providing ample exercise opportunities for your Labrador Retriever is crucial for their physical and mental well-being.

What is a Labrador's temperament like?

The ideal temperament of a Labrador is one of kindness, outgoingness, and tractability. Labradors are known for being eager to please and non-aggressive towards both humans and animals. They possess gentle manners, intelligence, and adaptability, making them an ideal companion for families and individuals alike. Aggressiveness towards humans or other animals, as well as any signs of shyness in adulthood, should be strongly discouraged and penalized according to breed standards.

Why don’t you breed silver Labradors?

The breeding of “silver” Labradors has been a topic of controversy within the Labrador Retriever community. According to a publication titled “The Issue of the Silver Labrador” by Frances O. Smith, DVM, PhD, Chair of the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. Genetics Committee, there are concerns regarding the authenticity and genetic integrity of silver Labradors. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only three colors for Labradors: black, yellow, and chocolate. The introduction of silver as a color raises questions about the breed’s standards and the potential for dilution of the gene pool. Additionally, some argue that silver Labradors may be the result of crossbreeding with Weimaraners, which could compromise the breed’s health and temperament. As responsible breeders, we prioritize the preservation of the Labrador Retriever breed standard and adhere to the guidelines set forth by reputable organizations like the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

What Our Puppy Owners Are Saying
About Bazurto Kennels:

Java & Family

I would never leave Java with anyone else. (Since 2010, Bazurto Kennels has been the first and only choice for boarding Java when the family is one vacation.)

Owner(s): Tatyana and Edward


Everyone in my extended family that meets Roy just thinks he’s the absolute best dog. Every says we “lucked out”. You did a great job on him.

Owner(s): Shauna


I get comments everyday on how beautiful he is.

Owner(s): Katrina & Bill

Java & Cinnamon

Thank goodness Java has a patient temperament. Cinnamon only looks like a sweetheart.

Owner(s): Tatyana and Edward

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