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Breeding and the importance of progesterone testing!

In the breeding world you may often hear progesterone testing, but you may not understand how or why it needs to be done. Here is a quick progesterone 101.

what is progesterone? Progesterone is a female hormone produced by the ovaries during release of a mature egg from an ovary, called ovulation. Progesterone helps prepare the lining of the uterus  to receive the egg if it becomes fertilized by a sperm. Progesterone testing is the most critical part of artificial insemination aside from good semen that coexist well with the extender it is in.

Why does progesterone play an important role in breeding? This allows the breeder to know the exact time the sperm needs to be placed into the female by artificial insemination. This practice is used by all breeders that ship semen and breed using the Artificial Insemination or Surgical Artificial Insemination. The progesterone testing is also a new trend for the traditional “old school” breeder.

When to breed? Breeders will breed the bitch when the progesterone test states.  There is an LH surge which will coincide with the first rise in progesterone. Ovulation will usually occur 2 days after the LH surge. The fertile period begins two days after ovulation and lasts about 2 to 3 days. Don’t forget the eggs take about 2 days to mature.

When the semen hits air does it die? No! Fresh semen lives 5 to 7 days. Fresh Chilled Semen lives 24 to 48 hours- occasionally longer if centrifuging and adding fresh extender. Frozen Semen lives 12-24 hours post-thaw.


Happy Breeding!

What is pet only with “limited registration”?

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Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration.

Chapter 3, Section 4A of the AKC’s Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline states the following: “Limited Registration may be requested for a dog when application for individual registration of the dog is submitted, provided the application, together with a request for such limitation, is filed by the owner(s) of the litter at birth.

No offspring of a dog for which Limited Registration has been granted is eligible for registration. Each registration certificate for such dog shall carry notice of the limitation, and the limitation shall continue, regardless of any change of ownership, unless and until the owner(s) of the litter at birth shall apply to AKC for removal of the limitation.”

A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration shall be ineligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event. These events include: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog.

Limited Registration is determined by the litter owner(s). The litter owner(s) check the Limited box on the AKC Dog Registration Application.

Limited Registration certificates are white with an orange border; the Full Registration certificate is white with a purple border.

Limited Registration can be changed to Full Registration only by the litter owner(s). The litter owner(s) will need to obtain the Application to Revoke Limited Status. That form will then need to be completed and sent to our Raleigh address with the processing fee. After processing, we will send a Full Registration certificate to the dog’s owner.

Limited Registration helps breeders protect their breeding programs. If breeders do not want puppies used for breeding purposes, they can request the Limited Registration option for those puppies.

The American Kennel Club does not license or endorse anyone engaged in the commerce of selling purebred dogs and, therefore, has no control over the business practices of those involved in such transactions. Membership in the American Kennel Club is comprised of independent dog clubs located throughout the United States. No individual persons are members of the AKC.

The AKC will not become involved in disputes concerning ‘full’ or ‘limited’ registration of a dog. These disputes must be resolved by the parties involved in the sale of the dog. The only exception to this is in cases where there is a contract, signed by all parties involved and made at the time of the dog sale, that stipulates the registration status. In those cases, AKC will initiate an inquiry on the matter.

What we do…

The Creekside Kennel

The Creekside Kennel was established in 1994.The Creekside Kennel’s number one focus is to preserve and promote the Labrador Retriever Breed.

The Labrador Retriever  has been America’s number one breed for several years. This just didn’t come by luck, Labrador Retrievers are know for their loyalty, agility, retrieving skills and aquatics.The Creekside Kennel Actively participates in AKC events and also hold Canine Good Citizen ( CGC) Evaluation Clinics. This Kennel also produces very nice English style Labradors also know as show type Labrador Retrievers. Currently The Creekside Kennel is home to Five Show Ring Champions and has several competing in the show ring.

The traditional coat colors of a Labrador Retriever are Black, Yellow and Chocolate. The breed standard for height is 22.5 to 24.5 inches in height from the dogs withers to the ground. The breed  standard weight is 65 to 80 pounds.

The Dilute Color Labrador Retrievers are Charcoal, Champagne and Silver. The Charcoal Labrador is a Black Labrador  that carries the ( MLPH) Gene. The Champagne Labrador is a Yellow Labrador  that carries the ( MLPH) Gene. The Silver Labrador is a Chocolate Labrador  that carries the ( MLPH) Gene.  There is much controversy over the dilute colors and the Labrador Retriever Club has dubbed them “Designer Dogs”. Things change and things evolve over time.

The origin of this MLPH Gene comes from the origination of the Labrador Retriever breed. The Newfoundland Dog and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever carry the MLPH gene and these breeds were the original founding stock in the Lineage of the Labrador Retriever.

The Creekside Kennel is currently home to many Confirmation Champions and we regularly show our dogs to preserve the breed and produce quality champion lineage puppies. We pass these great traits that we have preserved down to the future generations of our lineage.

The Creekside Kennel is actively participating in charitable contributions. We donate puppies on occasion to great causes such as preserving our wetlands to Ducks Unlimited and the Delta Waterfowl Association.  We also support the fight to find a cure for cancer . We donate puppies in October to organizations for Breast Cancer Awareness and 10% Of our sales during the month of October are donated to local Cancer Institutes. We also Support Make A Wish Foundation!  At Creekside Kennel we are big advocates of dogs that help people. We donate dogs  to be used for Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs!

The Creekside Kennel Produces top quality Labrador puppies. All of our puppies come with a two year hip/health guarantee and microchipped. Our dogs and puppies compete in the show ring as well and the obedience trials. Our dogs are well versed and can even hit the water or the field!

For your Next Family pet or show ring Champion Visit Creekside Kennel in southeastern NC or visit us on the web at

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