Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pick up my puppy in person?

No, although it is preferred. We can only ship puppies starting at 8 weeks on, while you can pick up your puppy at 7 weeks. We offer two different types of shipping, Standard and Premium. Standard we ship your pup throught the normal PetSafe shipping to the closest airport to you ($500). Premium, we personally fly with your puppy to your destination. Prices vary for personal shipping.

When do the puppies get to go home?

We send puppies home when they are 7 weeks (49 days) or the following weekend if the 49th day lands on a weekday. 2 weeks before "Pick Weekend", we will schedule an hour long appointment to choose and take home your puppy by order of deposit date. At this time we will go over food, training, and behavioral suggestions for your dog based on your lifestyle and the temperment of the puppy. If you live out of state or in Canada, we can safely ship to any international airport near you beginning at 8 weeks for an additional $500. We can keep pups until 8 weeks for no additional charge, but after 8 weeks will be and additional $20/day for food & other expenses.

I have more questions....

Fantastic! We are here for you. Please send us an email or message us on our social media sites to get in contact. We generally respond within 24 hours. Our phone line is reserved for immediate questions or urgent matters. Facebook: Diamond R Kennels Instagram: @montana_labs

When is a good time to have a puppy?

That is up to you! The only thing we can reccomend is that you make sure you are not traveling for an extensive amount of time within the first couple months. You can take your puppy to work, other homes, vacation, camping, etc. This helps them become used to different environments AND helps to crate train them for future trips you will go on. It is also okay to leave them alone (IN THE CRATE) for small increments to have them become acclimated to being left alone so they have a small chance of developing anxiety issues as well. Large families, other dogs, cats, kids, are all great opportunities to tire out your puppy with play time and get them used to being around other people/pets. If you are worried about specific environments, or events, email us and we can help out.

What is the difference in colors of labs?

We have all three colors of labs in the Diamond R bloodline. We breed so that each litter can have multiple colors in the litter. Chocolate Labs, Yellow Labs, and Black Labs available. There is no temperment difference in between the three colors, they just look different! Each person has their own unique preference, if you have questions about anything please email we are happy to answer anything. Our line breeds for ability and temperment, so we do not know what color our litters will be until they are born.

When will I be notified about my upcoming puppy?

If we have a successful pregnancy, we will update our website accordingly. We then can notify everyone who is next on the waitlist 1 week after their birth date. Once it is confirmed the puppy of your choice has been born, we ask you confirm within 3 days of notification that you will be taking the puppy.

Do you board dogs?

No we do not, however the Ennis Vet Hospital & Belgrade Haradaway Vet Clinic do! We do not allow dogs to come back on the property (or new dogs on the property) to make sure that we keep our own dogs as healthy as possible as we want to keep any diseases or parasites out. Vetrinary offices are a great place to board since they know exactly how to keep your dog as healthy as possible. There are also several different smartphone apps that can help you find a pet sitter.

What is included in the price of my dog? ($1200 total)

  • Genetic Hip/Elbow/Eye Tests of our un-proven breeding dogs
  • Other Genetic tests of our breeding dogs (EIC, CNM)
  • Dewclaw removal
  • Updated shots
  • De-Worming
  • Individual Vet-Check at 6 Weeks
  • Extensive Socialization with people & older dogs
  • Sensory Introduction
  • Guarantee against genetic hip & elbow dysplasia, as well as genetic eye defects.

Why are deposits non-refundable?

The more people we add to our waitlist, the more likely other potential clients will decline to be on that same list. If we allowed people to be on our waitlist without being serious, we may be turning away people who are very serious! This also accounts for our time answering any questions and making sure our waitlist is up-to-date. If you decide to pass up on a pup, we keep this deposit to cover our time finding someone who we also think would be a good owner to this pup. We just want to make sure everyone who wants a Diamond R pup is serious about being a part of our family!

Should I choose male or female?

Consider these:

1) Size: Males will average full grown between 65 and 85 pounds. Females average between 55-70 lbs. If you have smaller children or prefer a smaller dog, consider these.

2) Personality. Each of our dogs have produced both working dogs and family dogs. We do not see a difference in male or female dispositions when it comes to control issues. Females can sometimes be more independent while males can be more attached to you.

3) Hunting ability: No difference. Since the males are larger, they are more muscular but females can be every bit as effective in the field and we have never chosen a dog to guide over based on sex, only ability.

4) Neuter/Spay: Males can be neutered and females spayed (AFTER reaching full growth) with no adverse effects on their working abilities or personalities. Metabolisms will slow differently for each and you should monitor their weight after a spay or nueter.