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. 2-3 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. Crate training, fetch training, sit/stay training offered at $30/day after 8 weeks for a maximum of 6 additional weeks of training with Diamond R Kennels.

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

What is the difference in colors of labs?

We have all the 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. Veterinary 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 puppy? ($1200 total)

  • Genetic Hip/Elbow/Eye Tests of our un-proven breeding dogs
  • Other Genetic tests of our breeding dogs (EIC, CNM, and more, ask for our full test if interested)
  • Dewclaw removal
  • Updated shots
  • De-Worming
  • Individual Vet-Check at 6 Weeks
  • Extensive Socialization with people & older dogs
  • Sensory Introduction
  • Guarantee against genetic hip dysplasia, as well as genetic eye defects.
  • Ask us for our full guarantee via email.

Should I choose male or female?

Consider these:

1) Size: Males will average full grown between 70 and 85 pounds. Females average between 55-65 lbs. If you 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, p preferably 2 years but we require at least 1 year to keep our guarantee on your dog) 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.

Do you have a vet reccomendation?

Yes, We use both Ennis Vet in Ennis, and Hardaway Vet in Belgrade. Both are excellent vets, and have worked with many Diamond R dogs and are always up to date on the parents health and are familiar with our puppies and litters.

Whats the difference between American and English Labradors?

We breed Amreican Labradors, which typically have been bred for field work in the United States while English Labs havee typically been bred for show competition. That being said, there are hundreds of Labrador breeders in the US who have different priorities from each other. The best thing to do when purchasing a Lab is to read reviews about the breeder, read about the breeders priorities when it comes to hunting or not, and look at pictures and the health of the breeding dogs.

When is the next available puppy?

We generally have between 40-70 people on our waitlist at any time. Please expect a 6 month - 1 year wait (or about 4-6 litters). Wait-time for chocolate is longer as it is a recessive color, and only about 10% of our puppies are chocolate.

What do I have to do to place a deposit?

First, you must read our deposit page on this website. Then, either email or call us to let us know what you are looking for. We will discuss if our dogs are right for you, and the next steps in getting on a waitlist for a labrador puppy.