An Arizona Labrador Retriever Natural Rearing Breeder

NEWS (as of 02/26/2017)...

-- ANNOUNCING 3 Litters whelped in February: PEATY x Maya , Cinder, and Pepper


8 Female Black pups & 1 Yellow Male available now


Labrador Retriever Puppies for Sale -- Litters Planned  

Natural Rearing Philosophy & Benefits

Our Goals to Improve the Labrador Retriever Breed

Natural Rearing Info

Natural Rearing Testimonials

Lab Puppy Adoption Process  Puppy Application Form (PDF);                                                                 (Puppy Application Form (MS Word)

Our Lab Girls     Our Lab Boys     Adult labs available

Frequently Asked Questions

Facebook (videos of pups):   Mining Camp Labs

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Nestled at the foot of Arizona's Superstition Mountains, Mining Camp Labradors is home to natural reared puppies.  Significant benefits

of Natural Rearing include a long, healthy life free of chronic diseases and very little need for visits to the vet.  Please read the Natural

Rearing Information at the bottom of this page to find out more about this important life style choice for your precious lab companion.  We

breed for conformation and temperament, and our goal is to produce top quality puppies suitable for show, hunt, service, or companion.  All

puppy parents are OFA and CERF certified and most are either AKC champions or show pointed.



ANNOUNCING BIRTH of Peaty x Maya litter, 12 February 2017; 5 yl males and 5 yl females

                                    Newborn  photo                                                               5 weeks old photo  (click for more photos)


ANNOUNCING BIRTH of Peaty x Cinder litter, 18 February 2017; 4 bl males; 5 bl females, 2 yl females


                                   Newborn  photo                                                          4 weeks old photo -- click here for more photos




ANNOUNCING BIRTH of Peaty x Pepper litter, 26 February 2017; 3 bl males; 5 bl females

                                                 Newborn                                                                        3 weeks old -- click here for more photos




CH Little Rascal's Sweet Peaty, Born March 21, 2015; EIC Clear; PRCD Clear; OFA Hips (prelim) Good; CERF Clear



Mining Camp's Mayan Gold (Maya), Born April 05, 2014; EIC Clear; PRCD Clear; OFA Hips Good; CERF Clear

Puppy Pedigree:  Peaty x Maya

Mining Camp's Cinderella (Cinder); Born 02 February 2012; EIC Clear; PRCD Carrier; OFA Hips Excellent; CERF Clear

Puppy Pedigree:  Peaty x Cinder

Mining Camp's Black Diamond (Pepper); Born April 05, 2014; EIC Clear; PRCD Carrier; OFA Hips Good; CERF Clear

Puppy Pedigree:  Peaty x Pepper










                                                   From our past litters:  "HANGING OUT AT THE WATER COOLER"


labrador puppies sleeping




Natural Rearing Philosophy and Benefits

Our philosophy toward canine health begins with proper nutrition.   A HEALTHY animal, whether a high performance dog or a family’s adored pet, is the basis for ensuring a satisfying and successful relationship between owner and dog.  Mining Camp Labrador’s puppies are naturally reared.  This means they are fed a raw, natural diet that does not contain grains or other foods that are not species appropriate--ie, like the wild wolf eats.  Also, our vaccination schedule is radically different than most breeders since we believe that vaccinations carry very real health hazards and are not to be administered without extreme caution.  We do not use chemical wormers, pesticides or heartworm poisons as these chemicals can and do create serious health issues in puppies and dogs. Some of the benefits of Natural Rearing (as compared to kibble fed and highly vaccinated dogs) are:

-- Long, happy lives free of chronic disease with minimal need for veterinarian support

-- No body odor

-- No bad breath

-- Strong healthy gums and teeth, with no need for costly teeth cleaning

-- Beautiful coats free of allergins

-- Ease of training because the dog is not hyped up on carbohydrates from kibble

-- Much less doggy poop!!



Our Adoption Process

Because we receive many inquiries, we find it very helpful if you, the prospective puppy owner, could tell us a little about your family and lifestyle.  If you are interested in adopting one of our puppies, please let us know first by phone call or email.  After a short conversation, we will ask you to  complete and return our puppy adoption application.  Once we have received your application, we will contact you for an on site interview to meet our Labrador Retriever family.  If after the visit both parties agree that adoption is likely, we will either add you to our waiting list for a future litter or accept a deposit for the current litter.  For current litters, we will encourage you to visit the pups to enhance their socialization.  At about 7 weeks of age, we temperament test our pups in order to match them to appropriate owners.  We typically send pups home with their new owners not earlier than 8 weeks of age.  Our puppies are potty trained to a doggie door prior to going to their new homes.  All puppy parents are OFA and CERF certified and most are either AKC champions or show pointed.



A Tribute to "Simba" by Paul Davis, lab lover and friend of Mining Camp Labradors





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Mining Camp's Cinderella (Cinder)     

Sire:  CH Mountain Meadow Big Bang  Dam: Mining Camp's Peggy Sue

Born: 2 February 2012; OFA: Hips Excellent, Elbows Normal; CERF clear


Mining Camp's Mayan Gold (Maya)  

Sire:  Tealwood's Endless Mountain Man in Black (Manny)  Dam: Mining Camp's Precious Gem (Jamie)

Born: April 5, 2014; EIC Clear; PRCD Clear; OFA Hips Good; CERF Clear


Mining Camp's Black Diamond (Pepper)

Sire:  Tealwood's Endless Mountain Man in Black (Manny)  Dam: Mining Camp's Precious Gem (Jamie)

Born: April 5, 2014; EIC Clear; PRCD Carrier; OFA Hips Good; CERF Clear


Maya and Pepper (litter mates)



Mining Camp's Gold Nugget (Nugget) -- RETIRED     

Sire:  BISS CH Sunset Lubberline Spinnaker; Dam: Mining Camp's Zadie Ladie

Born May, 2006; OFA: Hips Excellent, Elbows Normal; CERF clear

special labrador retriever



Mining Camp's "Peggy Sue" -- RETIRED

Sire:  Polish CH, Am CH Figero Dafoz Herbu Zadora (Gandhi); Dam: Mining Camp's Gold Nugget

Born: 06 August 2009; OFA: Good, Elbows Clear, CERF Clear

Peggy Sue is best labrador retriever


Mining Camp's Precious Gem (Jamie)  -- RETIRED

Sire:  CH Lobuff Hollyridge Wizard of Oz; Dam: Mining Camp's Panning for Gold (Dusty)

Born: 21 February 2011; OFA: Hips Good, Elbows Normal; CERF clear

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Mining Camp's Dutchman's Gold (Dutch)

Sire: MBOSS Am/Can CH Sunnydaze Indigo WC, JH; Dam: Sunset's Amazing Grace

Born March 8, 2010; OFA (prelim): Hips--excellent, Elbows--clear; Heart--clear; CERF clear; EIC--carrier; PRCD--clear

Dutch pedigree

Dutch in the labrador retriever show

Dutch takes 1st in his class, Papago Labrador Retriever Club Specialty Show--Spring 2011


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Mining Camp Lab's special kids, in memoriam

Mining Camp's Emunah Keleb (born: Feb 2001; died May 2014)

Mining Camp's Zadie Ladie (born Oct 2001; died Jan 30, 2013) 
Zadie's sire: Am Can Mex Intl Ch. SR Ms T's Bo-Mar Been There Done That 
                       JH CGC TT WCX  (aka "Toad")

some of our past puppies




Bitch Color Quantity Whelp Date Date Available





5 male; 5 female


12 Feb 2017


1 Yellow Male available NOW




Black & Yellow



4 bl males; 5 bl females; 2 yl females

(3 bl females available)

3 bl males; 5 bl females

(5 bl females available)


18  Feb 2017





26 Feb 2017








8 Black Females available NOW







Included with puppy:
  • Trained to doggy door
  • Puppy kit: pedigrees, general puppy info, specific lab info, and care / feeding instructions. 

Puppies are sold on a limited AKC registration.

AKC registered Labrador Retriever puppies are thoroughly socialized and exposed to multiple stimuli in order to produce skills necessary for different roles such as search and rescue, companion dog, service, and hunt.


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Call: 480.203.7159 for interview

5860 E Mining Camp St.
Apache Junction, Arizona 85119

Approximately 5 Miles NE of Apache Junction, AZ off Arizona Hwy 88

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Vaccine Reaction Essay by Dr. Jordan, DVM

"Dogs are Carnivores" by Dr. Jeannie Thomason; Feeding for Optimal Health and Longevity;

Raw Feeding Guide by Dogs Naturally Magazine; What Happens to Food When It's Cooked; Allergies; Finding Cheaper Sources of Meat;

Raw Feeding Links; Science of Vaccine Damage; Safe Vaccines?; Symptoms of Vaccine Damage;

Outrageous Vaccine Logic; What Vets Don't Know about Vaccines; Raw Pup Basics; Spay-Neuter Risks

Everything You Need to Know about Protein and Meat Cuts by Stephanie Curti: (reposted with permission)


Natural Rearing Breeders:

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