HILLTOP LABRADORS - Iowa Labrador Retriever Breeders

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At Hilltop Labradors in Algona Iowa - We pride ourselves on producing outstanding AKC Labrador puppies from ONLY PROVEN working parents. All our dogs have several 1st & 2nd generation NAFC/NFC/FC/AFC/MH/HRCH/NBDCA Dogs in their pedigrees with clean genetics. If you are passionate about hunting with a great Dog, pursing competition, shed hunting or dock jumping then you have come to the right place. All of our dogs are EIC/CNM/CERF/PRA & THYROID Clear. Hips OFA Good or Excellent & Elbows OFA Normal. All our dogs are hunted extensively on Pheasants in all conditions & terrains with great success & at least 1 strong waterfowl dog for the son who his a passionate waterfowler !! All working Gundogs are fully trained and competition capable. All dogs are trained, conditioned & loved through out the year on our 20 acres. We also have a nice pond so all our dogs excel in water. We offer black & yellow AKC pups. Started gundogs are available at times. Hilltop Labradors produces outstanding Gundogs. We also have produced several Dogs with titles and points in AKC Field Trial, AKC Hunt test, UKC tests & NAHRA along with several dogs with great success in Explosives & Narcotics, AKC Agility Dog with RN,OA,NAJ & NF titles, shed hunting & Dock Jumping placements including a SRS National Dock Jump Qualifier. At Hilltop Labradors we are proud to produce Pups that are Versatile, Loaded with natural talent, intelligent & Easy to Train and all with great confirmation & clean genetics included.Responsible Breeding for all the right reasons.A GREAT LABRADOR for YOU to enjoy!
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Labrador Retriever
Additional Services
Stud Services, Boarding
Breeder Contact Info
Maggie & Craig Buscher
1001 210th. ST.
Algona, Iowa 50511
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 34 years.
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Submitted by: Mark Ambose on Nov 07, 2022
Update on Sky. She’s up to 30 retrieves. Opening day on pheasant she retrieved 6 birds and a drake wood duck. She struggled Sunday on birds pretty dry tuff for her to pick up scent on running birds that were wounded, but still very proud of her. For being 9 months she’s doing good. She retrieved 7 ducks this morning. My son shot 3 she didn’t see fall and had no problem finding them. He had her sit and then sent her and no problem find them. I’m very happy with her and again thank you. You raise some very good dogs.
Submitted by: Chad on Sep 10, 2022
I had been looking for a started dog to go hunting with this fall and came across the ad Maggie had just listed. Lucky for me the dog was available and getting training daily I am not a dog trainer by any means but this dog Boone we bought from Maggie is unbelievable, for only being 6 months old he retrieved 6 doves on the second day we had him home we shot 12 gauges and 20 gauges over him and nothing bothers him at all. I have never seen a dog with this much drive to retrieve he would retrieve all day if you let him. He never wants to quit and it does not matter if its in water or on land. Maggie spent lots of time with training this dog we are very appreciative to be the lucky ones to get to buy the dog, He just keeps amazing us everyday cant wait for the other seasons to open and either can Boone. Hilltops dogs and kennels is really a top notch ran outfit if your in the market for a good working Lab look no further
Submitted by: Zachary on Feb 24, 2022
We got our pup Ranger almost a year ago now. Needless to say he has been nothing sort of amazing. If you’re looking for a hunting dog Hilltop knows that they’re doing. Ranger has a strong drive with a great nose. Ranger picked up his first duck at 6 months which was a shock due to us giving him no training on retrieval yet. Once we noticed he had such a strong drive for retrieval we ramped up his training and he picked up his first full grown Canadian goose at 8 months. The dog is as fearless as they come. I have yet to find something he isn’t willing to do for me. Loves to swim so much we have caught him in the tub by himself waiting for us to fill it for him. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog and I want to thank Maggie and hilltop labs for the professionalism and knowledge they gave me while purchasing a pup!
Submitted by: Heath Van Waus on Feb 22, 2022
I bought my black male, Otis, from Hilltop Labradors one year ago, almost to date. Maggie was extremely professional in helping me choose which dog was best for me and what I wanted. Her knowledge on this breed and what best fits for her customers in unprecedented!
I could not be more happy where Otis is at with his training and his performance in his first hunting season. I was able to hunt him close to 50 times this season on a variety of species and he surpassed my expectations in every way. My goal was to get him 100 wild bird retrieves on the year and we exceeded that goal and ended up with 135 for his first year! Hopefully more to come this spring with some snow geese.
Otis has a drive to retrieve like I've never seen. He cares about nothing more than retrieving bumpers, training and hunting. He is all go when it comes to that aspect but at the same time lays on his dog bed while I work during the day and never makes a sound. The on/off switch is amazing to watch, which is unusual for a less than one year old pup. I'm beyond excited to see where Otis will be in his prime! It will be a pleasure to watch first hand.
If you're looking for a great lab Hilltop should be your first choice!
Submitted by: Gordon Munns on Oct 13, 2020
Zeke is 15 months old. Easy to train, driven retriever, good in the house, loves my wife. He is 78 pounds (Sept 2020) and is still building muscle mass. Good conformation, strong swimmer. Rumbled off the dock for a retrieve first time without coaxing. Returns to his "place" even after training is over - asking for more. Retrieved 21 ducks opening weekend in ND and 4 pheasants opening weekend in MN. Still figuring out pheasant hunting. Conditions were difficult opening weekend 80° and 30-40 mph winds. Clearly birdy when there was scent, but did not range very far when there was none. Very interested in making sure I kept up with him (i.e. looking over his shoulder). He has been a star addition to the family.
Submitted by: Scott Davis on Oct 06, 2020
I am very happy with our boy. Well rounded, intelligent hunting partner who is easy to train and learns quickly. All that comes with a great disposition and also makes a great family pet who loves to be with his kids, he also loves to be around our other Lab. He has hunted out of boat now about 8 times and gets better each time. Loves to retrieve the birds. We will see how his first season goes but hoping to take him on a 4 day traveling hunting trip in November. We couldn’t be happier with him. He’s a great hunting partner already, he’s a momma’s boy with my wife and loves to play with my daughters and follows them where ever they go. Very good all-around dog and becoming very muscular and handsome to boot.
Submitted by: Karen Hudson on Oct 06, 2020
Dally is 100% all the time. She has pointed pheasants and is retrieving decoys well. She really struggles with "Stay!", but will do so after repeating the command and practice.

She is water crazy and I think that she will love goose hunting. She is NOT gun shy! I am waiting anxiously for season to start!

I could not be happier with our baby! She is always ready to go.

She is with me when I feed cattle and horses, but doesn't bother them. She has filled a very big hole in our hearts and not a day goes by that she hasn't made our lives better. She had trouble traveling at first, but is better now.

I can't imagine being without her now!

Thank you! Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to add her to our lives! Larry Hudson
Submitted by: Lacey Forthun on Aug 29, 2020
We have a puppy from Hilltops Labradors and we absolutely love him. He's 7 months right now and is rocking his antler training. His nose is phenomenal, has a strong retrieve drive, easy to train, very smart and has a great personality! This pup makes us laugh everyday. He thoroughly enjoys training but he can also turn it off in the house and relax. He's just a happy, eager to please, great looking pup, we couldn't be more happier with him! Hilltops Labradors has been wonderful with answering any questions and our pup proves she truly cares about great and correct
breeding! We will 100% be a repeat costumer!
Submitted by: Louie V on Oct 09, 2018
Cant say enough great things about experience with Maggie. My pup is now 7 months and since picking her up she has done a lot. High drive, great nose, can find sheds as well as birds. Caught her first bird at 12 weeks old, and has done her gun/bird intro, she is all GO in the field, no regrets in purchasing from Hilltop, great looks and high bird drive in this black lab. Bird hunting machine!
Submitted by: Louie on Oct 08, 2018
Picked up puppy May 2018 at 8 weeks old, she caught her first bird in our front yard June. Super fast girl, great looking, a ton of bird drive, already finished gun/bird intro course in September. First trip to field and she was a machine at finding birds, long retrieves. Awesome nose and her endurance is incredible. She is all GO, high drive in the field. She found birds in the thickest of CRP that we never would have found without her nose. She is also finding sheds with no problem. All this and she is only 6 1/2 months old! Cant say enough great things, very pleased with our pick and Maggie’s breeding program.
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