JOHNSON LABRADOR RETRIEVERS is located on a farm in Tilden Nebraska, along the beautiful Elkhorn River We are a small kennel that strives for quality. We are not about numbers, what we are about is breeding genetically sound genetics to produce pups that have the desired qualities we would like all our pups to have. Some of these qualities include: natural retrieving ability, ease of train-ability, correct conformation, great temperaments! Our goal is to produce the best companion possible for our buyers! We follow a thorough health program and guarantee all our pups with a 26 month hip and eye guarantee. We also introduce our pups to new people, new things and new sounds and handle them daily. We have been in the business over 35 years and are always learning and improving. Many of our puppy customers/friends have kept in contact with us which is helpful in determining if we are going in the right direction with our breeding program. From our customer's positive feedback, we feel we are reaching our goal! All our breeding adults are OFA Certified GOOD or EXCELLENT on their hips,their elbows are OFA certified Normal, their eyes have been examined by a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and determined Clear and Normal and they are EIC Clear and CNM Clear either by DNA or Parentage. Our adults have excellent pedigrees going back to a long line of Labrador Retrievers that have accomplished much! They are also good looking and have great dispositions! We guarantee all our pups with a 26 month hip and eye guarantee. We follow a thorough health program to provide each pup a great start! We are also available for any help or guidance with your new pup! We have numerous testimonials of satisfied customers! Since we are a smaller kennel and do not have pups constantly. We advise reserving pups by deposits...that way we can put you on our WAIT list. Picking order is determined by deposits received. You may have to wait a bit but, the reward will be well worth it! You are welcome to call us anytime and visit with us about our Labs! Give us a call....if we are unable to answer, please leave us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can! Thank you! Richard and Maureen Johnson Rich Cell 402-750-7814 Maureen Cell 402-928-0357 .
Submitted by: Brenda Reid on Jul 13, 2023
We were referred to Johnson Labrador Retrievers by a family friend that had previously purchased 2 Labrador puppies from the Johnsons. Our 8 week old puppy is a female black lab. She is very intelligent and obeys commands. She will retrieve a ball and is easily being trained. Very impressed by the attention that this breeder put into our puppy. She is loveable yet serious when it comes to learning. Excited to see her in the field.
Submitted by: Anne Faylor on Apr 18, 2021
In May 2020, an 8-week-old puppy from Johnson Labs joined our family. We named him Lucky. Our last lab passed away in 2017 and we missed having a dog. It had been 15 years since we had a puppy, so I was a little apprehensive about keeping up with the high energy, but Lucky has made every stage a joy. He is very intelligent and has been easy to train. Potty training was a snap and no shoes or furniture have been damaged or destroyed. He rings a bell to let us know when he needs to go outside. He is so well behaved it is hard to believe he is a one-year-old puppy.
The "off" switch Maureen used to describe Lucky's parents is true for him too. He loves to play tug of war but will stop immediately on command. He is an energetic boy with a great temperament. He gets along with dogs, cats and people and does not know a stranger. He lives to retrieve a ball. He brings it back and drops it at your feet, ready to go again. He is very athletic and loves to swim. Lucky puts a smile on our face every day. I’m so glad we found Johnson Labs.
Submitted by: Brett & Sonja Sebree on Mar 10, 2021
This is our second Labrador with the Johnsons. Our first yellow Lab Meadow was off the charts good, there wasn't anything she couldn't do, we lost her to a brain tumor May 1st of 2020. Our newest family member is a beautiful Chocolate female named Mocha, she is training us at an alarming rate. All kidding aside, Mocha is the most athletic Labrador i've ever been around. Her daddy is Rev it up power surge, that should give you an idea of her athletic ability. Really love her. Maureen wants me to write a book about Meadow and I on our law enforcement adventures, that's in the works. Anybody who want's a quality labrador; the Johnson's are the way to go. You will not find nicer people, who care about quality animals period. I've known Rich and Maureen a long time, they are great people. Thank You Rich and Maureen
Submitted by: Pam and Ernie Hartley on Oct 29, 2018
We received our sweet chocolate Remi as an anniversary gift after 4 years of saying goodbye to our last lab. Our family thought it was time to have another pup and we couldn’t have been more pleased or felt more loved with their decision. The moment we picked Remi up at the airport, she hasn’t stopped wiggling. Remi is extremely smart, and has a great deal of natural instinct her nose is always on the ground. At 7 months old she has proven herself on the water with ducks and is accomplished with geese on land. She is so proud of herself when she's bringing a goose back to you.. Head held high...
We send pictures to Maureen and Rich and they are always pleased and eager to hear how Remi is doing. It shows the continued compassion that they have for their pups. Thank you Johnson's for caring for your pups long after they're gone from you.. We love our Remi.....
Submitted by: Bob Bruhn on Oct 15, 2018
We got Josie, our female, yellow lab from Rich and Maureen earlier this year. She just turned 10 months old and we can't say enough great things about her. First off, she is extremely intelligent. She learned to sit, stay, lay down, and shake each in a few minutes time. When fetching, she takes hand signals well, when looking for a ball, her instincts kick in and she sets up a "search pattern" to find it. She is unbelievably fast and is very athletic. We have a pool that she loves to play in and she will even go under water a foot or so to retrieve. She has a terrific motor that doesn't quit, yet she is laid back and mild mannered when not in that play/hunt mode.
Rich and Maureen were great to deal with and the documentation they provided about the pup was fantastic. I've made a few calls to Maureen for her thoughts and suggestions on things and if she doesn't pick up, she gets right back to you and is always a wealth of information.
Lastly, Josie is also a very sweet and loving dog. We love her to death, she is everything we wanted in a dog and more! In the evenings when I'm in the recliner watching TV, she likes to crawl up on me, roll over on her back, then fall asleep as I rub her belly. :-) I've had a lot of dogs in my life, 4 of them labs, and I've loved all of them dearly, but Josie is special, I'll just leave it at that.
Submitted by: Hallie Casto & Holly Barrett on Apr 09, 2018
In September, we got our chocolate female lab, Harper from Johnson Breeders. Harper is a very loving & intelligent girl. Within a couple of days of having her, she was potty trained by ringing a bell on the door to go outside, and following sit, stay, and shake commands. She continue's to learn new things daily, and easily catches on to commands within 3-4 times. She has been out in the field and is not scared around guns. She has a beautiful point and has the natural instinct for bird hunting. The Johnson's are amazing people to work with. They took the time to answer all of our questions and concerns. They took time out of their day to drive halfway to meet us for the pickup and had great printed material with their information, AKC registration information, microchip information, and the puppy's current vet records. Their hip and eye guarentee contract is easily readable and understandable. They are amazing people and they raise great pups. We wouldn't do business with anyone other than the Johnson's.
Submitted by: D.J. and Sarah Dryer on Apr 08, 2018
Maureen is fantastic. A few years ago one of my dogs passed away. We sadly found out that our breeder had gotten a divorce and had left the business. Through AKC we found Maureen in Nebraska. I was in Iraq at the time and she made the whole process simple. Even handled the transportation issues. When we got our new puppy, he was an instant hit. I noticed right away his curiosity and his ability to track. He is without a doubt the healthiest and smartest Dog (and i have only ever had labs) that i have ever had. We spend a lot of time and effort with him, but he is about the best trained dog you will meet. we get complements on his appearance, is health, his speed (he can run), and his impeccable manners. He does not jump on people, he waits for permission to eat his meals, he doesn't chew up anything (but he has a lot of toys). We keep trying to get another one, just like him, from Maureen, but the stars never seem to align. She is the only breeder i will purchase from, and i can't offer enough good things to say about her.
Submitted by: Don Schuffert on Feb 27, 2017
Just wanted everyone to know how happy I am with my 14 week old lab puppy from Rich and Maureen, this puppy is amazing. She is finding birds on her own , flushing the bird and then retrieving the birds that are shot over her, she is a machine in the field, and only 14 weeks old. Do yourself a favor, make the drive and buy one of their puppies, you won't be disappointed, I drove 10 hours one way for this dog and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Submitted by: Brandon on Jan 31, 2016
My name is Brandon and I live in Nebraska. I purchased a yellow female from Johnson Labs and our puppy is an amazing dog. She is 3 months old and can do full retrieves, heel, sit, lay down, and uses her nose so well. We are very happy with our puppy and I am excited to see what she can do this next fall in the field. This is our second dog from Johnson's and both have been great.
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Submitted by: Gregg Johnson on Jan 27, 2016
We recently purchased a Yellow Lab Female Puppy (Dakota) from Rich and Maureen this past Christmas 2015. She is now 3 months old. Dakota is doing fantastic with our family. She is super smart, neat personality, great temperament, retrieving extremely well, lots of drive, and showing a lot of desire for pheasant wings. Dakota really works her nose when she is in the field. I can tell she will be a natural hunter. I have been working with her holding steady as she retrieves dummies and she will sit there like a statue. Dakota is already displaying the correct steadiness and marking abilities that you need in a great gun dog. I have also been impressed with her game finding abilities with some of the feathered dummies I have had her search and find in the field. She really gets after it and hunts them up with her nose. Another great quality in a fantastic gun dog. She is bonding with our family very well. We have worked hard to get her socialized around other people, dogs, cats and you can tell she loves people and children. I have no doubt that Dakota is going to be an excellent family pet and great gun dog. She is our house dog and picked up on house training in about 7 days. Very impressive. Dakota has been a delight to train because she picks things up so fast. Rich and Maureen Johnson were tremendous to work with. Maureen was very good in responding back to emails and phone calls. She wants to give you a great experience in choosing your puppy. There is no doubt Johnson Lab's are producing excellent Labs for both hunting and companion use. We as a family are super excited about Dakota and look forward to seeing the progression in training. I am confident that Dakota is going to be great family dog and be a relentless under control hunting machine in the field.