Hillcountry Hunting Labs - Texas Labrador Retriever Breeders

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About Hillcountry Hunting Labs
Hillcountry Hunting Labs, is a small family run kennel 30 miles west of Austin, TX. We specialize in high quality Chocolate Labrador Retrievers, that come from proven Field Trial and Hunt Test pedigree. Our dogs are breed for their disposition, conformation and hunting instinct. Our puppies come with a 26 month garuntee on the hip.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Labrador Retriever
Additional Services
Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Steve Hoppas
Dripping springs, Texas 78619
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 7 years.
Testimonials (7)
Submitted by: Matthew Crawford on May 14, 2018
My experience has been similar to all the other comments. I have a 1.5 year old male from HCHR that has been awesome. Very birdy with incredible drive. He is tall and lean - which is what I want for hunting in the Texas - dissipates heat better English style labs. He is also a good family/house dog as long as he gets daily high intensity exercise. This dog is exactly what I was looking for.
Submitted by: Jeff Harper on Mar 26, 2014
I have a male chocolate lab (Remi) from HHL. He is by far the best overall and versatile gun dog I have ever owned. Very energetic with a lot of hunting drive. Currently, he retrieves ducks, goose, dove and pheasant. I have never seen a lab work a field for pheasant just as good, if not better, than a German short haired pointer. The first time I took him pheasant hunting, he picked it up after an hour in the field. The guide and trainer I hunted with told me it takes him 5 years to train his dogs what Remi did naturally. I would highly recommend HHL to anyone looking for a well bread waterfowl or upland retriever.
Submitted by: Cody Slate on Oct 10, 2013
I got a male from Steve a couple of years ago and I must say Tex is by far the best hunting dog I have ever owned. He picked up over 100 birds his first year and hasn't slowed down. I had to do very little training to get him where he is now. On a different note Tex is great with my little boy. In fact if we are hunting and Gavin is with me Tex stays in between me and him at all times if I am holding my gun!!! LOVE THIS DOG!!!
Submitted by: Cody Robinson on Jan 09, 2013
I lucked out and acquired an HHL choc female from a friend. I was very optimistic but had no idea how good she'd be. First season was this yr. Great instincts and athleticism! Made retrieves diving under after cripples at 8 months! High energy and super obedient. I will definately be going to HHL for another female soon.
Submitted by: Michael McAnarney on Oct 07, 2012
I got a female from last years litter and this is her first hunting season. I also must add that this is the first time I've ever attempted to train any dog. September 1st I took her on her first white wing hunt and she made over 30 retrieves including 5 water retrieves. She has currently retrieved over 100 doves and duck season starts in 3 weeks. Her natural hunting ability has overcome my inexperience as a trainer. She is also a great family pet that gets along well with my rescue boxer and two rescue kittens.
Submitted by: Rob Wilson on Jun 20, 2009
I have a chocolate lab that I got from last years litter. She had her first dove hunt when she was 5 months old and picked up on it very rapidly. She also had her first duck hunt this past year and did exceptionally well. I would recommend getting a puppy from any of the litters that they have. Good luck with the continual breeding and I hope to get another in a couple of years.
Submitted by: Kyle Davis on Sep 09, 2008
These dogs are without a doubt the best I have seen. I have never seen more instinct in a puppy. We took our 4 month old puppy dove hunting(probably not smart) and he retrieved 6 birds on his first hunt. His drive and disposition is unmatched. Do yourself a favor and spend the extra money for a real dog.
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