HELP FINDING A WELL BRED PUPPY



Puppy mills can now put a pretty face on their breeding practices thanks to the Internet.
Cute cyber puppy faces make it hard to know for sure if you are working with a responsible Breeder.
Finding a well bred puppy will take research and footwork

*Look for a quality Breeder first, the color and sex of your puppy second. 

*AKC Registration of itself does not imply quality,
Puppy mills use AKC registration.  

*An AKC Championship does imply quality.
Obtaining one is expensive and difficult and indicates that the dog has been
measured against a Standard and found superior.  Read the pedigrees on websites.  AKC Champion
 titles are written before a dog's name.  Performance titles are written after a dog's name.

*Not all International Titles are the same.
True International titles are earned IN OTHER COUNTRIES - Ask the breeder!

To learn more about what the LETTERS in a pedigree stand for, click here.

*Good Breeders will obtain multiple health clearances on their dogs.
They will be members of dog clubs which maintain Breeder listings.
Their dogs will be clean, well socialized and housed properly.  Their property will be well maintained.
To find the Labrador clubs nearest you check the AKC and the LRC, Inc. websites.  

*62 dogs 'make up' a puppy - not just the Sire and Dam.  
A well bred puppy has well bred ancestors.  
Good breeders will list their pedigrees on their websites or will provide them to you on request. 
OFA clearances on as many of those 62 dogs as possible reduces  the risk of health issues for your puppy.
AKC Championships on those dogs implies that the ancestors were good representatives of the breed.  

*No pedigrees on websites or dogs listed only by their first names can be a red flag. 
Full names on pedigrees allow you to look up their clearances on the OFA website www.offa.org  

*"Both dogs on premise" does not necessarily mean a better bred litter and can raise a red flag.
It can mean that the same two dogs are bred over and over again at no cost to the Breeder.
Quality Breeders do use their own males on occassion, but often go to a non-owned stud dog
(at considerable cost) for genetic diversity.  

*Allow yourself time to find a puppy.
Well bred puppies are spoken for when they are 'in the oven' or very soon after birth.

*Good Breeders do not sell through third parties. 

*Meet the breeder before the puppies arrive.  All puppies are adorable - even badly bred ones.   

*If everything in the litter is for sale, why was it bred?  
If the Breeder doesn't want one of the pups, why do you?   

*Know what disease clearances are available before you call the Breeder.  For information on Labrador medical problems visit the Canine Health Information Center http://caninehealthinfo.org/

*Good Breeders will provide copies of the clearance certificates to you or direct you.

*Good Breeders will be active in the sport of dogs.  They will be investing in their dogs and
measuring their traits in conformation shows, obedience trials and/or field trials. 
Many Breeders are active in all of these areas. 

*BUYERS BEWARE! Labradors come in three colors only, Black, Yellow or Chocolate. 
Information on Silver Labradors can be found on the LRC, Inc. website.   

*There is one Labrador Retriever and they should all look similar.
 Labradors are either well bred or they are not.

*I
f you do not want, or cannot afford to invest in a well bred puppy, consider rescue. 
Purchasing from puppy mills and backyard breeders harm the dogs we all love .

  This is a decision you will live with for the next 12-16 years.  Take your time and remember,
the harder you work at it the 'luckier' you will be!

 



 

 

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