HELP FINDING A
WELL BRED 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.
for a quality Breeder first, the color and sex of your puppy second.
Registration of itself does not imply quality,
Puppy mills use AKC registration.
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.
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
To learn more about what the LETTERS in a pedigree stand for,
*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
dogs 'make up' a puppy - not just the Sire and Dam.
A well bred puppy has well bred
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.
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
*"Both dogs on premise"
does not necessarily mean a better bred litter and can raise a
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
considerable cost) for genetic diversity.
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.
the breeder before the puppies arrive. All puppies are adorable
- even badly bred ones.
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
For information on Labrador medical problems visit the Canine Health
*Good Breeders will provide copies of the clearance certificates to
*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.
Some Breeders are active in all of these areas.
BEWARE! Labradors come in three colors only, Black, Yellow or
Information on Silver Labradors can be found on the
*There is one Labrador Retriever
and they should all look similar.
either well bred or they are not.
you do not want, or cannot afford to invest in a well bred puppy,
Purchasing from puppy mills and backyard breeders rewards
irresponsible breeding and
ultimately harms 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!