Choosing Good Labrador Breeders

Due to the fact that Labradors are such a popular dog choice, there is a high demand for Labrador breeders. Thus, there are plenty of breeders that you will likely be able to choose from.

That being said, not all Labrador breeders are interested in providing you with a healthy, quality Lab puppy. Some breeders are only in it to make money. These breeders are typically known as “backyard breeders” and should be avoided at all costs.

To help you distinguish the good from the bad, the best place to look for a list of Labrador breeders is:

  • Online at your national kennel club
  • Online a the Labrador Retriever club of your nation

The following is what you need to find out about Labrador breeders, despite where you locate them:

  • Check if the Labrador breeder is registered with the national kennel club or Labrador Retriever club. If they are not registered what is there reason? Cost is a poor answer and is a good indication that the breeder is only interested in making a buck and doesn’t care about the breed.
  • Ask to see the parents of the liter if they are there
  • Find out the size of the liter. If there is less than the original liter present, where are the others? Have they been sold or did they die?
  • Find out how long the people have been Labrador breeders
  • Find out how many Labrador liters they have every year
  • Check for a guarantee. If you can not register your Labrador, or if it becomes seriously ill within a year can you return it, receive a refund or rebate?
  • Find out the liter’s medical history. All puppies should have been checked by the Vet and have health certificates.
  • Request the pedigree. Find out the background of the Labrador litter. Check for hereditary health defects including hip and elbow dysplasia.
  • Find out if the Labrador will come with a complete and signed Breeders Certificate that includes a pedigree and 3 – 4 generations.

Other facts you need to take into account when dealing with a Labrador breeder include:

  • Is the breeder answering questions to your satisfaction? Do the Labrador dogs appear happy?
  • Do the Labrador puppies seem healthy?
  • Is the premise and are the Labrador’s clean?
  • Do the Labs parents look like the breed standard?
  • Do the breeders only breed Labradors? If not, why not?
  • Is the breeder asking you questions about your dog experience, your lifestyle, and the reason you are interested in Labradors?

You need to feel comfortable with the breeder you choose. There is no point in saving money by buying a puppy from Labrador breeders that don’t have the breed’s best interest in mind. You need to buy a dog that is healthy and happy. Don’t settle for anything less.

Labrador Rescue – Home Sweet Home

Labrador rescue exists because there are irresponsible owners who buy Labs for selfish reasons such as to make their kids happy, they like the idea of owning a dog. These people have no idea how much responsibility, cost or commitment is required in order to care for a Labrador, and once they find out, the poor Lab is usually dumped on the doorstep of a rescue shelter.

If you are interested in getting a Lab from a Labrador rescue, but know very little about these volunteer shelters, the answers provided to the common questions listed below will likely be able to help you decide if adopting a Lab is the right path for you.

What is a Labrador Rescue?
A rescue is a shelter that cares for abandoned, unwanted or abused Labradors. There are a variety of rescues all over the world both for Labs and different dog breeds. Those who work for a Lab rescue, volunteer, and are committed to improving the quality of life of the Labs they take in by providing them Vet care and love. The goal of a rescue is to find loving homes for every Lab they rescue.

How can I locate a rescue?
1. Search online for rescues in your city
2. Check rescues listed in your national kennel club
3. Check rescues listed in the Labrador Club of your nation
4. Contact your local human society

Should I rescue a Labrador?
It depends. Can your lifestyle meet the demands of owning a Labrador? Can you provide sufficient exercise, affection and meet all the health care requirements? If you work too much, or are never home, a Labrador is not the breed for you.

Only rescue a Lab if you are looking for companionship and are ready to commit to the responsibility of owning a dog for many years.

Does it cost money to adopt a Labrador?
Yes. There is a fee that is likely used to cover Vet bills or help the other dogs in the shelter.

How do I adopt a Labrador?
You fill out an application. The application is carefully analyzed by the rescue. If you pass, an interview is set up, and you will be asked more questions, and have the opportunity to ask questions yourself. You will also likely be suited to a Labrador based on what you are looking for.

Donations and Sponsoring
You can donate money to a Labrador rescue if you don’t make the decision to adopt. You can also sponsor a Lab and help pay for it’s medical care. Note: Donations given to registered rescues and shelters are tax deductible.

Providing a Labrador rescue with your support will make you feel good. These volunteers work tirelessly to help save the lives of these beautiful dogs. They need all of the help they can get, as do the Labs they rescue. Think about it.