best place to look for lab puppy?

McW

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Hello knowledgeable dog people.

We are looking to add to our family of Labradors, any ideas on where to look, what are the best sites?

thanks,
 

UnaB

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Kennel Club puppy list, or contact the breed club as they will have a list of litters :D

Good luck with your search, make sure to check both parents are health tested as a lot of them still arent :eek:
 

Alec Swan

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Planet Gundog, or Gundog Breeders UK.

Not always, but generally work bred dogs tend to be more amenable and accept training, where as some of the show bench types tend to be a little dense, and/or stubborn!!

Alec.
 

not_with_it

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Where abouts are you based and are you prepared to travel?

A friend of mine breeds labs and springers. I cannot recommend her highly enough. All her dogs are easy to train and are as soft as.

PM me if you would like her number.
 

McW

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we are sussex, would travel, bout not more than 50 miles one way

thanks all
 

EAST KENT

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Some very nice puppies come out of a breeder at Westwell in Kent,she`s planning a litter now.:)
 

Julia0803

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Firstly don't touch any breeder who does not health test all of their breeding animals- so hip scores, elbow scores, annual eye test (bit like an MOT it needs redoing every year), and a clear or carrier (only if other parent is clear) optigen test are your minimums.

Secondly, I would suggest that you only look at breeders who breed with a purpose- to work or show, rather than they just felt like having a litter/trying to make some £. They are more likely to have spent time and energy researching pedigrees and taking time and care in raising the puppies.

I would firstly contact the breed clubs as they all carry a puppy list. I think you have to be a member to be included on the list and certainly health test your dogs. I would also look at champdogs.co.uk

I have two labs, both from show lines (not closely related but both very good lines, the parents of one has two sets of ShCh, JW, the other's sire is ShCh and JW and mum is 2RCC) Neither is stubborn. The younger dog has a brilliant natural retrieve and both dogs were very easy to train.
 

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Having seen similar threads on other forums, people often advise that you insist on actually seeing hip and other health test results. The good breeders will be happy to show these off to you, some less responsible ones may be telling porkies....
 

Julia0803

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If you find out the parents KC names before you view the puppies, you can then go onto the KC website, i think it is mate select, or a page off that, and if you type in the full name it will come up with all the dogs details in terms of health scores, PLUS details of parents, siblings and offspring. This will give you a really good idea if there is anything lurking in the lines and your dogs results were a fluke.

So for example, if everything else was equal in terms of showing record, other health scores, temperament, and good breeder, I would be much happier having a puppy from a dam who scored 7/7 or 8/8 for her hips, but whose siblings were 3/4, 3/3, 4/5 etc, than a bitch who scored 2/2 but came from a litter of 26/23, 15/15 or 16/4, as obviously bad hips are running in that line. Obviously, looking any any offspring (for both sire and bitch) is also useful, altho unfortunately they don't give the individual dog a name, just offspring1, offsring 2 etc
 
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