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Old 04-06-2012, 07:51 AM
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Exactly how I feel!

Labs aren't a good fit for me at all. I WISH they were because I think the chocolates are some of the cutest dogs ever. We're just not on the same wave length!
There is almost nothing cuter than a chocolate lab puppy!!
I'm on the hunt for my next chocolate lab puppy for next spring. He'll be a show puppy.
I do understand how labs are not for everyone though....they are very high energy, if you don't focus their energy you will have an unbelievably destructive dog...an absolute nightmare.





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Old 04-06-2012, 12:12 PM
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javadoo, your dogs are lovely. Labs just aren't for me. I like high energy dogs, but more like the energy of border collies, Aussies, GSDs, etc. For some reason most sporting breeds just don't work for me. The only exception is Tollers.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:35 PM
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I have never really found bcs to be hm, my aussie is probably higher maintenance than my bcs where. I think bcs have a reputation as being energetic and smart and as such they have garnered a reputation however its fairly easy to focus and channel their energy. My sisters pointer is certainly worthy of being on the list he drives me NUTS!! He has no off switch and is just bouncy and in your face all day. Labs are too all over the board to really be on the list. There are as many easy keeper labs as their are off the wall ones.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:17 PM
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There is almost nothing cuter than a chocolate lab puppy!!
I'm on the hunt for my next chocolate lab puppy for next spring. He'll be a show puppy.
I do understand how labs are not for everyone though....they are very high energy, if you don't focus their energy you will have an unbelievably destructive dog...an absolute nightmare.
Me, too! Well, it will be a black Lab puppy and not a show prospect, but I'm on the puppy hunt. lol I'm on a wait list for a litter being born late this summer, but I'm not convinced now is the time to be getting a new puppy...and unless by the time deposits are ready to be put down I'm still not 100% convinced, I'll likely ask the breeder to put me in touch with the sire's breeder and see what her litter plans are for next year. It will suck having to wait, but I don't want to get the right puppy at the wrong time, either, as that will suck even more.

On that note, a cousin of mine just bought a 4 month old male black Lab puppy. This makes me want my puppy even MORE, but what kills me is that I'm almost 90% sure this puppy is going to end up rehomed. Every pet he has ever owned has been gotten rid of after a few weeks due to him loosing interest in it. He lives with his girlfriend and her little toddler and I'm sure he got a Lab thinking, "Oh, great family dog, great with kids!" This poor puppy is going to be so underexercised and undertrained and it is going to grow up to be an adolsecent whirlwind of a Lab that will probably bowl over the little one (who already has issues with dogs due to being bit by a dog in the past due to improper supervision)...*sigh* I just feel like saying, "Give me the puppy, you don't deserve one. I have been waiting for a puppy for three years and still have to wait, and you just go out and buy one when you have no business buying one. [Totally not fair.]"
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:06 PM
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It's so interesting to me how different people see different things as high maintenance. Like, the attention whoring thing... to me, that's not high maintenance at all. Squash is a terrible attention *****. But at the end of the day, I feel like I don't really have to DO anything about it.

ETA: So is Maisy, now that I think about it, aheheh.
But HOW do they attentionwhore? With Orson, he's right up my arse.......following me to the bathroom, staring at me longingly while I type on the computer, laying his head (and as much of himself as possible) on me while I watch TV, sitting on my feet in the kitchen as I chop veggies............on and on and on.

I could handle more energy, more bathing, clipping, brushing, etc etc I guess "high maintenance" does vary from person to person........One person's "trash" is another's "treasure" so to speak, LOL
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:42 PM
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But HOW do they attentionwhore? With Orson, he's right up my arse.......following me to the bathroom, staring at me longingly while I type on the computer, laying his head (and as much of himself as possible) on me while I watch TV, sitting on my feet in the kitchen as I chop veggies............on and on and on.
Squash paces, stares, barks, or paws. Maisy waits for an opening (eye contact or talking to her) and runs with it by leaning in or wiggling onto your lap. They're both sort of in your face about it, but I guess I don't consider it high maintenance because I don't actually have to DO anything about it if I don't want to pay attention to them.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:20 PM
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Me, too! Well, it will be a black Lab puppy and not a show prospect, but I'm on the puppy hunt. lol I'm on a wait list for a litter being born late this summer, but I'm not convinced now is the time to be getting a new puppy...and unless by the time deposits are ready to be put down I'm still not 100% convinced, I'll likely ask the breeder to put me in touch with the sire's breeder and see what her litter plans are for next year. It will suck having to wait, but I don't want to get the right puppy at the wrong time, either, as that will suck even more.

On that note, a cousin of mine just bought a 4 month old male black Lab puppy. This makes me want my puppy even MORE, but what kills me is that I'm almost 90% sure this puppy is going to end up rehomed. Every pet he has ever owned has been gotten rid of after a few weeks due to him loosing interest in it. He lives with his girlfriend and her little toddler and I'm sure he got a Lab thinking, "Oh, great family dog, great with kids!" This poor puppy is going to be so underexercised and undertrained and it is going to grow up to be an adolsecent whirlwind of a Lab that will probably bowl over the little one (who already has issues with dogs due to being bit by a dog in the past due to improper supervision)...*sigh* I just feel like saying, "Give me the puppy, you don't deserve one. I have been waiting for a puppy for three years and still have to wait, and you just go out and buy one when you have no business buying one. [Totally not fair.]"
I'm with you...there is a *perfect* litter being whelped in about 3 weeks that I want a male from so badly(the sire is my #1 pick and the dam is as close to my perfect girl as I could ask for)....but it's just not the right time. I keep going back and forth about it, but I know I won't get a pup now if I have any doubts...which I do. So, I'm going to wait.

I'm actually not looking forward to having a puppy again....lab puppies are literally the Spawn of Satan. They are the worst puppies ever. I prefer them when they reach about 10-12 months old. BUT-going through puppyhood is an important part of bonding for me, plus I want to show the new pup, so I have to suffer through puppyhood...LOL

Does your cousin have any idea what a lab puppy is like??? They're adorable little barracudas...all teeth!!!

Great labs are not born...they're trained.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:34 PM
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I'm with you...there is a *perfect* litter being whelped in about 3 weeks that I want a male from so badly(the sire is my #1 pick and the dam is as close to my perfect girl as I could ask for)....but it's just not the right time. I keep going back and forth about it, but I know I won't get a pup now if I have any doubts...which I do. So, I'm going to wait.

I'm actually not looking forward to having a puppy again....lab puppies are literally the Spawn of Satan. They are the worst puppies ever. I prefer them when they reach about 10-12 months old. BUT-going through puppyhood is an important part of bonding for me, plus I want to show the new pup, so I have to suffer through puppyhood...LOL

Does your cousin have any idea what a lab puppy is like??? They're adorable little barracudas...all teeth!!!

Great labs are not born...they're trained.
Ugh, yes, sounds like our situations are similar. This breeding is absolutely *perfect* for me and will produce the kind of dogs I would kill for...but the timing just may not work out, and it is going to be the last litter this particular breeder produces for a few years. The stud that she is using, though, is from another breeder I've been oogling over for some time (but have never been able to get in touch with), so I'm hoping she can direct me to them and that they may have a litter of what I want when I need it.

And I'm preparing for a rude awakening with a Lab puppy. LOL Sadie was really the only Lab pup I ever had, and she was perfect. Or that's what my memory says. I do remember not being able to leave any shoes on the floor, and having to keep everything picked up if she wasn't able to get out of the house that day because she would steal something she wasn't supposed to and then play keep away. And it took her FOREVER to go poop. With Chloe, we go outside and BAM, she's done her business and we're good to go. Not looking forward to actually having to devote five or ten minutes to get the puppy to pee in the morning.

But I think part of the reason I remember Sadie so fondly was because she was a seeing eye dog in training, so she was able to go EVERYWHERE with us, which kept her energy level down to what I consider perfectly acceptable. I'm hoping I can work out a similar situation with this pup.

Although, even though I bitch and moan about the puppy stage while it is happening...I remember it fondly, so it can't be too bad. I even want Chloe to be a puppy again, and she was a brat demon puppy, so if I want that back I think I'm ready for a Lab pup.

And no....my cousin doesn't. I am really, really hoping this puppy is taken care of the way it should be, but somehow I doubt it is going to happen. I think this is going to take a similar turn to another cousin of mine who bought a lab pup a few years back (same time we had Sadie, actually). It started jumping on his little girl and he couldn't "break it" of that, so he dumped it off at the shelter. *sigh*
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:36 PM
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My dogs are definitely not the easiest but I'll tell you- I grew up with a lab and altho we loved her for 14 years I found her energy harder to deal with. My guys as long as they're getting long walks everyday (honestly that's about all we do these days) and I interact with them a lot- they're really pretty easy.
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A true there IS nothing cuter than a chocolate lab puppy- I'll attest to that!
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