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Old 03-06-2013, 03:03 PM
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Question What do you think to this breeder?

Im buying a labrador puppy soon and i am keeping my eyes peeled for breeders with pups.

I have seen these pups advertised online and i think they look good.

http://www.pets4homes.co.uk/classifi...sheffield.html

Im in the uk.

What do you think?
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:50 AM
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I'm not seeing a link to a breeder website or even a kennel name....am I missing it?
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:14 AM
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I would guess they are not good breeders. They don't mention health testing and talk about the mom's ancestors titles but not the actual mom and dad's titles.

I would look at breeders on this website (I checked the box that said health tested so hopefully that transfers in the link):
http://www.champdogs.co.uk/breeds/la.../breeders?ht=1

You can choose your location at the top.

You should really try and find a breeder that checks their dogs' hips, elbows, etc. For abnomalities. You wouldn't want your dog to end up with crippling hip dysplasia when he's a few years old, and screening the parents for those conditions will minimize that chance.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:58 AM
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I would also wonder about health clearances, in Labs it's a HUGE deal as they are so heavily over bred that there are lots of problems. Also if your looking for a lab as a pet with a couple of walks a day and romp in the yard rather then a working companion I would stay away from field bred labs as they tend to be a bit bonkers, and can be very destructive if not given a prober outlet for their energy.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:04 AM
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I would probably stay away from any breeder on a site like that.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:19 AM
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They could easily be great field labs, hard to tell. Nice pedigree, reasonable price, I am not turned off by their form of advertising, but I would like to see what mom and dad can do themselves.

I would call and ask some questions about why they are breeding them, if that pans out I would go meet them.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:57 AM
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If they can't even keep up on their dogs' nails, I don't consider them to be responsible owners, much less breeders.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:02 PM
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I could also ask around for some breeder recommendations if you like? Since getting Fred I've got to know quite a few people in the gundog world, and they might know who to recommend.

Steer clear of those other advert sites, there is just no need to go near them. None at all.

Where in the uk are you? Although, for the right dog in the uk anywhere is feasible, we are hardly a huge place....!

Haven't I given you the link for champdogs before, or am I losing my feeble mind?!
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:25 PM
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NOTHING whatsoever wrong with advertising sites. Good and bad breeders alike can be found in all corners of the earth. Just gotta know what to look for
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:27 PM
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I think the point is that most good breeders don't NEED to advertise on websites like that to place their puppies
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