Choosing a Pup

Moose, one of Tashi's Pups

Roland as a Pup

Roland as a pup

Minamere Labradors > Choosing a Pup

There are many theories about selecting the Labrador puppy that is best for you and your family. There is no "golden rule" but there are things that you can do to improve your chances of getting the puppy you want.

  • Look at a couple of litters. Don't buy the first pup you see.
  • Visit the litter when they are around 3 or 4 weeks of age. Any earlier and they all look alike - loveable little slugs! Pick out one or two that you think you like and follow their progress.
  • Know what sort of dog you are looking for. If you are looking for a friend who will lie under your feet while you read the Saturday papers then the liveliest and bounciest little pup of the litter might not be for you!
  • Look at the mother (and the father if you can) and watch how she interacts with the puppies and you. Whilst she may be protective of her puppies she should not show any aggression to visitors.
  • Look at the kennel and the breeders. What condition have the pups been kept in and how do they interact with the puppies and their other dogs?
  • Avoid the "puppy farmers" you should be looking for a breeder who spends quality time with the litter.
  • Make sure the breeder is "responsible"; check that the parents have had their hips and elbows scored by a specialist veterinarian.
  • Check the parents have had an annual eye check by a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist
  • Ensure that the puppies have been regularly wormed and checked by a vet.

Please phone 03 52503194 or email us for more information on these or other topics related to raising a happy and healthy Labrador.

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