Can I choose a future champion?
Many beginners will not believe it, but there is no formula that you need to adhere to when choosing a Labrador puppy. Beginners must learn to accept the good along with the bad, to experience frustration and frustration. Whether the buyer is a beginner or an experienced person, he, choosing a puppy, usually gets a “pig in a poke.” A successful choice in this case is a consequence of top-notch fortune. And so it will be until all litters in the country are in all respects of the highest quality. However, since this is not possible, it remains to wish that people do not “snap, closing their eyes.”
And yet there are criteria that can guide you when choosing a puppy. First of all, it is –
WORKING QUALITY OF PARENTS
This is the most important condition. Whether someone plans to seriously work with the puppy in the field or just use it as a beautiful companion, he should consider that if the retriever (or any other hunting dog) is considered typical, he should not only be beautiful in appearance, but also show his most revered quality is working potential. In the end, the difference between the exhibition retriever and the worker is not so much in their appearance, which should be almost identical, but in invisible working qualities.
Can a retriever be considered typical if he does not show the slightest interest in serving dead animals, swimming and hunting, or shows an aversion to game or forest?
The American Labrador Retriever Club is the only club of sporting breed dogs in the country that is guided by the rule that no member of the club should use the title “champion” in his dog’s pedigree of his puppies until the dog receives at least a minimum working certificate. Thus, winning titles at exhibitions, although seemingly seem to serve as indicators of the correct direction of breeding, can deceive newcomers and should not be taken on faith. Everyone knows about the death of many hunting dog breeds, because the scouts ignored the basic principle without checking their dogs in the field.
In this working pedigree, field working titles or the names of the dogs that gave the field winners are certainly appreciated, but if these manufacturers are far from each other in the pedigree, you need to find out from the litter owner which of the lesser-known dogs can affect the quality of the puppies. There is nothing to be proud of the pedigree if its only virtue is the presence of one national champion, hidden in the corner of the fourth knee.
EXTERIOR OF ANCESTORS
You can better prepare for the choice of a puppy, if you can see at least the father and mother of the puppies or grandfathers and grandmothers, and even better – both. And, of course, if there is a litter from the previous mating of the same parents, it is worth looking at the older dogs.
When choosing a puppy, consider it at the age when the beginner makes his random choice, at the age of 8-10 weeks. In the presentation, I will classify the qualities of puppies in terms of their importance to me:
– temperament – character (character), personality, inclinations;
– breed (type) -obvious, essential characteristic of the breed;
– physical condition – weight, purity, health.
The first two qualities can be interchanged, as they compete for first place. Without proper temperament, very little can be done with the dog, and without the right type, the puppy has absolutely nothing to build on his future.
Labrador’s true temperament is just as important as his otter tail, and why do you need such a tail without a character that makes them wag? It is wagging, and not holding it between your legs or throwing it over your back.
There is no need to dwell for too long on the description of the healthy temperament of an 8-week-old puppy, you just need to say that such a puppy, healthy in body and soul, shows a cheerful restless temper, such a puppy is impudent in the game, curious and bold, a true tail wag, deaf to loss their littermates or family nest, when they separate him, and one whose return the mother-bitch will always be happy. Temperament defines a wide range in which the degree of courage, affection, fear, suspicion, and intelligence are pronounced.
On the other hand, self-contained puppies are liked by some people, and there is no reason why such puppies should be completely rejected. Most often, thanks to the owner’s love and patience, such puppies will gradually become accustomed to situations that cause their fear, but they will transfer their shyness to each new situation all their life as they arise. If noise and gunfire are not a cause of fear, these puppies can become real hunting dogs.
For me, one of the simplest and most reliable criteria for a puppy’s healthy personality is his calm attitude towards separation from littermates. He does not look back, believing that he is taken only for a walk. Maybe this test is a little tedious, especially if the puppies have a big litter, because you need to remember the reactions of each puppy.