How to choose a Labrador puppy
If you opted for the Labrador Retriever, then you need to have at least some idea of this breed. In the future, not to buy the dog that you are offered, saying that this is a super-true true Labrador, but that meets the elementary requirements of the standard. To do this, it is not at all necessary to rush along the first eye-catching phone with the address of the puppies. It is useful to visit two or three large dog shows with enough Labradors to have an idea of the types and appearance of dogs of this breed.
There you can see the potential father of your puppy, as males that are in an active civilized pedigree are regularly exposed, “hang out” (and not only in their city, region) regardless of their high-profile titles. It is important for prestige, image, to be always in shape, in sight.
It makes sense to get a decent print publication by breed and get acquainted with both issues of content, education, and with the standard (the latest version of FCI).
Each person has the right to get a puppy from his hands somewhere in the dark passage, or at the clothing market, or almost for nothing from a compassionate granny who has 20 different dogs and cats in the room. But what will grow in the future is another question.
It makes sense to buy a Labrador retriever puppy in Russia only in well-known clubs and nurseries specializing in this breed. To do this, use the recommendations of competent dog handlers, information in specialized print media, the Internet, and announcements at prestigious dog shows.
All dogs are genetically protected by their “den”, offspring. Therefore, if, when you come to the breeder to choose a puppy, you see a bitch with a tail drawn up, which silently and cowardly runs away, hides in another room, or is poured in, chokes with a continuous bark, raving on the leash with difficulty restrained by the breeder, you can safely turn around and go watch other kids.
Keep in mind that deviations in behavior, psyche, inadequate perception of the situation, hereditary diseases are genetically transmitted to puppies.
If you are met by a loud warning bark, you see a bitch in front of you in a natural stance: with your head held high, your ears alert, your tail raised above your back line (a “tail set like a sword”), carefully following all your actions, but clearly responsive to the breeder’s commands – feel free to state the purpose of your visit,
A dog genetically healthy with a balanced psyche will calmly sniff you from all sides, and as a sign of a friendly location, it will be fun to wag its otter tail.
Before inspecting puppies, pay attention to the general behavior, character, exterior, movements of the mother. She may shed hair in the postpartum period, but let it not bother you – a new one will grow within three months from the moment of birth of the puppies. Ask the breeder about everything: how old she is, whether there were litters before (multiple or small), at what age she was mated for the first time, whether there were unplanned puppies, problems with childbirth (“cesarean section”, difficult birth, etc.) .
Tribal use of bitches is allowed up to 8 years. A maximum of 6 litters can be obtained. If mating occurs every six months, then more likely they will also bring small offspring. It is worth refraining from acquiring her puppy, as the mother gives too much health, strength and does not have time to physiologically fully recover to the next birth.
Ask the breeder to show photos of the male father, a copy of his pedigree. Take an interest in his origin, character, frequency of participation in dog shows (what rank and level), titles, whether he had mates before this, how often and how long he has been used in breeding.
Puppies should be tightly knit, well-fed, but not thick with a light skeleton. On their skin should not be diseases, especially fleas.
When purchasing a dog, you must firmly understand that your family is replenished with a living creature that will spend 10-15 years in your circle.
A self-respecting breeder who respects his reputation will not give you black for white, will happily show diplomas, sockets, awards for participating in dog shows, boast of successes, photographs of dogs from previous litters.
Pay attention to the general atmosphere, the environment in which the puppies are kept; do they have a spacious, clean enclosure (playpen), standing in a lit, warm place, or do they flounder in their own bowel movements in a cramped pen,
Take a look at how persistent and appetite the kids eat. Usually the most energetic tries to take a nipple that is more full of milk. Observe which of them is cocky, phlegmatic, calm.