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The National Labrador Retriever Breed Council - Puppy Buyers Guide
Pure Bred Puppies
** IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PUPPIES FOR SALE ON INTERNET SITES & IN NEWSPAPERS **
When looking for your new puppy, please research carefully the puppy’s origin, as some may well come from puppy farms/mills or unregistered breeders. Many advertisements claim that pups are ‘purebred’ when they cannot produce any documentary evidence to substantiate the claim.
When choosing a puppy always:
• Ask to see the breeder’s current registration – in SA this is issued by the South Australian Canine Association Inc trading as DogsSA. Registered breeders are bound by the Code of Ethics in relation to the welfare of all their dogs.
• Ask to see where the puppies are being raised and to see the mother. Responsible breeders will be open to this request
• Ask for a Pedigree certificate for your puppy. This is the only proof your puppy is a purebred and also ensures the Labrador parents have been scored for hip & elbow Dysplasia
• Ensure the puppy is micro chipped. All pedigree (purebred) puppies MUST be micro chipped by the breeder prior to being sold.Their microchip number will be on the pedigree certificate (check the number corresponds with your puppy by getting your vet to scan your puppy when they have their 12 week vaccination).
Puppies should also come with a vaccination certificate for thier first one which is done at 6 weeks of age
Puppies should not leave the litter until they are at least 8 weeks old
PEDIGREE CERTIFICATES- Certificate of Registration and Pedigree
These are issued by the South Australian Canine Association, on behalf of the Australian National Kennel Club (ANKC). It will be either a blue certificate if the puppy is on the full register or yellow if the puppy is on the limited register. Full details can be found at www.dogssa.com.au
Information included on the certificate is the puppy’s registered name and registration number, breed, country of origin, sex, microchip number, date of birth and color.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE ONLY THREE COLORS OF LABRADOR RETIEVERS RECOGNISED BY THE ANKC
The certificate will also list the puppy’s ancestry thus proving it’s a purebred puppy. Its parents, grandparents, and great grandparents are listed by pedigree name and registered number confirming they all too are/were pedigree dogs.
Who the dog was bred by, date the puppy was registered, date the certificate was issued and the current registered owner also appears on the certificate.
In order for someone to obtain a pedigree certificate for Labrador puppies they must be a registered breeder, have hip & elbow scored the parents and submitted the scores to the issuing body, and have micro chipped the pups.
Pedigree certificates are more than ‘just a piece of paper’.
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Is a Labrador the right breed for me?
This article has kindly been made available by the author Kate Pradella and the Labrador Retriever club of Queensland Inc.
RSPCA Smart Puppy Buyer's Guide
Please click on the link below for the RSPCA Smart Puppy Buyer's Guide, which has been made available to us from RSPCA Australia.
A Labrador puppy is a delightful bundle of black, yellow or chocolate energy. Eight week old puppies will exercise and play in spurts. Because they have lots of energy they will find something on their own to do that could be destructive if this energy is not channelled correctly. They will have lots of steam and then need to nap like a toddler.
They are very intelligent, have a willingness to please and a sturdy constitution. They like to be busy but their exercise needs to be stimulating without being repetitive or excessive. It is important to establish yourself as the dominant figure from day one. If a Lab gets the idea, even for one minute that they are in charge, you will be in for years of unpleasant experiences. Just as children cannot grow up to be well-adjusted, solid citizens without the help, love and guidance of caring parents, Labradors cannot raise themselves. They are very resourceful and will find ways to entertain themselves. Some of their entertainment can be very annoying, frustrating and dangerous. A Labrador must be taught, socialized and loved.
Labradors are active, smart and fast learners. They can be stubborn but can be easily persuaded to see things your way with encouragement and praise.
The Labrador Retriever you buy will be part of your family for many years. The more informed you are before making your final decision, the happier you will be when you bring your new puppy home. Look in dog magazines, go to dog shows to watch the Labrador Retrievers compete and talk to their owners. This way, you will be able to make an educated choice when picking your puppy.
More information regarding the breed, character, temperamant, size, coat, care, health and training can be found on our ' About the Lab' page.
WHAT TO GET - MALE OR FEMALE
Breeders are often asked, "What would make a better family pet, a male or a female?" The sex of the puppy should not be the determining factor. Labradors of both sexes make wonderful companions. People tend to think that males more than females are inclined to roam. This is not true.
Curious puppies and inquisitive dogs get into trouble not because they are bad, but because they want to investigate the world around them. It is our job to protect them from harmful substances like the following;
Cleaners (especially pine oil perfume), colognes, aftershaves, medications, vitamins, office and craft supplies, electrical cords, cooked bones (including cooked chicken bones), some house plants like ivy, oleander and poinsettia, snail and slug bait, mouse and rat poisons, fertilisers, even some human foods such as onions, chocolate, avocados, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins.
For details of member breeders who have puppies available please contact: The Information Officer (details below) or view our breeders list page.