UPDATE: From the litter of 8, we have only 1 adorable chocolate Labrador male available. The little guy is 12 weeks old (born April 1st) and is ready to go to his new forever home. He has beautiful sleek dark chocolate hair, extremely healthy and playful. He will be approx. 75 - 80 lbs fully grown. The parents are onsite and are our family pets.
Items Included: Current vaccinations (three shots), dewormed and AKC registration papers
The Labrador Retriever is probably America's favorite dog. He is playful (well into his adult years) and is often seen as a lifelong friend.
Our male, Brinkley, is a wonderful English Labrador. He has very sleek dark chocolate hair and weighs approx. 85 pounds. We got him when he was just 8 weeks old and he has been my husband's hunting companion since he was 9 months. He is extremely curious and loves to explore. He is currently 5 years old.
Our female, Coco, is a sweet American Labrador. She has a red tint to her chocolate hair and weighs approx. 80 pounds. We have had her since she was 4 months old. She is an excellent swimmer and is in the water any chance she gets. She is a wonderful loving mom to her puppies which is not surprising since she has always been so protective of our two small children. She is 5 years old.
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Before getting a new puppy, make sure you are prepared to share your life with a new family member for the next 15 or more years! Owning a dog is a big responsibility!
Questions You Should Ask the Breeder
1. Are the puppies' parents "certified"? This means that certain breeds are often at risk for genetic conditions such as hip problems, heart problems and eye problems. Most of these diseases are inherited, meaning the disease is passed from parent to puppy. Many breeders will have their dogs evaluated and tested for that disease and ultimately "certified" by a veterinary specialist to be disease-free.
2. What are the sizes of the puppy's parents? Know how big the parents are, to get a good idea of how big your puppy will be. Is that the size dog you want?
3. Ask to meet the dogs parents. If possible, meet the puppy's parents. Notice if they appear to be in good health and evaluate their overall temperament. Are they shy, aggressive, or well adjusted?
4. How have they socialized the pups? Have the pups been around other dogs? Other people? Socialization is critical in puppies 6 – 16 weeks old. Proper socialization consisting of good experiences of a puppy with other puppies and lots of different ages, sizes and types of people will give you the best chance at having a well-adjusted dog.
5. What vaccines has the puppy had? How many shots has he received and when will the puppy be due for his next puppy shot?
6. Have the puppies been dewormed? All puppies are born with worms and routine deworming is recommended.
7. Have any of the puppies in the litter been sick? If so, what were the signs, the diagnosis and treatment?
8. What visits has the puppies had with the veterinarian? Have they been examined and declared "healthy"? If not, what problems have they had? Have they been on any medications?
9. What is their guarantee? What guarantee does the breeder give with their puppies? If the puppy is found to have a severe illness, what will they do? This is a difficult topic but one that is a lot easier to cover up front rather than later.
10. Recommendations? Ask the breeder for a couple references of puppy owners that they have sold within the past year. CALL them. Find out if the breeder was fair, if they were happy with their pups, and how any problems were handled.
11. Breeders contract? Does your breeder require a breeder's contract? If so, what is in it? Is the breeder willing to take back the puppy at any time, if you can't keep it?
12. Limited registration. Some breeders require that you spay or neuter your dog by a certain age. If that is the case, that may not be a problem but it is best to know before you get your puppy.
13. What is the family history? Ask if the breeder has information about the breed line. For example, ask how long the dogs have lived and what they have died from. Write it down. This may be important for monitoring your pet as he gets older.
14. What is the breeder currently feeding the puppy? Regardless of what they are feeding, it is ideal to continue feeding the same food for the first few days at home to minimize the risk of gastrointestinal disturbances. If you choose to change the diet, do it gradually.
15. Health certificate and certificate of sale. Ask the breeder if he will supply a health certificate for the puppy issued by his veterinarian. Some states require also a certificate of sale.
16. Does the breeder belong to a breed club? Ask for references.
Get your questions answered and feel very comfortable with your new puppy.
We have five adorable chocolate Labrador males and three females available. The puppies were born on October 15th and are ready to go to their new forever homes on December 8th (at eight weeks). They have beautiful sleek dark chocolate hair, healthy and extremely playful. They will be approx. 80 lbs fully grown. Parents are onsite and are our family pets.
UPDATE: From the litter of 6, we have 3 adorable golden Labradoodle puppies available. They are five weeks old and will be ready for their forever homes after December 8th. They have beautiful curly golden hair, healthy and extremely playful. They will be approx. 70-75 lbs fully grown. They will be amazingly intelligent, loyal companions and great around children and other pets. Both parents are onsite and are our family pets.