Choosing Labrador puppies is very exciting but it can also be very stressful. It is very important to make sure you get a healthy puppy to save yourself from lots of future problems and potential heartbreak. This is the most popular breed in America so you can expect a great dog if you follow these simple tips.
To make this whole ordeal easier for you, we’ve put together a list of 5 things to look out for when choosing your Labrador puppy.
Things To Look Out For When Getting Labrador Puppies
While all breeders should, technically, be selling healthy puppies, this is simply not the case. Taking your time to find a reputable Labrador breeder and carefully deciding on which puppy you want will definitely pay off. Here are 5 things to consider when choosing your Labrador puppy:
1. Find A Responsible Breeder
It is best to select a breeder that is concerned with the health of their dogs like those registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). If they had previous litters you can ask for references from other owners.
2. Meet Your Labrador Puppies Parents
Your puppy will inherit many characteristics from its parents. By meeting the parents you can observe their behavior, temperament, and health. This will allow you to predict what your puppy will be like.
3. Ask For The Health Screenings Of Your Puppies Parents
Any responsible breeder will make it a point to get their breeding animals tested for hereditary conditions. The results should be available on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA’s) website.
4. Choose A Puppy That Looks Healthy
Healthy puppies have lots of energy, clear eyes, and a glossy coat. There should be no obvious signs of parasites or infections. Their living conditions should feel, smell and look clean with fresh water and food readily available.
5. Ask For Vaccination Records
Puppies should get their first vaccination at around 6 weeks old. Puppies from reputable breeders usually come with their first shot and vet visit already done by the breeder.
For some interesting Labrador facts, click here. For more tips and tricks to choose a healthy Labrador puppy, you can watch this video:
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.