Silver Labrador Puppies
Silver Lab puppies have become very popular as of late. They provide the great personality of the Labrador in a beautiful color, and the demand has gotten higher.
Before you go ahead and get any dog, however, it’s important to do the research and make sure they’re the right choice for you. Here’s everything you need to know about silver Lab puppies, and whether you should get one of your own.
It’s important to know that Labradors don’t naturally come in a silver color, according to many experts. There is some controversy about them being purebred, but the AKC does recognize them — it just categories them as chocolate Labs. Many silver Labs do test as purebred Labrador, it’s just a variant of chocolate. This is Blu…
However, be wary. Many people breed Labradors with a grey dog such as a pitbull and call them purebred silver Labs, selling them for high prices. If you’re going to get a silver Lab, you need to check out the breeder thoroughly.
Where To Get Silver Lab Puppies
Silver Labs attract backyard breeders in droves, so you need to make sure your breeder is reputable. You can do this by ensuring the breeder has purebred, registered silver Labs, or openly admits that they are breeding a Lab crossed with a dog that has a silver coat.
Good breeders will have the following green flags:
- Papers, if the dogs are purebred, from the AKC
- An openness and honesty when it comes to answering questions
- A willingness to let you meet the parents
- Health tested dogs
- A spay/neuter contract
If the breeder seems like they’re avoiding questions or doesn’t have health tested dogs, it’s best to go elsewhere. It can be tempting to buy a cheap puppy from a backyard breeder, but it’s best not to. These dogs are often sick or haven’t been socialized properly. Those veterinary bills and expensive trainers can get pricey, but that’s what you may be opening yourself up to with backyard breeders. This is Marty…
For a purebred silver Lab, the cost is up to $1500. If this is too pricey for a dog, you can always look around shelters for Lab mixes, but it’s important to remember that owning a dog is generally expensive. Make sure you can afford veterinary bills and to meet all of their needs if the initial cost of a dog seems pricey.
Silver Lab Puppies – Appearance
Labradors have a very distinct appearance. They are sturdy, solid, and shaped almost like a square. They tend to be rather large dogs, though not giant breeds, so they’re a good dog for someone who wants a large best friend but doesn’t necessarily have room for a huge one. This is Willow…
Assuming you have a purebred Labrador, you can expect an even-tempered and gentle dog. Labs are great with children, making them an awesome choice for a family dog. They’re also very intelligent and tend to learn quickly.
It’s important to remember that socialization and training matters more than the breed. Make sure you start socializing your Labrador early, exposing them to new things all the time and creating positive experiences for them.
You should also start training from as young as eight weeks old. It’s never too early to start shaping their behavior and teaching them verbal cues. Labs can learn very quickly and if you start young, they’ll take it in fast!
When it comes to a dog’s diet, you’ll hear many strong opinions.
Some swear by a raw diet. While this can have many advantages for your dog, there are also risks to consider, so do your research and choose wisely. Dogs are omnivores with complex dietary needs, so a raw diet should only be undertaken if you understand these needs. Louie…
Kibble is fine for your dog, but you should look into the brand. Grain-free foods are extremely bad for your dog, having been linked to heart disease, and you want to make sure the food has more nutrients than filler. Don’t grab the cheapest bag. Look into the brands, and ask for advice from your veterinarian.
Silver Lab Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Like all purebred dogs, there are certain health issues that Labs are prone to. Hip dysplasia and epilepsy are among the main ones, so get pet insurance that covers these diseases. They will help you in the long run and take the load off when it comes to vet bills. Making sure the parents are health tested controls the risk of these conditions, though.
Otherwise, a silver Lab puppy’s needs are the same as any other puppy! Get all of their shots done as puppies, usually a series of three or four, and make sure they have check-ups every year. This means any problems will be caught early. This is Sky…
Labs are partially popular because their grooming needs are relatively low. Their nails will need to be trimmed every six to eight weeks, like any dog, and you’ll have to clean their ears and teeth — but their coat is short, so that takes a load off. You don’t need to brush them, but will have to give them a bath every now and again.
So, if you’re looking into silver Lab puppies, that’s great! Labs are awesome family dogs, and will make a great companion. Just make sure you aren’t lured in by backyard breeders and start the socialization and training early. Don’t just rely on the breed temperament. Be a good owner, and you’ll get a great companion in return.
Silver Lab Puppies – Photos
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