Monday, November 21st, 2011

A Labrador Puppy

" Buster "


So you’ve decided you’d like a Labrador puppy.

Seek out a reputable breeder who is preferably affiliated to the Labrador Breed Club or NZKC. Try to see as many adult Labradors as possible and ask for information on the breed and any questions that you may have.

Male or Female?? Remember females come into season on average twice a year and this lasts for about 3 weeks. She will spot bleed and will need to be kept away from all male dogs. If she is a family pet at least think seriously about having her spayed. Males on the other hand are in season all year round. From about the age of 10 months they can detect the scent of a female, they can go off their food, start to wander if they are not well contained and will howl like a lost soul.

When visiting a breeder, check to see the condition of the adult dogs. Are they clean and healthy and their living quarters comfortable and clean ?. Ask questions – about health, hip and elbow scoring, pedigree certificates and number of litters from each bitch.

Puppy Checklist

  • Reputable Breeder                                                Fresh Water
  • Health Checks                                                         Vet Check
  • Secure Fenced Area                                             Worming Programme
  • Warm Dry Sleeping Area                                    Soft Toys
  • Good Quality Food                                               Loads of LOVE

The first night/days may be a little trying as the wee one adjusts to their new surroundings. Be patient. Your puppy has just left behind their siblings and mother. You may have a bit of unrest in the household so try to stay cool, calm and collected, give reassurance and things will come right.

Exercising a Labrador puppy should be kept to a minimum for the first 6 months and then slowly increased in moderation. Too much exercise while their bones are still growing can have painful results.

Labradors are renowned for being loyal family members, they love to be with you, snuggle up in front of the fire, sit on the couch with you ( if you let them ) , and as a rule they love children ( especially young ones )

All good breeders will be there to support and help you. Make contact with them if you are unsure what to do at any time. They will be more than willing to help because after all they have bred your puppy and will always be interested in the puppy’s welfare.

There is nothing more impressive than a proud, well socialised, controllable Labrador.


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