A GUIDE TO HELP YOU PURCHASE YOUR LABRADOR RETRIEVER
Make sure you purchase your puppy from a registered breeder, this is a person who is registered with the canine controlling body in their State (Dogs SA). All puppies bred by registered breeders have had their parents x-rayed and scored for hip and elbow dysplasia, registered breeders are generally happy to allow you to see or get copies of any health screening tests they have had done on their breeding stock (the parents of your puppy).
Pet shops and unregistered breeders do not have to go through this process. Buying from a registered breeding also means you have a continuing relationship with your breeder, they are generally there to help you as you raise your pup and turns into a beautiful adult.
Pet shops will sometimes give you a 14 to 30 day guarantee (if you are lucky), have no idea who the parents are of the pups or any health issues that they may be affected by.
Labrador Retrievers are not a cross of a Labrador and a Golden Retriever, they are a breed all of their own – just as Golden Retrievers are, Curly Coat Retrievers are, Flat Coat Retrievers are and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are (try saying that one fast!). Each has their own unique characteristics and were bred for different purposes, the only thing they really have in common is the last part of the name “Retriever” and that are all breeds within what we call in Australia the Gun dog group.
Labrador Retrievers come in three colours, black, yellow and chocolate. Yellow may range from cream through to a really dark red called fox red (not often seen in Australia). Silver or charcoal are not pure bred Labrador Retriever colours and should be avoided.
Labrador Retrievers, along with many other breeds have a history of Hereditable Diseases such as Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Members of the Labrador Retriever Clubs around Australia have worked hard over many years to reduce the incidence of these diseases. This is not always the case with all other Labrador Breeders, so we are setting out a list of questions that you can ask of the breeder you are considering buying a puppy from: