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Old 18-03-2017, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We recently went to see a lovely lab bitch pup and after more research have thrown up the following questions....

Is a dome head in puppies normal of working breeds, and will soon disappear with age?

And although the pups are KC registered, no health checks been done for them or the parents. Is it worth spending the £200 at the vets to get the pup checked, if we don't know the parental history for hips, eyes etc.?

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Old 18-03-2017, 07:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know about dome heads and the angle of your photo of the puppy might be misleading. But personally, health checks on the parents and the reputation of the breeder are where I would start looking for a puppy. ALL health checks on parents for me please. I want my best friend for the next 20 years to start out with the best chance possible at a long, healthy life, health checks on the parents. REgistration means the puppy is purebred but not necessarily well bred.
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That is quite some domed head. Not something I've seen in all the pups I've known and seen.

£200 for a health check at the vet is an awful lot! What would they be checking? It is too hard to predict which 8 week pup is going to develop joint issues or other health issues which is why the PARENTS are tested in order to give the pups the best chance of being healthy. I'm afraid I'd walk right away from taking on that pup just because I'd only feel happy morally and ethically getting a pup from a breeder taking the care to breed pups as healthy as they possibly can.
There are also too many labradors in rescues so I would rather help one of them rather than give a breeder that wasn't doing health checks my money.
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Walk away...seriously, walk away.
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Please walk away
I don't know anything about cone/dome heads, but I do know about health tests and KC Reg. Any dog can be registered with the KC providing the parents are registered this doesn't mean the parents, grandparents etc. have been health tested.
Health Tests mean X-rays of hips and elbows and DNA tests for any problems in the breeding line.
Do not be fooled with words Health "checks" - - this would just mean that the Vet has checked the puppies for clean ears, eyes, no umbilical hernia etc.
Please have a good look at the puppy section of our Forum and also have a good look at the KC website for puppy buying info and Health Testing of Labradors.
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Hello and thank you all for your replies,

We are just starting out looking for a family pet and I was keen to get a dog from someone I knew, rather than just a random gumtree post. These puppies were breed because the owners wanted another bitch from the mum as she was such a nice dog, so are not breeders as such.They have young children, so are well handled. I have seen the parents and there are no visible health issues - but then I started my research and started to worry.

Lots to think about,
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Getting a pup from someone who has their heart in the right place and that you know sounds lovely and 'better than gumtree' but only IF they have health tested and bred the healthiest pups they can. It isn't joints at risk here but vision. If mum is a carrier of a eye problem then she won't show symptoms but mated to a dog that is also a carrier and not showing symptoms they are going to have pups with difficulties.
I have a dog with joint difficulties and she costs a lot of money in care and it is me responsible for providing that as her owner not the breeder.
Is gumtree really the first place people think to look for a puppy??
Look at breed clubs, champdogs and the kennel club for help.
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Getting a pup from someone who has their heart in the right place and that you know sounds lovely and 'better than gumtree' but only IF they have health tested and bred the healthiest pups they can. It isn't joints at risk here but vision. If mum is a carrier of a eye problem then she won't show symptoms but mated to a dog that is also a carrier and not showing symptoms they are going to have pups with difficulties.
I have a dog with joint difficulties and she costs a lot of money in care and it is me responsible for providing that as her owner not the breeder.
Is gumtree really the first place people think to look for a puppy??
Look at breed clubs, champdogs and the kennel club for help.
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