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T h i s m a y h e l p y o u in f in d in g a l i t t l e o u t a b o u t b u y in g a p u p p y an d l o o k in g f o r a b r e e d e r :

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T h i s i s a v e r y m i s un d e r s t o o d a r e a . A l on g s i d e t e m p e r a m en t , t h e h e a l t h o f y o u r L a b r a d o r t h r o u g h o u t i t s l i f e i s o f p r i m a r y i m p o r t an c e t o y o u a s p e t o wn e r s . T h r e e o f t h e m o s t f r e q u en t p r o b l e m s t h a t a f f e c t t h e L a b r a d o r a r e H i p D i s p l a c i a , E l b o w D i s p l a c i a an d G P R A ( a p r o b l e m w i t h t h e e y e s t h a t c a u s e s b l in dn e s s , o f t en b y t h r e e o r f o u r y e a r s o f a g e ) .

T h e e y e p r o b l e m i s E N T I R E L Y g en e t i c ( s o p a s s e d t h r o u g h t h e g en e s f r o m t h e p u p p i e s p a r en t s t o i t an d i t s l i t t e r m a t e s ) .
T h e H i p an d E l b o w p r o b l e m s h a v e a v e r y s t r on g g en e t i c in f l u en c e , b u t c an b e a g g r e v a t e d b y o v e r e x e r c i s in g a y o un g p u p p y , f a l l s , in j u r i e s an d g en e r a l r o u g h h o u s in g w h i l s t t h e d o g s j o in t s a r e s t i l l g r o w in g .

T h e r e f o r e , i t i s v e r y v e r y i m p o r t an t t h a t on l y d o g s f r e e f r o m t h e s e p r o b l e m s t h e m s e l v e s a r e b r e d f r o m t o g i v e t h e p u p p i e s p r o d u c e d t h e v e r y b e s t c h an c e o f b e in g f r e e t h e m s e l v e s o f t h e s e p a in f u l an d t r a u m a t i c p r o b l e m s .

T h e c o m m on m i s c on c e p t i on i s t h a t on l y c o m p e t i t i on k en n e l s u s e t h e h e a l t h s c h e m e s o r t h a t t h e y a r e n o t f o r b r e e d e r s w h o ' on l y p r o d u c e p e t s ' . T h e s c h e m e s a r e n o t e x p en s i v e t o p u t b r e e d in g d o g s t h r o u g h , an d , r e m e m b e r , e v e r y d o g b r e d f r o m i s a ' b r e e d in g d o g ' , N O T j u s t t h o s e b e l on g in g t o p e o p l e w h o s h o w o r w o r k t h e i r d o g s . T o N O T h e a l t h t e s t t h e p a r en t s b e f o r e b r e e d in g f o r t h e s e c on d i t i on s i s s e l l in g b o t h p u p p y b u y e r s an d t h e p u p p i e s t h e y p r o d u c e s h o r t a s t h e y a r e p l a y in g R u s s i an R o u l e t t e b y b r e e d in g ' b l in d ' .

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A t a r o un d a y e a r o f a g e , w h en t h e d o g s s k e l e t on h a s f u l l y g r o wn , an x r a y i s t a k en o f t h e d o g s p e l v i s a r e a . T h i s x r a y i s t h en s en t f r o m t h e v e t t o t h e B V A ( B r i t i s h V e t A s s o c i a t i on ) . T h e y w i l l s c o r e t h i s x r a y w i t h e a c h h i p o f t h e t w o h i p s s c o r in g b e t w e en 0 ( l o w e s t ) an d 5 3 ( h i g h e s t ) . S o i f b o t h h i p s a r e s c o r e d t h e t o t a l t h a t d o g a c h i e v e s w i l l b e b e t w e en a T O T A L o f 0 an d 1 0 6 ( 2 x 5 3 ) .
C u r r en t l y t h e b r e e d a v e r a g e f o r a t o t a l o f b o t h h i p s s i t s a t a r o un d 1 6 . S o d o g s a r o un d o r un d e r t h i s s c o r e h a v e a v e r a g e o r b e t t e r t h an a v e r a g e h i p s t o g i v e a g u i d e .
t h e s c o r e c an a l s o b e s h o wn s o m e t i m e s a s t w o n u m b e r s , l e f t h i p / r i g h t h i p - s o , s o m e t h in g l i k e 5 / 4 ( t o t a l o f 9 - g o o d ) o r m a y b e 3 3 / 2 1 ( t o t a l o f 5 4 - p o o r ) .

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A n e w e r s c h e m e an d c u r r en t l y l e s s d o g s a r e e l b o w s c o r e d t h an h i p s c o r e d . I t i s g a in in g in u s e an d m an y b r e e d e r s a r e r e a l i s in g t h e i m p o r t an c e o f c h e c k in g e l b o w s t o o on t h e i r b r e e d in g d o g s a s m an y ' f r on t en d ' l a m en e s s p r o b l e m s a r e s h o w in g a r o un d 6 - 9 m on t h s o f a g e an d h a v e b e en f o r m an y y e a r s .

U s u a l l y a t t h e s a m e t i m e a s t h e h i p x r a y s , a s e t o f x r a y s o f e a c h o f t h e d o g s e l b o w s a r e t a k en un d e r g en e r a l an e s t h e t i c . T h e s e x r a y s a r e s en t , a g a in , t o t h e B V A an d s c o r e d , b y t h e n a t u r e o f t h e j o in t b e in g d i f f e r en t t o a h i p j o in t , in a s l i g h t l y d i f f e r en t w a y .

E l b o w s a r e E A C H s c o r e d on l y f r o m 0 - 3 ( 0 b e in g e x c e l l en t , 3 b e in g v e r y b a d l y a f f e c t e d w i t h p r o b l e m s ) . T h e s m a l l r an g e o f s c o r e s a v a l i a b l e m e an t h a t r e a l l y , on l y d o g s w i t h a 0 s c o r e on e a c h e l b o w s h o u l d b e b r e d f r o m .

S c o r e s a r e u s u a l l y s p o k en o f on l y a s a s in g l e n u m b e r - s o 0 , 1 , 2 o r 3 b a s i c a l l y . I f t h e s c o r e i s un e v en , s o s a y , 0 ( l e f t ) 1 ( r i g h t ) t h e H I G H E R r e s u l t i s u s e d a s t h e d o g s s in g l e s c o r e - s o 1 ( t o in d i c a t e t h a t h e d o e s h a v e * s o m e * e l e m en t o f p r o b l e m t h e r e . )

T o r e c a p , i t i s t h e P A R E N T S o f t h e l i t t e r w h o a r e s c o r e d an d n o t t h e p u p p i e s . T h i s c an n o t b e un d e r t a k en un t i l a y e a r o f a g e a s a m in i m u m b u t c an b e d on e a t an y a g e a f t e r t h i s . On l y d o g s t o b e b r e d f r o m a r e u s u a l l y h i p an d e l b o w s c o r e d , t h e r e i s n o n e e d t o s c o r e p e t p u p p i e s w h o a r e n o t t o b e b r e d f r o m . T h e in f o r m a t i on i s F O R b r e e d e r an d p u p p y b u y e r s t o d e c i d e i f t h e d o g i s s u i t a b l e t o b e b r e d f r o m . H i p an d e l b o w s c o r in g a r e d on e on c e in a d o g s l i f e on l y an d h i s s c o r e s r e m a in w i t h h i m f o r t h e r e s t o f h i s l i f e . W h en b u y in g a p u p p y , y o u s h o u l d in s i s t on s e e in g t h e o f f i c i a l B V A / K C c e r t i f i c a t e s w i t h t h e d o g s s c o r e s on . N E V E R j u s t r e l y on v e r b a l a s s u r an c e s t h a t t h e p a r en t s a r e s c o r e d w i t h o u t s e e in g t h e p r o o f . H i p s c o r in g h a s b e en un d e r t a k en n o w f o r a r o un d 3 5 y e a r s an d E l b o w s c o r in g f o r 1 2 - 1 5 y e a r s an d s o t h e s c h e m e s a r e w e l l kn o wn an d w e l l u s e d . A b r e e d e r s h o w s e v e r y t h in g y o u n e e d t o kn o w a b o u t t h e m , i f t h e y d o n o t u s e t h e h e a l t h s c h e m e s , e v en i f t h e y s e e m a n i c e p e r s on w i t h b a s i c a l l y h e a l t h y l o o k in g d o g s .

E y e T e s t C e r t i f i c a t e .
T h i s i s p o s s i b l y e v en m o r e e s s en t i a l f o r b u y e r s o f p u p p i e s t o en s u r e t h e y b u y on l y f r o m l i t t e r s w h e r e b o t h p a r en t s h a v e b e en e y e t e s t e d . G P R A i s 1 0 0 % g en e t i c an d s o t h e s t a t u s o f t h e p a r en t s e y e s en t i r e l y a f f e c t s t h e p u p p i e s e y e s f o r t h e f u t u r e . T h i s t e s t i s n o t un d e r t a k en a t a r e g u l a r v e t b u t b y a s p e c i a l i s t . T h e r e a r e m an y m an y c l in i c s an d t e s t in g s e s s i on s a r o un d t h e c o un t r y O R y o u c an b o o k a p r i v a t e v i s i t t o on e o f t h e d o z en s o f t e s t s p e c i a l i s t s . An e y e t e s t w i l l b e un d e r t a k en an d a s i m p l e c e r t i f i c a t e g i v en a f t e r w a r d s s h o w in g i f t h e d o g w a s a f f e c t e d o r un a f f e c t e d b y t h e p r o b l e m s b e in g e x a m in e d f o r . T h i s e y e c e r t i f i c a t e s h o u l d b e r en e w e d e v e r y 1 2 m on t h s an d s o , w h en p u p p i e s a r e p r o d u c e d , t h e c e r t i f i c a t e s h o u l d b e v a l i d . t h e y l a s t on l y 1 2 m on t h s , l i k e a C a r M . O . T . s o e v en i f t h e b r e e d e r c an s h o w a c e r t i f i c a t e , f i r s t l y m a k e s u r e t h e ' un a f f e c t e d ' b o x i s t i c k e d (n o t t h e ' a f f e c t e d ' ) an d s e c on d l y m a k e s u r e i t i s d a t e d w i t h in t h e l a s t 1 2 m on t h s . I f i t i s n o t , c h an c e s a r e t h e d o g w a s r e t e s t e d an d f a i l e d O R t h e o wn e r d i dn ' t b o t h e r t e s t in g a g a in . T h e t r a u m a o f a y o un g p e t d o g g o in g b l in d i s s o g r e a t t h a t t h e 3 5 o r s o an e y e t e s t c e r t i f i c a t e c o s t s a b r e e d e r i s a S M A L L p r i c e t o p a y t o c h e c k t h e i r e y e s a r e n o t a f f e c t e d b e f o r e a m a t in g i s un d e r t a k en .


Q : I h a v e s e en a l l s o r t s o f t y p e s o f L a b r a d o r s o u t t h e r e - s o m e b i g h e a v y on e s w i t h l a r g e h e a d s , s o m e s m a l l e r , f in e r on e s . A r e t h e y A L L p e d i g r e e L a b r a d o r s an d i s t h e r e an y d i f f e r en c e b e t w e en t h e i r t e m p e r a m en t s ?

T h e L a b r a d o r i s t h e m o s t n u m e r o u s d o g in t h e U K . I t s n o t s u p r i s in g t h e r e f o r e t h a t t h e y d o c o m e in a l l s h a p e s an d s i z e s . H o w e v e r a s a g en e r a l g u i d e :
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T h e s e a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y d o g s w h o a r e s h o wn o r w o r k e d t h e m s e l v e s , B U T h a v e a p e d i g r e e f u l l o f d o g s w h o c o m e f r o m e i t h e r s h o w o r w o r k in g l in e s . T h e s h o w l in e l a b r a d o r t en d s t o b e a l i t t l e s h o r t e r in l e g , b u t b r o a d e r in b o d y an d h e a d t h an t h e f i e l d / w o r k in g t y p e d o g s . C o m m on l y on a s h o w l in e p e d i g r e e y o u w i l l s e e d o g s w i t h S H C H ( S h o w C h a m p i on ) b e f o r e t h e i r p e d i g r e e n a m e . On a w o r k in g o r f i e l d t r i a l p e d i g r e e y o u w i l l s e e s e v e r a l w i t h F T W ( F i e l d T r i a l W in n e r ) o r F T C H ( F i e l d T r i a l C h a m p i on ) .

8 0 y e a r s a g o o r m o r e ' t h e L a b r a d o r ' w a s a l l on e d o g . On e t y p e . A m o d e r a t e m i d d l e w e i g h t h un t e r d o g b r o u g h t o v e r f r o m t h e f i s h in g w a t e r s o f N e w f o un d l an d t o b e s h o o t in g c o m p an i on s f o r t h e U K g en t r y . T h e p o p u l a r i t y o f t h e a m i a b l e , b i d d a b l e b r e e d r o s e q u i c k l y an d w i t h t h e a d v en t o f m o r e d o g s b e in g k e p t a s d o m e s t i c p e t s , s t a r t e d t o s l o w l y s p l i t in t o s e v e r a l t y p e s , w i t h t h e w o r k in g d o g s a c t u a l l y b e in g b r e d w i t h a l i g h t e r an d l i g h t e r f r a m e t o en a b l e m a x i m u m s p e e d , s t y l e an d en d u r an c e , an d t h e s h o w an d p e t d o g o f t en b e in g b r e d h e a v i e r , w i t h m o r e t h o u g h t g i v en t o l o o k s an d ' s h o w r in g p r e s en c e ' t h an t h e o r i g in s o f t h e b r e e d a s a m e d i u m s i z e d d o g w i t h n o e x a g g e r a t i on s .

N o on e l in e o r t y p e i s m o r e p r on e t o h e a l t h p r o b l e m s t h an an o t h e r . T h e l o g i c t h a t a l i g h t e r f r a m e o f L a b r a d o r m u s t b e h e a l t h i e r d o e s n o t s t an d u p in p r a c t i c e , e s p e c i a l l y a s m an y o f t h e w o r k in g l in e b r e e d e r s h a v e b e en s l o w t o s t a r t t o u s e t h e h e a l t h s c h e m e s ( a b o v e ) an d s o h a v e n o t b e en m a k in g in f o r m e d d e c i s i on s h e a l t h w i s e w h en m a t in g d o g s f o r a s l on g a s m an y o f t h e s h o w l in e s h a v e b e en . M a t in g s b e t w e en p e t d o g s a r e n u m e r o u s , an d o f c o u r s e u s u a l l y a r e un d e r t a k en f o r n o o t h e r r e a s on t h a t t h e S i r e an d D a m o f t h e l i t t e r l i v e d n e a r b y , o r p o s s i b l y b o t h w i t h t h e b r e e d e r , s o t h e r e f o r e m a y b e a m i x o f an y l in e s , s h o w , w o r k in g o r an y t h in g in b e t w e en !

T e m p e r a m en t i s b o t h in h e r i t e d f r o m i t s p a r en t s an d d e v e l o p e d b y t h e w a y t h e d o g i s s o c i a l i s e d an d r a i s e d . I t i s i m p o r t an t t o s e e a t l e a s t t h e m o t h e r o f t h e l i t t e r t o c h e c k h e r t e m p e r a m en t i s f r i en d l y , c on f i d en t an d y o u w o u l d b e p l e a s e d t o en d u p w i t h a d o g s i m i l a r t o h e r in l o o k s an d p e r s on a l i t y . I f y o u w o u l d n o t , w a l k a w a y . P u p p i e s f r o m s h o w l in e s , p e t l in e s an d w o r k in g l in e s c an a l l b e b o l d an d o u t g o in g , c an a l l b e t i m i d an d n e r v o u s an d c an a l l b e s m a r t an d q u i c k t o l e a rn o r a l i t t l e l e s s c l e v e r ! G en e r a l l y t h e n a t u r e o f f i e l d t r i a l an d w o r k in g l in e s m e an s t h a t t h e y h a v e b e en b r e d f o r m an y g en e r a t i on s t o w o r k h a r d a l l d a y an d h a v e t h e c a p a c i t y t o l e a rn . T h e s e m a y , t h e r e f o r e , b e a m o r e a c t i v e d o g on t h e w h o l e t h an y o u r a v e r a g e s h o w l in e b r e d d o g , b u t m an y s h o w b r e d l in e s a r e v e r y in t e l l i g en t an d a c t i v e w i t h o u t b e in g o v e r l y d e m an d in g in t h e i r d e s i r e t o b e on t h e g o q u i t e s o m u c h .

In t h e en d i t s t h e t y p e t h a t p l e a s e s y o u r e y e t h a t y o u m u s t ' g o f o r ' .
T h i s p i c t u r e s h o w s a b o t h s h o w l in e an d w o r k in g l in e d o g s n e x t t o on e an o t h e r an d g i v e s a c l e a r in d i c a t i on o f t h e d i f f e r en c e s in s t r u c t u r e an d s i z e .


Q : I ' on l y ' w an t a p e t p u p p y . S u r e l y t h e s o r t o f b r e e d e r w h o u s e s h e a l t h s c h e m e s an d c o m p e t e s w i t h t h e i r d o g s w on ' t b e in t e r e s t e d in s e l l in g t o m e ?

B r e e d e r s w h o s h o w o r w o r k t h e i r d o g s s t i l l a l w a y s e x p e c t t h e v a s t m a j o r i t y o f t h e i r p u p p i e s t o g o in t o p e t h o m e s . J u s t b e c a u s e t h e y a r e e x p e r i en c e d , r e g u l a r c o m p e t i t o r s , d o e sn ' t m e an t h e y w on ' t s e l l t o p e t h o m e s . T h e r e i s n o N E E D t o b u y f r o m n o v i c e b r e e d e r s , m a t in g p e t d o g s f o r n o g o o d r e a s on b e c a u s e y o u ' on l y w an t a p e t ' . P r i c e s w i l l b e a l m o s t e x a c t l y t h e s a m e t o o f o r p e t p u p p i e s f r o m w h a t e v e r s o u r c e . S o m a k e s u r e y o u r s o u r c e i s a q u a l i t y on e !

T h e b e l o w c l u b s m o s t l y r un p u p p y r e g i s t e r s w i t h e t h i c a l an d r e s p on s i b l e c l u b m e m b e r b r e e d e r s l i s t in g c u r r en t l i t t e r s a v a l i a b l e :

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C O T S W O L D & W Y E V E R N L A B R A D O R C L U B . S e c . M r K G a w t h o r p e - 0 1 9 3 2 8 7 4 5 3 9
E A S T A N G L I A N L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B . S e c . M r s J C o l e . T e l N o : 0 1 3 5 4 6 8 0 3 7 5
K E N T , S U R R E Y & S U S S E X L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B . S e c . M r s K W a l s h . T e l N o : 0 1 4 8 3 7 9 7 6 5 3
L A B R A D O R C L U B O F S C O T L A N D . S e c . M i s s F a r q u a r s on . T e l N o : 0 1 3 8 2 4 5 9 0 9 9
L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B . S e c . M r A E l l i s . T e l N o : 0 1 7 6 6 5 2 2 1 4 6
L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B O F N O R T H E R N I R E L A N D . S e c . M r s H u g h e s . T e l N o : 0 2 8 9 2 6 3 8 6 0 3
L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R O F W A L E S . S e c . M r s M B a r k e r . T e l N o : 0 1 4 4 3 8 4 2 5 8 5
M I D L A N D C O U N T I E S L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B . S e c . M r s J L e w i s . T e l N o : 0 1 4 8 4 6 8 0 1 2 3
N O R T H W E S T L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B . S e c . M r s M a u r e en D A r c y . T e l N o : N o t a v a i l a b l e , p l e a s e c on t a c t t h e K en n e l C l u b .
N O R T H U M B E R L A N D & D U R H A M L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B . S e c . M r P A S m i t h . T e l N o : 0 1 6 4 2 2 9 2 9 6 5
T H R E E R I D I N G S L A B R A D O R C L U B . S e c . M r s P G i l l . T e l N o : 0 1 9 4 3 4 6 7 9 2 6
W E S T O F E N G L A N D L A B R A D O R R E T R I E V E R C L U B . S e c . M r G C o x . T e l N o : 0 1 5 6 6 7 8 5 1 2 1
Y E L L O W L A B R A D O R C L U B . S e c . M r s W i l e s . T e l N o : 0 1 8 9 5 8 2 3 2 2 7

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