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Old 02-04-2019, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After much discussion reading etc, we have decided to get a Lab as our first family dog. We have found what appears to be a lovely litter, that tick many boxes. The parents are healthy, and had all their checks with good hip scores, elbows, clear eyes etc. The parents are also a lovely size and of good temperament- and a few other family members.

The breeder has a 3 or 4 litters a year across 3 breeds, and keeps various pups for herself which seems a good sign? They are also KC registered, vacinations will be done, micro chipped, they’ll provide a large bag of food the pups will be on.

But. After the first 2 weeks, the pups are moved to outside kennels, rather than staying in the home. I understand they do focus on socialising, and her young children are regular visitors, but would this be of concern?

The kennels looked clean, well maintained etc. But still outside not in a home...

Any advice welcome! It’s all such a mine field!
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The breeder has a 3 or 4 litters a year across 3 breeds,
Sounds a bit commercial. Obviously I don't know the person, but when I hear that a person is breeding from 3 different breeds to me it sounds like a person selecting breeds on the basis of what the person feels are easy to sell, rather than being a breed enthusiast. This could mean that the person is not intimately familiar with the breed, what stud dogs compliment which bitches. This would worry me.

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After the first 2 weeks, the pups are moved to outside kennels, rather than staying in the home.
This is not a problem as such, although 2 weeks is a little early to move the pups out. But again I don't know the circumstances the pups are kept in. Just like human babies, very young puppies cannot regulate their temperature for the first little while, so are open to things like hyperthermia. Because many people who work their dogs keep them in outside kennels many breeders of working Labradors get them use to kennel life before they go to their new homes. But usually they are older than 2 weeks before that happens.

So, Everything may be fine, but I have to admit that certain alarm bells are ringing.

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Thank you for your reply. I think that is my true gut feeling too. Especially after 24hours thinking. They were very cute - but walk away! First time buying a dog - it’s amazing the number of potential pitfalls.

Thanks again!
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