Originally Posted by JayJay13
Hi, as a newbie to this forum I am hoping what I am asking is not breaking any rules and I apologise in advance if it does.
I understand no one can promote or recommend a breeder but is there a website, organisation or procedure where you can get on waiting lists for new litters? We have looked on the kennel club website and it lets get informed when new pups are registered but not before they are born.
I have looked on CHAMPDOGS , PET4HOME and done the obvious search on google for Labrador uk breeders.
We have had 2 previous labs and both had hip Dysplasia, in another thread on here had some fantastic advice regarding health and EBV.
Once again I apologise if itís something I should not have posted just looking for some help and direction to avoid any poor breeders
I would say Champdogs and the KC website are the best places to research and get on a waiting list for a pup. Look at the type of dogs you like, whether working, show, dual purpose; if you haven't already got one, look at getting a myKC account, which is free, and gives you access to a lot of information via the KC website.
There is no guarantee I'm afraid with HD or ED, the problem is, although the parents can have good hip scores and elbow grades, the combination of genes from both those parents can produce problems. So, you need to look for litters where the stud dog has produced pups and you can look at what he is producing with the pedigrees of visiting bitches, I hope that makes sense? So with some combinations, you will hopefully have no problems, and you will see with some combinations you will get a higher probability of problems with hips and elbows.
To get on a waiting list before a litter is born, look at the breeders you like, who are doing the health tests, and get in touch and ask for any future planned litters. A good breeder will quiz you thoroughly, and may already have a waiting list of potential puppy owners, but it is worth getting on that waiting list as people drop off with either a change in circumstances, or source a pup from another breeder. So once you find what you want in a breeder, the type of Labrador you like, the health tests in place etc, etc, then I would say stick with them.