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MYSELF & MY PARTNER ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING TO PURCHASE ONE POSSIBLY TWO LABRADOR'S IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS & ARE LOOKING FOR REPUTABLE BREEDERS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS & WEST/SOUTH YORKSHIRE REGION, CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP?
 

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Hi Gembo
Welcome to the forum.
There is some info on finding a reputable breeder on this forum, http://www.labradorforums.co.uk/breederselection.htmland a good place to start enquiries is the labrador retriever club (there are also twelve regional clubs)
http://www.thelabclub.co.uk/otherbreedclubs.htm

However, this may well be a problem if you are looking for two labradors, because no reputable breeder would sell you two puppies at the same time, especially from the same litter.
have a look at these
http://www.doglistener.co.uk/choosing/siblings.shtml
http://www.caninedevelopment.com/Sibling.htm
http://www.leerburg.com/2dogs.htm
HTH :)
 

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What about adopting a rescue or two? There may be older, at least partially trained Labs looking for a nice couch that you could help.
 

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I totally agree with Labdad, we recently rescued a 2year old Lab and are getting on great, not only do these dogs often have basic training but you get the satifaction of helping a needy friend and offering a great home to a dog that is probably going to be put down through no fault of it's own. It may be worth having a look at the following website, this is where we got our Lab from and they often rescue young Labs which are on Death Row in Ireland and I must say they do a sterling job, the only reason these dogs are on Death Row simply because they remain unclaimed for a short period of time by their owners.

I strongly recommed you get in contact with either David or Rachel via e-mail: poplarfar[email protected]

Or have a look at their website

http://www.poplarfarmkennels.org.uk
 

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I do completely agree on getting a rescue dog but I thought I should jump in to give my opinion on littermates. While I understand the reasoning for not having litter mates and I fully agree I do have experience with the flipside. In my opinion I do think that if the owner is responsible two pups can be raised without problems.

I have two littermates, males - probably not from a reputable breeder no but how I came to get them is a long story but two puppies needed a home and I knew I would give them a good one.

Anyway long story short, I have concentrated on raising them as individual dogs, they do not fight, one is more dominant over the other but in a non agressive way. They seem to compliment each other. Whilst one is at the forefront of attention (in his eyes) the other is stronger in independance and will lead them on doing new things first. They are not fearful of other dogs or humans and to me seem to be well adjusted siblings. I am very conscious of not spoiling one more than the other and they are both my faviourites for different reasons and they couldn't be more individual. Yes, they do have an inseparable bond and its stronger than any pairing of dogs I've seen. But I have seen dogs that were not littermates, years apart in age, become equally inseparable.

Whilst I wouldn't reccomend littermates to everyone, I would say if you do decide to do that or have them handed to you as I did(or even have two dogs at similar times/ ages) it will require a lot of time. dedication and training. Its not for everyone but it can be successfully done. Just make sure you're doing it for the right reasons and the well being of the animals are considered first. Remember dogs don't have sentimentality like humans, thats something we project onto them.
 
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