Please take a moment to read through and print this page before starting your search for a puppy.
Because we in rescue often receive or must reject the results of irresponsible breeders or irresponsible puppy sales, we have compiled this brochure to help you make the right choice in a puppy.
Before you fall in love with the first adorable Labrador face you see, take the time in an initial phone call to ask the following questions. You may not find a breeder who fits 100% of these criteria but don’t settle for anything less than one or two negative responses. At the end of the list you will find questions to ask yourself. You should be able to answer all of them affirmatively before you begin your search.
Remember you are adding a new member to your family for the next 10-15 years.
NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BARGAIN HUNT!!
You may have known someone who has or you may yourself have purchased a “backyard” bred dog or a pet store or puppy mill dog and had great success. However, the high number of serious problems seen in the breed today make this event unlikely to reoccur. Chief among these are temperament problems ranging from aggression to shyness to hyperactivity. Hip dysplasia, eye problems causing blindness, heart defects that can severely shorten life span and auto immune disorders and cancer are also becoming prevalent.
Responsible breeders will do all they can to avoid these problems by researching pedigrees and screening parents for certain inherited problems before breeding.