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    Hi All,

    I would just like to introduce myself and my “soon to be” puppy to the forum.

    My puppy is a Labrador retriever and he will be joining our family this Friday, when he’s 8 weeks.

    As this is the first time I have owned a dog, I am extremely excited and so are the kids!

    I am first time dog owner, so I am sure I will have heaps of questions along the way.

    Look forward to interacting with you all.

    Regards,
    Robbie

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    Welcome Robbiepapenfus

    Hope your garden is ready... or you have a couple of strategically located digging places.

    This is my favourite site about everything you need to know about raising a puppy (except the vet stuff maybe)
    Raising a Puppy | Dog Star Daily

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    Thanks for the reply..

    Luckily, our garden is currently a "mine dump"... plenty of space, but i have yet to lay down the new lawn... perhaps its a good idea for me a wait a while? lol

    At the moment, puppy is free to dig where he likes

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    I forgot to add.. we will be taking the new puppy to "puppy kindergarten" in the next week or so

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    Welcome

    What colour is he? Have you decided on a name yet?

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    I hate to be the grinch, but I sincerly hope your pup has come from parents that have been tested for all the possible health issues. If not, it maybe a good time to reconsider your purchase. There's lots of good breeders out there and there's lots of crappy ones, please don't let yourself fall victim to a crappy one .. it can be both heartbreaking(in some cases need to be PTS) and very expensive.

    There's lots of people here who can tell you horror stories about pups that came from poor breeding stock, just please make sure you've done your homework

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    He is a black male and his name is Zulu

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    I hate to be the grinch, but I sincerly hope your pup has come from parents that have been tested for all the possible health issues. If not, it maybe a good time to reconsider your purchase. There's lots of good breeders out there and there's lots of crappy ones, please don't let yourself fall victim to a crappy one .. it can be both heartbreaking(in some cases need to be PTS) and very expensive.

    There's lots of people here who can tell you horror stories about pups that came from poor breeding stock, just please make sure you've done your homework
    Are you referring specifically to Labrador retrievers or dogs in general?

    The lady we getting the pup from has all the paper work and health checks for the mother (who is a pedigree) and some basic knowledge on the father.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    I hate to be the grinch, but I sincerly hope your pup has come from parents that have been tested for all the possible health issues. If not, it maybe a good time to reconsider your purchase. There's lots of good breeders out there and there's lots of crappy ones, please don't let yourself fall victim to a crappy one .. it can be both heartbreaking(in some cases need to be PTS) and very expensive.

    There's lots of people here who can tell you horror stories about pups that came from poor breeding stock, just please make sure you've done your homework

    The lady we getting the puppy from confirmed she will show us the mums pedigree papers and also confirmed the parents were hip scored and eye tested and everything was perfectly fine. She is going to show me the papers on Friday when I collect the puppy.

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    So if the mother has ANKC papers, the dad should too and so should all the puppies.

    That's the ANKC ethics. Also ask to see the hip score papers.

    Australian National Kennel Council

    specifically
    15. A member shall not permit any of that member’s pure bred dogs to be mated to a dog of a different breed, to a cross bred dog, to an unregistered dog of the same breed, or to a dog not on the Main Register without the prior approval of the member’s Member Body.

    16. A member shall take responsible action to reduce the incidence of hereditary diseases in accordance with the ANKC Ltd Code of Practice for Hereditary Diseases.

    20. A member shall ensure that persons acquiring dogs from that member understand the requirements for the care, welfare and responsible ownership of the dog, and that they have the time and facilities, e.g. adequate fences, sufficient room and proper shelter, to fulfil their responsibilities.

    22. A member shall register all puppies bred (excluding those breeds listed in ANKC Ltd Regulation Part 6, Section 6.2 whose specific colours precludes them from being registered on any Register) by that member that are living at the date of registration. Such registration must include all puppies from the litter on the one litter registration application form and must be applied for within eighteen [18] months of the date of whelping. (6/08)

    23. A member shall provide to all recipients of dogs sold or otherwise disposed of by that member, written details of:
    .1 The breed characteristics;
    .2 Vaccination record and / or requirements;
    .3 Responsible dog ownership information; and
    .4 All documentation required by the member’s Member Body.
    The details are a little bit vague about microchipping ie - in some states and some ANKC affiliates require all puppies to be microchipped before they are rehomed. SA doesn't seem to have this rule but it's good practice. If your breeder doesn't do it - you should get it done by your vet as soon as practical. Don't wait for your puppy to be desexed - get it microchipped as soon as it's old enough to wander off or be stolen.

    If she is a pedigree breeder you can phone dogs SA and ask them about microchipping rules and confirm that she is an ANKC registered breeder. phone 8349 4797

    Given how far along you are in the purchase process, I'd be really careful about how you check these things now and how you ask the questions. Ideally people check their breeder's credentials as part of the process of choosing. Some breeders get really cranky about it. Some breeders really appreciate that you care.

    If the breeder never said the puppies were ANKC pedigree - then too bad I guess, but if they said (in writing or email) that they were and they aren't or won't be - I'd suggest a discount...

    It's good she's offering up papers on the mum. But there should be papers pending for the entire litter.

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