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    You don't have to tell me, i have the worst jumper of them all and no lab in her, I'm pretty sure. Lol But she was an adolescent when I got her...

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    Have you ever met an ethical breeder of responsible cross breeds?

    Nope, but I have heard there might be one in Melbourne, at least the buyer was able to meet both doggy parents where they lived. Not sure about the health testing standards. The members of the Lab rad oo dle association who came to the Pet Expo were quite happy to mislead people asking about their dogs. I met potenital customer who thought that these dogs were now registered with the ANKC and that you could enter them in ANKC run dog shows. Wrong. And the other ANKC breeders who were there - consider those particular lab rad ood le breeders - puppy farmers. Ie they're not breeding a few dogs, they have loads of them lined up in rows - with not nearly enough human contact for a companion animal. They might not be as bad as the people who farm their unhealthy dogs in complete filth but to me - it's still not right.

    I have have 2 good friends who are small breeders that breed pure and cross.
    Can you really call the dog "pure" if you're not a member of the ANKC. At some point these people must have breached the ANKC code of ethics to be mixing different breeds. I know it happens a lot and there are plenty of people who should be expelled from the ANKC for this. Maybe that's the nature of ethics, you pick and choose which you have.

    But the source of the crossbreeds that Matt was looking at, that giant puppy shop with their puppy sources in Gippsland - I would not want to support that.

    I think it's possible to have ethical breeders of cross breeds - just in my experience - it's extremely unlikely. And the lies told by the majority completely drown out any possibly responsible breeders like your friends might be.

    I've never said all ANKC breeders are responsible either. That's why Matt needs to get out there and meet them. The labr ado odle association was a good idea but as far as I'm concerned - they've pooped in their own drinking water with some of the things they do to get customers and make money.

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    Hehehe no need to go off about cross breeders again. I quite well remember the last time the topic came up.

    The good news is that they now want a pure bred lab (again), so I have to hurry up and find/visit some breeders before they change their mind (again)!

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    Is $1400 a decent price for a chocolate lab with papers?

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    I think that is about the usual matt, but it is top dollar (1,400 x average 8 pups in a litter = nice job) so you need to be sure its a top puppy. Just check the breeder has the appropriate health testing for not just the parents but the grandparents as well. Labs are beautiful pets.
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    $1400 is probably fair, but you might want to ask about hip scores and stuff first.

    PS I'd be looking for somewhere local that can match this kind of puppy offering - note the list of health testing, puppies in the home etc.

    http://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/...name=ELEMENTAL

    I know these people personally, the breeder's partner is a vet. And they get lots of socialisation with other dogs and people.
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    The breeders on your link Hyacinth say the puppies are "reared in house"? Are the others in kennels? Have you been to the breeders home?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    I think that is about the usual matt, but it is top dollar (1,400 x average 8 pups in a litter = nice job) so you need to be sure its a top puppy. Just check the breeder has the appropriate health testing for not just the parents but the grandparents as well. Labs are beautiful pets.
    Okay, good to know that I'm not getting ripped off!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    $1400 is probably fair, but you might want to ask about hip scores and stuff first.

    PS I'd be looking for somewhere local that can match this kind of puppy offering - note the list of health testing, puppies in the home etc.

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    I know these people personally, the breeder's partner is a vet. And they get lots of socialisation with other dogs and people.
    Yeah, the ones that I'm looking at have very similar info on their ads (parents' hip and elbow scores, raised in a human family, eye testing, temperament, etc.)

    Thanks, guys.

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    What about a vizsla? We're still leaning towards a lab, but vizslas have some really nice traits so we thought them worth considering. We've also narrowed it down to two breeders if we do decide to go with a lab, so that's good.

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    So, a gun dog or a gun dog?
    Not being funny, they are lovely. Look sort of like a pointer to me.
    I have an odd pointer style of dog. Well he thinks so anyway.
    He was an accident - the AWL said he was an ACDxBC. Lol.

    He has a lot of personality and I can't imagine our life without him.

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