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    Oh the joys of 'choosing a dog', hey!

    I remember our first dog (waaaaaay back in the mists of time). Dad wanted a Border Collie. I wanted an Afghan Hound. Mum wasn't overly fussed about either but liked Rough Collies. In the end we rescued a baby Dobe from a litter dumped by the side of the road. Pathetic wee thing he was- 5 weeks old maybe, starved, tummy full of carpet he'd eaten, poor coat. Every one of us fell in love within minutes and he ended up being an awesome dog and the beginning of my love of Dobes.

    Of course I did get my afghan hounds later on, as well as a couple of JRT Kelpie crosses, and an Irish Wolfhound. Every one of them has been awesome in his own way, though I think Irish Wolfhounds will always represent my heart breed. Too short lived though.

    So, I guess what I'm saying is keep an open mind along with doing your research... You just never know what may be perfect in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    Oh the joys of 'choosing a dog', hey!

    I remember our first dog (waaaaaay back in the mists of time). Dad wanted a Border Collie. I wanted an Afghan Hound. Mum wasn't overly fussed about either but liked Rough Collies. In the end we rescued a baby Dobe from a litter dumped by the side of the road. Pathetic wee thing he was- 5 weeks old maybe, starved, tummy full of carpet he'd eaten, poor coat. Every one of us fell in love within minutes and he ended up being an awesome dog and the beginning of my love of Dobes.

    Of course I did get my afghan hounds later on, as well as a couple of JRT Kelpie crosses, and an Irish Wolfhound. Every one of them has been awesome in his own way, though I think Irish Wolfhounds will always represent my heart breed. Too short lived though.

    So, I guess what I'm saying is keep an open mind along with doing your research... You just never know what may be perfect in the end.
    Thanks for the advice. I'll try to keep an open mind.

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    Good news, people!
    We all like labs (and they seem to fit all of the criteria), so hopefully I'll be picking one up very soon! Can't wait!
    I'll be sure to check if I have any reaction before buying, but I should be fine; my allergies have been very good recently.

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    Yes, 'This name is invalid' - that is really good news ! I have been reading this for a while and am pleased that a decision has been made on a breed of dog, by you and your family - finally.

    But don't think it is all over yet. Now the homework begins - really begins !

    Labradors, just like other similar sized dogs do have health problems - these may be inherited or may be classed as environmental.

    So where do you think that you are going to look for your pup ?

    As others have said here:

    Find a breeder that you like that does health tests for parents - this does somewhat decrease the health risks for the pups.

    Other that that - Mr 'Google' is very useful, plus going to dog shows and seeing what is out there.

    Good Luck !

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    Look, it's not 100% decided, but that's most likely what we'll go with. Thanks for the advice too.

    I think that there are some at the ACA Breeders Kennels which I believe they got on Tuesday. Hopefully they haven't sold them yet.
    I'll also check out the breeders at Dogz Online.

    Does anybody have any recommendations for Labrador breeders in Vic?

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    Maybe have a look on this website... Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria Inc - Australia

    The first one you posted looks like the first stop for a puppy farmer and I personally would never ever buy a puppy from a pet store.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Maybe have a look on this website... Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria Inc - Australia

    The first one you posted looks like the first stop for a puppy farmer and I personally would never ever buy a puppy from a pet store.
    I went on that website, but the last they updated the 'current litters' section was last year.

    Have you read through this: ACA Breeders Kennels - Our Breeders?
    Can I trust them?

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    I would go directly to a breeder where you can meet both parents, see where the pups have been brought up and see the conditions the dogs live in. Make sure your breeder is fully registered (not just council registration) and also ensure proper health tests and temp tests have been carried out on both parents (not just a vet check). As I said, I wouldn't buy a puppy from that shop or any pet store for that matter.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I would go directly to a breeder where you can meet both parents, see where the pups have been brought up and see the conditions the dogs live in. Make sure your breeder is fully registered (not just council registration) and also ensure proper health tests and temp tests have been carried out on both parents (not just a vet check). As I said, I wouldn't buy a puppy from that shop or any pet store for that matter.
    Yeah, I know what you mean.

    I'm going to contact a couple of breeders (Barkalinda and Jollab) along with ACA and see what happens.

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    Wow "name is invalid", ACA kennels, now that is a blast from the past! I am around 50 and i remember going to those Sunday markets in Croyden every week and while my parents went around the markets, I would sit and try to pat the puppies there through the cages..sometimes for hours.
    I remember how bad it smelled and felt really sorry for them.

    I am sure things have changed (well I hope they have) since then, but growing up I remember most pups died from parvo from there and my mum used to get really ANGRY with me being in there as she was always worried i would bring the disease home to our cavaliers.
    Back then they used to get pups from everyone and anyone, usually unwanted litters from the dog that jumped the fence (probably still is) . as i remember they didnt pay for pups, just took unwanted ones from whoever, they used to have an ad every week in the paper saying they would collect unwanted puppies.
    I wonder how much has changed.....

    I have friend in Lillydale who has 3 labs and breeds them (yellow). What colour were you looking at?

    Let me know and I will ring her for you, if she dosent have pups at the moment, she can give me references for you as to others who are good breeders who will have pups.
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