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    Question Labrador Puppy Q's

    Hello!

    I'm a newbie here and am researching for a family pet. We currently have no pets. I have three young children and plan on having the dog with us for most of my time, as I do not work.

    I am interested in Labradors.

    What is the price range for a Labrador from a breeder?
    (we aren't into getting a fancy choccie one, just a plain normal Lab is great for us!)

    What are some of the specifics of the breed I should be aware of?
    Grooming?
    Feeding?
    Exercise?
    Temperament?

    Any tips and info much appreciated!

    Thank you!
    Hazel.

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    Does it have to be purebred Lab?
    I tell this to everyone, but have you considered a shelter?
    There sooooo many Lab mixes there.

    Im in a hurry now, but I can get back to all these tomorrow;
    Grooming?
    Feeding?
    Exercise?
    Temperament?
    In the meantime, im sure someone else will fill you in
    Education not Legislation

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    Hi there, I have a Labrador, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. I am at work at the moment and will be able to chat to you either tonight or on the weekend. Chat soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel View Post
    Any tips and info much appreciated!
    Hazel here is a tip, when picking up your puppy don't forget to take home "Copies of parent’s hip, elbow and eye certificates" which I think the breeders at this Labrador Club would gladly give you. See this page which is in PDF format via this link and have a read as there is some information there.
    http://www.labvic.org.au/documents/code_ethics.pdf
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    Thank you everyone!

    We have our name down with a registered breeder, who does not breed very often. We've met with them and their Labs twice now (to meet them & for the kids to meet the Labs). They have advised us on Vets, Puppy School, diet etc. (they are not in our immediate local area, but are not too far away) and are happy to communicate with us over the lifetime of our dog.

    We're expecting our new family member in February. So this gives us plenty of time to get prepared, read up, etc.

    I think for me - the feeding, toileting and training will be the big learning curve, I'm reading what I can, but it can be contradictory.

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    My son got a lab, no research, nothing and has 3 small kids. He found one child was terrified of the dog, that she was too boisterous as well. He did go to puppy training with her but found that it still was not gelling at all so he rehomed her. I must say the rehome for her was a much better option. A colleague took her. Their first real "date" was to a doggy restaurant (hard bitten army man..yea right) Now, 2 years on she is the loving inside do everything with him companion. My point here is to make really sure that the dog's needs, exercise, time etc also mesh with your family and situation.

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    Oh sorry!
    I actually forgot to continue my post!
    Hahaha.

    Did you still want that advice
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    Any info, tips, advice, stories much appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    Education not Legislation

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    Awesome, thank you!

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