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    Smile I want a Puppy!

    My husband and I are ready to welcome a new family member as it has been 4 years since we lost our dearly loved English Setter who had lived with us for 15 years. I'd love to have another setter, but DH wants a British Labrador Retriever - basically a lab that is stockier than typical labs. We'd prefer a yellow lab. Anyone out there raise this breed? Or know of someone who does? Respond here or by PM, please. We offer 20 acres in the woods of Vermont, a warm house and warmer hearts. Oh, and the Vet is only 5 miles away!

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    There are lots of shelter dogs that need homes. Just a suggestion

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    I'm on dog #6 and all but one have been rescue dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    There are lots of shelter dogs that need homes. Just a suggestion
    I'm with ya, dolphyngyhrl - but he's being a bit of a snob right now and wants what he wants - I bet in the long run we end up taking in a rescue dog. But I told him I would try!

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    If you can get him to go look at the dogs in area shelters there'll be one that both of you will fall in love with. When you think about it, the only real reason to go to the expense of a purebred is if you plan to breed or show, anything other than that is just an "I want" which is ok too, but all that money you save could be spent on fabric.
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    You'll find the shorter-on-leg and stockier built Labradors from AKC breeders that show their dogs as that is the proper type of Labrador. The Labrador Club of America changed the standard of the breed about 10 years ago or so to a Lab that more closely resembles the Lab's in England.

    My first suggestion would be to go to the AKC website and use the show directory. Once there, you can look for upcoming shows in VT (and a neighboring state if your willing to travel). Once you have a show in mind, make sure they have Lab's entered, and find out the show times. Travel to that show and meet the dogs and their owners.

    Dog show etiquette: Don't touch dogs without first asking, always make sure your hands are clean before touching, if you visit the owners in their grooming areas it's best to just introduce yourself - tell them you'll watch the show and return when their ring time is over - prior to showing exhibitors are busy getting their dogs ready but at least they know that someone will be waiting when they are done, it's OK to bring treats for the dogs but always ask before you feed any of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    There are lots of shelter dogs that need homes. Just a suggestion
    a good suggestion, IMHO. If you want a specific breed, there are rescue groups for every breed.

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    I just read yesterday that a lot of shelters are so overcrowded that they even have to euthanize pure bred animals....Why don't you go to your local animal shelter and ask to be put on a list so that if a lab of your choice is brought in you can hopefully give it a loving home. I had a neighbor who's daughter had her heart set on a black persian and made a request at her local shelter and in time one was brought in and she was able to give it a home......Good Luck your heart is in the right place.

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    A lot of shelter dogs are someone else's screw ups. Like not training them to potty outside, etc. Makes training them harder. Ask me how I know. My avatar dog came from a shelter. Get the breed you want and get a puppy and you both will be much happier. After having pure bred dogs, I can sure tell a difference. Spaying and neutering would keep the shelters unneeded. I spay/neuter all my pets as soon as they are old enough.
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    There's nothing like having a furbaby to love ( and to love you back ) when the kids are all grown up and gone.
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    New puppy (chorky) in January, I wasn't this busy when I had new babies...gee whiz, shes clingy too which is hard to deal with at times but I do love her to death, even down on knees scrubbing floor LOL
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    I had always gone to a breeder for my Saints... Then I read an article about the number of dogs being abandoned becasue of the housing crisis. Many owner once a home has been foreclosed have no choice but to give up a loved family pet. Some less are actually abandoning them in the home, leaving them for the first entrant to find and hopefully care for.
    After the loss of one of my Saints I was so torn... I wanted to pick my puppy and have the whole experience from puppy on up.... But the thought of one magnificent dog being put down ... all because I wanted a 6 month puppy experience , just seemed so self centered. I ended up with a rescue . Every day I wake up to that beautiful fuzzy face sitting patiently beside my bed ..just waiting for the first morning "go outside" ... and I feel like the luckiest person in the world.
    Please do consider a rescue/adoption.

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    Labs are great -- and yellow ones show up in pictures, thus all the ads done with them -- all puppies are wonderful!!
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    We have a black English lab and he is super! He was 3 when we got him so didn't have a puppy to start with but he could not be more devoted and serve as a member of the family. He is about 20 pounds bigger than our American lab was
    and hairier as well. I don't ask much of him as he is very well behaved...stay off my quilts is one rule but in return when I put my shoes on, it's "take a walk" time so he has his rules too. He is registered but I bought him off Craig's List from someone who couldn't take care of him so he's pretty close to a rescue dog.
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    Check the shelters first. Right now the bigger dogs like labs are being abandoned due to size and cost of feeding them. All of our rescue mixed breeds have had not one health problem from any of them. Our lab and other pure breed, nothing but health issues.
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    There are even rescue groups for the breeds of dogs you mentioned.

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    We went through this exact scenario last year. We lost our old and sweet yellow lab Toby and wanted a pup. Getting a shelter or rescue dog is wonderful, but we are in our 60s and knew this would probably be our last dog. My husband wanted an 8 week old that we could train from the start. It was a long process. Yellow labs are really popular. We live in the Northwest. I started online trying to find a breeder through state Labrador Retriever groups. There was nothing here in Montana so I started looking in a larger area and ended up using a Nortwest Retriever group that listed breeders in the Seattle and greater Washington area. I did a lot of research on each potential breeder because I was terrified of getting involved with a puppy mill. To make a long story short it took over a year for us to find a breeder that we liked who was breeding a litter at the time we could take a dog (my husband was still teaching then and we wanted a dog in the late spring or summer so that he could work with her during summer break). We wanted a pup that was raised in a home and was well socialized. The breeder we worked with sent us pictures every week after the litter was born; she was great. We went to get our pup Scout when she was 9 weeks old. She's just over a year now and is a joy. It had been 12 years since we had a puppy and this time we were smart: did crate training, took her to puppy classes and manners classes. Shortly after we got Scout we got a Corgi puppy - but that's a whole other story. Good luck with your search!
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    I would have your DH go to the hunting store (store that sells hunting equipment) and ask who has the best hunting dogs around. Then I would check with the vet and ask the same question. Sometimes it is not the breed so much as what they want then to do.
    Sometimes the best hunting dogs end up having Heintz 57 puppies that hunt. My husband found that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chay View Post
    We went through this exact scenario last year. We lost our old and sweet yellow lab Toby and wanted a pup. Getting a shelter or rescue dog is wonderful, but we are in our 60s and knew this would probably be our last dog. My husband wanted an 8 week old that we could train from the start. It was a long process. Yellow labs are really popular. We live in the Northwest. I started online trying to find a breeder through state Labrador Retriever groups. There was nothing here in Montana so I started looking in a larger area and ended up using a Nortwest Retriever group that listed breeders in the Seattle and greater Washington area. I did a lot of research on each potential breeder because I was terrified of getting involved with a puppy mill. To make a long story short it took over a year for us to find a breeder that we liked who was breeding a litter at the time we could take a dog (my husband was still teaching then and we wanted a dog in the late spring or summer so that he could work with her during summer break). We wanted a pup that was raised in a home and was well socialized. The breeder we worked with sent us pictures every week after the litter was born; she was great. We went to get our pup Scout when she was 9 weeks old. She's just over a year now and is a joy. It had been 12 years since we had a puppy and this time we were smart: did crate training, took her to puppy classes and manners classes. Shortly after we got Scout we got a Corgi puppy - but that's a whole other story. Good luck with your search!
    You fur babies are just beautiful. I'm a cat person but I love labs and corgis.
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    There are lots of purebread dogs in the shelters that would love to go home with you. Just a suggestion that you might try there first. My friend is a rescuer..She has 23 dogs at this time. She works very hard to find them homes and the ones that don't find homes she keeps until they die. Her motto is........Saving one dog will not make a difference but it will make a world of difference to that one dog........Good luck with your search..

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    We just bought a black lab puppy to serve as my husbands companion---hubby has alzheimers'. Our puppy is Maverick and he is 8 weeks old and has already become the center of our household. My hubby absolutely adores him and is the most animated I have seen him in a long time. We found him through an ad in our local paper, also try Craigslist. Good luck------and plan on losing lots of sleep with a puppy----but, oh so worth it!!!!!!!!
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    Rescue or a shelter might be a good resource for you all .. LOVE my rescue dog, she is the delight of our eyes !! Right now she is in the bedroom snoring right next to her Da (He works nights as a truck driver!),so she crawls up there with him -after DH turns on the heating blanket which she dearly loves to sleep on !LOL (Nah..she's not spoiled or anything!LOL)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    There are lots of shelter dogs that need homes. Just a suggestion
    This is always my first thought too. And since there are a lot of purebreds in the shelters you never know you may find exactly what you want.

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    Research, research, research and be prepared to fall in love with that wonderful face that says take me home!! As per the lovely in my avatar, Peaches, when we were looking for a Boxer, LOL. I love the smushy face dogs!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    A lot of shelter dogs are someone else's screw ups. Like not training them to potty outside, etc. Makes training them harder. Ask me how I know. My avatar dog came from a shelter. Get the breed you want and get a puppy and you both will be much happier. After having pure bred dogs, I can sure tell a difference. Spaying and neutering would keep the shelters unneeded. I spay/neuter all my pets as soon as they are old enough.
    That is really a misconception especially now with the economy. I have had nothing but shelter dogs and none have I had any problems with and their health seems to be so much better than a lot of purebreds that I know. If you go through a breed rescue or a rescue that fosters most times when you get a dog it is housebroken and trained .
    Not sure if this link will work but this is a foster working with a dog for a rescue I use to volunteer with. We always trained our dogs.
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/246672357608/

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