Not only is the Labradoodle a cross between two of the most popular dog breeds, but they are also one of the oldest designer dog breeds. Labradoodles are known for their curly coats and friendly personalities, but these are just a few of the many traits that make these dogs easy to love. If you are considering a Labradoodle for your family, take the time to choose a responsible breeder to ensure that the puppy you bring home is healthy and well-bred.
Why is it Important to Choose a Responsible Breeder?
The Labradoodle is a healthy and hardy breed in general, as are the two parent breeds – the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. It is always important to remember, however, that most dog breeds are susceptible to certain inherited conditions that can be passed on from parent to offspring. For the Labradoodle, this may include various congenital eye problems as well as things like hip dysplasia. Because these conditions are inherited, choosing two parent dogs that do not have these conditions is the best way to prevent them from manifesting in the puppies – this is the main reason why responsible breeding is essential for dogs. The health of the breeding stock directly influences the health of the puppies so, by choosing a responsible breeder, you can increase your chances of bringing home a healthy, well-bred puppy.
Tips for Choosing a Labradoodle Breeder
Now that you understand why it is important to choose a responsible breeder you are ready to learn some tips for going about the process. When you first start looking for a breeder it is always a good idea to start with referrals and personal recommendations – if you have a friend with a Labradoodle, ask what breeder they used. If you don’t have any personal references to draw from, ask around at your local pet stores or clinics. You can also perform an online search for breeders in your area but be sure to vet them thoroughly before you make your final choice. You should always check the breeder’s website and contact them directly to ask questions about their experience and about their breeding operation.
When you contact potential breeders on your list, you need to ask the tough questions. Why did the breeder get into the business and how long have they been breeding Labradoodles? You want to find a breeder who is interested in preserving and improving the breed – not someone who is only in it to make a buck. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a few options you should actually visit the breeding facilities to ensure that everything is clean and in order. If the breeder refuses to give you a tour or if he will not show you the breeding stock, it is a major red flag. You also want to see how the breeder responds to you – a responsible breeder will be just as interested in finding good homes for his puppies as you are in finding a breeder who knows what he is doing and who has healthy, well-bred puppies to offer.
If you are sure that a Labradoodle is the right choice for you and your family, do yourself and your future dog a favor by carefully selecting a breeder. The more well-bred your Labradoodle puppy is, the greater the chances that he will grow into a happy and healthy adult dog whose company you will enjoy for many years to come.
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