Category: Labrador Questions and Answers

What is the Labrador dog price?

The Labrador dog price can vary significantly for various reasons, such as the quality of the breeding stock, the screening health tests conducted on the parents, the level of care and management given to the parents and the puppies, etc.

Labrador puppies

For example, some sellers selling Labrador puppies for well over $2,500, and that’s without knowing or being able to ascertain what screening tests were done (if any), the quality of the breeding stock, etc.

The price for my Labrador pups are $2200 – $2500.

How to buy a good Labrador puppy?

Q: How to buy a good Labrador puppy?


A: Firstly, buy from a registered and experienced Labrador breeder, such as Truebred Labradors. Secondly, ask to view the test results for the pup’s parents, which should include test results for the conditions of Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and Exercise-induced Collapse (EIC). The acceptable hip scores for Hip Dysplasia should be no higher than the breed average (which is about 12.6), and ideally, as low as possible. PRA and EIC tests can report parents as being either CLEAR, CARRIER, or AFFECTED. The best results for PRA and EIC should be that both parents are CLEAR. If one parent is a CARRIER then the other parent should be CLEAR or CARRIER. If one parent is AFFECTED then the other parent should be CLEAR. I would not buy a puppy if both parents are reported as being CARRIER or AFFECTED. Or if one parent is reported as being CARRIER and the other is AFFECTED.

To help better understand DNA test results for parents of puppies, here is a table that sets out the different combinations of DNA test results for PRA and EIC, and what I consider to be acceptable and the risk levels:

PARENT 1 PARENT 2 ACCEPTABLE (Y/N) RISK OF PUP BEING AFFECTED
CLEAR CLEAR YES NIL
CLEAR CARRIER YES NIL
CLEAR AFFECTED YES NIL
CARRIER CARRIER NO MEDIUM
CARRIER AFFECTED NO MEDIUM
AFFECTED AFFECTED NO HIGH

References:

https://www.vetgen.com/canine-strategies.html
http://www.animalnetwork.com.au/dnatesting/breedingstrategies.php

Due to the testing and screening procedures that I use, NONE of my puppies will be affected by PRA or EIC.

Why get labrador puppies with papers?

Q: Why get Labrador puppies with papers?

A: There are a number of benefits, for example, by obtaining ‘papers’ (i.e. registered pedigree) with Labrador puppies, you are able to ensure that the puppy is 100% Labrador. You can also look at items such as line-breeding, etc. Only registered breeders can arrange registered pedigree papers, and being a registered breeder requires various breeding standards to be met.

How to be a labrador breeder?

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How to be a labrador breeder?

A: To be a registered Labrador breeder so that you can breed purebred puppies with registered pedigree papers, you would need to join one of the various dog associations that are in each State. For example, in NSW, it is Dogs NSW. Then you also register as a dog breeder with the association. The rules for each association may vary.

Questions to ask a labrador breeder?

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Questions to ask a labrador breeder?

A: For me, I would be asking what are the puppy parents hip scores and elbow scores. I would also wanting to know if the puppies are or could be ‘affected’ by PRA or EIC (‘clear’ and ‘carrier’ I would accept).