My English Lab is about 1 1/2 years old. We didn't have him fixed because we wanted to Stud him, so we could one, get one of his pups (a friend for him) two, bring more and more lab's into the world. He is the best looking lab I've ever seen, the kindest, and his big head really stops them in there tracks. Do you have some information about people in the area that are looking for Stud services, basically how should I start?

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Hello, I have a male yellow lab that is registered in the AKC. I have thought about getting a female and raising puppies. I wanted to get a chocolate female just because I have always wanted one, but I was told the other day that is two different colored labs are bred that the puppies can't be registered. I was also told that they could be registered but that they couldn't be showed because they would be disqualified. Could you please briefly explain to me the requriements for breeding labs. Thanks

First ask yourself, “Why do I want to raise puppies?” And be honest with the answer.


No breeder who gives a litter of pups the proper care ever makes money, no matter how many pups are in the litter.

You love Labs and the pups are so cute?

Fair enough,but will you think that when you are up at 6 in the morning cleaning up the urine and poop that 6 or 8 pups have deposited overnight? Or will they be that cute as you write the check to the vet for their wormings and innoculations? Will you still think they are cute when after 10, 12 or 14 wks. you still have 2 or 3 pups available (over and above what you decided to keep for yourself?) and the phone has stopped ringing?

Have you had your yellow male’s hips and elbows x-rayed and certified by OFA to be free of hip and elbow dysplasia? Have you had, and will you continue to have, his eyes examined yearly by a Board certified veterinary ophthalmologist to be sure he is free of hereditary eye problems?

Have you trained him for any sort of competition…..conformation, obedience, hunting-retriever tests…..shown him to prove he has qualities that are worthy of passing on to the next generation?

Have you read the standard for the breed? (see www.thelabradorclub.com)

Are you aware that the practice of breeding a yellow Labrador to a chocolate Labrador is avoided because it can produce a dog lacking in pigment (a disqualifying fault in the standard for the breed…along with 4 other points)?

Will you give a meaningful health guarantee on your puppies….and be prepared to back it should the pup be affected with a genetic problem?

Are you prepared to responsible for the lifetime well being of those pups you will produce? Will you be their for them when their new owners call one day and, for whatever reason, can no longer keep the dog and seek your help?

Learning to be a responsible breeder, even for only one litter, takes a lot of education….about the breed, about the genetics (color and health) of the breed, about general canine health and about raising and training dogs in general.

I would suggest you read several important books:

Reaching For The Stars by Mary Roslin-Williams

The Complete Labrador Retriever by Helen Warwick

The Versatile Labrador Retriever by Nancy Martin

These 3 books could be classified as “bibles” for the person considering getting involved in the Labrador retriever breed.

I would then visit websites of shelters and Labrador retriever rescue organizations to see how many unfortunate Labradors are in need of homes…..and then decide if you really want to be responsible for adding to the population of the (unfortunately)number 1 breed in the US.

If you still feel this is the road you want to take, I would advise you join several Labrador related lists.

I recently purchased an AKC black Lab. The pup has a bit of white on him. His chest has a thin white shaped tee, his chin has a white dot, and on his rear paws a little white shows between the toes. I have always understood that a lab should not have white marks but when I asked the breeder he thought nothing of it. I really like the pup and have no intention to get rid of him. I would just like to know what I have. Can you help to clarify this for me?

These are called “mismarks” because ideally a black dog is solid black. In reality, white spots are not unusual (the spot on the chest is allowed by the Standard, and many dogs have white between the toes or under the feet) in the breed. Take a look at some known mismarks at http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/mismarks.html. Good luck with your pup.

I am getting ready to purchase a puppy, they are all yellow/golden, but 2 have a liver nose, I was curious if this was rare?

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I have an eight week old puppy I just acquired. This is not my first lab, but I have forgotten some things. She weighs almost 16 lbs. Is that large for an eight week old puppy? I seem to remember my last one being around 10 or 12 lbs at eight weeks old.

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I recently purchased a Labrador Retriever puppy who is now four months old. The "breeder" sold us this dog with the promise that we would recieve papers (limited registration). We have now had our dog for 2 months and have not recieved any papers. We have contacted our breeder several times and feel she was dishonest and has no intention of providing any paperwork. Is there any course of action which we can take against this breeder. We paid $500 for the dog. We love the dog with or without AKC registration, but we feel we were taken.

We are very sorry to hear of your difficulties obtaining registration papers on your Labrador Retriever puppy.

While the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. is the parent club for the breed, we are not a registration organization.

You should have received from the breeder, at time of sale, an application for individual registration. If you did, fill it out and send it, with the appropriate fee to the Kennel Club at the address given on the application.

If you did not receive such an application then you should do the following:

If your puppy was represented as AKC registered, contact AKC, the American Kennel Club, Inc. All necessary contact information can be found on their website, www.akc.org.

If your puppy was represented as UKC registered, contact UKC, the United Kennel Club. Contact information can be found on their website, www.ukcdogs.com.

There are newer registries in addition to the two mentioned. If your pup is represented as registerable with one of the newer registries, try doing a search for the website of whichever organization the breeder used to register your pup’s litter.

Have copies of your puppies litter registration number, date of birth, name and registration number of the sire and dam (if provided), name and address of the breeder from whom you purchased the pup and the sales contract.

We hope this information will help you clear up this matter quickly. Sorry we cannot be of further assistence.

I saw some Labra-doodles on a television show, and I am seeking info on the breeding of these beautiful animals. Any info that you can share will be greatly appreciated

The Labradoodle is a cross-bred dog, the result of using the Labrador retriever and the Standard variety of Poodle.

It is not a purebred, it is not recognized by any kennel club registries.

Crossbreeding of the Labrador retriever is not encouraged by the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

Hi, I am looking for info regarding the labrador color. I know they primarily come in 3 colors, black, yellow and chocolate, but recently I saw one that was chocolate and yellow. Is that common? I've never seen r even heard about that. Does that have anything to do with inbreeding? I appreciate any info you can send me on this.

The Labrador retriever is a solid colored dog, either black, shades of yellow or chocolate, with small white spots on the chest allowed.

On rare occasion the pairing of two purebred Labradors will produce a mismarked puppy. The mismarks may be black dogs with tan points, yellows with black spots, chocolates with tan points, brindles (grey, tan and white mixed, known as splash) even dogs marked in two colors much like the pinto horse.

These mismarkings represent throwbacks in the genetic color pattern. It has little to do with how closely related the parents are (inbreeding or linebreeding).

The Labrador retriever, and virtually every other recognized purebred breed, of today is the result of carefully selected use, by those who developed the breed, of other breeds many, many years ago to refine and strengthen specific traits breeders wanted.

While unwanted traits, such as color, associated with the non-Labrador used in such refining have been supressed by years of careful breeding, on occasion they do come through when both parents carry the gene for the same trait. Many books written about the Labrador retriever discuss these color anomolies.

While these color mismarks bar the affected Labrador retriever from competition in the conformation shows, they in no way affect the dog’s value as a competitor in other venues, or as a companion and working retriever.

I do not know if there are breeders available with Red Labrador Retrievers (I assume there is someone somewhere) and I was wondering if you may have any information on this subject. I did try searching the AKC website and I may not be looking in the right place but I have not been able to come up with any information. I would prefer not to just pick a breeder that we know nothing about and was hoping I can get some info from here.

The color to which you refer is commonly known as “fox red”. It is a variant shade of the yellow Labrador retriever.

Most knowledgeable, experienced breeders know of the color. Few breed specifically for it because color is only cosmetic and most breeders consider physical structure, good health, temperament and working ability primary goals when planning a breeding.

Consult the Breeders Directory on the LRC website (www.thelabradorclub.com). Look specifically for breeders who breed yellow Labradors. They would be your most direct link to the fox red you seek.

Good luck in your search.