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Planning to get a Labrador, please help?

Hello everyone, Its so good to see such enthusiastic and knowledgeable people regarding dogs. I am amazed. I am planning to get a Lab pup (though thinking of a name is already stressing me out!). Anyway I am reading anything and everything there is to know about puppies, dogs and their welfare. And almost all website that google gives you are firang. So weird. So, you all can imagine how happy I was to see my people talking about our kinda lifestyles.. roti.. chapati.. dahi..chawal.. etc. Its not vegetable stew.. and kibble etc. Anyway so I am planning to get a pup next month (Oct, 2011), first week hopefully. What I am wondering is, do I already go to a breeder and 'book' a pup and he gives him to me next month or do I just go there and pick me one pup? I realize this question might sound silly, but what the hell. Anyway who could just let me know this, would be of great help (and relief.. if I might add). Also, one more tiny question, do we have Chocolate Labs in India? Thanks all, Sb
By Shweta · 08 Sep 2011 4:08 pm

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By vignesh · 08 Sep 2011 8:40 pm
ofcourse india chocolate labs are available u can find puppies in dogspot itself...
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By Shweta · 08 Sep 2011 9:05 pm
Thanks Vignesh.... But could you also tell me abt the buying a pup thing,if you know.. Thanks
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By nikhil · 08 Sep 2011 10:02 pm
it all depends u wanna go for a show quality or a pet quality , if u plan to put your dog in shows in future , look for a reputed breeder who can deliver u the same , and for that u might have to order ur booking u can actually get one , choose someone who specializes in that breed , look for the dam and sire when u go to pic up the puppy .

Inspect the puppy for any sign of illness , a healthy one would have bright eyes , wet nose and a clean and soft nose , choose a playful one and get to know him before u actually pic him upIf a puppy runs from you when you try to pick him up or if he hides to avoid contact with you, he is not a well-socialized dog and you should move on. A puppy should feel comfortable when a human picks him up. He shouldn’t whine, whimper or growl when touched will help u know the temperament of the pup that is the most important thing cos u will have to deal with it all ur life ! Best of luck !
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 09 Sep 2011 7:40 am
nikil is talking about volhard formula. Follow this link for more details
http://workingdogs.com/testing _volhard.htm
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 09 Sep 2011 10:10 am
Breeders should ask mainly the following questions to you a buyer 1. what is the purpose of getting the particular breed 2. Will the pup be taken care by servants? 3. Who will handle the fooding, walking etc if the family is walking.4. What sort of puppy they looking for? calm/playful, etc etc.

If a breeder does not asks such questions walk away... you have entered a puppy mill.
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By Shweta · 09 Sep 2011 11:01 am
Thanks guys, appreciate it. So it is safe to assume that if I want a non- show dog(but of course good quality and champion breed..), I could just go there any given day and buy a puppy?

Thanks heaps,

Sb
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 09 Sep 2011 11:03 am
go with plenty of time and maintain cool while selecting... Happy puppyhood!!!
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By Shweta · 09 Sep 2011 11:07 am
Thanks guys, appreciate it. So it is safe to assume that if I want a non- show dog(but of course good quality and champion breed..), I could just go there any given day and buy a puppy?

Thanks heaps,

Sb
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By nikhil · 09 Sep 2011 11:15 am
yes you can of course the pup is gonna stay with u as ur companion ,without u have to show it somewhere , so take all ur time and get what u want !
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 09 Sep 2011 1:11 pm
Hi Shwetha,

Why not you have a word with Mr.Anil itself as his labs are genuine and high quality. I have the one from him.

@Anil: Is nico puppies available?

Kamal
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By Shaurya kennels · 10 Sep 2011 8:10 am
One nice male choclate puppy is available with me.
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By Navjot Singh · 10 Sep 2011 8:53 am
Shweta, you can either book the puppy in advance or simply pick one up from the litter. What is imperative is to get the pup from a good breeder. It's often on breeder. If they have no litter at the present moment, they might ask you to book the puppy so that when a litter is born, he can give a pup from it. If the litter is available, you should simply be allowed to select a puppy from it.
Choclate color Labs are rare in the litter, most comman being black and yellow. I was also in dilemma seven month ago whether I should have a pet quality or a show quality puppy. Budget was not a problem. I just wanted a healthy dog for companionship so I picked a pet quality yellow Labrador. Taking the dog to shows and spending fortune in time and money is not really my cup of tea.
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By Shweta · 10 Sep 2011 11:51 am
Thanks guys, appreciate all the help.

To, Shaurya Kennels, thanks for the offer but I can't bring home a dog for the next 2-3 weeks.. there's renovation going on in my house.. I am still in my planning and preparing stage. Also, I am not sure abt Chocolate or Yellow lab. But I will try and contact you once my home is puppy- safe.

Thanks everyone,
Sb
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