CODE OF ETHICS
BREEDER DIRECTORY •
2013 SPECIALTY RESULTS
2012 SPECIALTY RESULTS
RETRIEVER, PUPPIES FOR SALE, YELLOW LAB, BLACK LAB, CHOCOLATE LAB,
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, LABRADOR BREEDERS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY
SAN DIEGO LABRADOR RETRIEVER CLUB,
Guide to Buying a Labrador
By Vicki Blodgett
Considering buying a Labrador Retriever? We think you're choosing
a wonderful breed! Before you decide, ask yourself some questions.
Can you resist buying the first cute puppy you see, on impulse?
Are you prepared to make a commitment to a dog for the next 10-15 years,
even if you have life changes such as moving, new babies, or kids going
off to college? Full responsibility for a dog is not a job for children;
it requires a responsible adult, at least supervising, and should be carefully
considered. The commitment is not a small one; training a Labrador
to be a pleasant companion requires considerable time and patience.
Labs don't become well-behaved all by themselves! They require
substantial attention and exercise throughout their lives; they are active
and social animals and don't do well when stuck in the backyard and forgotten.
Labrador puppy chewing and digging can be destructive. Do you have
an appropriate environment for a puppy and are you willing to live with
puppy mistakes? Remember that Labradors are not fully mature until
around three years of age, so that's a long puppy-hood. Are you
willing to spend the money it takes to provide appropriate care, including
quality food and supplies, annual vaccines, heartworm testing and preventative,
and spaying or neutering? Are you willing to wait for the right
puppy from the responsible breeder of your choice? Remember, finding
the best puppy for you is well worth the wait.
a well-bred dog from a responsible breeder. Responsible breeders
take care to produce healthy, typical Labradors with good temperaments.
Don't bargain-hunt and don't buy a puppy from a pet store; often those
puppies come from poor breeding, may have been kept in poor conditions
with inadequate socialization, and are sometimes more expensive than puppies
purchased from a responsible breeder. Responsible breeders do all they
can to avoid producing serious problems, including aggressive or shy temperaments,
hereditary health defects such as hip or elbow dysplasia, or early blindness
from hereditary eye diseases. Remember that "AKC papers" are
not an indication of quality in the dog. They only mean that the dog's
parents were AKC registered.
Is a puppy really the right dog for me?
If you don't have the time or facilities for socializing, housetraining,
and obedience training a puppy, it's possible that an older dog would
be a better choice. Mature Labradors usually adapt very well to new
homes and can form very deep bonds. You can investigate Labrador rescue
or find a responsible breeder who may have an older dog to place in
a new home.
How do I know a breeder is responsible?
Look for a breeder who:
Is knowledgeable about the breed. Most responsible breeders continually
test the results of their breeding programs by participating in conformation
shows, obedience trials, field trials, or hunting tests.
knowledgeable about raising puppies. Even puppies with the best
hereditary temperaments can exhibit behavioral problems if they are not
socialized sufficiently or if they are removed from their dam and littermates
before seven weeks of age. Socialization done by the breeder should
include ensuring that each pup receives frequent human attention, is handled
frequently, and is exposed to a wide variety of noises and experiences.
Takes steps to keep the puppies as healthy as possible. Before
puppies go to their new homes, they should have been wormed or checked
for worms, and should have received their first shots.
steps to prevent occurrence of hereditary defects in the puppies. Both
parents should have hip clearances from at least one of the following
registries: OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals), PennHip, Wind-Morgan,
or a foreign joint registry. Many breeders are checking parents for elbow
defects as well as hips. Both parents should also both have current
eye clearances, either from a veterinarian who is a diplomat of the American
College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) or from a foreign eye registry.
Be sure to ask about health clearances; responsible breeders will be happy
to tell you about them and will honestly discuss problems that might occur
in the parents' lines. Avoid breeders that tell you their dogs don't need
health clearances because they've never had a problem, or those who tell
you that their "vet said the dog was ok." Remember
that clearances on the parents don't guarantee that the puppies will
be free of problems, but your chances of buying a healthy puppy are
greatly improved if the parents have been cleared.
Does not breed bitches every time they come in season. This is extremely
hard on the bitch and may indicate that profit is the breeder's primary
Chooses breedings carefully. Ask why the particular sire was chosen.
The answer should be thoughtful and knowledgeable. Answers such as "because
he lived close to me" or "because he's such a cute dog" generally
don't indicate a breeding that is being done to produce puppies that
are better than their parents (the goal of every responsible breeder).
One indication of a quality breeding is if the majority of dogs in
the first few generations are titled (CH, OTCH, FC, CD, JH, WC and
so on, before or after the dogs' names). If the titles only appear
generations back or if there are only a few in the entire pedigree,
they don't mean much.
Lets you meet the parents of the puppies. Bitches may be sent long-distance
to stud dogs, but the breeder should be able to show you photographs
of the sire and answer questions about him. Evaluates puppy temperaments
and helps you choose the puppy that is best suited to your lifestyle. A
very active puppy won't do well in a sedate environment, and a quiet puppy
may be overwhelmed in an active household with noisy children. Remember
that most breedings are done so the breeder can choose a puppy to carry
on his or her own lines, so you may have to wait until this choice is
made when the pups are 6-7 weeks old. After that, the breeder
can help you decide which pup would be most suitable for you. The breeder
has spent extensive time with the litter and know the puppies best,
so their advice is important.
Will be willing to take the dog back at any time if you cannot keep it.
Responsible breeders do NOT want their puppies to end up in an animal
shelter or in a less-than-ideal home.
Is someone you feel comfortable with. You may not be an expert on Labradors,
but you do know about people. Use your intuition. The breeder should be
available for the life of the dog to answer questions, so this could be
a long-term relationship. If you don't trust the person, don't buy a dog
Will provide appropriate documentation with the puppy, including registration
papers pedigree, and a health record.
Is concerned about your future plans for the puppy, particularly whether
you're thinking of breeding the dog. Many responsible breeders sell
pet-quality animals with mandatory spay/neuter contracts and/or Limited
Registration (meaning that offspring of the dog cannot be registered).
This is a good indication that the breeder cares enough about the breed
to ensure that only the very best representatives are bred. Some
breeders may be willing to change the Limited Registration to a Full Registration
if you present the dog to them after maturity, having had all its health
clearances. Then, if the breeder thinks the dog is of good quality and
temperament, they may change the registration and help you with the selection
of a good stud dog. Only the dog's breeder can make this change.
How do I find a responsible breeder?
First, educate yourself. Read books on the breed. Attend dog shows,
hunting tests, field trials, or obedience trials, and talk to the Labrador
exhibitors. Be willing to spend some time on the phone, talking
to breeders, and looking for referrals. Most responsible breeders
will have a list of puppy buyers before they do a breeding, and usually
don't have to advertise in the newspaper.
Please remember that the great majority of Labrador breeders are hobby
breeders. They are not "in business," breeding is not
their profession, and very few of them make money on their dogs.
It's a labor of love for the breed. Please give them the courtesy
you'd give to your own friends and neighbors.
You may not find a breeder that satisfies all these criteria, but these
guidelines should be helpful in finding the best puppy for you and your
situation. Good luck in your search and enjoy your new Labrador
friend. Your time and effort will be well rewarded!
TO BUYING A LABRADOR Copyrighted © 2000 by THE LABRADOR CONNECTION,
Newsletter of the National Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.
Reprinted by permission
breeders listed below are members in good standing with the SDLRC;
however, the SDLRC does not guarantee the puppies or the services
of said members. Buyers should review any contracts and/or
guarantees with the breeder when purchasing a puppy. It is
suggested that any potential puppy buyer request a verification
of all health clearances on the sire and dam of a litter when considering
San Diego, CA • Phone (858) 449-5668
San Diego, CA • Phone (619) 662-2008
El Cajon, CA • Phone (619) 444-5829
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA • Phone (949) 295-1642
Susan and Rod Merrill
Temecula, CA • Cell (951) 543-2122
Poway, CA • Phone (858) 485-5445
Ramona, CA • Phone (760) 789-9371
Dan and Sharene Clark
Riverside, CA Phone (951) 533-7054
CANYON LABRADOR RETRIEVERS
Christine Rinaldi Kegel
Fallbrook, CA • Phone (760) 723-1955
Jane and Vincent Valcheck
2171 Ferndale Road
Arroyo Grande, CA93420 • 805-481-8094
Riverside, CA • Phone (951) 789-0890
Poway, CA • Phone (858) 679-1415
El Cajon, CA • Phone (619) 884-3023
Santee, CA • Phone (619) 562-4275
Susan Eberhardt • Riverside, CA
Cheri and Kevin Conway
Klamath Falls, OR • Phone (541) 723-2467
Karen dos Passos-Jobke
Mariposa, CA • Phone (209) 966-8076
Nancy and Larry Wall
Colton, CA • Phone (909) 824-1752