Should you breed your Lab?

Are you aware that there are over 150,000 Labradors registered with AKC in this country last year? More so than any other breed. With that many being registered and with the thousands of Labs in shelters and rescue situations throughout the country, we believe very strongly in only breeding to better the wonderful breed of Labrador Retriever.

Is your dog breeding quality? If so, how do you know this? Just because they have papers? AKC papers means your dog is a purebred, it does not mean your dog is breeding quality. Most "Pet Quality" puppies should be considered as just that! Even litters from very well bred parents usually contain only a few "show or breeding" quality puppies. The rest of the litter, sold as pets can well supply the pet-buying public without any lessening of the breed standards, providing that the buyers realize that, while pure-bred, these individuals are not breeding stock. You might not be able to tell the difference between a "show or breeding quality" and a "pet quality" dog, but there are differences. Your pet will still be a delightful companion, but it might have some minor "fault" not desirable in a breeding animal.

Do you have a pedigree? Are there more than 4 titled dogs within the first 3 generations? If the titled dogs are further back than that, the titles mean nothing. Their influence on your dog is too far back.

Has your dog ever competed in a show ring and judged by someone knowledgeable in the breed? Only the best of the best should be bred and allowed to pass on their genes to future generations.

Has your dog had all of their "required" genetic clearances? http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/clearances.html

(You cannot do that until the dog is at least 2 years of age) Who certified the dog and what were their official ratings? Responsible and reputable breeders only use dogs who have had their hips/elbows & heart cleared by OFA and their eyes cleared yearly by CERF. To breed an otherwise "unclear" dog is doing this wonderful breed a disservice.

Do you know how to judge a potential mate so you don't double up on faults? Do you know what a fault is? All dogs have them and you shouldn't breed a dog if you can't figure out what their faults are. Doubling up on faults is not doing the breed any favors.

Have you ever heard of Brucellosis? All breeding dogs need to be checked and cleared of this BEFORE they are bred. Even if neither dog has been bred before, they can still have this. It can be passed to humans too.

This is a very good link to check out about breeding responsibly. http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/breeding.html


Are you prepared to possibly lose your girl? You better be:
http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/breeding/breeder3.html


To breed otherwise is again, not doing what is best for our breed. Breeding should be done to IMPROVE THE BREED, as in long term and to better your breeding program. Not because you want her to have a litter or two so the kids can see the miracle of birth. Or because you want a puppy just like her, or you feel you need to recoup what you have spent on her or your neighbors and family want one and NEVER to make money selling puppies!

We bring these issues to your attention because we love the Labrador and want you to make an informed decision -- a decision that's best for our breed.

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