My husband and I are hoping to bring home a new Lab pup within the next couple of months and we've been doing a ton of research on different breeders in and out of our area. The only reputable breeders we've found locally breed the "bench" style Labrador which really isn't what we're looking for. So I broadened my search to breeders outside of CA and came upon Tidewater Retrievers in Coos Bay OR. Their dogs have all the proper health clearances and each comes with a written 30 month health guarantee so they seem fairly reputable. My only concern is that we won't be able to meet the pups in person and I want to be sure I could trust a breeder to pick out our pup for us based on the qualities we asked for. I was just wondering if anyone here owned a dog from them and if they have had a good experience or not.
Thanks! (And if this thread needs to be moved elsewhere, feel free mods!)
Last edited by Saraswati; 08-20-2011 at 07:15 PM.
Although I am not familiar with the breeder you are getting your puppy from, is not uncommon to have the breeder pick the puppy that they think is right for you. Our breeder was the matchmaker and it's work out great!
Last edited by MnMsMom9902; 08-18-2011 at 07:50 PM.
Miko (April 6, 2009), CGC
In our case it was a first come first serve pick. Since there were only 2 black males we got Spike. You can ask if they pick for you or if you are on the waiting list if it is first come. Maybe they have a webcam and can let you see the puppies in action
Mom to Spike & Tiller
Congrats on your new puppy! My dog Bailey is from same litter as Spike above. We were 2nd pick black female, so we got Bailey handed to us day we arrived I was def a little weirded out about not being able to choose but now that I have gone through the process its fine we didn't get to pick. The breeders, if reputable know exactly what they are doing and are able to match their dogs personalities to their new families. As long as your honest about yourself and what you want in a dog it will be fine. Goodluck and keep us posted! Do you know what color or gender?
Last edited by Saraswati; 08-20-2011 at 07:16 PM.
so are the females active at all? the males have a JH one or two have a WC but none of the females seem to be competing in any venue.
some of the males do not have the OFA elbwos listed so I woudl ask about that.
make sure the females have all teh clearances as well.
I find it "intesting" that they ONLY breed to their own dogs. never going out for stud dogs.
also, THREE litters in august? that's alot. most breeders have 1-2 litters a year.
Their dogs don't have a look, they are all over the map in shape and size from the photos.
I personally would ask where the litter is whelped and kept and how they are socialized. I prefer litters that live in the house with the family, especially if the breeder is going to be picking for me, they need to spend lots of time with the litter to know who is who and what their personality is.
I woudl also ask why they picked that male for that female, what they are looking for in the puppies.
Last edited by Tanya; 08-19-2011 at 01:37 PM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
"also, THREE litters in august? that's alot. most breeders have 1-2 litters a year."
I also noticed that Buckshot x Coco had a litter in Winter 2011 and now one in August. Is that usual, for a bitch to have two litters within a twelve-month span?! That just doesn't sound right to me.
If they seem sketchy to anyone, I don't want to buy a pup and then have problems down the line, but I'm having a very hard time finding a breeder that doesn't breed bench style Labs or extremely "fieldy" Labs. Do you recommend anyone who is more, middle of the road I guess? All we are looking for is an amazing companion dog.
Thanks for all the help everyone
The following is just my two cents.
Post in lab chat and you may get more recommendations. That they only breed to their own dogs is odd. And remember health clearances are hips, elbows, heart, eyes, Cmn, eic at a minimum.
you can find morate conformation labs that can also perform well (having both titles) which might be what you want??
Maybe look for a rescue that has the look you want?
Last edited by Tanya; 08-19-2011 at 10:20 PM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Last edited by Saraswati; 08-20-2011 at 07:17 PM.