Firstly, sorry if this is in the wrong section!!
Second, I am interested in obtaining a chocolate labrador and I recently found some available via a humane society. Both parents are labs (one black, one brown I believe) but the female was taken in as a stray and its pedigree is not known. The father is a known purebreed however.
Also, the dam and sire are on the smaller side 55 and 66 respectively. Will I be able to rely on the pups being the same size or is there the possibility of a large difference in size?
I am not a stickler about purebreeds (I love all dogs the same!) but I would like to know if the pups are or not for health reasons and just so I don't have to wonder. Oh, and the chocolates have green eyes which I have read is normal when they are pups but most times the green turns to the normal brown/hazel. Thoughts on that?
Here are some low quality pics (I requested more via email earlier today):
Petfinder Pet Photo
Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Last edited by DinoMorrison; 03-22-2011 at 10:36 PM.
if the mother was taken in as a stray, there are no guarantees.
There also is a big difference from purebred versus well bred. If your not a stickler, then does it really matter I'm sure you will love one no matter what.
Avery (aka Avery Marie)
I am also interested because of health issues which I know would be hard to determine even if I knew, but every bit helps (best to give any vet the most information that you know).
I appreciate all thoughts regarding the matter!
Oh- size of the pups. In general, they will most likely be roughly the same size as the parents (between 55 and 66 pounds). But, there is always the chance one or all of them will be bigger.
Just because Dad is purebred, doesn't mean he's healthy. Purebred and healthy are two differing things.
You can assume these puppies are NOT purebred. Purebred is defined as having a known lineage, you don't know.
If it doesn't matter, get the puppy and love the crap out of it. Its a crap shoot.
If it does matter, go to a reputable breeder who does clearances and guarantees their puppies.
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Rhys, Ruby and Nola
If you want to rescue, rescue. You get what you get, and you end up with a loving pet.
If you want a purebred lab, buy a purebred lab from a reputable breeder.