Hi everyone! We recently got a new puppy. The people we got him from said he is a lab, as well as our vet. But our friends who own Labs are saying he must be mixed with something like a Chesapeake Bay retriever or something... What do you guys think? His name is Gunner by the way!
Hey, what a sweet pup. What eyes he has... beautiful eyes.
Looks like a lab to me. Don't know if there is any mix. Wouldn't worry about it. Just enjoy Gunner! Like the name.
Look forward to hearing more about your pup!
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welcome and congrats
the only way to know you have a pure bred lab is to buy from a reliable breeder that is ethical and honest and has registered dogs (who are proven in a venue and have all the health clearances) and properly supervises their females when they are in heat. Otherwise, it's best guess. Labs are so over bred by everyone that they can look very different than a "lab" and still be pure bred.
He's a great puppy so far! He's a very fast learner and we are still trying to house train him. Thank you all for the input! I definitely like the little white patch on his chest. Oh! So Gunner still has his dew claws. Our vet told us that we could get it removed when we get him neutered but that it was not necessary. Our friends have told us they have not had to deal with this issue because the breeders had clipped them as a puppy. Has anyone had any issues with keeping the dew claws?
He does sorta look Chesapeake.
For dew claws, if they are not removed when they are a few days old, I recommend they keep them. Remove it is like an amputation once they are older and can be a pain in the butt to heal (I have had a foster that had them removed and some of my fellow fosters had major issues with fosters that had them removed. They say to remove them as they can get stuck and injured but I haven't really heard of that happening much at all. Especially if they are small (the foster I had that had them removed had big flappy ones).
Love the newest picture.
My pup doesn't have his dew claws, but I think the reasoning on removal is because of being in the field? They get caught on things and rip. I would think since it's being done at a very young age, there would be no problems. But waiting after a while could cause issues. Especially keeping dogs away from incisions. Keeping incision clean.
I would leave them be. Not hurting your pup, not showing for conformation with your pup. Only thing would be just to watch when out and about in grassy fields or woods. My last dog was tough on his dew claw and almost ripped it off (he wasn't a lab). didn't remove it and it healed nicely.
Everyone that has seen Gunner thinks he's gonna be a big boy.
Does have some big paws. Everyone who sees my pup says so too, but as this is my first Lab, will be interesting to see how big he gets. Always fun to guess how big they will get. Enjoy watching him grow!