We're first-time lab owners and we bought our Duke from a local newspaper classified ad. The owners of the sire and dam own both, but I realize now that they're backyard breeders who just happen to hunt. We just didn't know any better. We love Duke even though he's just pet quality. If we had to do it over again, we'd do it differently. Hindsight's always 20/20. We were just ignorant.
I was just curious what the "DNA#" on the certified pedigree means.
I believe it means that the dog has had a cheek swab taken and his or her DNA is on file with the AKC. This information can be used to verify parentage. The AKC web site has a DNA profile program page.
Yup, DNA is required by AKC of any stud dog that sires, I believe more than two litters per year or six in his lifetime, or is from a foreign country. I don't quite remember the exact rule.
Found it! This is from the AKC
American Kennel Club - DNA Certification Program
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Rhys, Ruby and Nola
We all have that dog where we would have done it differently. But my BYB dog is actually the smartest of all my dogs and if it weren't for her, would never have gotten into competing with my dogs.
I totally understand where you are coming from. Mya is a BYB lab to and so was Nadja my chocolate. That doesn't make us love them any less and since becoming a member here, I will do things differently next time to. Just LOVE and ENJOY the heck out of them while they are with you.....
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
my first lab Casey was pet breed from a BYB..like you, I just didn't know any better. Casey was a healthy, happy dog, who went on to live to be almost 14 years old. Yes, she had "papers" and way back then, I thought that was important. Now I realize her parents had no clearances what so ever. Thank God she was a healthy dog. I loved her with my whole heart and soul...and miss her dearly till this day.
Gracie and Lola are pet quality dogs....both their sire and dam...and so on down their line have clearances. I am sure your pup is beautiful no matter where he came from. I have learned alot about breeders and breeding here and continue to learn something new almost ever time I log on and read all the posts. So ask as many questions as possible and good luck with Duke...post some pics of your handsome guy
When I got Ranger from a BYB I didn't know much. Although I think she wasn't out for the money, just liked dogs. I've learned a lot here and would do it differently today. Regardless, I couldn't love Ranger any more if he had a thousand titles before/after his name. Just love your Duke.
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