So, as I have been going through this the second (third, really) time around I got to thinking...which has more impact on a puppy and its future personality - the lines or the breeder. Clearly both are important, but it is the whole "nature v. nurture" argument from my sociology classes in college. For the sake of this argument, I would say it is a given that the breeder is good enough to have selected quality lines/mates. However, if a breeder weans early or perhaps doesn't socialize as well as another might, how much impact will this have later in life? It is just so clear to me now that each breeder has his or her own philosophy, way of whelping and raising puppies, etc. Thought it might make an interesting discussion as there is certainly no definitive answer.
Wyatt & Echo
I think both are important. Reputable breeders with good lines are out there...just takes some looking. It is just my opinion but there are many things to consider, were clearences done, socialization, temperments of the sire & dam. What kind of offspring do the parents produce.? What do the breeders do with their labs? What qualities made the breeder choose to breed the two? Lots of things to consider.
♣ Laura ♣
I too agree, it is both. A person should never be afraid to ask for references and call those folks. Check the AKC site and see if they have ever been disciplined for anything. Visit if you can, not once but a couple of times. If teh breeder happens to be showing in your area, go watch, see how they interact with their dogs, and how the dogs respond to them. That will tell you an awful lot about the breeder and dogs themselves.
Sherry, Saedee, Shyloh, Izzy, Thelma, Natalie, Evon,, Gussa & Parody
I think both is probably pretty important.
Both are important but I like to see the temperment of the parents. I am interested in a companion...... not a hunter or a show dog. I just want a dog to love and love me back and I am very lucky to have found exactly that in my boy. His other attributes are a bonus.
"If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room."
"Jack catching a few rays."
I agree that both are very important.
We read a lot about puppies being sold at 6 or even 5 weeks old ! So wrong !
both. what good is one with the other?
Charlie (foster) and Rocky