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    DefaultHello

    We lost our four and a half year old Lab Abby this week to Lymes Disease. This was a very special dog to our family and the grief has been difficult.

    We want to get a puppy and I have great concerns that we get a healthy one. Some of the genetic issues really scare me. What exactly do I look for in a breeder to lessen the chances of getting a dog with potential problems? I have read several advertisements and one in particular discussed the tested hips of the bitch and stated the results were FAIR. Is this something to avoid?

    Does anyone know of a reputable breeder within 300 miles of Eastern Iowa that might have a yellow female puppy or young dog? I would be very greatfull of any help.

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    DefaultRe: Hello

    Welcome and sorry for your loss.

    Here's a good checklist to read through when looking at buying a pup....http://woodhavenlabs.com/checklist.html

    FAIR is still passing...and should not disuade you from purchasing.

    As far as for finding a reputable breeder you can search here:
    http://www.thelabradorclub.com/breeders/
    or here:
    http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/labkennels2.html

    The pretty decent breeders *usually* don't advertise in the typical fashion. Many have waiting lists and don't breed but one or two litters a year. You should do your homework, check with a local lab club and be patient. Good luck!
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    lablover is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultRe: Hello

    Welcome to our board! You will fine some wonderful information here.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Run free Abby

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    DefaultRe: Hello

    I'm so sorry about Abby. Welcome to the board.

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    Janna and Boomer is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultRe: Hello

    So sorry to hear about your loss. :'(

    You are doing the right thing looking closely and carefully at breeders. There is SO much knowledge about this on this forum...you will get some wonderful advice!

    **PS - I'm originally from Iowa - about 40 miles southeast of DSM.

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    I am so sorry for your loss of Abby and wish you luck in finding a new member of your family. Take your time it is well worth it to get the right dog.

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    I am sorry for you loss of Abby. Take you time & read the information. You will find the right pup for you. There are many wonderful breeders out there.
    Welcome to the forum.

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    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Welcome to the forum.

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    DefaultRe: Hello

    Sorry to hear of your loss...

    Check out the Woodhaven site for sure...lots of great info there.

    Fair is still a passing mark.

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    Taffys Mom is offline Senior Member
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    I'm very sorry for your loss. Run free Abby.

    Glad you found this place. Loads of great advice and friendship here.

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