Out of curiosity does anyone breed labs? We aren't sure yet whether we'll breed Hershey later on at age 2 or not or whether we should get her spayed. She is almost 6 months old now and will probably go into heat sometime in the next few months from now.
I heard that sometimes female dogs die in childbirth or have complications requiring C-section. How frequently does that occur? I love my chocolate lab puppy, Hershey and it would break my heart to lose her prematurely in childbirth.
Maggie- What titles(conformation, obedience, agility CGC, TDI, bird hunting) has your dog earned? Your dog should be of excellent conformation quality, have a great temperment, be able to perform what they were originatly bred to do(retrieve--that means actually trialing them) and they have all the health tests :-) w/o all that, I wouldln't encourage you to breed.
Would your dog's breeders be willing to help you acheive these things? They could also help you pick a stud if you decide your bitch is of breeding quality.
As for your question--I'm in no way an expert..but I haven't hear too many tales about bitches dying in birth. It most definitely can happen though. I just don't know any statistics:-) Even in really well bred litters there will sometimes be a runt or a puppy that will not survive. Be ready for hte loss...it is always heartbreaking when you lose a baby.
Thanks for the info Tessa. My puppy isn't quite 6 months yet. She still needs some training with commands. It's possible that I'll need to take her to some school to learn obedience and commands. She has no titles yet, but has a good background pedigree.
That's good! I am glad that you are starting to learn now! I would defintely enter her in some conformation shows(she is old enough now) and see what she can do. With a good pedigree and conformation she should do well. If you get a CH or quite a few points(wwhich is hard in the lab breed because they are so popular) the pups will sell better and you may be able to find a really really good stud.
Do you know what genetic health problems are in labs? If not, ask your bitches breeder what they test for, etc.
I strongly encourage you to try and find some kind of hunting place to test your dog out. I am a firm believer that all breeds should have ability(even if they will never do it and go to a pet home) to do what they wre originally bred to do :-)
Pictures???...!! I must see pictures! :-D I bet she's a cutey!
Maggie, I have a labrador retriever too, who is about 8 months old now. We're going for hunt training on aug 20th, and he's having his first conformation dog shows on Aug 26 and 27.
I don't know where you live, but IMHO, you should just spay Hershey and keep her safe and happy and healthy at home as a loving pet.
I know people who are breeding their finished Champion Labrador Retriever dogs, with JH titles on them. These parent dogs have been OFA certified as good or excellent for hips, elbows and in some cases Patellas, not to mention CERFed for eyes as normal. Their dogs are excellent quality with the best temperaments for dogs you can imagine.. and they still have problems finding homes for all the puppies from these incredible adult dogs.
An obedience judge I met a few months ago said that it has almost gotten to the point good lab breeders 'can't give labs away'.
There are more than 145,000 labrador retreivers registered with the AKC alone. If you go to a humane society, I challenge you to count how many dogs in there that are either labs or lab mixes. I've seen AKC registered labs sold for as little $75 here where I live. Granted, the parents won't have health testing outside of possibly ofa hips, but they have champion bloodlines (which means at least 1 dog in a 3 or 4 generation pedigree is a champion). Cheap (and likely poorly bred and unhealthy) labs are currently a dime a dozen :P
add to this, that spaying before any heats really cuts out the chance of dying of mammary cancer later in life. if even one heat there is a greater chance of this. so, i'd say unless you really really want to become a serious long term breeder of labs have her spayed and just enjoy the heck out of her.
Maggie, I'd spay you labrador if you are worried about her dying. Spaying and neutering also controls the dog population. Pets are also more friendly and less likely to roam if they are spayed or neutured.
I agree with Minniyar. All I ever see in the paper or at the store where you can post for sale stuff is labs. Labs all shapes, mixes, any kind you can think of. I just said to my hubby a day ago, "there are so many labs in the world seems everyone owns one!" I have had friends have the same problem with their labs and have to sell them for 50 dollars or give them away since everyone sells them ALL the time.
Unless your dog is an exceptional speciman of the Labrador Retriever breed, I would get her spayed. There are already way too many mediochre Labs now. Shelters are over-loaded with Black Labs and Black Lab mixes.
What bloodlines is your Lab from? I raised quality AKC Labradors for just over 24 years. Can you post a picture of her at http://dogster.com ? Then come back here and post the link.
I'd love to see her.
How many champions are in her 3 generation pedigree? I'd be very interested to find out more about your dog and please let us know why you want to breed her.
I love Labs, they are probably my favorite breed. I studied everything I could find on Labs for years, but due to an accident, I had to rehome all of mine.
One of the worst Labs that I ever had was out of a bitch from Candlewood Kennels. She was the most hyper, flakiest dog I ever met. Didn't do the breed justice at all. I had high hopes for her, since she had an awesome pedigree, drove 7 1/2 hours, one way, just to go get her. I was so disappointed in how she turned out, ended up rehoming her to a young gal and her family. She was spayed and is now settled happily into being a family pet.
Candlewood Kennels is one of the premier Lab Kennels in the world, the best known kennel, unfortunately I got one of their pups (not from them though) that was a lemon Just wanted to let you know that even if your dog has an awesome, to die for pedigree, that doesn't mean that she is breeding material.
I knew I forgot something. Don't even think of breeding your Lab before age 2. Wait until she is OFA certified with excellent hips, also elbows and CERF tested for eyes. Depending upon where you got your dog from, there are some terrible backyard type breeders producing and selling genetically defective dogs. Sad, but true.
Labs don't fully mature until age 2, so breeding her prior to that time would only harm her.