I apologize if this is not the right forum for this type of question. We have a beautiful Labrador Retriever. Who is AKC certified. We would like to breed him. Unfortunately we do not know too many people with female labs and in the Central Florida area.
Just to give you a a little bit of information on Leo our lab. He is large for a lab.He weighs about 115 pounds, Great temperament, very smart, extremely affectionate, actually a very good guard dog, extremely energetic and can play catch for hours. He is very large boned and has never had hip problems. He is about 5 years old.
We would like to breed him. He is such a wonderful dog that we would hate to not try to mate him and see his and her puppies.
If anyone is interested. Please feel free to call email me or pm me. Again we are located in Central Florida. Lakeland to be precise.
First of all this is not how it works with dogs. It is the owner of the female who seeks out those dogs suitable for mating. The best way to promoate your male is in the AKC show ring. Once your dog has a conformation Champion title, breeders will be seeking you out. Any serious breeder will require proof of OFA hip and elbow certifications, a current CERF test, and a negitive brucellous test(no older than 30 days) You already stated your male is larger, which exceeds the AKC breed standard. You best bet is to neuter your male and just enjoy him being the wonderful dog that he is.
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Labs are the most overbred and poorly bred breed there is. Over half of all labs develop dysplasia because too many people breed them that don't know what they are doing. Also, at all the rescues near me, half of the dogs there are either labs or lab mixes! Do your dog a favor and have him neutered, unless you are actually showing him and having all the proper health testing done. Even then, you need to SERIOUSLY consider why you want to breed him when there are already tons of labs looking for good homes.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
A 115 Labrador Retriever is way out of standards and should never be bred. If you are serious about raising dogs, then neuter the one that you have and seriously start going to shows to see the best dogs and meet the breeders.
Labs are so overbred, that raising out of standard pups is ridiculous. Labs and / or Lab mixes make up one of the largest members of animal shelters. Therefore, there are more Labs / Lab mixes euthanized than any other breed. It is because of pet owners being irresponsible and raising puppies willy nilly, just because they can. Just becuase you can, does NOT mean that you should.
You should strive to raise the best dogs possible, buy the best quality, in standard dogs that you can afford. Show them and create your own clients, they will follow your show career if they like your dogs.
Then you may consider raising some pups of your own, only if you breeding to better the breed, not to produce out of standard dogs. While your out of standard Labrador Retriever may be a good pet, he is not breeding quality, if he weighs 115 pounds.
Go to the AKC website and look up Labs and see what a quality Lab looks like, check out the weights, they are nowhere near the size of your dog.
Don't do it, please have him neutered. I do know what I am talking about. I, myself, raised quality AKC Labrador Retrievers for 24 years. Many, many of my pups have gone into the show ring and come out finished champions. Many of them are master hunters. Don't consider raising junk and adding to the homeless dog population.
Jeez. I never knew I was going to get hammered because of asking an honest question.
I want (well wanted to now)to breed him because when we take him to the Vet or to the Park People always ask us if we have mated him because they would like to have one of his puppies.
I understand he is Large but I am not saying I want to breed him to make money off his puppies or to put his puppies in dog shows. To be honest I could care less about all that. Just thought I would get an idea on how the process works. Thats all I have never bred a dog so I figure I would ask.
I understand about hip problems but my dog is actually healthy. Doesn't have one health problem. Except for his size.
Well I guess this was the wrong place to ask a question. Next time I know only if you have a female dog are you allowed to ask a question. Sorry!
I think they are trying to say that there is enough labs in the world already and a dog that doesn't need to be bred for anything more than people telling you they would want one, isn't good enough.
The only reason they tell you that is because 1.) it's true 2.) they love dogs enough to want to help out the dog over population a little bit (and many other reasons) 3.) they get tired of posts like this. It makes people angry because there are several topics like this one, I'm sure, and we all know what happens because so many people decide to breed for reasons like yours. Even if responses come across as rude they are just telling you why it's not a good choice for the good of the dogs.
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Thanks Windy, She explained things to me a little better so I understood.
I am a simple dog lover that is all. Not saying that my dog is great or can cure cancer. LOL I just kind of wanted answers of where to begin breeding or not. Not sure if it was going to be a good idea or not. I understand my dog is huge for his breed and probably would be disqualified at a dog show but I never bought him for a show dog I got him because he was a companion. Never cared he was jumbo sized. =0)
I do understand about the overbreeding. I do not want to be a part of that.