I just got a new lab puppy. I was told by the breeder the dad is chocolate lab with papers. The mother was a black lab. My puppy is so cute. Black with brown/tan markings on legs, chest and face. I took him to the vet and they said he is lab/rott mix. I called the breeder back and she swears the parents and grandparents were not rott. My only concern is the children in my home. I have a 9 and 5 year old girls. I just want to make sure we have a good family dog. Any suggestions or comments?
I would believe what your vet says. I have never heard of a lab having more than one color on it. Two different color labs can produce a litter that has puppies that are different colors than each other but not mixed colors on a puppy. Rotties get a bad rap though. They can really be wonderful pets and as long as you train your puppy he shouldn't be a danger to your kids. Especially mixed with a lab. But training is important with a large energetic pup like that. My friend just rescued a lab/rottie mix this past year and Koda is wonderful with her small children and even lets the baby use him as a support to learn to walk. However, I would be concerned with how much you were charged for a "purebred" dog.I assume your puppy is not AKC registered. Knowing what breed he is will be helpful to make sure he is healthy and watch for the future health needs of the dog.
I have never heard of Labs having any other color on them either other then the occasional white marks on the black ones. I would listen to your vet and go with what he tells you. How much did you pay for him? Sounds to me like you got cheated for your money. Both breeds are good family dogs but it all depends on how YOU raise them. Get him into training and obediance classes early and keep him up on it. Good Luck!
Rotties are wonderfully sweet dogs! When I was about 8 or 9 and my cousins 4 and 5 my aunt adopted a wonderful rottweiler who was the sweetest dog I've ever met. She was very protective of us kids and would run along the pool when we jumped in because she was afraid we we're being hurt (bc we were screaming) As others have said as long as you take the time to train your dog has the potential of being a fantastic "family" dog
Thanks everyone for your input. We paid $120 which is why my Vet is so upset. He said in 25 years he feels this puppy is mixed with Rott. I know it is in how you raise them I am planning on taking him to obedience training. Especially since he is going to be inside with 2 kids. As I said before, the breeder swears mom is black lab, dad is registered chocolate. She asked me is I wanted to see the papers the day I picked him up. I said no, because he wasn't registered. She said this same mom in 2002 had the same thing happen in one of her other litters. She also said the markings faded by 1 year. It doesn't really matter to me, we love him to pieces already...If only he would stop chewing on everything he sees...lol..
***Edited By: maxpup on 1/27/2008 8:28:22 AM*** Reason: updates
I have American Pit Bull Terriers and a Rottweiler. They are the most loving, laid back (after playtime), loyal, protective (not in the bad way,,they take you as theirs), and goof balls I have ever had the pleasure of owning. The hardest they work is going from the couch to the bed, and tripping you when you walk.
It is all in how you raise them. Make sure to do the obedience training, socialization, exercise, etc..and you should have a happy family & pup/dog to boot!
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