Im new to this, so forgive me if I use the wrong vocabulary. I have a purebred yellow lab who is in tip-top shape. He is about to turn 2 years old in September, and is more than ready to "meet a female". His grandpa and some other relatives were the winners of a few contests back in the day. I decided not to get him nutered because it would be a shame to waste genes like that, and i knew that i wanted to breed him some day. He has massive paws and is just an overall beautiful dog. Most of his family members were hunting dogs. I dont exactly know how to find a female, or how this is done at all, so im just looking to see if anybody can give me some info on this topic. If theres anybody interested, i would be more than glad to send pictures and more specific details about my dog. I would really apreciate if someone could inform me on how to find a female, and anything else i need to know.
Honestly. You don't. Massive paws and dogs that 'won contests' in their pedigrees aren't worthy dogs to breed.
Labs as Ruffian said are a dime a dozen. What exactly is it that makes yours stand out? Field titled, not in the lines but YOUR dog? No.. Performance sport titled? Doubt it.. Since you called it 'contests' I doubt you show conformation. So what it is your dog has to make anyone want to breed with it? So far nothing.
Good breeders health test. Not vet check, but health test like xrays for OFAs to check hips. Ophthalmologists to check eyes.
Person with a bitch gets to make the choices about finding studs. Person with the stud needs to have reasons to make anyone want to be searching for their dog. So far you aren't offering up a reason for anyone to want to find yours.
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To decide whether or not to breed your dog you need to: 1) have him health screened. Common things to screen for are hips and elbows. I am not familiar with other problems that Labs have, but when you do research I would be sure to look for any other medical problems that Labs need to be screened for. 2) Also, it would be wise to look over top Labs in the hunting field to see if your dog compares to those dogs. Be sure to make sure that your dog is up to snuff compared to those other dogs.3) If he is not, then I would either have him neutered or compete with him until/if he is comparable to the other stud dogs in hunting.
I'm sorry Playlikemike45, but please take everyoe's advice, and DO NOT stud out your dog. There are so many good breeders out there with the qualifictions needed to better the breed. Big paws, and being beautiful does not make him a good selection for breeding.
Like what the others have posted, there are tests you should do. Also, you have to think about health issues. Dogs can have STD's just like humans, and your dog can contract one from a bitch.
Please just neuter him, and have him as a great pet to love.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!