The biggest idiot in your home is who? If you take in a Labrador retriever, it could become your pet! This kind, amiable breed enjoys playing. Having a Labrador as a pet is like to having a fuzzy best friend that is always by your side.
This article provides a thorough overview of adopting Labrador retriever puppies, along with advice on where to look for your dog and a growth chart.
How Much Do Labrador Retriever Puppies Cost?
Puppies of purebred Labrador retrievers will set you back between $240 and $2,000 in 2024. Older puppies and those with unidentified ancestry are less expensive, whereas puppies from well-known, healthy parents command higher prices.
If you ask around, you might even be able to locate a “Lab” at no cost to you. Finding a puppy this way will probably be difficult, though.
After your silky puppy begins to trot alongside you, you should budget between $75 and $200 each month for further maintenance. Food, toys, veterinary care, and unforeseen costs like replacing chewed-up shoes are all included in this.
Tips for Adopting Labrador Retriever Puppies
Choosing a trustworthy rescue or breeder is the first step towards discovering your new best friend. If you adopt the first Lab puppy you come across without doing any research, your dog may end up unwell. Additionally, your money would be supporting an arrangement that disregards the welfare of the dog.
Since dog rescues don’t operate for profit, their statements are typically reliable. Having said that, they might not be able to provide much information. It is possible for a dog to be dropped off without the staff being aware of its past.
Furthermore, some dogs might already have behavioural or health issues; nonetheless, a rescue or shelter should be able to share this information.
Adopting From a Breeder
Take your time to find ethical labrador retriever breeders; they are out there. Consult with acquaintances and peruse reviews. The marketplace of the American Kennel Club is another option. For the breeders they support, they have high requirements.
Let’s discuss some telltale signals that a lab breeder is not someone you want to put your trust in.
Not a single review is available.
They give you contradicting advice.
They let you bring the puppies home before they’re ready.
It’s hard to find information on the puppy’s parents and potential health problems.
Transparency is important to good breeders, and they want you to have as much information as possible. They are concerned about placing their puppies with loving homes and will not release them to an unscreened household.
Regretfully, exceptional breeders typically have a waiting list. It’s unlikely that you will be able to adopt a dog on the same day that you contact, but you will have time to prepare your life for a joyful, energetic puppy and puppy-proof your home.
Labrador Retriever Growth and Milestones
Although they start off weighing one pound, labrador retrievers grow out of that little size quickly. At eight weeks of age, the average labrador retriever weighs between ten and fifteen pounds. From then on, the pups continue to develop quickly, adding five to ten pounds every month until they reach a stable weight of about a year old.
A lab might weigh as much as a little primary school student by then, between 55 and 80 pounds. Over the course of the next year, they might put on a little bit more weight, but nothing too noticeable. At this stage, you can stop feeding puppy food and switch to an adult diet meant for a dog who isn’t going through a growth spurt.
Additionally, you might want to hold off on spaying or neutering your Lab until they are at least a year old. It is feasible to spay and neuter earlier, albeit the results might not be as good.
Training a labrador retriever is usually painless because they are intelligent enough to save lives as service and search dogs. They are witty and like making others around them happy.
Start your training programme when your puppy is still a small puppy. They are old enough to begin training if they are old enough to leave their mothers! This covers obedience training as well as housetraining. Just keep in mind to be kind and give lots of compliments.
You should wait until your dog has the muscle power and athleticism to handle the exercises because agility training is more demanding.