Where to buy and how much?
It is better to buy small puppies in specialized nurseries, from professional breeders. They will be able to provide expert assistance in choosing.
The advantages of the nursery:
you can see the puppy’s parents, assess its likely future parameters;
you can find out how your puppy looks, how much he should weigh, how to properly care for him;
with the responsible breeder, you can arrange for a puppy to be examined by a visiting veterinarian;
when a transaction is made, the buyer is provided with properly executed documents and recommendations for keeping a puppy.
A reliable way to find a good breeder – reviews of familiar owners who bought a Labrador and rated his qualities.
Conditions in the nursery should be at a good level:
in the pens kept clean, spacious cages;
dogs have constant access to clean water, items for games;
puppies have a healthy look and a pleasant smell.
The price of Labrador puppies varies in the range from 30 to 70 thousand rubles. The main condition affecting the size of the price is pure blood, compliance with the standard. The cost of chocolate labrador is higher than the cost of puppies of other colors. Spotted Labrador is significantly less than the appropriate standard. Dogs with excellent pedigree and good prospects for participation in exhibitions are always more expensive.
The cost of a Labrador puppy also depends on the characteristics of its parents, namely:
quality of previous litters.
Puppies from imported mating are expensive. They are highly valued for breeding work. The cost is also affected by the costs of maintaining and raising puppies. High-quality, expensive feeds and vaccinations add to the price.
What to look for when choosing?
It is necessary to pay special attention to the following indicators:
Good pedigree. Gives assurance that the Labrador puppy will be characterized by the character and stable psyche of this breed.
Exterior ancestors. It is advisable to see the parents of puppies and, if possible, the litter from the previous mating.
A healthy puppy behaves calmly when it is taken from the usual conditions, does not look around, does not whine. Gives himself in his arms. But even healthy puppies can at first be frightened by unfamiliar places and unexpected encounters.
A good puppy has a friendly look, friendly look, perky character. The eyes are bright and clear.
First-class puppies at 8-10 weeks have a harmonious addition. They have strong bones, good wool.
The largest puppies do not mean the best. It is preferable to take a pet with a rather large head.
Paws should be quite large, proportionally developed, with powerful fingers, without flattening.
An overly soft coat that does not have undercoat is a disadvantage.
Labrador females are docile and quieter than males, but they have to put up with periods of leakage (3 weeks annually). Males are usually more resilient and active.