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If you are a lover of the Labrador dog and have the patience to handle a litter of puppies, then becoming a Labrador Breeder may appeal to you. This guide will provide aspiring Labrador Breeders with the information necessary for starting their own breeding experience.
If you want to become a Labrador breeder, begin by considering if you have the time and patience to handle not 1, not 2, but possibly 14 Labradors!
Serious Labrador breeders know that someone must be available to stay home every day to provide the care and attention that the dog(s) and puppies will require. This paramount consideration should be followed by honestly answering some questions.
In order to become a Labrador Breeder you must first have a Labrador dog(s). If you already have a mature (typically 2-3 years old) bitch and sire, then you are ready to begin the breeding process.
If you have only one of the sexes, you will need to find and research the mate, and schedule breeding plans with the other party.
Similarly, if you plan to breed a Labrador mix and have both of the desired breeds, then you can schedule your breeding; otherwise, research and select the desired breed and make arrangements with the owners.
While there are many Labrador mix options available, some are more desirable than others.
Most Labrador Breeders breed purebloods only but you can also breed a Labrador mix. It is wise to select a popular breed that compliments the Labrador dog so that the resulting puppies are sought after and in demand. Take for examples the Labradoodle and Golden Labrador Retriever.
The Labradoodle and Golden Labrador Retriever are popular Labrador crossbreeds; the former is a Poodle and Labrador mix, the latter a Golden Retriever and Labrador mix.
The Lab and Poodle were crossed to achieve a hypo-allergenic service dog, whereas the Lab and Retriever were crossed to attain a service dog with exceptional temperament.
Regardless of whether you decide to breed purebreds or a Labrador mix, you can expect a typical breeding cycle that begins with insemination and ends with the birth of puppies. The entire process, in short, is as follows:
First, the bitch will go into heat which lasts about 3 weeks. At around the 9-12 day mark she will be fertile and receptive to the sire.
When placed together during this time, the male dog will mount the female and the two will become “tied” for about 15-30 minutes as the insemination process finalizes.
7-12 puppies will arrive approximately 60 days later, probably in the middle of a calm, quiet night.
While not completely necessary, it can be advantageous to hire an experienced Labrador breeder (or a breeder familiar with the sire’s breed, if the sire is not a Labrador dog because you are breeding a Labrador mix) if this is your first breeding experience.
He or she will handle the male during the actual breeding process thereby increasing the odds of success for the insemination, since the handler can help guide the sire (if necessary), and it will ensure the safety of both animals.
By following this guide, aspiring Labrador Breeders can become practicing Labrador Breeders and enjoy raising, selling, or gifting their Labrador or Labrador mix puppies.
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