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So my wife and I are going to each buy a chocolate lab from a breeder. She has picked out a place in PA that sells them for $2500. The place I picked out mine from sells theirs for $800. Here is the ad from the local breeder
Here at Shady Lane Labradors we strive to produce quality, healthy labs with excellent bloodlines. We produce yellow, chocolate, and black English Labrador Retriever puppies. Our labs are registered through the American Kennel Club. We certify our labs hips and elbows through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. We have a great passion for the breed. We have been raising labs since 1999. We are extremely proud of our labs excellent bloodlines, full of champions. In every litter that we produce we make sure that the sire and dam have great temperaments.
I have checked their website and they offer license #'s, and are openly honest about the mom/dad's hip problems. The parents litter I am choosing from say "excellent" hips. Yes, I know it's still a lab but being that another parents litter has "good", I know they're probably no sugar coating things.
We currently have a golden and a chocolate lab, both12 years old.
I can't see the $1800 difference plus the drive time (12 hours each way) to warrant getting a lab from PA. We're not going to show or breed the dog.
I told my wife I'd let her pick her on dog from wherever she wants and that is the place she chose so if that's what she decides, that's her choice. $2000 is a lot of extra money to spend on a dog and she is starting to have 2nd thoughts. I'd love to persuade her with some real facts, info.
Any dog experts out there that can chime in?
This post was edited by Gentry Estes 2 years ago
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And that's a heck of a lot of money to pay for a dog.
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Yea, the more you pay for a dog the shorter the life span.
This post was edited by DawgCommander 2 years ago
$800 or $2500 or both? I thought $800 was reasonable.
Not necessarily. I have gotten two dogs from shelters, both had to have multiple surgeries and eventually died months later. I had a yellow lab that I paid $200 for that lived for a year before getting Parvo. I eventually paid $1200 for my black lab, and have had 0 problems with him for 2 1/2 years.
Davidson- I got mine from here: I don't know if they still breed or what but they have great papers and beautiful labs
You could get one at a local shelter for free....
Nothing to do with where you got it, imo. My family has only had one dog that we paid for, the other have all been adopted or strays we kept. Jake, our pure-bred Bernese Mountain Dog, lived to be about 8, and our stray, Ginger (some kind of collie mix) lived well over 10 years. Roxy (a long-haired retriver) was adopted and is still healthy and over 10 years old. Buck is a mutt that we picked up when he was an abandoned puppy that wandered up to us during a get-together in Albany I think almost 12 years ago, he's not the most intelligent dog but he's loyal and protective, a very good guard dog, but not aggressive toward friends or their dogs.
I know pure-bred is a big deal for some folks, but I just can't justify ever spending that much for a dog.
This post was edited by HobnailedBoots 2 years ago
Davidson - that is way over priced for any lab. There are plenty of breeders much closer to you who sell for $300-$700.
I bought my yellow lab here in Atlanta for $450. She is now 13 1/2 years old. Best dog I've ever had.
I've owned five in my lifetime never coughed up that much. I love the breed. As long as it doesn't have a pink nose, a trait that comes from improper breeding. None of my labs have lived over ten years. They just work to much. And three of the five would point and flush quail as well as hunt ducks and dove. Super intelligent animals. I'm currently without one and waiting until the right op comes along. Good luck to you on talking her down. Hard Labor Kennels has some good animals as I'm sure your aware of.
Yeah, my families had multiple rescue animals and have had lots of problems. Maybe it's my luck, but I never intend on picking up another pet from a shelter. Last dog I ended up spending $4000 in medical bills only to have it die 48 hours later. Lots of people have enough luck to not have many problems, but I never have had a good experience.
do you have any recommendations? $800 at Shady Lane in Concord sounds reasonable. I'm open for suggestions.
Check out gundogsonline.com. I picked up a british lab 2 yrs ago from wildrose kennels after our chessie died. Had to wait a bit, but it was worth it. She is a great dog! Uklabs.com is their website. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Coming from someone who has 6 full blood labs and has sold them in the past. The ones in PA way over priced if you are not planning on showing.
well back in august of 2008 i bought a black lab as a grad present for myself...he is registered and has all his paper work, his mom was a black lab average size the father was a blonde lab average size. he was the runt of the litter and i knew i had to have him. 4 years later he is 6' tall when standing on back legs, and last week at the vet he weighed in at exactly 137.4 lbs. there is no fat on this dog he is just pure muscle no steroids just vitamins and purina lamb and rice dry dog food about a 1/2 gallon a day....now with all this being said i paid 550 for him. now i went and looked at some pups before i saw him that were priced 2500 same registration nothing any different just depends on where you are looking. i dont see a great point in paying that much for a lab when you can get one just as good for 1/4 the price...just my opinon
oh and the mother for this lab currently holds the record for one of the tracking trail competitions in georgia. like i said you just never know what your really going to get..
This post was edited by HC_Dawg21 2 years ago
Born and bred Bulldog, living in Maryland since '88
Flint River Retrievers, http://www.flintriverretrievers.com/
Ours is 5 and she has no issues. She is a great dog.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Iron Dawg34 2 years ago
I got a chocolate lab pure bred puppy a year and a half ago to train to retrieve ducks for me. While she was free and an absolute midget of a lab, I love her to death. She ended up gun shy where I almost gave her up but decided to keep her and I couldn't imagine owning another dog besides a lab now. If you want to hunt I don't think that 800 is bad for a dog, but there is no way you would ever see me pay $2500 for any dog.
A very good friend of mine is selling Full breed labs, brown and black for 150 each, parents on sight. Just across the savannah river bridge, save you 500 hundred - 1500 dollars and get ya one, Sylvania GA. Send a msg if interested.
My best dog I ever had is "Ranger", a chocolate lab for $850. Both of his parent are champions rather than having champion bloodline. He was duck blind ready at 6, and has been house trained since day 1. If a dog costs $2500, it better be able to crap lollipops and skittles, and piss sweet tea.
That kennel has some good looking dogs.
That's a pretty lab you got there. They do have good dogs at kennels, but I want a dog that I know where it came from, know all about it, and brought it up to raise myself. I plan on huntin with him, so I have been training him since 8 weeks
$2000 might be a lot for a dog, but it is a small price to pay to keep your wife happy. If she thinks she needs to spend that much on a dog, she isn't going to be convinced otherwise by any "facts" you are able to come up with. If she wanted to use logic and facts to pick out her dog, she would just asked you to make the decision in the first place.
On the other hand, if you take her with you to visit a couple of local, less expensive, breeders to look for "your" dog, chances are she will end up falling in love with one of the puppies she sees along the way and decide that is the one she really wants.
Whatever you do, don't tell her, "the guys at The Junkyard said..."
(For what it's worth, I got my last two dogs from the shelter and my psychology degree from the internet, all for free.)
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