Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Best age to breed my Labrador Retriever

Subject: Best age to breed my Labrador Retriever

From: Lisa (Australia)

Labrador Retriever Name: N/A

Reader's E-mail - Lisa Writes:

Hello

I have a golden labrador, she is only a pup. Thinking of breeding her in the future. When is the best age to do this?

Regards
Lisa

All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Lisa,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Your Labrador Retriever should not be used for breeding until after two years of age which allows time to see how they mature both physically and mentally.

Health evaluations need to be done to determined your Labrador Retriever to be free from genetic or hereditary disease.

To help explain the age for breeding and evaluations in better detail I have posted a link to a very helpful article for you:

Canine Reproduction and Breeding Dogs -

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2109&aid=898

The article also recommends some excellent books to read prior to deciding to breed a dog, such as:

The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies by Muriel Lee

Book of the Bitch by JM Evans and Kay White

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by Rutherford and Neil

Here's a second article that covers everything in regards to breeding form health and temperament to cost and time:

Should Sassy Have Puppies? -

http://www.canismajor.com/dog/hvpup1.html

I hope this is of help for you. Thank you for writing and visiting All About Labradors.

Fay

P.S. - What is your Labrador Retrievers name?

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2 comments:

Gwen,  April 28, 2010 11:01 AM  

I WAS CHECKING TO SEE WHAT THE BEST AGE WAS TO BREED OUR CHOCOLATE LABS. SOMEONE ELSE HAD POSTED THE SAME QUESTION AND FAY GAVE US THE ANSWER WE WERE LOOKING FOR. PLUS LINKS TO GET MORE INFO IF WANTED OR NEEDED. THANK YOU FAY. OUR DAUGHTERS (LABS), ZOEY AND STELLA JUST TURNED 1 LAST MONTH AND WE PLAN ON BREEDING THEM NEXT FALL. JUST PLANNING ON BREEDING THEN ONE TIME.
THANKS AGAIN.

Fay April 28, 2010 11:28 AM  

Thanks for the comment Gwen. Glad to hear we were of help to you!

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