Labrador breeding - should you breed from your bitch

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  1. editor

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    Re: Labrador breeding - should you breed from your bitch

    Quite a daunting undertaking :-\
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding - should you breed from your bitch

    We had thought to breed from 'Kes' our older bitch, she is a fantastic working retriever and would have loved a pup from her?
    She has a wheat allegy, so we decided that it would not be fair to pass that on. So last year she was spayed and she is happy doing her thing.
    So we bought a half sister to her, 'Indie'. Same father different Mother.
     
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    Re: Labrador breeding - should you breed from your bitch

    We bred form our bitch. We had fantastic litter of 6, of which we decided to keep 1. Obviously our girl was health tested & so was the father of the litter.
     
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    What are the pros and cons (if any) of breeding my Chocolate with a Black lab?
    Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
    -Scott
     
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    Welcome to the forum Scott :) Have you read the article linked in the top post? The pros and cons of breeding run across all the colour combinations. Or did you have a particular aspect of breeding in mind?

    Are you interested in finding out the potential colour of the puppies? If so, you might find this article interesting: Labrador Colour Inheritance There are charts for all the different colour combinations.

    Maybe you could tell us what you are hoping for from this breeding, and what kind of lines your dogs come from
     
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    Thanks Pippa for the welcome. I read over the article and found it quite interesting. I don't have a particular preference as to the make up (color) of the litter and I don't have any particular aspect of breeding in mind. Charlie, is our family pet, she's not used for hunting or field trials or anything of the sort, although she has trained beautifully on the basics. She is incredibly smart and retrieves in the water as well as she does on dry ground. My main purpose for breeding her is to keep a pup (or all of them) so that I can keep her lineage alive. She is still young, but I know time marches on and the inevitable is, well, inevitable. I didn't know if breeding her with a different colored lab would decrease the quality of her line, both of her parents are chocolate. I just don't want to do anything to adversely affect her or her line.
    Thanks in advance
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    Hi Scott, it isn't really the color of the male that indicates how appropriate he is as a stud dog, but rather his other qualities. Most Labradors are bred with either the show ring or the shooting field in mind, and lines are chosen to reflect the quality of the dog's ancestors in this respect. If the puppies are simply to be pets then his temperament is the most important attribute to consider once all the health tests have been carried out. If your bitch is from field lines, then it probably makes sense to mate her to a field bred dog so that those qualities are passed on. If from show lines, then a show dog might make more sense. You might want to consider that mixing the two could make the puppies less appealing to many prospective buyers. Have you had any health checks carried out on your girl yet?
     
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    Ok, thanks. Yes she has been checked out and is in great health. Thanks for the information. You have been extremely helpful and I have enjoyed the sight and perusing the forums.
     
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    Hi Scott, just to butt in, when you say she's been checked and is in great health, that's fab, but has she had any specific health tests for breeding purposes? Elbow/hip scores? Testing for eye diseases? EIC tests etc etc?

    Without these tests (and, obviously, favourable results) from both the sire and the dam, the puppies won't be particularly marketable as they will be more susceptible to life-changing (and potentially very expensive) health issues.

    Here is some more information: http://www.thelabradorsite.com/health-screening-for-labrador-diseases/
     
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    Yes, she is good to go. Thanks for the link.
     
  12. MaccieD

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    Not forgetting that any stud dog must have all the relevant health tests and x-rays as well to give puppies the best chance of being healthy.

    Why would you think that mating her with a black dog would de-value her lineage?
     
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    I don't know if it would or not? That was my original question.
     
  14. MaccieD

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    Unless you only wanted only chocolate offspring which a chocolate/chocolate breeding would give the important factors are the quality of both the stud and the dam. So if the concern is predominantly on lineage quality you would be looking for a stud with field champions and have been successful himself that at least matches your girl or surpasses her breeding.
     
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    Ok thanks. That's what I was unsure about. I wasn't sure if pups (of any color) were more desirable if both parents were the same color. Thanks again!
     

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