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Looking for a well-bred, smaller and leaner (50ish pounds) female yellow lab pup. A British Gundog; not one of the stockier English labs. This will be primarily a companion/pet, with outdoor time mostly on a boat, sandbar, nice fenced yard, etc. Would prefer to find one from parent dogs that have proven training, including gundog experience, so there is a good chance it could be trained to be calm and to retrieve birds. No interest in competitions and don't really care about pointing. We're in North Central Florida. Breeders that we've talked with so far and are interested in include Tibea Gundogs (a bit far, under current Covid conditions, and no pups available now or in the near term) and Blue Cypress Kennels (decent location for us and nice looking dogs, but priced a good bit outside of our comfort). Trying to see if we can take advantage of current, more time at home situation and "turn lemons into a bit of lemonade" by implementing sooner than otherwise anticipated our longstanding plan to bring a good dog into the family.
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Originally Posted by Cajun Martini View Post
Looking for a well-bred, smaller and leaner (50ish pounds) female yellow lab pup. A British Gundog; not one of the stockier English labs. This will be primarily a companion/pet, with outdoor time mostly on a boat, sandbar, nice fenced yard, etc. Would prefer to find one from parent dogs that have proven training, including gundog experience, so there is a good chance it could be trained to be calm and to retrieve birds. No interest in competitions and don't really care about pointing. We're in North Central Florida. Breeders that we've talked with so far and are interested in include Tibea Gundogs (a bit far, under current Covid conditions, and no pups available now or in the near term) and Blue Cypress Kennels (decent location for us and nice looking dogs, but priced a good bit outside of our comfort). Trying to see if we can take advantage of current, more time at home situation and "turn lemons into a bit of lemonade" by implementing sooner than otherwise anticipated our longstanding plan to bring a good dog into the family.

my buddy got his in Mississippi. I can get the breeders name for you.
they aint cheap but they are exactly what you want. she really works with him since purchasing as well.


Wildrose Kennels
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he was very pleased with the breeder. has gone back for training classes etc.

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Originally Posted by avenger79 View Post
my buddy got his in Mississippi. I can get the breeders name for you.
they aint cheap but they are exactly what you want. she really works with him since purchasing as well.


Wildrose Kennels
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he was very pleased with the breeder. has gone back for training classes etc.
Would appreciate the name of the breeder. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Cajun Martini View Post
Would appreciate the name of the breeder. Thanks.
I added it to my post.

Wildrose kennels
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Run, do not walk,away from them, high priced, and not what you said you were looking for. There are many other reputable breeders that have health certificates and do not charge many times the market because of hype.Check Mossy Oak. Also do a search on retrievertraining.net for "british" labs.

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Originally Posted by jgruber View Post
Run, do not walk,away from them, high priced, and not what you said you were looking for. There are many other reputable breeders that have health certificates and do not charge many times the market because of hype.Check Mossy Oak. Also do a search on retrievertraining.net for "british" labs.

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interesting that you are so against them. my buddy did a lot of research to come up with them as his preferred breeder. he has been absolutely satisfied by the breeder, her kennels, her classes, her trainers around the country, etc. he has attended a few of her training classes and uses two of her trainers to board his dog when he is traveling. his dog is a yellow lab and it is a british lab. small and lean compared to other labs.

not questioning your opinion, as I do not have 30 years running dogs, but am honestly curious as to why your opinion is what it is. we have done a few sports shows, and gun club events. everytime he mentions the breeders name people know it, and say they are impressed by them.

honestly your's is the first harsh comment I have heard about them. I have no dog in this fight (he he) I simply was hoping to help Cajun if I could.

you are very correct their dogs are not inexpensive, however they have an almost year long wait list for pups as everyone of them sells.
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Originally Posted by jgruber View Post
Run, do not walk,away from them, high priced, and not what you said you were looking for. There are many other reputable breeders that have health certificates and do not charge many times the market because of hype.Check Mossy Oak. Also do a search on retrievertraining.net for "british" labs.

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This!! Solid advice Jeff! You donít need or want a Wildrose dog. Find a local working dog breeder or better yet, go to a local hunt test of field trial and see with your own eyes what you like. Competitive retriever people love to talk dogs, as long as their dog got called back. Lol
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I almost bought a Wildrose dog 2 years ago. Wildrose has a loyal following. And Iíve been around several Wildrose dogs that amazing.

After a ton of research and a lot of visits found another operation that really impressed me.

mike Stewart is a hell of marketer, Garden and Gun, the DU dogs, etc.

their are other guys breeding the British dogs that in my opinion are everything a Wildrose dog is and then some.

We have a black male, a little over 60 lbs, good hunting dog, great family dog. The best lab Iíve ever had. Iíll pm you with the breeder, guy out of Arkansas.

Some of the field trial guys will be along any minute now to tell you what an idiot you are.
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Higher end labs are not what you are looking for. Those dogs are created to run the games and be in the field 24/7. These dogs could be so high energy they may be too much. Finding a good local breeder is a great idea. Try to find others that are using a certain breeders dog like you will.

For example, my lab is 100% go all the time. He would not be a good family dog. He doesn't warm up to people as he is only focused on birds, bumpers and more birds.
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I have had four labs my first I bought from a breeder after seeing a sign on the side of the road with little training she was a good upland bird dog My second lab came from a vet recommendation she was a great bird dog and a excellent house dog my male lab was a gift from a woman who wasn't altogether he was 110 pounds in his prime and not much of a hunter. Too lazy but a great companion and protector of my wife my forth lab is the daughter of my male she is the sweetest of them all and a great protected of her home and family unfortunately I have only hunted her one time and she was amazing In my labs I have let them be who they want to be and have been rewarded greatly
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
Higher end labs are not what you are looking for. Those dogs are created to run the games and be in the field 24/7. These dogs could be so high energy they may be too much. Finding a good local breeder is a great idea. Try to find others that are using a certain breeders dog like you will.

For example, my lab is 100% go all the time. He would not be a good family dog. He doesn't warm up to people as he is only focused on birds, bumpers and more birds.
It is not that cut and dried. A lot of field bred dogs nowadays have an ďoff switch ď and a sweet personality. The crazy fun lab is still there, donít get me wrong, but itís manageable.

Right now I have two 4 year old black females. Both have FC parents, and are outstanding bird dogs and of course will play fetch until your arm falls off. That being said, one has zero personality. No interest in people or other dogs. I did not meet the sire of that dog as he was down south competing and didnít meet the dam until the litter was on the ground. Second dog is off the wall fun and crazy too but is extremely sweet and personable, especially with little kids and old people. She has what we refer to as ďtwo foot itisĒ, she has to be within two feet of me at all times. Lol. I was very familiar with the parents and they both had wonderful dispositions. She knows when to turn the crazy on and off. She is my third lab with that kind of personality. All 3 of those dogs I knew the sire and dam before the puppies and all had similar personality.

You want to buy from a small operation where the pups are handled and played with. If you live in a cold climate, donít buy a dog from a warm climate. Meet the parents and play with them if possible. And most of all buy a puppy with all the health clearances done. Iíve had two dogs with EIC and itís horrible. Never had one with hip or elbow dysplasia but itís painful and sad to watch that too.

Good luck and enjoy the dog that chooses you. They really are the perfect dog for a lot of people. If well bred, active, and small, athletic frame are important, give field bred dogs a look.

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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
Higher end labs are not what you are looking for. Those dogs are created to run the games and be in the field 24/7. These dogs could be so high energy they may be too much. Finding a good local breeder is a great idea. Try to find others that are using a certain breeders dog like you will.

For example, my lab is 100% go all the time. He would not be a good family dog. He doesn't warm up to people as he is only focused on birds, bumpers and more birds.

Seems like your experience is more about a dog and not the breed.

OP, most will agree that breeding can make a massive difference in the conformation and mannerisms but specific breeding can get expensive. What Salmonbum is describing is a possibility, but it is normally pretty evident when looking at the dam and sire. Talk to the breeder of even the "high end" dogs and while some are 100% work, you can find a litter with great temperament in the field and in the house with plenty of drive to retrieve a tennis ball or pick up 50 birds on the prairie.

Point is, like was mentioned, many of the "higher end" breedings will have an on/off switch that will be noticeable. Finding a litter that works for you is very attainable with some work. I wanted a small lab that could ride in the truck while I worked, play with my son, take fishing, and swim off the dock but I also needed a work horse for hunting waterfowl in Canada, upland in North Dakota, and adapt to waterfowl hunting here as we transition back and forth between swamps and marsh. Break out a shotgun, and you would think mine is on crack but as it sits now, he is at my feet under my desk.

My dog Ty would be considered a "high end" litter.



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Originally Posted by ytmorris View Post
Seems like your experience is more about a dog and not the breed.
I was describing my dog, and he does have the off switch, but he is very high energy, would be tough for a family to handle that didnt know how to handle it.

I know plenty about labs. Was on a truck for yrs that pulled 30 dogs around the country playing games.
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FYI I have no issues with "british" field labs. Wildrose is a he not a she. As to why is that they charge outrageous prices for dogs that for the most part up untilrecently didn't have health clearances.He caters to an "upper class" DU crowd that doesn't really know or care what a really well trained lab can do. He also makes insinuations that his methods and dogs are the only way to go.I mentioned Mossy Oak because I did a google search and their website looked good. The OP isn't asking for a trial or even a hunt test dog.Want a decently bred Yellow Lab for primarily family. All of my trial dogs are house dogs too.Even when one comes home from the trainer. I won't put up with obnoxious behavior in the house.That's where the so called off switch comes in to play as well as training and conditioning to know what is acceptable or not.Health clearances are a must even for what the OP wants.
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Now I remember you from RTF, looks like you are well and said a mouth full on the wild irish rose sham.
Training is the difference between a well behaved dog and a wild injun.
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Originally Posted by jgruber View Post
FYI I have no issues with "british" field labs. Wildrose is a he not a she. As to why is that they charge outrageous prices for dogs that for the most part up untilrecently didn't have health clearances.He caters to an "upper class" DU crowd that doesn't really know or care what a really well trained lab can do. He also makes insinuations that his methods and dogs are the only way to go.I mentioned Mossy Oak because I did a google search and their website looked good. The OP isn't asking for a trial or even a hunt test dog.Want a decently bred Yellow Lab for primarily family. All of my trial dogs are house dogs too.Even when one comes home from the trainer. I won't put up with obnoxious behavior in the house.That's where the so called off switch comes in to play as well as training and conditioning to know what is acceptable or not.Health clearances are a must even for what the OP wants.
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Hey Jeff, thanks for the explanation. you are correct (you already know this) Wildrose is male, buddy works with one or more of the female trainers so we generally end up saying "she" when talking about his dog or the breeder.
Also, yes my buddy is in DU and does use the dog for field trials as well as some hunting.

dog in that pic looks like a brute.

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There are registered dogs at rescues also. I got Bailey from a rescue in Tulsa, OK when she was 3 months old, she is a year and four months now. I trained her for waterfowl and shed antlers. Oh and get a frosty beverage

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Wife and I went to the local pounds to look at pups to replace old Shep who died this week.

The town one was closed and the county one had a walkie talkie sitting on a table outside with a binder with pictures and descriptions of the pets available. We said no thanks and went with one we found on CL.

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