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Old 03-05-2012, 03:22 PM
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i am thinking about getting another lab soon. i now have an 8 year old yellow and a 2-1/2 year old potcake (mutt from the turks and caicos). i wont be using the dog for hunting or trials but would like to get a dog from a reputable breeder that has dogs with healthy, strong blood lines. im leaning toward another yellow because the dog will spend a lot of time with me on the boat and i know how much easier black labs can over heat. i am in bradenton which is just south of tampa but would be willing to drive as far as north carolina or louisiana for the right pup.

so... any recommendations???
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i am thinking about getting another lab soon. i now have an 8 year old yellow and a 2-1/2 year old potcake (mutt from the turks and caicos). i wont be using the dog for hunting or trials but would like to get a dog from a reputable breeder that has dogs with healthy, strong blood lines. im leaning toward another yellow because the dog will spend a lot of time with me on the boat and i know how much easier black labs can over heat. i am in bradenton which is just south of tampa but would be willing to drive as far as north carolina or louisiana for the right pup.

so... any recommendations???
Not sure what your budget is but bought my pup 3 years ago from wildrose kennels in Miss. and couldnt be happier
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whats the going rate for a good lab?
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You don't have to look far...right here on THT!

http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...-lab-pups.html
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Thanks but I am 100% not interested in a chocolate.
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I got my Yellow Lab From Twin Pond Kennels in King William Virginia. He's coming up on 11 years old now and has been a fantastic family pet. Originally got him for hunting and he was great at it..Then I had kids. He is excellent with them. If you google the name you should be able to find them on the web. They have all colors. If I get another dog I will be getting him there.
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If you have not ruled out chocolates, check out Yardley Labs, he is in Pennsylvania. Sorry can't remember the town. He has pups now, and it is a repeat breeding of our lab's parents. Pics are on the website
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You can always have the 9-week old pup put on an airplane from anywhere in the US. Quite common practice with the elite breeders.
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whats the going rate for a good lab?
That really depends...i think 800-1200 is reasonable for a reputable breeder, though you can find cheaper. When i was looking a few years ago it was hard to find reviews on breeders so i landed on Wildrose bc everything i heard was positive and they were recommended by 3rd parties (i.e . Orvis recommended breeder). Would i buy from them again? Absolutely...are they cheap? No way. When i bought they were around 1200ish which i could justify for, God willing, an integral part of my family for the next 10-15 years...now i hear they're closer to 1500. I know some who wont pay more than 400 for a pup but to each his own. Talk to the breeder and show up unannounced (if they have no warning they cant clean up beforehand to "sell" you IMO)...if you like what you see chances are you found a decent one.
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Originally Posted by MBruno1057 View Post
I got my Yellow Lab From Twin Pond Kennels in King William Virginia. He's coming up on 11 years old now and has been a fantastic family pet. Originally got him for hunting and he was great at it..Then I had kids. He is excellent with them. If you google the name you should be able to find them on the web. They have all colors. If I get another dog I will be getting him there.
My 13 year old blf is out of a Twin Pond bitch. She is a great dog and has lived a very long healthy life. I doubt youre going to be willing to travel all the way up there though
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If you have not ruled out chocolates, check out Yardley Labs, he is in Pennsylvania. Sorry can't remember the town. He has pups now, and it is a repeat breeding of our lab's parents. Pics are on the website

They are in Yardley PA. Grew up/ parents still live and typing this right now there. I don't have any experience with them, but if you are interested I would be willing to poke around a bit for you. I'm looking to get a dog in the next six months and have it narrowed down to a Ridgeback,Lab, or Redbone Coonhound.

We raised a few Seeing Eye puppies when I was younger. Our first was a yellow lab. They named one Yardley, and even though we were way down on the waiting list they thought it was to funny and gave us the dog. Neighbors thought we were insane a first when they heard us outside calling the dog's name.
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They are in Yardley PA. Grew up/ parents still live and typing this right now there. I don't have any experience with them, but if you are interested I would be willing to poke around a bit for you. I'm looking to get a dog in the next six months and have it narrowed down to a Ridgeback,Lab, or Redbone Coonhound.

We raised a few Seeing Eye puppies when I was younger. Our first was a yellow lab. They named one Yardley, and even though we were way down on the waiting list they thought it was to funny and gave us the dog. Neighbors thought we were insane a first when they heard us outside calling the dog's name.
Thanks for pointing out the location. Jeff keeps his pups/dog inside with him and the pups are introduced to people, by way of his grandchildren, at a couple of weeks old. I firmly believe this makes for a better socialized pup/dog. Also, Jeff is a very honest breeder and will answer any questions you may have.
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My parents breed them. Here is the website:
http://www.vikinglabs.com/
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I got mine from bear creek on the bayou just north of Baton Rouge...great blood lines both show and hunting and very light colored yellow...actually almost white

http://www.bearcreekonthebayou.com/
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link no workey.
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it worked a second ago..I dunno...i think they are on face book too...

I paid 1K for mine!
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Picking our yellow lab puppy up on the 17th, $1200.00.
All, and I mean ALL, health clearances and certifications on dam and sire. Contacted numerous breeders (several turned out to be puppy mills) then looked on the AKC website where I found a litter announcement for yellow labs.
Checked out the sire and dam by contacting dog show judges and other breeders that knew them and then checked out their pedigrees. Should be quite the dog.
Many dog show judges are breeders, googling their names will get you to a whole different level of breeder and dog.
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thanks for the info but i am more concerned with getting a pup that comes from a sporting background. the dogs can have show history but to be honest i couldnt give 2 shits about it. i want a dog thats comfy in my boat, not an arena.
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www.kirbylabradors.com

Check out his upcoming litters, he should be able to tell you if he expects any yellows.
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thanks for the info but i am more concerned with getting a pup that comes from a sporting background. the dogs can have show history but to be honest i couldnt give 2 shits about it. i want a dog thats comfy in my boat, not an arena.
what you are looking for would be refered to in the lab world as "american field bred". be prepared for a dog with alot of "personality". if youre able to handle and train them, imho, there is no greater, more versatile, smart, and loyal dog in the world. i love the crazy ones and most people think im crazy for it but im a very experienced trainer and handler. good luck finding a dog. the only southeast breeder that i know personally is woody thurman at twin lakes in north carolina and he produces some wonderful sporting dog.
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