My new Labrador Retriever puppy, Morgan, will come home on September 22. Yesterday I visited with the breeder. I wanted to meet her and her dogs in person before I agreed to buy. I found her to be everything her website and her e-mail communications with me represented. She called me the day the litter was born.
I really did not enjoy the puppy search. Finding the right breeder can be daunting. A couple of times I almost gave up. Some breeders have the mindset, "Just send your deposit check and I'll let you know when you can pick up your puppy." One breeder sent me a lengthy questionnaire to return, "so that she could determine if I am a suitable dog owner." I'm ashamed to admit that I complied. In the past, I knew of someone who bought a puppy, got home with it and discovered the dog could not stand up or walk. The breeder refused to accept any responsibility for it. If a breeder would not allow me to come visit and meet them in person, they quickly got scratched from my list.
I have owned a Lab since 1985, three of them, Teri, Cash, and now Molly. . . Morgan will be #4! Dog owners have their own ideas about what is the right dog, a mixed breed, a specific breed, or. . . as one person told me proudly, "We have a designer dog." I had never heard that term before. It's just another term for "high priced mixed breed."
The bottom line, whatever dog makes you happy and that you feel a bond with, is the right dog for you. I have found the Lab to be highly intelligent with a loving personality and a desire to please. I will be devoted to this breed until the day I die. It is my belief that when you buy from a reputable breeder, you know what you are getting. A good breeder is selective in which dogs they choose to breed and they are not in it to make a lot of money.
If you are searching for a quality Labrador Retriever puppy, I highly recommend Campbell Yard Labradors in Amherst, NY.
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