Flat Coated Retrievers
We are a kennel in Portugal, dedicated to the love and improvement of our Labradors and Flat Coated Retrievers.
Our purpose as conscientious breeders is to breed excellent and quality retrievers that can live as family members and companions, as well as to preserve their sweet temperament, beautiful type, soundness, and working ability.
We are committed with our breeds, and we carefully choose our breeding stock based on the above qualities.
We don´t breed many litters a year, allowing us to give each puppy all the attention they need for a healthy and happy start in life.
Choosing your Labrador Retriever or Flat Coated Retriever
Bring home your first Labrador Retriever or a Flat Coated Retriever, can be a life-changing decision.
Choosing the right dog will help you ensure that your life changesn the right direction.
There are some sensible precautions that you should consider, before looking for one Labrador or Flat Coated Retriever breeders.
You should avoid the easiest choice, even if you have a good contact with the litter owner as a friend, or even because the breeder is known and lives nearby.
The first decision to make is to choose what type of Labrador Retriever or Flat Coated Retriever you want to have and what its purpose. A dog for companionship, for exhibitions, hunting, agility or even obedience are some of the reasons for choosing this new member of the family.
Of course, choosing one Labrador Retriever or Flat Coated Retriever is much more than just weighing the pros and cons. More than just a "balance sheet", it is a very personal decision and sometimes you will have to use your feeling and instinct, but always with an awareness of responsibility, which is the introduction of this new member into the family for life. Whatever you do, try to resist buying a dog without proper care.
Do your research, look for breeders of Labradors or Flat Coated Retriever, recognized by the Portuguese Kennel Club and who mainly have the various health tests done, such as, exams for hip dysplasia, exams for elbow dysplasia, exams for eyes and DNA screening for major genetic and hereditary diseases.
Unfortunately the vast majority of breeders of Labrador Retrievers and Flat Coated Retrievers do not have any exam done, so you should always ask and see the exams before booking your dog, which should always accompany the dog when it is delivered.
Choose a Labrador or Flat Coated Retriever breeder.
Choosing Labrador and Flat Coated Retriever breeders is not an easy task. There are breeders of Labrador Retriever and Flat Coated Retriever, with diferent purposes.
The best Labrador and Flat Coated Retriever breeders are specialists dedicated to the breeds, which produce a few litters a year of high quality Labrador or Flat Coated Retriever puppies for their own kennels. They are breeders who normally present their dogs at exhibitions shows of canine morphology successfully. On the opposite side there are the breeders of Labradors and Flat Coated Retriever, who are simply puppy farmers, without any concern, for the health and well-being of the dogs or their mother and seeing this big difference is not always simple. There are also cases of owners who simply decided to have a litter of their dog, in some of these cases they can be good dogs, but in most cases, the important guarantees described here are not offered.
The key to a good litter of labradors
Give preference to a quality dog with excellent results, in the various health examinations, also use a dog of compatible quality, with equally excellent health results, but mainly to have a quality assistance throughout the pregnancy and after the birth, at least during the first 10 weeks of life of the puppies.
The mother must have a purpose in addition, can be a show dog, a working dog, but preferably as a family companion dog. Do not choose puppies from a mother that is only for breeding.
It is worthwhile to plan ahead, do a careful research and reserve the Labrador or Flat Coated Retriever dogs, before birth, on this way, you can follow the whole process and avoid the impulse.
You should also visit breeders of Labrador Retriever or Flat Coated Retriever, to photograph the dogs and monitor their growth, thus becoming aware of the type of breeder you have chosen, as well as learning more easily all the teachings that the breeder passes to you.
Visiting the breeder before reserving your dog is also a good practice, as this way takes away all your doubts about the best choice and the one that offers the most guarantees.
Your Retriever ancestry
Before buying a dog, Labrador Retriever or a Flat Coated Retriever dog, always check the ancestry, many of the dogs are announced as descendants of champions, but most of the time that descent goes beyond many generations, this means, the champions are beyond the 3rd or 4th generation, which means absolutely nothing and is just a way of promoting the Litter.
The genetic influence of a champion, from the 3rd or 4th generation, is very small, especially if the male and female are not of the same compatible lines.
We continue to see litter ads with champions of everything. Good Labrador breeders and Flat Coated Retriever breeders have current champions and do not need to refer to champion dogs of the past or from other breeders, which besides not being their property, end up being in the pedigree of the dog to take advantage for commercial objective.
There are excellent labrador dogs, with and without champions in the pedigree, with and without champions in the first or last generations, but if you are looking for a descendant of champions or if you value this fact, do not be influenced by litters in which the champions are beyond the 3rd generation inclusive. Ask for help or look for more information on this subject.
Male or Female?
Until very recently, male dogs were more popular than female dogs. Fashions come and go, and at the moment, bitches seem to pick up the preference of those looking for a Labrador Retrievers or a Flat Coated Retrievers.
We will hear several arguments regarding the differences in temperament between them, but most of these contradict each other, it is really a matter of personal interest.
The main disadvantage of a female dog is heat, which appears twice a year, from 9-12 months of age, until the end of her life and this can be an inconvenient in some cases.
If you are not sure, about a dog or bitch, keep an open mind and you will have more options to choose in the litter.