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Question by Chris
Submitted on 5/24/2004
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i just got a black lab pup male and he is of breding stock how old does he have to be to start breeding

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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He will start getting his instincts around 5-6 months old but most registries won't allow a male to produce a litter until 7-8 months old. So about 7 months is the earliest you should start.


Answer by Concerned Lab owner
Submitted on 9/14/2004
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WHOA! Hold up the train.  Even though a dog is capable of being bred at 7 months old, it SHOULD NOT be bred at that age, male or female.  Labradors should be certified free of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and eye abnormalities AT A MINIMUM before you ever consider breeding the dog.  The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) will not certify a dog's hips or elbows before two years old (they will review x-rays before the age of 2 but will not issue a certificate unless the dog is at least 2 when the x-rays are taken).  This is so the dog is mostly done growing and the x-rays taken will be a good representation of the dog's adult joint configuration.

And how do you know he is "of breeding stock"?  Does he meet the conformation breed standard? Is he healthy? Does he have the characteristic personality of a Labrador?

Please, please do not start breeding your dog without a lot more research and learning about the breed.  There are over 10,000 Labradors registered EVERY MONTH with AKC and many of them have health problems or other issues that could have been avoided if people thought through the consequences of breeding.


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