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I'm looking into getting a puppy. There's one thing I'm set on, Labs. That's right! Before anything else, I decide on the breed.
But still......

How many dogs?

Which gender?

Black labs or white labs?

Should they be spayed/ neutered?

Help! I'm so confused! :confused:
 

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I think it's better to get one dog. Two puppies will bond pretty closely to each other and can create problems in the long run when you need to separate them (such as for training), not to mention it'll be harder to get them to focus on you because they'll just want to play with each other. Not to mention it's double the vet bills, double the food, etc. If you get one dog and decide to get another one a year or so later (assuming you're ready of course) then sure why not :)

There are pro's and con's to both sexes, and of course there are exceptions to everything so even those are not accurate. I wouldn't worry so much about it.

Color doesn't matter unless you have a preference for one or the other. Also, white labs don't exist, they are just a very light cream/yellow. Don't get a dog from a breeder who claims they have white labs, they either know very little about the breed or are trying to con you.

Here's a site about spaying/neutering. Generally, if you're not interested in breeding and/or showing, then speuter.

Hope that helped :)
 

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Color doesn't matter, yes they should be fixed, the rest is up to your parents whom I hope will get 1 if any, you already have 5 dogs yes? I recall that from a different post. Also have your parents ever owned a lab? They can be quite a handful so they would need to do training and lots of stimulation, including mental stimulation
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I'm looking into getting a puppy. There's one thing I'm set on, Labs. That's right! Before anything else, I decide on the breed.
Why do you want a lab? Are you sure it is going to be the right fit? They normally require A LOT of exercise.
You may want to consider other breeds that do well with city life (you are moving to NYC soon, correct?):)
Also, if your parents do indeed own 5 dogs already, you should check out the pet laws for NYC. Many cities have limits on the number of dogs that a person can own (Not saying that NYC has such a law, just that you should check!). Also, if your family is going to rent you will probably have a difficult time finding an apartment that allows large dogs, let alone 6 dogs total! Many apartments will have limitations not only on the number of pets but also the size.

How many dogs?
1! ;)
Start out with one and then consider a second after you are happy with the first dog's training and behavior.

Which gender?
I think that gender is more of a personal preference. I would focus on temerament and energy level so that you choose a dog that fits well with your lifestyle.

Black labs or white labs?
Again it would be personal preference. :)
And like PLushie said, labs do not come in white. They come 3 colors: Black, Chocolate, and Yellow. The yellows can range in color, so you are probably thinking of a very light colored yellow lab.
If you are considering breeders, please do your research so that you choose a reputable breeder. ;) Stay away from breeders advertising "rare" or colors not allowed in the breed standard (American Kennel Club - Labrador Retriever).
If you are considering a breeder this link shows the health tests they should be doing on each of their dogs. Canine Health Information Center: CHIC Information
And this is the national breed club website.
The AKC Parent Club of the Labrador Retriever

Should they be spayed/ neutered?
Yes!:)
The only exception would be if you were to show your dog in conformation!
Also, if you adopt, then your dog will very likely be spayed/neutered before coming home.
 

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Five dogs? I wish! But,I don't have 5 dogs. I don't have A dog yet.
I'm still undecided on one or two.
I think maybe two girls might be best. Not two boys for sure, they fight right? A boy and a girl could be okay if they are altered.
I'll have them altered for sure.
As of color, I'm talking about like what airplaneers was fostering as white labs, or the dog in Santa Paws. I'll get at least one white (if getting two).
Thank you for your help.
 

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Like said, it's probably better to start out with one dog, especially when your dog will be a puppy. One puppy is already a handful enough ;)
Two males won't fight anymore than two females or a male and female. (For some animals it's actually the females who have spats with each other.) Altering helps.
It's fine to have a preference for color, but don't let it influence your choice so much. Who knows, a dog might really pop out at you and is perfect in every way, except that he's not the pattern you hoped for.
 

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You are 11 right?
Remember you're parents will have the final say about a dog!
They are the ones who will be financially and legally responsible for the dog, not to mention that they will need to provide most of the daily care!

Read up on raising 2 puppies together! It often does not work out like planned.
Like Plushie said pups raised together tend to hyperbond which leads to a ton of behavior problems!
This is a good place to start!
Raising Siblings

And again, why are you so set on a lab?
You are moving to NYC. Are your parents going to take a lab jogging through Central Park EVERYDAY no matter what? If not, then a lab probably won't be a good fit. A calmer, lower energy dog would be a better fit for city life!

Also, like I said before, if your parents are going to rent, then you may very well have limitations on the number and size of dogs. Finding housing that allows large dogs can be very difficult.

I'm not tying to discourage you. I really do understand why you want a puppy so badly. Its just that I truely believe that you and your family need to think about the different things mentioned in this thread before getting a dog or dogs!;)
 

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Please PLEASE do not get a dog because you like what you saw in a movie....especially a lab..... what MAKES you want a lab? If the answer is looks please reconsider.... there is no such thing as a white lab. And you really do not need 2 puppies in a household.
 

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Please PLEASE do not get a dog because you like what you saw in a movie....especially a lab..... what MAKES you want a lab? If the answer is looks please reconsider.... there is no such thing as a white lab. And you really do not need 2 puppies in a household.
My old dog was. It holds special memories. Also, we know that breed. We're used to it.
Okay, so maybe that wasn't the proper definition. Light yellow lab. When I find one, I'll know it.
Not trying to be rude...I just hate it when people trample on something I'm working out "for my safety and in order to prevent something I'll regret". With the chickens, my parents hadn't agreed to them yet. They have already agreed to a dog. They have already said we could get two. They don't care about color or gender.
 

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Your family should not get two puppies, its a real big mistake people tend to make. Getting one puppy and waiting a few months to decide if another one is right for the mix is the way to go. I don't know what you expect us to say other than what we have. I have had 2 young dogs at once, not the same age either, and it was hard.
 

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You are 11 right?
Remember you're parents will have the final say about a dog!
They are the ones who will be financially and legally responsible for the dog, not to mention that they will need to provide most of the daily care!

Read up on raising 2 puppies together! It often does not work out like planned.
Like Plushie said pups raised together tend to hyperbond which leads to a ton of behavior problems!
This is a good place to start!
Raising Siblings

And again, why are you so set on a lab?
You are moving to NYC. Are your parents going to take a lab jogging through Central Park EVERYDAY no matter what? If not, then a lab probably won't be a good fit. A calmer, lower energy dog would be a better fit for city life!

Also, like I said before, if your parents are going to rent, then you may very well have limitations on the number and size of dogs. Finding housing that allows large dogs can be very difficult.

I'm not tying to discourage you. I really do understand why you want a puppy so badly. Its just that I truely believe that you and your family need to think about the different things mentioned in this thread before getting a dog or dogs!;)
We aren't renting. My grandmother is moving and giving us the old house, which is as big as where we live now. They have a good-size block where we can walk the dog(s).
I'm just trying to give you an overview of our situation before you make any judgements. We're not talking the same language, and we have to if we are to understand each other. You're picturing two giant labs crammed inside an apartment with a family of four. I'm picturing two dogs jogging down the block with my family, and, after a long day, curling up in the living room while my family gets ready for bed.
 

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Narrow down the size? The size is not the issue...its 2 puppies. I think Crio has a great idea, if your family is too concerned about getting 2 dogs then get one adult and one puppy or younger adult
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Puppy, in the few months I've been on this forum I've learned it's best to trust these guys.

Now I know you have your heart set on two dogs, and at least one Lab. And I know that nothing anyone will say will be able to sway you, because we are both /children/, and we have that state of mind that tells us that we are right, and everyone else is wrong.

Now, you've made this thread asking us a few questions. One question, was if you should get one or two dogs. The people of this forum have simply ANSWERED that question for you. You're being defensive, because it wasn't the answer you wanted to hear. Sad, but true. And I know, because I was in that situation not too long ago.

I posted here about getting my new puppy, and wanting a Border Collie. And everyone WARNED me. Told me that they were hard to handle, not for the inexperienced owner, and that a rescue might be better then getting a puppy. I waved off their concern, telling myself that I AM experienced (having owned/co-owned around 5 dogs in my life for years at a time) and because frankly- I didn't want to hear what they had to say. I wanted a puppy, and that was that.

Now, I'm not regretting my choice. I love my puppy to pieces. But if I could do it over again, I'd definitely go the adult dog route. Some of this puppy-hood is hard to handle.

There are ADULTS on this forum. Adults that are kind enough to answer your questions and not blow you off because you are a child. Some of them own upwards of 4 dogs, and some are professional trainers. Given the difficulty of raising two young puppies, they are warning you not to do it.

You have school, and what seems to be an active social life. Can you really invest twice the time, twice the work, twice the vet bills, twice the attention, etc?

Think of them as children. Would you rather have twins, or one single child? Twins tend to grow together, and end up getting into 5 times the trouble then a single child. (from what I've witnessed)

Now, from what I've read, you want a Lab because it's the breed you grew up with. And you miss your dog. But hon, it's not going to ever be the same. No dog will be the same as your Ebony. And I don't think it's fair for your new puppy to have to try to meet your expectations. If you raise it thinking that it will be like your old dog, you'll just be disappointed. Form a relationship from the beginning. Love your puppy because of who s/he is, not because of the breed.

One last thing. I know it's a tender subject, but your Ebony was put down of skin cancer, correct? She could have lived a longer life if possible. Now, you're dead set on a 'white lab'. Do you know how to find a proper dog breeder? What if you stumble upon that 'perfect puppy' and it ends up being unhealthy? Are you willing to lose more precious years with your pup because of some genetic condition by bad breeding?

Let these people help you- they're good at it. They can point you to a dog that suits your needs if you let them.
 

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Wow, well said Alethea :)
 

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I could *never* handle two puppies.. and I'm an 18 year old who lives on a HUGE property(a block is nothing.. that's a walk around my house!), I only have college 2 days a week, and I don't work.

You are going to get frustrated. Puppy won't settle down long enough to let you put on his leash. Puppy runs from you when you're about to take him out and pees in the kitchen. Puppy won't shut up. Puppy gnaws off your fingers. Puppy doesn't want to play with that toy, but your shoe looks awesome! Puppy can't sleep. Puppy peed in the crate. In the past 5 days, those all have happened to me, several times.

Labs are chewy dogs. Very chewy. My puppy is a lab/newfie mix, and his mouth has been his defining feature. When he's older that will come in handy for various games and retrieving of items. But for now, he's Chompy McBitey. My friend's lab/cocker cross chewed right through her harness. 4 times.

His 1st puppy shots are $60. 2 dogs, that's $120. And it only goes up from there.

This is a horse saying, but YOU CANNOT RIDE COLOR. You can like a color, but don't let it influence your choice. You might not find it. My puppy was the only chocolate one in the litter, but I wasn't looking at his color-- I was looking at how he behaved, how he took to his mom's discipline, how he responded to me rolling him over, etc.
 
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