Cross - breeding for labradors

Philippines
January 31, 2007 1:51am CST
We have a black female labrador and she's 2 1/2 years now. A friend of mine told me that he wants to impregnate our black lab with his brown labrador. I was ok with the idea but my husband wants to try cross-breed. I'm not really into this since i don't have any idea which breed is the best or suitable for our black labrador. I don't want to have any untoward consequences or problems regarding cross-breeding of our labrador. I've read some articles on the internet but i wanna know base on experience what are the possible complications and advantages of cross breeding.
8 responses
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
31 Jan 07
My dog spent a short part of his life as a professional stud. If you have a black lab and it is a pure breed and the chocolate lab is a pure breed, then your are breeding labs, you are not cross breeding. If you look at the picture of my guys, the Black is the dad, the yellow is his son, the Mom was also Black. My black had 2 litters with another black, they had 13 pups each time - only 6 were black in each litter, had one chocolate between the 2 litters and the rest were yellow. BTW You obviously are not knowledgeable about breeding, so why do you want to do this? Breeding dogs can be very costly and there are many dogs in this world that do need homes. And if you are questioning my motives, my guy was a stud for a guide dog organization, he was picked over many dogs for his exceptional intelligence and personality. His son, the yellow was released due to a birth defect. My black was retired because he had bad skin.
• United States
31 Jan 07
I can't say it any better than Debs_Place so I won't try. I'll just say I completly agree with her post.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
Spot on, Deb! I couldn't have said it better myself, so I'll just agree with you. Adoptable animals are being uthanized every day, why on EARTH would you want create more animals that need homes? Don't breed your Lab, take her down to the vet and get her fixed!!!
@lyndaj70 (293)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Labrador Retrievers come in three basic colors: black, yellow (some call it golden) and chocolate. They are all considered Labrador retrievers. If you have two registered Labs, then the puppies are qualified to be registered as Labs. However, it costs to breed, to care for the mother, and to apply for the initial paperwork to register them. Judging from your post you are not very knowledgeable in the art of breeding registered dogs, so I recommend a lot of research before you even begin. From a business point of view, unregistered animals aren't worth much of anything, so verify that they are both registered with the same organization. If the dogs are from different registries (say AKC and CKC) the puppies aren't eligible for registration. Not only do you need to make sure you have the proper paperwork, but you also have to be prepared to care for the mother and a litter of hungry pups until they are 2 months old and weaned, which means approx. $50.00 per pup expense in vet fees for their six and eight week exams and shots. Can you afford to spend that much per puppy besides food for 8 or more puppies? And if they are not registered, then about all they are worth even purebred without papers is $50-$75 each, so you will lose money by breeding. Not including the expense if the female has problems giving birth and you end up spending a couple hundred dollars for emergency surgery because of a bad delivery. So please count the cost and do your research before agreeing to breed. Good luch!
@lyndaj70 (293)
• United States
31 Jan 07
One thing I did forget to add: If you breed a Labrador with a standard size poodle (the big poodle) you will come out with Labradoodles, a specialized mix breed that actually sells without papers, but I don't know how much you can get for the pups. That is the only unregistered Lab mix that I have heard of that sells for much of anything. Take care!
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
yeah our friend told us about that too the expenses and all. he is a professional cross - breeder and he offered to cross breed our black lab at no cost at all. he will even take care of the pregnant dog until the pups are good to go. so basically he will take care of everything. all we have to do is say yes. as of the momet we have not decided yet... thanks for the input lyn. c",)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Breeding dogs can be quite costly and risky to the mother dog's health. There are millions of dogs out there who need homes already, you should think twice before purposfully filling up more of those spaces with either labs or cross-breeds (BTW, you will never make your money back by selling the cross-breeds, they are far too common). If you guys are not a professional breeders, you should not let your dog have puppies, there are too many homless animals out there already. I don't mean to be rude, but I have worked at an animal shelter before that "put down" dozens of good animals every week because there were not enough homes for them all.
• United States
31 Jan 07
I agree. I have a wonderful shelter dog, who only had three days left to live if my husband and I had not adopted him. If you cannot garantee that each and every puppy you breed will have a good home for its entire life regardless of the costs of owning said puppy, you should not breed. As others have mentioned breeding dogs is costly. There is the potential of the mother needing a C-section, each puppy must be vaccinated and dewormed at least once before being sold.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 07
you're absolutely correct we are not professional breeders we don't have any idea breeding dogs much more on cross breeding. but we are not in it for money. here in the philippines there are also a lot of homeless dogs. and sad to say we don't have animal shelter here in our area. and i know what's it like. i actually saw a dog being put to "sleep" right in front of me when we had our dog was vaccinated. but the reason is we want to know what's it like the pros and cons basically.
@innechen (1321)
• Indonesia
1 Feb 07
i think ur husband has a very good idea.it would be interesting to to the cross-breeding. i think all u got to do is find a dog in a similar size.my friend use to have a female american bulldog and a tiny male pom, we didnt know when its happend but he manage to make the female bulldog pregnant, and the babies are cute with short furry but pom face
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
hehehe yeah that's what my husband told me. he wanted to have another pup that came from our black lab and wanted to cross-breed to so he could have a variation. i dunno, we still haven't decided yet
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Thats good you looking into it. I know one problem they have when cross breading is the hip desblasha my back lab also female had hip desblasha and when she got older well not even old she was in alot of pain.
• United States
31 Jan 07
I bred my chocolate lab several years ago -- it was quite a bit of work, although I really enjoyed it. Decided not to do it again, as it was also costly. Anyways, I'm not sure about cross-breeding, we bred her to a yellow lab. However I do want to warn you about the amount of work involved. Between reading up on the subject, vet visits, not to mention caring for the puppies, it can really add up. Best of luck to you though!
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I wouldn't crossbreed her. It's a lot easier to sell pure bred dogs than mixed breeds.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Cross breeding is how you get different breeds of animals. if you breed your dog with a larger frame dog there could be labor problems. now on the otherhand stay with a lab and sell your pups. i hope both parents are registered and you can make some $