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1. What are the differences between English Labs and American Labs?

2. What makes a better pet – a boy or a girl?

4. How do you place your puppies?
The way that pups behave early on is an indicator of what kind of dog they will be as adults.  This is one reason why we spend so much time socializing, watching, testing, and finally placing our pups in appropriate homes. Within a few weeks of birth, the puppies’ personalities start to emerge. Some are rather placid, calm little guys, not the first to the food or to the gate when someone comes to visit. They are happy sitting on your lap, don’t fuss much when they are groomed, and don’t really seem to get worked up over anything and are always underfoot.  Then there are some that are more outgoing, that will climb over the heads of their brother and sisters to get to the food bowl first, first to run to you, more head strong and confident. They are not happy sitting on your lap because they want to play or explore.

These two types of pups are representative of some the personality types that we test for when placing puppies into their new homes. At seven weeks old we have a temperament test performed on the puppies by a stranger to them using a test created by the Monks of New Skeet.  During the test, which involves a series of situations designed to see how the puppy reacts under new and different circumstances, we carefully watch the pups and then they are given a score for each area.   We combine the results of this test with what we know about the puppies to help us choose the ‘right’ home for each puppy.

3. Should I breed my purebred dog?

4. Are there benefits of neutering/spaying my dog?

5. Why are Greenstone puppies placed on AKC limited registration and not allowed to be used for breeding?
Like most responsible breeders, this policy helps protect our dogs and our breeding program.  Breeding Labradors responsibly takes years of research of pedigrees and lines and a vast amount of knowledge about the health, temperament and structure of a Labrador. We are fully aware of the fact that many would love to get one of our dogs to use to mass produce puppies for financial gain, without spending the time, effort or finances required to breed responsibly. We have no desire to have our dogs used in this matter and AKC limited registration is one tool we have to prevent our dogs from being used for breeding purposes. We want our dogs to be family members – not puppy factories.

6. What age is best to have my dog spayed/neutered?

7. How do I choose the right dog food?”

8. What color of Lab is best?

9. What is a “White” Labrador?
There is no classification of “white” in Labradors. The only three colors are yellow, black and chocolate. Yellow can range in shades from cream (“white”) to dark (“fox red”).

10. What is a “Silver” Labrador?
There is no classification of “silver” in Labradors. “Silver” is not recognized by the AKC, National Labrador Retriever Club or any other club in the world. ->Buyer Beware! Any dog trying to be passed off as “rare” or “unique” (with an inflated price) may not be all its cracked up to be. If you want to know the truth behind “Silver” Labradors just ask for a copy of the pedigree. Chances are that will tell you all you need to know. To read more about the “silver” Labrador read our Are All Color Created Equally?

11. Why do some purebred Labs have “mismarks”?

12. Why do some Labs have pink noses?

13. Should I crate train my puppy?
Yes. Crate training, when done correctly, is an effective way to help protect and train your puppy. A crate provides a dog a den-like place to rest and is very instrumental in keeping a puppy safe. But before you begin training please read more about the correct way to begin the training.

14. What is the ideal weight for my dog?
This is a question we here a lot! True “English” Labradors look much more stout than the Labs people (even vets) are used to seeing. Here is a simple chart that can help you determine your dog’s ideal weight.
 
 
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