Being the most popular dog in the US, demands of getting a Labrador retriever are always at a peak from kennels. Labrador puppies are readily available, making it an important practice for the dogs breeding to result in a litter. Breeding Labradors requires planning, care, assessing, and a follow-up for a successful breeding of these wonderful dogs.
Breeding a Labrador retriever takes a lot of effort, and these steps:
- Assess your Labrador. This is needed to check the dog’s longevity, temperament, and health.
- Finding the dog a mate. The sire and dam are needed to retrieve the litter. You may own the two, or you may have to look for a combination. Mate two compatible dogs to strengthen the breed’s bloodline.
- Check the sire and dam’s health condition. Check for genetic testing with a vet to reveal any condition that may not be apparent in the normal dogs. Any dog can be a carrier of a dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy.
- Make a contract with the owner of the other mate. They may charge a stud fee, or pick from the litter. The contract should be made between both dog owners to avoid future complications.
- Mate the two dogs naturally or artificially. The time for breeding them will be a week or two after the dam’s proestrus, or when she is blood spotting. Let the dogs mate 2-3 times as a dam’s fertility window is unpredictable.
- After a month, take the dam to the veterinarian to confirm the pregnancy, and provide you with the her diet plan.
- Keep the dam in a whelping box, or a sanitary and large space for the Labrador puppies due in several weeks. Keep whelping tools nearby, like scissors, floss, water, and the vet’s phone number.
- The dam delivers the puppies in 63 days, with slight variations usually.