A vet that we haven't been to before said today that he doesn't think our Yellow lab is a purebred.
He said that she won't get much bigger than she already is. He also said that her fur is too soft and that her nose is too short. I told him she is the English variety and he didn't know what that was. She is 17 1/2weeks old and weighs 30 lbs. She has big paws and everyone tells us she's going to be a big dog. i called the breeder when i got home and she reassured me of the mother and father of our pup. She is the English variety. i saw the mother when I bought her but the father is the breeder's daughter's lab so I didn't get to see him. I would post pictures here if I knew how. Is there a way to do that? She is a creamy yellow color with the typical blocky english lab head and stocky body. Also, the vet I saw before him a month ago said she was a beautiful lab and asked where I got her. Should I be concerned about what this new vet said today?
on Mar 2nd 2013
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Why does this matter so much to you? Do you love your dog? Love her the way she is, don't get upset about it. And get her spayed.
Gwen answered on 3/2/13. Helpful? / 0
Technically unless your dog is papered with the AKC or CKC then he/she is NOT considered purebred. So if you have papers proving that she is a lab then yes she is purebred, if you have no papers then there may always be the "is she 100%" question. But like the poster said above me, it doesn't change the quality of love you will get, and consider having her spayed!
Kye answered on 3/2/13. Helpful? / 0
There are very few veterinarians who are experienced enough to recognize purebreeds, especially when they are puppies. I do know a couple who are licensed breed judges, but they are familiar only with the breeds they judge, not all breeds.
I have been breeding and showing labradors for over 40 years and I have also been involved in rescue and shelter work for all that time and there is no way, no how I am going to tell someone their young lab puppy is or is not purebred...it is too soon to tell.
As for "papers" making a difference, trust me, they DO NOT. There are plenty of wonderful looking purebred dogs WITHOUT papers who would put some of the best show dogs to shame. Papers only mean her parents were registered, not that they were actually purebred to correct the previous poster.
Do not worry about what this vet said...if he says something again ask to see his judging license!!! He is a vet, NOT a dog show judge!
Toto, CD, RN, CGC answered on 3/3/13. Helpful? / 0