Should I Buy Labrador Retrievers From a Pet Shop?

The big question when looking at puppies is where to buy a dog from. Is it a good idea to buy a puppy from a pet shop or not, and if not, why not? Where is the best place to find Labrador puppies for sale, and how do you know whether this is a happy, healthy pup that will be an excellent addition to your family?

Puppies are not a commitment to be undertaken lightly, especially not when you consider the amount of unwanted adult dogs that end up in animal welfare shelters desperately trying to find a new home for life. However, there are lots of reasons why starting with a puppy is a good idea. Just make sure that you do some research and make a wise choice when you decide where to buy your puppy from.

Labradors are still one of the most popular dog choices going. They are a lovely size, have an excellent temperament and make wonderful family pets as they learn quickly and are very mild mannered and loving. However, for the sake of the dog you want to make sure that this is a puppy that has been bred responsibly by reputable breeders, and sadly, buying in a pet shop makes it much harder to check where the dog came from.

A pet shop is fine for small animals such as mice, rabbits and birds, but for any animal bigger than this, from cats up, you really want to see where the animal comes from, and for dogs this really is so important. A reputable breeder will not allow a pet shop to sell their dogs for them, and won’t actually need to consider this as their puppies will virtually all be sold before they are even born. Top class breeders waiting lists for a puppy can be years long, as they do not overwork their bitches and will only allow her to carry one litter a year.

Labrador puppies for sale in a pet shop should immediately ring alarm bells, as sadly this is another way for puppy thieves to make money. By stealing them from one area and transporting them somewhere else and trying to sell them for a good price, they normally pose as a breeder with just one puppy left that for what seems like a legitimate reason they cannot have any longer. Sadly some small pet shops will see this as an opportunity that is too good to miss and will not see the downside before it is too late. A puppy can also look like a pure breed when it is first born, but sadly could be a cross breed that they are trying to offload quickly before it is noticed. By purchasing from a pet shop you have lost all rights, and have very little come back if your supposed Labrador ends up looking more like a collie. Sadly the pet shop won’t want to know as they ended their responsibility when you walked out of the shop with your new puppy.