Champion Bred Labrador Retrievers
Should you care about Champion bred Labrador puppies if what you want is just a pet?
I'll answer you with another question: Do you want a Labrador that looks and acts as a Labrador when he or she becomes an adult? If your answer is yes, then you should care about having a puppy breed from Champion stock or Champion lines.
Now, what does all of that have to do with you? Well, a Labrador that becomes a Champion is a dog that has defeated quite a few other Labradors because he/she is a better representative of the breed. He or she looks so much like the standard that he/she deserves to be a Champion. So, the more Champions your puppy has on its pedigree, the greater the chances he has to look like a true Labrador as an adult.
Let’s be honest, you can get a “Lab” from a lot of different sources (Pet shops, back yard breeder, shelters, etc) in the area, but would they look as a true Labrador when they grow up? Most likely, no. All puppies are cute. The reality check comes when they lose their belly fat, and start growing. By then, you love your dog so much that you do nothing about it, but dream he or she would look like what you intended to buy......a true Labrador.
The temperament is a unique, wonderful trait of the Labrador breed. You have to trust your breeder on that one, but check the parents (at least the mom). You should always be able to meet, play with, and interact with the parents, at least the mom, and probably other family members of the puppies without a problem. Labs must be friendly, alert, with their short otter tails wagging most of the time. They might bark at the beginning to alert the newcomer and their owners, but should be quiet shortly after. Here is what the standard of the breed says about the Labrador Retriever temperament: “True Labrador Retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the “otter” tail. The ideal disposition is one of a kindly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal. The Labrador has much that appeals to people: his gentle ways, intelligence, and adaptability, all which make him an ideal dog.
Have no doubts, Labrador Retrievers are the perfect family companions!