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The decision to purchase a dog represents a 10 to 15 year commitment, hopefully even longer. Look at the purchase of a dog as a three part exercise: homework, field work, and purchase. Homework - Know and understand the responsibility you are undertaking. The financial commitment goes well beyond the initial purchase price of the dog. Dogs of all breeds and ages require veterinary care, training, grooming, and quality food. All dogs, especially puppies need companionship, supervision, and exercise.
Once you are certain you are ready for a dog, think about the breed that is right for you. Some things to consider include activity level, size, grooming requirements, and temperament.
Field Work - A lot of people will sell you a dog but unfortunately, not all of them are reliable and responsible individuals. Do your research and find a good breeder that is right for you. Know the health issues concerning your chosen breed and ask prospective breeders what they are doing to screen and eliminate these diseases. Know the medical history of the parents and ask to see CERF, OFA, and other applicable certificates. More information about canine health organizations can be found on our connections page under canine health. Ask for references and check them.
Purchase - Reputable breeders will often require you sign a contract. Read this carefully and be certain you can live with the requirements. The American Kennel Club offers this additional information about buying a dog!
Papago Labrador Retriever Club
Breeder Referral Information
The following is provided as information only. Be sure to do your research before selecting a breeder. There is no implied or specific recommendation of breeders listed
Papago Breeder Directory
LRC Labrador Parent Club Breeder directory
Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue 602-307-Labs