When looking to purchase purebred Labrador Retriever puppies, it is best to look for breeders through the American Kennel Club website directory or for Labrador Retriever rescue groups, such as the Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue in San Francisco. Many Labrador Retriever rescue groups offer adult dogs to good homes and may have puppies available from time to time.
Choosing to adopt a Labrador Retriever puppy or any puppy is a big responsibility and commitment. The Labrador Retriever breed has an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. They are also a member of the AKC's "sporting group" and therefore love to chase and hunt. They were bred to help fisherman retrieve fish and to help with grabbing nets and ropes. The dogs still have that playful sporting instinct and require lots of daily exercise to be content at home. When their exercise needs are met, the Labrador Retriever makes an excellent pet for families and individuals.
When choosing between puppies, new owners will also have to choose the color of their Labrador Retriever. The puppies come in black, chocolate and yellow colors. The females weigh slightly less than the males at up to 62 lbs. and the males weigh between 55 and 80 lbs., according to Dogtime. The dogs also have coats that are easy to clean for owners who do not want to have to deal with coat maintenance.