When it comes to spotting a pedigree lab, it can be difficult as you can’t tell just by looking. A dog’s pedigree is a list of its ancestors. A pedigree dog simply means a purebred dog. If you discover that a laboratory has the presence of a pedigree, that does not necessarily indicate that the laboratory is of exceptional quality. On the other hand, a lack of pedigree may indicate a negligent breeder.
To know if a lab is purebred, you must have a three-generation pre-puppy test and there must be a minimum of one titled dog in your puppy’s ancestry. The truth is that every dog has a pedigree and it is simply their family tree. The only way to clearly know the history of your laboratory is to get your hands on genealogical documents. Understanding them is another story.
There is a lot of information in this paperwork about parents and grandparents, both maternal and paternal from a few generations ago. These are technically the AKC papers. Purebred dogs are associated with quality and indicate that they are purebred.
The AKC has pretty strict rules for tracking a dog’s pedigree history. They will never register a dog that is mongrel or mongrel. Pedigree documents will guarantee your laboratory genealogy with a complete family history. The newspapers also list whether any of the dogs have been champions.
Champion dogs are more likely to have champion children. The champions have participated and won in a series of competitions that are considered the best of their breed. Pedigree is also an indication that there was no consanguinity in your laboratory lineage. Inbreeding can lead to genetic defects. By ensuring that there is no inbreeding, breeders can keep their young healthy and strong.
Technically a lab is considered to be a medium to large sized dog once it has grown up. There is not much difference in adult height between male and female lab, who both grow to about 25 inches tall. The weight of the laboratory, once fully grown, is between 70 and 80 pounds. This gives you some kind of base structure the size your adult lab will have. It is very important to know and fully understand exactly how big a puppy is expected to grow.
Just looking at a Lab can’t tell much about its pedigree, but the typical purebred Labrador will have the following characteristics: a short, thick coat, a well-defined head and prominent forehead, a distinctive black outer lining around the eyes, a physically powerful and well-developed body, ears that fall close to the skull and are situated slightly above the eyes, and its characteristic tail that resembles that of an otter. It should be especially voluminous at the bottom, progressively thinning near the tip. It should also be of medium length. The tail must not be cut or altered in any way.
On the lookout, also look for oversized nostrils, a deep chest, wide muzzle, fairly long legs, and great stamina. The rear of the Labrador is broad, well developed, and strong, starting at the hip and down to the hock.