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How Much Does A Labrador Retriever Cost In Different Countries? Your Guide Here!

By
 Ashly 
on 
April 26, 2021

Do you want to know how much does a labrador cost in different countries? If yes, then you have come to the right place.

As we all know that the Labrador is a favorite dog breed of people in the world. Because the pet is so popular, it has been bred in a large number of countries and the cost of the pet varies from country to country.

This is the reason why you need a labrador cost guide before buying a pet in a different country. In this article, you are going to find the list of countries with the cost of labrador retriever.

You will also find out the cost of the pet in other countries and how it is different from the country you live in.

First, let`s find out the different kinds of colors of labrador

Black Labrador

Black Labs have a dark, pure black coat that is sleek and shiny. They’re chosen most often for hunting, but they also make wonderful non-working pets.

Statistically speaking, Black Labs are the most common of all Labrador color variations. This is due to how coat color is inherited in this breed. Without getting too far into a scientific explanation for this, there are nine different possible gene combinations for coat color. Four of these lead to a black coat, three to yellow, and only two to chocolate. Due to random chance, Black Labs make up nearly half of all Labradors.

Some people believe that Black Labs are the calmest and most affectionate of the Labrador breed, but there isn’t any research to back this up.

Yellow Labrador

Yellow Labs can have a pretty wide range of coloration, and two other Lab colors we’ll discuss later are really just extremes of the Yellow Lab color spectrum. Yellow Labs often have a very light brown or tan colored coat that can appear yellowish.

They’re regarded as the friendliest of the Labs, but again this isn’t substantiated by any research.

Chocolate Labrador

The rarest of the three major Labrador colors, the Chocolate Lab is beautiful and adorable with a deep brown, chocolate-colored coat. The shade or intensity of the chocolate color can vary quite a bit, and even Chocolate Labs from the same litter can range from a light brown to what would be better described as a mix between a Chocolate Lab’s coat and a Black Lab’s coat.

Chocolate Labs are regarded as the most energetic and hardest to train, and while there is no research-based evidence to support this, Chocolate Labs are the only Labs not used as service dogs by the leading dog training organizations. This may be due to a higher energy level.

Their absence from service dog institutions may also be because Chocolate Labs experience more health problems and tend to have shorter lifespans than their Black and Yellow counterparts. On average, Chocolate Labs live about a year and a half shorter than other colored Labs.

Red Labs

Red Labs, commonly referred to as Red Fox Labs, have a deep red coat that resembles that of a fox. These dogs are not a different genetic coloration at all but rather the extreme of the Yellow Lab’s color spectrum. Simply put, they have the genetics of a Yellow Lab but present a darker coat that appears reddish.

Because their genes are identical to that of their yellow brethren, they don’t carry any additional health issues, and their lifespans and health issues are no different than those of a Yellow or Black Lab.

Red Labs are rarer than Yellow Labs simply because it’s most common to see a light brown or yellowish coat rather than a deeper red coloration.

White Labrador Retriever

White Labradors are usually genetically identical to Yellow Labs just like Red Labs are, but their coat is the lighter extreme on the Yellow Lab color spectrum. White Labs usually have very pale brown fur that can appear purely white, especially in the sun. Their fur normally has light brown or yellowish tinges around the ears and paws.

White Labs don’t have any additional health issues unless their white coloration comes from albinism. Albino labs can also be considered White Labs, but they have a genetic mutation that limits their coat’s color production. Albino Labs do carry additional health problems such as deafness, blindness, and other eye issues.

Silver Labs

Silver Labs are stunning, regal, and sleek. Their light grey coat shines beautifully in the sun, and their appearance is as striking as it is adorable.

These pups are similar to Red Labs in that they have the same genetics as one of the major three Lab colors. Silver Labs are really Chocolate Labs, even though they may look more like Blue Labs, but their coat is light or diluted, and the result is a silvery appearance.

Like their chocolate siblings, Silver Labs, unfortunately, inherit some additional health issues and tend to live shorter lives than Black and Yellow Labradors. They also are prone to “color dilution alopecia,” which is a genetic disorder that can lead to patchy fur and skin problems.

How much is a Labrador?

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular companion canine in the world.

Labs are the number one pet dog in the United States and have been for the last quarter-century! In the UK, the Labrador is the second most popular pet pup nationwide.

Many aspiring Labrador Retriever owners head online daily to research how much Labrador costs to purchase and care for.

Calculating The Cost For A Labrador Puppy

One of the first things first-time puppy shoppers learn is that different breeders can charge very different prices. Why is this?

It can be hard to think of a puppy as a product – something for sale – but most breeders do need to charge at least a certain minimum price to recoup expenses.

Ideally, they will also make some profit to afford to raise their next litter.

Recent research indicates the average price for a purebred Labrador Retriever puppy can range from $600 to $1,200.

What are some variables that can influence what price you pay for a Labrador puppy?

Some factors are:

  • gender
  • coat color
  • overall conformation (appearance)
  • temperament
  • parent dog show awards/pedigree
  • lineage (American, English)
  • future show/breeding potential
  • demand versus supply.

Expensive Puppies Vs Low Price Puppies

There are four basic types of puppy breeders:

  • responsible purebred dog breeders
  • backyard breeders
  • puppy mills
  • import breeders.

You may have heard these terms in the media, but what precisely does each one mean? Let’s take a look!

Purebred Dog Breeder

This is the only kind of breeder you want to purchase from! A purebred dog breeder prizes responsible dog breeding above all else.

This breeder will likely register with various oversight organizations such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC).

A responsible dog breeder will make sure parent dogs have had all recommended health screenings.

This type of breeder will ensure puppies have received all required vaccinations and pest control treatments. These costs will then be built into the price the breeder charges for Lab puppies.

High-quality breeders should offer:

  • an initial guarantee of health
  • a record of all required immunizations and treatments
  • full disclosure about any parent dog or breed-specific health issues
  • a take-back guarantee if the puppy isn’t the right fit for your household.

Backyard Breeder

A backyard breeder isn’t necessarily a “bad” breeder.

But this type of breeder is not going to be knowledgeable about canine genetics, heritable breed-specific health conditions, special whelping issues, and proper puppy socialization.

Backyard breeders may deliberately breed to sell puppies.

Or they may be selling their puppies because “dogs will be dogs” and their intact female got knocked up by the intact male dog next door.

While a backyard breeder’s puppies may look like purebred puppies, you may not know if you are paying a purebred price and getting a mixed breed dog.

For these and other reasons, it is best to steer clear of purchasing a puppy from a backyard breeder, no matter how cute the pup in question may be!

Puppy Mill

The phrase “puppy mill” has become nearly synonymous with animal neglect and cruelty, and rightfully so.

One oversight organization estimates there may be as many as 10,000 active puppy mill operations doing business right now in the United States alone.

Sadly, each purchase from a puppy mill simply sends the message to keep breeding.

Many puppy mill puppies are malnourished, under-socialized, and haven’t received their vaccinations. All of this can contribute to a lifetime of behavior and health issues.

Puppy mills want to make a profit, so they will skimp on parent dog and puppy care and inflate puppy prices to make the most money possible on each puppy sold.

However, because their expenses are so low, a “great deal” price on a Lab puppy can be a warning sign you are about to buy a puppy mill puppy.

Always do your research and, if at all possible, actually visit the kennel in person before committing to a puppy.

If the breeder refuses to permit you to visit, run (don’t walk) and don’t look back.

Avoid purchasing a puppy from a pet store or online store as these puppies are often acquired from puppy mills.

Import Breeder

An import breeder is basically a puppy mill that breeds or purchases their puppies out of the country and then imports them for sale.

What Is The Cost Of A Labrador Puppy

Reputable purebred dog breeders will incur certain costs to breed and sell high-quality Labrador puppies.

These costs can vary from breeder to breeder, from litter to litter, and even from puppy to puppy.

If special health issues arise during pregnancy or if delivery is especially difficult, the price tag may be higher.

If you have questions about the cost of a Labrador puppy, most responsible breeders are happy to walk you through how they set their prices.

Here are some common breeding and whelping costs to keep in mind.

Health Testing

The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends Labrador Retriever parent dogs be pre-tested for:

  • hip and elbow dysplasia
  • eye issues
  • D Locus (dilute)
  • exercise-induced collapse
  • centronuclear myopathy.

This can cost as much as $1,000 per parent dog.

Plus, there is an $85 fee to register each dog with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, which administers CHIC.

So the total is $1,085.

Pregnancy Testing

Stud fees run $800 and up. The female brucellosis test (to verify the dam is STD-free) is $75.

Each pregnancy ultrasound is $150 to $250.

If the dam needs a C-section delivery, it can range from $500 for a simple surgery to $1,200 for complex surgery.

Prenatal supplies are around $300.

The post-whelping vet visit is $150.

All this can run up a bill of up to $2,775 per litter.

Puppy Health

Puppies need special food and, most importantly, vaccinations, which can easily run $200 per puppy.

AKC registration for purebred Labrador puppies is $27 per puppy for normal registration. Microchipping is around $45.

Breeders typically put together a “new puppy” pack including a trial size of their regular food, collar and leash, food and water dish, puppy chew toys, and health records. This may cost $50 or more.

So here the breeder can spend $322 easily.

The total in this example is now up to nearly $4,200 for a single litter. This doesn’t include pregnancy and puppy food, puppy pads, towels and blankets, heat lamps, and other necessary things!

Hopefully, it now makes more sense why a reputable breeder might need to set a puppy’s price at $600 to $1,200 to recoup costs and continue breeding.

If this price range is currently not an option for you but you really want a Labrador, it can be worthwhile to check with local rescue shelters.

You will most likely be adopting an adult rather than a puppy, which can also help control maintenance costs.

The typical adoption fees range from $50 to $250 and that fee may include valuable extras such as food, supplies, spay/neuter, and even training classes..

We hope the information in this article has helped you prepare to select your “THE ONE.” Enjoy a lifetime of love, good health, and fun together!

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Ashly

Hey yaa! Im Ashly and I love pets. Growing up in a house with 2 dogs, a cat, a parrot and many furry rodents; it was natural for me to have a profound affection for them. I created GenerallyPets.com to create useful guides and articles on looking after your furry friends. The advice given on this site is our views and expertise, please consult a VET prior to testing anything. Hope my site helps you :)

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