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First time puppy buyer questions

I've read the stickies and have somewhat understanding of what to expect from the breeder. But there wasn't any information outlining important signs to look in the puppy when purchasing.

How would I go about evaluating certain signs and what are they. I.E ear colour, feet size, structure, balance etc
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This is where a good breeder comes into play. They will match you up with the perfect puppy. Trust the breeder.
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Some people say a golden lab mix would be another choice to consider, what are the advantage and disadvantages of a golden lab mix ?
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A purebred from a GOOD breeder is the way to go after you decide on a breed. If you want a mix you should go to the shelter where there are 1000's of wonderful, loving dogs that would give anything to have a good home.
I've always rescued and it's so rewarding.
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I don't think there is necessarily a "disadvantage" to owning a golden/lab mix. I would just never financially support a breeder who is intentionally creating mixed breed dogs when there are so many already in shelters. If you find a golden/lab mix in a shelter or rescue then go for it!

As for the evaluating a puppy question, I'm not sure exactly what you are asking?? If you are talking about structural evaluations it's not something someone can necessarily tell you over the internet. I have been to 20-30 litter evaluations and am still learning about how to evaluate structure. The Pat Hastings Puppy Puzzle DVD is a great resource if you are interested in learning the details.
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^ I've heard when picking a golden retriever puppy look for the ear colour because that is the colour the dog will be when its older. And paw size is a good indicator of how big the puppy will get. Are there any other things like that to look for when buying a puppy
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Make sure its an active puppy, isnt too shy (dont pick one just because you feel sorry for it, other social issue may come up later because of that) , make sure she can see and hear you, just check general health, the thing with mixes is you dont get reputable breeders, and therefore there are risks for health issues, but you will pay significantly less for a mixed. I understand if you cant afford to buy from a reputable breeder where the cost may be anywhere between 1300 and 3000 bucks, I got tuco for 300 bucks from a back yard breeder, because i simply couldnt afford that much money, instead i bought him for cheap and the rest of the money has gone to insurance, vet check ups, and a toys and food. You have to be prepared for the risk of health issues with a back yard breeder though.
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The breeder will ultimately pick out a puppy suitable for your home, not based on the size of their paws, or the ear color. Sure, some people like the darker 'red' color and I know some don't. When looking for a puppy, you should never say you want this color over that; rather a healthy and happy puppy to fulfill your life for years to come.
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