Labrador Breeders in Scotland reviewed
Labrador Breeders in Scotland: Crammondkirk Labradors
This Labrador Breeder in Scotland is located in West Lothian. According to their website, they focus on producing healthy Labrador Retrievers of the correct type, conformation and good temperament. All their breeding stock are cleared for eyes, hips and elbows, as well as GPRA, HNPK and EIC. Apart from breeding, they are active in showing their dogs, and have produced many Champions. If you are interested in this breeder and their puppies, please visit their website.
Labrador Breeders in Scotland: Lochandaimh Labradors
This Labrador Breeder in Scotland is based near Dunkeld, Scotland. They have been involved in Labradors for over 15 years. All their breeding dogs are health screened for various genetic health issues such as prcd-PRA, CNM, SD2 and EIC as well as are cleared for eyes, hips and elbows. They offer high-quality Labradors with good temperaments and excellent working abilities.
Labrador Breeders in Scotland: Afinmore Labradors
This Labrador Breeder in Scotland is located in Lockerbie, South West Scotland. According to their website, they mostly offer show-class Labradors. They have been very active in the show ring with their dogs and have produced many champions. All of their breeding dogs are thoroughly health tested, including hips, elbows, eyes and DNA tests to rule out any genetic health issues in the litters. Health is extremely important for this breeder, as well as type and temperament. Afinmore Labs focus on producing well-temperamented, biddable labs that will make for excellent family pets and cpm[anions. If you are interested in learning more about this breeder and their dogs, please visit their website.
This Scotland Labrador Breeder is based in Stirlingshire. They have been involved in Labradors for over 50 years! They are active in the show ring and have produced many Champions over the years. If you are interested in this breeder and their dogs, please visit their website.
Labrador Owner Review: Latisha and her Lab Cooper
Labradors are extremely smart. Cooper is definitely one of the smartest dogs I ever met. We did some training classes with him and he was one of the first ones out of his “peers” to learn all the commands. However, he is not very obedient. He always thinks first whether he really wants to do it or not. Our dog trainer explained that this is normal for a Lab. If Cooper was a German Shepherd, we could expect obedience (if the dog was trained well), but Labs don’t necessarily have that in their genetics.
Now that my Lab Cooper is two years old, I think I can write a more or less objective “review” about him. It probably will be less objective because Cooper is the love of my life and it’s hard to review that objectively. But I will try.
Cooper is a very active dog. He always needs to be a part of everything that happens around the house or even in the neighbor’s yard. Whenever he hears any sounds, he has to run and see what’s going on. He doesn’t bark though, he just needs to be a part of everything. We do have good fencing, otherwise, he would be in the neighbor’s yard poking his nose in our neighbors’ lives. Good thing people like him and usually don’t mind his interest.
Although he is very friendly, our Labrador does have some guarding qualities. He will bark if a stranger comes into our yard or our house and he will follow the new person around just to keep them in sight, just in case. Once he is confident that a person is our friend, he relaxes too. He keeps following that person around but that’s because he just hopes they will play with him or pet him. Yes, he is quite an attention seeker! If the guest does play with him, Cooper will keep bringing them his slobbery dog toys and chew bones and even some of the socks he stole from us. It’s hilarious.
He has never been openly aggressive though, to anyone, which we really like about him. I would never want a dog that can be aggressive to other dogs, because I wouldn’t know what to do if there ever was any sort of conflict between them.
Like many Labrador Retrievers, Cooper loves many people, pretty much everybody. But he is very self-willed and really only listens to me and my husband. He is not very obedient with my mom or my husband’s parents. He loves them, would play with them, but he won’t listen to them. He won’t listen to our eight-year-old son either.
Speaking of kids, we had to sort of teach Cooper to behave with our son. He seems to think that Jake is only there to constantly play with him which of course Jake does a lot, but Cooper can be pretty rough. He doesn’t always remember how big and heavy he is and he can easily knock Jake off his feet or be too rough while playing which ends with Jake having scrapes and bruises everywhere.
Which, of course, we really don’t like. We’ve been teaching him to be gentler but it’s slow progress, so we try not to leave Jake alone with Cooper too much. I have read a lot about Labs being extremely gentle with kids but that’s not our case.
Labradors are extremely smart. Cooper is definitely one of the smartest dogs I ever met. We did some training classes with him and he was one of the first ones out of his “peers” to learn all the commands. However, he is not very obedient. He always thinks first whether he really wants to do it or not. Our dog trainer explained that this is normal for a Lab. If Cooper was a German Shepherd, we could expect obedience (if the dog was trained well), but Labs don’t necessarily have that in their genetics. They are more “thinking” dogs. They need to evaluate the situation and make their own decision before following the command.
He can also be sneaky and sly. When I tell him to do something, for example, to go to his place, he will start walking, and then look back at me halfway to see if I really meant it and if I was still looking. It’s hilarious. He will also sometimes pick something he isn’t supposed to off the ground (like a bone or a small stick) and keep it in his mouth because he knows that if we see it, we’ll make him drop it.
At first, it was quite hard to reinforce our rules with him. When he was a puppy, he was absolutely wild and thought he could do anything he wanted. When we tried to show him that something was off-bounds, he wouldn’t listen. If we raised our voice or tried to put any force in our interaction with Cooper, he would literally get offended and look at us like we physically hurt him (which we never did). So it was a careful balance. Now that he is older, it seems like Cooper understands that there are rules in the world and he has to follow some of them. His personality has become much more pliable and he is definitely easier to live with. I don’t know if that’s common to all puppies, or Labrador puppies, or just our Lab.
As you have probably already understood, Cooper can be very stubborn. It’s hard to change his mind if he decided he wants to do something. He is a large dog, so sometimes it’s hard to steer him in the right direction because he will pull the leash and drag you after him if he wants to. This is why training is so important, and from a very early age, before your dog gets the idea that they can do whatever they want.
The best things about our Labrador are how affectionate and loving he is. He has a kind heart if you can say so about a dog. He definitely has a very defined and strong personality, and our job as owners is to build a good, productive relationship with this personality, which is quite interesting. It’s a process we enjoy, despite some issues and problems.
Cooper is very stable. He isn’t afraid of too many things. He isn’t even afraid of fireworks or loud noises which a lot of dogs are. He is just calm and I have never seen him panic. When he is scared, he can growl a little but nothing more than that.
He is very friendly towards people and other dogs which we also love.
Overall, Labs are wonderful dogs that I would recommend to almost anyone, provided you do your research and provided you are ready for some complications and issues that will certainly arise. But that can be with literally any breed.