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        Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:35 AM

Hello,

I just got a new black labrador puppy. Earlier I did'nt knew but after doing some reading on the internet I came to know that labrador's tail should not be curly but sadly the pup i have has a curly tail which touches his back. Is it a mixed labradore ?

The guy who gave me the pup says its normal. But anyone else who sees my dog says its a mixed. What should I do ? Please clarify.

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        Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:59 AM

Hi,

Here's a pic of the pup.

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        Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:18 AM

My Lucy pup looks just like a black lab and has the curliest tail ever! However, she's a mix not a pure black lab. I would probably say your puppy is a mix as well.

Here's a pic of Lucy and her tail:





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        Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:58 AM

QUOTE (forensic_psych79 @ Mar 28 2008, 06:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My Lucy pup looks just like a black lab and has the curliest tail ever! However, she's a mix not a pure black lab. I would probably say your puppy is a mix as well.

Here's a pic of Lucy and her tail:



Hi,

Thaks for the reply. I have been duped. I will do something about this.

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        Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:22 AM

Your beautiful little pup is undoubtedly a mix breed. I hope you don't get rid of her just for that. As for the price you paid for a pure bred that is something I would definitely address that with the breeder.
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        Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:43 AM

I have to say, cute tho ur puppy is.. is NOT a labrador. My Homer would stand with ihs tail erect and almost curled..

but your puppy has tooo much fur for a start.. like mentioned.. if you ahve paid purebred prices then you need to address that.. but I would treaure your baby
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        Posted 31 March 2008 - 12:59 PM

Sadly? I know the feeling of being "duped" must be addressed, but treasure this tiny bundle with great love. Here's a mix that I just acquired from a lady who couldn't care for him. He is a jewel in the rough. Yup, he has a curly tail and wings for ears. Seven months and almost totally untrained - already loyal and bonded in less than a two weeks. He spent his first months in a garage with little care and then because of work, the dear lady who took him had to give him up. We had issues with separation anxiety and serious issues jumping/nipping...puppy play in a 64# animal. He's doing well and learning so quickly I can't believe it. Would I trade for a purebred...nahhhh....

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        Posted 31 March 2008 - 01:24 PM

QUOTE (kikloo @ Mar 28 2008, 02:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello,

I just got a new black labrador puppy. Earlier I did'nt knew but after doing some reading on the internet I came to know that labrador's tail should not be curly but sadly the pup i have has a curly tail which touches his back. Is it a mixed labradore ?

The guy who gave me the pup says its normal. But anyone else who sees my dog says its a mixed. What should I do ? Please clarify.

Thanks.


Hi,

I have managed to return the dog to the seller. He gave me full refund. I have now contacted several other breeders and I am checking labs everyday with all th breeders. I will pick the best one for sure this time ;-)

Thank you for all the help. Will keep on posting.

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        Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:56 PM

Sorry you had to return her. I hope they find her a new good home. If I had a biger house I would have taken her, she was a little dall from what I saw of her. My Sasha is a mix and Toby a pure bred and we love them just the same.
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        Posted 01 April 2008 - 11:15 PM

QUOTE (KarenM @ Apr 2 2008, 09:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry you had to return her. I hope they find her a new good home. If I had a biger house I would have taken her, she was a little dall from what I saw of her. My Sasha is a mix and Toby a pure bred and we love them just the same.


Hi,

Please do not think that I would have made any compromises if I have to keep him. I never made any type of compromise earlier and would'nt have made any in future if the seller did'nt took it back. Its just that he took it back but I also came to know that a family took it same day. So I am also wishing the best to Labby.

I had, will and always take care of my pets. I have 4 cocktoo's, 8 budgies, 16 fishes (6 discus and 10 platies) as pets and I take their care as much as possible. I have even hired 2 full time employees to take care of pets under my supervision.

I would take care of the pet dog also as much as possible I can do. Please do not think that I intentionally returned Labby. Till he was with me I was doing the best I could have done. He was gaining 1 KG weight every2-3 days.

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        Posted 17 April 2008 - 04:51 PM

QUOTE (kikloo @ Apr 1 2008, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

Please do not think that I would have made any compromises if I have to keep him. I never made any type of compromise earlier and would'nt have made any in future if the seller did'nt took it back. Its just that he took it back but I also came to know that a family took it same day. So I am also wishing the best to Labby.

I had, will and always take care of my pets. I have 4 cocktoo's, 8 budgies, 16 fishes (6 discus and 10 platies) as pets and I take their care as much as possible. I have even hired 2 full time employees to take care of pets under my supervision.

I would take care of the pet dog also as much as possible I can do. Please do not think that I intentionally returned Labby. Till he was with me I was doing the best I could have done. He was gaining 1 KG weight every2-3 days.

Thank you.


I don't think anyone is questioning whether or not you care about your pets, its just the tone of your post makes it sound as if you considered the dog a valuable commodity rather than a companion. I'm certain we're misunderstanding you and this isn't the case at all, its just how you came off sounding.

My sister has a friend thet returned 2 consecutive Yorkies to the breeder for superficial reasons and my philosophy is to love any animal regardless of how imperfect it is. But this isn't taking into account the money you spent or whether or not you plan on breeding your Lab, in either case I could see doing that. Its nothing bad, just a case of you having a different perspective to pet ownership. Mine is, Sawyer was a free black dog, he is smelly and loud and he drools when i cook bacon and I love him.

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        Posted 18 April 2008 - 06:39 PM

QUOTE (SeaPick @ Mar 31 2008, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sadly? I know the feeling of being "duped" must be addressed, but treasure this tiny bundle with great love. Here's a mix that I just acquired from a lady who couldn't care for him. He is a jewel in the rough. Yup, he has a curly tail and wings for ears. Seven months and almost totally untrained - already loyal and bonded in less than a two weeks. He spent his first months in a garage with little care and then because of work, the dear lady who took him had to give him up. We had issues with separation anxiety and serious issues jumping/nipping...puppy play in a 64# animal. He's doing well and learning so quickly I can't believe it. Would I trade for a purebred...nahhhh....

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looks exactly like my Diego - a lab shepard mix - what kind of shepard - don't know

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        Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:44 AM

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looks exactly like my Diego - a lab shepard mix - what kind of shepard - don't know


My Jonesy looks very much like your Diego. Thanks to your photo,
I realize that my pooch could have some shepherd in her.

Jonesy has a streak of white hair going down her chest, which
I thought might indicate some type of herding dog (she exhibited
a lot of herding behavior as a pup) . Maybe she's a mix of
three breeds.

I've posted a picture of Jonesy. It's not a very good one--I'm no
photographer--but I think you can see that her tail is long and
curly. In fact, her tail is so long that it curls around and touches
the top of her back.

Thanks again for posting your photo and for the information
you provided!

Cheers :)

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        Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:00 PM

Hello to Kikloo and Merryl- Welcome aboard. Sorry that the little puppy had to go back to the breeder but it was for the best all around. Better off with the new family. Sure was a cutie but not a purebred. Is there a Labby Rescue Group where you live? Check with them. There are so many Labs that need forever homes. Make Adoption Your First Option. I did and I could not have a better dog than Perry.

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        Posted 30 April 2010 - 04:22 PM

Tara looks like Sea Pick, long legs, and tail that curls when she is happy ... just like Homer, except for blackness and longer legs. The tip of her tail points forward when she is really happy (unless it is busy wagging), but never curls fully around to touch her butt. Moderately happy, and the tail starts straight back, then curves down and back up like a sickle. with tip pointing up. Unhappy, and the end sags down. Basic shape of tail is classic "Otter Tail."

She was delivered to Hanover County pound (USA, Virginia) by owner/breeder when she was ~7 months old. Reason stated: "Unable to provide adequate care." Had been in open cage/pen apparently for her entire life. Owner/breeder stated she was a "Black Lab - Shepherd cross?" The question mark is not mine, it was on the form owner/breeder filled out. We got her two weeks after she arrived at pound.

Don't regret it a bit, she is a dear little thing. I do believe she had beern mistreated or harmed in some way involving her feet. She is OK if we play with her feet when she is on her back waving them for a belly rub, but if you touch, or try to touch them, when she is standing up she will retreat to her crate in our bedroom. And, I believe I have posted about the HORRIBLE time we had trying to trim her toenails.

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        Posted 30 April 2010 - 11:07 PM

So sad that your puppy had to go back as you probably started bonding together. Would the seller not give you some money back, or did you just want a pure bred labrador? I don't want to sound critical but the curly tail and the fluffy fur should have been a giveaway. At least the pup got rehomed straight away.
Can i recommend that when you go to see puppies in future that you see their parents too. If you are inexperienced with the breed, then take along someone who knows what to look for. I agree completely with Perry's Mom that adoption is the best option.

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        Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:33 PM

I have to say, cute tho ur puppy is.. is NOT a labrador. My Homer would stand with ihs tail erect and almost curled..
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but your puppy has tooo much fur for a start.. like mentioned.. if you ahve paid purebred prices then you need to address that.. but I would treaure your baby

ur dog is of a very good quality....it has heavy bone structure , long ears and a broad skull.........its good

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        Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:59 PM

Sometimes things like curled tails doesn't necessarily mean the dog is a mix. It could be a genetic defect somewhere along the line. It's not a problem, but it makes your dog less likely to end up in the show ring or if you are a breeder with proper ethics you won't breed the dog.

Lots of labs have a white spot on their chest or toes. Why? This is because the original dog that later became the lab (and went extinct in 1982) had these white markings on it.

And remember if you breed two full blooded labs you may not always get dogs that look like labs. Sometimes genetics from previous generations can become dominant and your dog will look like a mix even though it's parents were full blooded. In this case somebody didn't check the family history of both candidate dogs (like back yard breeders do. Hey Harv! I got a lab, you got a lab, let's breed them and make a lot of MONEY!) and the result was less than desirable.

I agree totally with Perry's Mom. There are tons of labs in shelters languishing away waiting for somebody to come and adopt them. Some of the finest dogs I have ever worked with have come from shelters. Sure, they don't come with paperwork, but can you love paperwork more than a dog?

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        Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:13 PM

Steel has a similar tail, but it doesn't touch her back. Steel's tail is also quite feathered, which is not typical of black labs. I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world though. We found her online (craig's list type site) just in time, because the couple who had her was keeping her in the garage (at 4 months) and were going to take her to the shelter because they had a newborn baby and they didn't want to have Steel and the baby, or something.

I'm very sorry the pup had to go back, and it's too bad for the pup as well. That's too bad. I'm glad she found another home. I guess all I can ask is that next time you do more research when you go to a breeder, so that you know what you are getting.
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        Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:18 AM

Steel has a similar tail, but it doesn't touch her back. Steel's tail is also quite feathered, which is not typical of black labs. I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world though. We found her online (craig's list type site) just in time, because the couple who had her was keeping her in the garage (at 4 months) and were going to take her to the shelter because they had a newborn baby and they didn't want to have Steel and the baby, or something.

I'm very sorry the pup had to go back, and it's too bad for the pup as well. That's too bad. I'm glad she found another home. I guess all I can ask is that next time you do more research when you go to a breeder, so that you know what you are getting.



FWIW, Given that this thread is 3 1/2 years old, I would say that pup was part Chow.




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