Labrador Puppies

Labrador puppies grow up fast. The best Lab puppy will have health tested parents, and the breeder will have begun to socialize them before they even leave their mom.

You will need a crate, bed, bowls, food and to have puppy proofed your house in advance. Plus, you should have taught yourself how to potty train a Lab puppy, all before they even arrive home!

Advice on Your Lab Puppy

This complete guide to buying, raising and training a Labrador Retriever puppy will help you to choose and raise the perfect family pet.

Here you can find out the best way to buy a puppy, how to feed and potty train your puppy and how to keep him healthy.

We answer your questions on growth, weight, biting, socialization and much more.

We also have a fantastic community and support network of Labrador puppy parents in our forum and on our Facebook page.

a guide to labrador puppiesAbout The Labrador Site

The Labrador Site is brought to you by best selling author and Labrador specialist Pippa Mattinson. Don’t miss her lovely articles, tips, and advice.

Our puppy section is updated constantly. We are always at the forefront of any Labrador news and information.

There is no more extensive Labrador resource anywhere on the internet. It’s all here, and if you scroll down, we’ll help you find what you need.

How to Buy a Labrador Retriever Puppy

Finding Labrador puppies might seem easy. But not every Labrador puppy for sale is a great potential pet.

They also have a huge price range, from $500 to $1,500 dollars depending upon where you look.

And cheaper puppies aren’t necessarily the bargain they seem.

If you haven’t found your Labrador Retriever puppies yet, we have some great resources to help you pick a the right dog.

Don’t miss these important guides:

Not all Labrador puppies for sale are healthy, so its important that you know what you are looking for.

There are lots more resources and information to help prospective puppy buyers in this section.

Getting Ready for your Puppy

Good preparation creates a smoother transition into dog ownership.

Make sure you have a plan in mind for who is going to care for your pup during the day if you work full time.

They won’t be able to be left for more than an hour or so at most for a few weeks, so planning ahead is a big deal.

Doing things like puppy proofing your house before your dog arrives, will make it easier during those first days together.

Adding baby gates to the doorways, buying a puppy playpen and removing any access to small objects or cables will all help.

Feeding and Caring for your Labrador Puppies

Feeding your puppy a healthy diet is very important for his growth and health. We have lots of information on feeding and puppy growth in these two articles

Don’t miss our other many puppy care articles – you’ll find them here

How to Stop your Puppy Biting

Biting is one of the most challenging problems for many new puppy parents.  But it needn’t spoil your enjoyment of Lab puppies.

We have all the information you need to stop your puppy biting in no time at all.

Don’t miss these in-depth guides

Potty Training your Labrador Puppy

You’ll want to get potty training off to a great start. Here are some articles to help you make sure your puppy is clean and dry as quickly as possible.

That’s just to get you started! You’ll find much more information here

Labrador Puppies and Vaccination

You will probably want to make sure your puppy is protected against infectious diseases by having him vaccinated.

In this section we answer all your puppy vaccination questions. Don’t miss:-

Socialisation and Raising Friendly Labrador Puppies

One of the great things about Labradors is their good nature. But did you know that even Labs need a little help in this direction?

Puppies need to be socialised in order to grow up friendly and confident. Here is the information you need to get this important job done:

Life with New Labrador Puppies

Life with a small puppy isn’t always plain sailing! It can all be a bit overwhelming at times.

Here are some articles to help you through the difficult days

Information on Training your Labrador Puppies

You probably can’t wait to get started with training your puppy, and modern puppy training is great fun!

Here are some key resources.

When you’ve read those two, head over to our Labrador Puppy Training Center for links to videos, articles, training guides, books and all the rest of the information you need.

Much More Puppy Information

For a complete guide to raising a healthy and happy puppy don’t miss The Happy Puppy Handbook.

This in-depth guide to the first few months of puppy parenthood covers every aspect of life with a small puppy.

The book will help you prepare your home for the new arrival, and get your puppy off to a great start with potty training, socialisation and early obedience.

The Happy Puppy Handbook is available worldwide.

Also – don’t forget to bookmark this page and come back to read through these fascinating sections.

And if you are in puppy shopping mode, don’t miss 10 things to buy for your new puppy! Alternatively, you can browse through our entire library of puppy articles.

We understand Labradors

Pippa and her team bring you the best expert information and advice

We don’t just love labradors! We understand them too.

All the articles on this website are original and are written by experienced Labrador trainers, breeders, and dog health and behavior experts.

Our objective is to help you to enjoy your puppy.  And your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Asking questions

Please check our extensive library, using the menu at the top of the page, and don’t forget to join the forum where  you can get help and support from lots of other new puppy owners.


  1. Hi everyone, I have a 6 month old fox red who has been very good up until recently. We have exercised him mentally and physically the recommended amount t by our veterinarian, regular and frequent training, and feed him a good diet. Recently he has decided that when off lead he will recall but you CAN NOT put his lead back on. He also now cowers at home when we place it on him. There have been no situations that we can possibly think of where anything negative has happened with the lead/harness. We use positive reinforcement, never shout, don’t hit or push him or drag on lead etc. What can we do? Up until now he was perfect off lead and socialising with dogs well but we don’t want to let him off lead until we figure out the fear of the lead.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  2. My 5 old month Labrador doesn’t bite the raw chicken legs when I feed her she eats the whole thing …any suggestion on raw bones , raw chicken feeding ?

  3. We have a 11 week old yellow lab – he was doing great at night time in crate, now all he does is cry constantly at night. No sleep for any of us. Any suggestions on how to correct this?

  4. Hi. We have a Labrador puppy – 12 weeks old. We are feeding him Royal Canin Maxi Mother & Puppy until now. Should I shift to Royal Canin Junior Labrador or Royal Canin Maxi Junior? Is there a difference? Please help. Thanks so much

  5. My puppy lab is 12 Weeks old and has been throwing up for the last our. Still playing and we did give h some water but did not feed again. Should we be overly concerned. Nose is cold not warm at all. He is relaxing sleeping now

  6. My yellow lab has very chronic ear issues when she shakes her head she actually whines trying to find a home remedy that works have tried quite a few and difference. Need help!

    • My lab gets that with his ears if swimming a lot. Swimmers ear. Mix in a small bottle 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% hydrogen peroxide. Fill in small needless synringe ands spray a little into each ear and gently wipe out with a cotton ball. A friend used this solution on himself when he swam in high school. May have s bit of an ear infection. If continues take to
      Him to a vet.

  7. I have a question, I have a blond lab puppy she is 6 months. The lady I got her from told me the mom of the puppy did not have papers , but the dad did. My puppy has a pink nose, so my husband tells me she is not full blooded lab. Can a lab have a pink nose?????

  8. I just lost my female bullmasfit. I am looking for another dog. my three choices are1 akita,yellow lab. I need a dog for protectin. a lot of these big dogs cost to much. I am wiling topay 800 dollars arethere any big dogs in that range. I would like to buy very soon

    • I got my Labrador puppy by looking for a family that was looking to rehome the puppie. So you can probably take Craigslist or some other sites like that for a family that’s basically looking to rehome their own puppies and you can get them at a lower price than looking out for a breeder

  9. We just picked up a Black Lab puppy yesterday, she was born May 4th, so she is 9 weeks old. I was wondering whether we could bathe her yet and if there is a certain shampoo recommended. Or wether there it is not advised to do so yet. Any other tips and clues you would like to add would be helpful too as this is our first lab puppy weve had. Thank you.

  10. My lab is 2.5 yrs old just hand puppies on mother’s day there 2.5 weeks old when do I intro deuce them to puppy food and what kind should it be the can or dry

  11. Can anyone advise a dog novice. We have a 12 month old (last week) fox red labrador. We need to know if he is now officially classed as an adult dog and how we should go about feeding him. He is currently on 1 X Nutriment 1400gm chubb (raw food diet) a day but we are unsure whether to cut it down now or not. He was neutered about 5 weeks ago, so this may make a difference. Any help would be gratefully appreciated, Lorraine and Mark

    • He may look like an adult but they will continue to develop for at least another year and being a lab he will probably act like a pup til 4 or 5 years old. You can probably cut feedings to 2 a day and gradually introduce an adult food. Better 2 meals a day than 1 big one once a day.