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How do I find a Mixed Breed Puppy?

RainMan
March 17th, 2005, 08:28 AM
I recently had to have my dog put down after a long battle with cancer and now find myself looking for a new companion. I would like to get a mixed breed, preferably a lab/golden retreiver mix. I am aware of the various rescues but at least for this time I would like a puppy and not an adult dog. I am aware of puppymills and want to make sure that I stay away from them. However I am having difficulty finding a breeder that caters to my wishes. I have heard that pet stores that sell puppies buy their puppies from puppymills so I don't want to look there. I have noticed that some breeders mix with poodles but I am not interested in a poodle mix. Does anyone have a suggestion for me?

luvmybeagles
March 17th, 2005, 08:47 AM
I'd try your local animal shelters. Some of them (the ones in my area do) will actually take your name on a list with the specific type of dog you want, and then if they get any in they will call you. (Unfortunately they never got any beagles in the last time I did this).

Also you might check with some veterinary clinics. Someone may have a lab or golden retriever that unexpectedly got pregnant, and now they have those pups to contend with.

Good luck!

maddoxies
March 17th, 2005, 08:53 AM
You can also try petfinders and legitimate rescue groups. We can help guide you as to who is a genuine rescue group.

If you find a mix pup in Quebec, I am coming home to Oshawa next weekend for Easter, and can bring someone with me. PM me if you like.

happycats
March 17th, 2005, 09:10 AM
Goldengirl, your coming to my neck of the woods !
To bad I can't find a rescue by then for you to bring back for me !! (I found one in QC on petfinders "Fannie" , but she is with Take me home rescue,) They are located in Mississauga, the dog is located in a pound in QC they tell me.
If you want want to know anything about Oshawa, PM me, I would be happy to assist!

Sorry for stealing your thread rainman, But I will keep and eye out for a pup for you as I live in Oshawa too! I have seen a couple on: www.petfinder.com.

Lucky Rescue
March 17th, 2005, 09:18 AM
Definitely stay away from the pet stores. The puppies are from mills and you don't want to support that cruelty.

Hamilton Animal Control has a litter of 8 week old Lab mix puppies.
Puppies (http://www.petfinder.org/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=4182421&adTarget=468doggeneral&SessionID=42399c7f1c8fe8e7-app4&display=&preview=&row=0&tmpl=&stat=)

Reese (http://www.petfinder.org/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=4077113&adTarget=468doggeneral&SessionID=42399c7f1c8fe8e7-app4&display=&preview=&row=0&tmpl=&stat=)

8 CUTE puppies in London! (http://www.petfinder.org/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=4072268&adTarget=468doggeneral&SessionID=42399c7f1c8fe8e7-app4&display=&preview=&row=0&tmpl=&stat=)

RainMan
March 17th, 2005, 09:50 AM
Wow, thanks to everyone who replied. I didn't realize I was going to get answers so fast. Petfinder is the piece of the puzzle that I was missing. It seems to be exactly what I was looking for.

Safyre
March 17th, 2005, 10:09 AM
just want clarification on something from the original poster:
lab/golden retreiver mix

are you looking for literally a lab/gold retriever mix .... or are you saying that you would like ONE of the parents to be either a labrador or a golden retriever?

there is a couple giving away for free (yes, i know what the feelings on free are) a lab/husky cross, and they are just beautiful... pups. 10 weeks old

CyberKitten
March 17th, 2005, 10:25 AM
There are some cute lab/GS mixes at an SPCA near me:

http://www.petfinder.org/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=4164451&adTarget=468petsgeneral&SessionID=4239aeba098954bf-app2&display=&preview=1&row=0&tmpl=&stat=

but that is likely too far for you. The fee is $25 which is almost like giving them away. (imho) Their vet (who is also my vet) likely spayed/neutered them for free though!

RainMan
March 17th, 2005, 10:48 AM
just want clarification on something from the original poster:


are you looking for literally a lab/gold retriever mix .... or are you saying that you would like ONE of the parents to be either a labrador or a golden retriever?

there is a couple giving away for free (yes, i know what the feelings on free are) a lab/husky cross, and they are just beautiful... pups. 10 weeks old

Thanks Safyre. As long as the pups have either some lab or golden retreiver in them that would be fine. However I thought the process of finding a mixed puppy would of taken a couple of months. I had no idea of sites such as petfinder. I just had my dog put down a week ago and it is still a little too soon. I was planning on doing some research now so that I would be able to get a pup sometime in May.

happycats
March 17th, 2005, 10:53 AM
:sorry: to hear about your recent loss Rainman.

Luvmypit
March 17th, 2005, 12:06 PM
Yes Im sorry Rainman. Very hard thing to go through. Take your time. :sorry:

nymph
March 17th, 2005, 02:27 PM
I got my Diego, a golden & lab mix, from Pontiac Animal Shelter about 5 weeks ago when he was only 6 weeks old. He was from a litter of 8 cute pups, 4 golden and 4 black.

You can give them a call to find out if there is any left from the same litter. They are all adorably cute.

Diego's 2nd day home

nymph
March 17th, 2005, 02:31 PM
Here it is: 1-866-647-2908
Email: pontiac_animal_shelter@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/QC21.html
Contact JR or Dawn

nymph
March 17th, 2005, 02:38 PM
Here is one I found on www.petfinder.com

http://www.petfinder.org/fotos/ON129/ON129.4154115-1-x.jpg

Jessie
Dog
Labrador Retriever Mix

Size: Large
Age: Baby
Sex: Female
I.D: 117

Notes: Our puppies are only placed in homes where people are with them during the day. They have had a harsh beginning in life and can never feel abandoned again. I don't have Jessie with me yet but we expect her within two weeks. She is in rescue care up north right now. Jessie is about four months old has not been mistreated or abused. She was owned by a woman who had a car accident just after purchasing her and who is now in a wheelchair. Jessie is housetrained and good with cats. She seems a bit uncertain around other dogs but that won't last now that she is in rescue care and with so many others. She is friendly and sweet and certainly deserves to be happy and sure again.

Moosonee Puppy Rescue (http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/ON129.html)
Bracebridge, ON
705-764-1478
sharron.purdy@sympatico.ca

Safyre
March 17th, 2005, 05:37 PM
Thanks for clarifying that for me, i was al il confused, maybe it was just me :)

Sorry to hear that you had to put yuor dog down, do remember totake your time... Petfinder.com is a wonderful website that will really help in your search. :)