How Much Does a Chocolate Lab Cost?
A chocolate lab is a variation of the Labrador breed which emerged during the 1930s. Although the chocolate lab has a different appearance compared to the usual Labrador, these dogs usually have the same temperament. Weighing close to 100 pounds, these chocolate labradors are also very loyal to their owners, making them one of the best breed of dogs available.
How much is it?
- Like most pets sold on the market, chocolate labs can be purchased from pet stores but can also be purchased from other pet owners who breed them. The price of chocolate labs varies depending on the age of the dog, the gender, the quality and geographical location.
- On average, a chocolate lab is going to cost anywhere from $700 to as much as $1,200 for a purebred younger puppy that is older than six weeks. Older dogs that are over the age of two to three can commonly be found for less than $500.
- For example, Stargates Royal Chocolate Labradors is an organization that sells chocolate Labradors that have AKC registration application. If adopting from an adoption agency such as this one, they would require a $150 deposit which is non refundable. The price of the chocolate lab sold through this adoption agency ranges from $850 to $900.
- Lighthouse Labradors is another organization that sells Chocolate Labradors. They deliver the dog for $100 and they can deliver it anywhere in the United States for $250. The Chocolate Labrador puppies sold here range in price from $950 to $1,000, a price which includes AKC registration.
What is going to be included?
- Since the dog comes from other pet owners, they are usually registered and already have a license. However, if you purchase a dog the is already registered and has a license, you will not be able to choose your own name for the dog.
- Pet owners that sell their pets also provide initial shots of medicines to the dogs so they will not catch any common illnesses.
- If the dog is filed with the AKC, the registration papers will be included.
- Many shelters and adoption agencies such as the Humane Society will include special start up kits that can include dog food, coupons and more.
What are the extra costs?
- For unregistered dogs, you will have to register your dog and get a license for them. The price for the registration depends on your location.
- Pet supplies are also necessary to make sure that the pet will have everything they need while they are being looked after.
- Taking your pet to a veterinarian and setting a regular schedule with the vet will result in a vet fee that can start at $45 per visit.
Tips to know:
- Chocolate labs are just one variety of Labrador and there are other types of Labrador from which you can choose as well.
- Labradors are great to keep as pets as they have a very lively temperament and are also very loyal to their owners. Chocolate labs are also very good with kids.
How can I save money?
- Looking for a chocolate lab is not hard since they are quite common, and the different stores in which they are sold can offer them at different prices. Check with many stores and breeders in your area before you make your decision.
- Adoption is another option that you can consider rather than buying a dog. There are several breeds of dogs available for adoption which can help you save money. Consider adopting an older dog from your local shelter to save money.