Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in India, and for all the right reasons. They are loyal, affectionate, and friendly. Labs are known to be the all-rounder dog breeds. They can adapt well to all Indian households. So what is the cost of Labrador Puppy in India?
On average, you can get a Labrador puppy in India for around ₹6,000 to ₹20,000. For a show-quality Labrador with a superior lineage, the cost can go as high as ₹50,000.
The price depends on the place you get it from. Further, in this article, we will look into places you can get it from, their costs in different cities, and the monthly expenses of raising a labrador.
Where to get a Labrador Puppy
There are three major ways to get a labrador puppy: Puppy-mill, pet shop, or breeder. Let’s look into it and find out what’s the best and most preferred one.
Puppy mills are horrible places where dogs are bred for commercial purposes. Dogs are trapped and kept in cages for their entire lives and used just for breeding. Most Puppy-mills in India are unhygienic and over-crowed with hundreds of dogs. They do get proper medical care and live in a miserable situation. To increase profits, they are fed cheap, low-quality food.
Puppies born here can have genetically passed on diseases. To make puppies look chubby, they are fed high-in-fat foods. You can get a labrador from a puppy mill for as low as ₹5,000.
We highly discourage buying puppies from such places. It is necessary to put an end to such miserable places.
Local pet shops get most of their puppies from puppy mills. Puppies are separated from their mother when they are as young as five weeks old and kept on display in pet shops. Puppies need to spend at least 8 to 10 weeks with their mother to learn basic social skills, or else they can show aggressive behavior.
So find a trusted pet shop that can verify that the puppies are not from any puppy mill. You can get a labrador puppy in a pet shop for around ₹10,000 to ₹15,000
Breeders are people who breed dogs. In India, people become breeders either for passion or if they have a dog and need a puppy and sell the rest of the litter. Being a professional breeder is not that profitable, and they do it just like a hoppy or a passion. They take excellent care of their dogs even before they are pregnant. They provide proper medical care and feed high-quality dog food to their dog as well as puppies. Breeders only breed labradors who are healthy and do not have any major health complications.
Breeders are the best way to get a healthy labrador puppy. It may cost a little more, but it will be totally worth it. Getting a labrador puppy from a breeder can cost you around ₹15,000 to ₹25,000.
Professional breeders are the only source you can find a show-quality labrador puppy. But you don’t really need a show-quality puppy for a pet.
Price of a Labrador in different cities of India
The price of a Labrador puppy depends on the place and the city you get it from. So to make things easy for you, I called nearly 150 breeders from different cities of India and asked them the prices. Here what I found:
In Mumbai, a Labrador puppy costs around ₹10,000 to ₹15,000. However, the price of a puppy with a champions’ bloodline can go up to ₹20,000.
In Delhi, the price of a champions breed labrador can range from ₹15,000 to ₹20,000. Local pet shops and pet markets sell it for ₹8,000.
You can get a good quality Labrador puppy in Bangalore for ₹10,000 to ₹15,000, including the initial vaccination and registration cost.
In Chennai, a pure Labrador puppy can cost you around ₹12,000 to ₹15,000. However, the price of a show-quality puppy can go as high as ₹30,000.
In Kolkata, the price of a labrador puppy can range from ₹6,000 to ₹12,000.
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Monthly Expenses of Labrador
Well, buying a labrador is just the initial cost. Before selecting a breed, it is also necessary to look at the monthly expenses for raising a Labrador.
Cost of Feeding Labrador in India
On average, feeding a labrador in India will cost around ₹2,000 to ₹2,500 per month. However, if you decide to feed high-quality dog food, then the cost can go up to ₹4,000 per month.
The cost highly depends on the type of dog food you decide to give. Medium-quality dog food will cost you no more than ₹3,000 per month. These dog foods have grain or meat by-products listed as their primary ingredient. Meat by-products are the leftovers of animals that are not consumed by humans, like feet, kidneys, intestine, and sometimes even beak. They are a little controversial. Grains do have some nutritional value but not as much as fresh meat.
High-quality dog food can cost you around ₹4,000 to ₹5,000 per month. These foods use fresh meat as their primary ingredient and are full of nutritional value.
We do not suggest feeding cheap, low-quality dog food as they have artificial colors and preservatives that can be harmful to a lab.
Cost of Grooming Labrador in India
In India, a complete dog grooming session of a labrador will cost you around ₹2,000 to ₹2,500. But if you buy all the grooming accessories and do it yourself, it will cost about ₹500 per month.
We highly recommend grooming your labrador at home. You will be able to take better care, plus it will be a good bonding session for you two.
Cost of Vet and Vaccinations
In the first year, you will have to take extra care of your labrador puppy. You will need to regularly take him to the vet and be on time for all the vaccinations and deworming sessions. The first-year cost of a labrador puppy will be around ₹6,000. Once your dog matures and builds up immunity, you won’t need to take him to the vet that often. However, the cost of regular checkups and yearly vaccinations will cost you about ₹2,000 per year.
Cost of Neutering/Spaying
If you do not plan to further breed your labrador, it is advised to neuter/spay it. This will prevent possible health concerns.
The surgery of neutering or spaying a Labrador in India costs around ₹8,000 to ₹15,000, depending on the place you live in. The medicines and aftercare of the surgery will cost you an additional ₹2,000.
Cost of Toys
Dogs need toys to play with them. You will have to get normal toys as well as chew toys when your labrador is teething. Good quality toys will cost you around ₹1,000 per year.
Cost of Treats
You will need treats to teach your labrador commands and tricks. It will cost you around ₹500 per month.
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