i think the reason the pup might still be around is he is picky about where his pups go he wants them to hunt and not just go to anyone as he kinda get attacthed lol
the only thing i could see is one of his males had to be put to sleep because of liver failer at age 6 the vet said he must have been born with it. (this pup has no blood line of this dog, but mine dose. she is three i hope everything is ok
) him being a male down might mean somthing but i don't think so.
did you know you can get a liver transplant for dogs. he was all for it thinking several G's but under 10 or 12. then they told him it was 30- 40 and he just couldn't afford that... who really can
anyways let me know if you still are looking the pup should make one heck of a retriver.
i was working with one of his littermates the other day (one of my cousins dog now) and he will go and get anthing you want him to. (we have some frozen geese and he was all over them even out of the water) and even quartering like a champ in the field at about 20 - 30 yards.