he sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is one of America’s most popular dog breeds, year after year. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around for a family looking for a medium-to-large dog.
The sturdy, well-balanced Labrador Retriever can, depending on the sex, stand from 21.5 to 24.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 55 to 80 pounds. The dense, hard coat comes in yellow, black, and a luscious chocolate. The head is wide, the eyes glimmer with kindliness, and the thick, tapering ‘otter tail’ seems to be forever signaling the breed’s innate eagerness. Labs are famously friendly. They are companionable housemates who bond with the whole family, and they socialize well with neighbor dogs and humans alike. But don’t mistake his easygoing personality for low energy: The Lab is an enthusiastic athlete that requires lots of exercise, like swimming and marathon games of fetch, to keep physically and mentally fit.
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The Labrador Retriever breed was derived in the 1500s, from the St. John’s breed of dogs which came from cross-breeding of some small water dogs and Newfoundlands.
These hybrids were the ancestors of the Labrador Retriever, and they were owned and used by fishermen in dragging nets filled with fish out of the sea to the boats.
Not only that, but the Labrador Retrievers were also trained to recover fish that got away from the nets or from fishing hooks.
The dogs continued to function in that capacity in Newfoundland until the news and deeds of the breed got to the Earl of Malmesbury in the early 1800s, and he brought them to England, where they were used for shooting sports.
And with their desire and eagerness to serve, Labrador Retrievers are the ideal breed for guide dogs for blind people, drugs/explosive detection dogs, track and rescue dogs and therapy dogs,
The first attribute of the Labrador Retriever is their swift movement. This breed is fast in movement, most especially when they are running. Labrador Retrievers can run 12 miles/hr in less than 5 seconds, that is how agile and fast they are.
In addition to their agility and strength, Labrador Retrievers are homely, easy-going, outgoing, intelligent, affectionate and friendly to humans and other animals also.
Dog lovers who have children are always keen on getting this breed because of its endearing and non-aggressive nature towards children most especially.
Due to its origin and history, this breed is not a breed that sits in a place for a long time. It is a breed that enjoys roaming and hunting, and can also thrive in both warm and cold weather.
Hence, if you are a Labrador owner, you can decide to keep your dog outdoor or indoor, depending on your reasons for purchasing/adopting it.
The Labrador Retriever is an exuberant, very energetic breed that needs lots of exercise every day. A Lab who doesn’t get enough exercise is likely to engage in hyperactive and/or destructive behavior to release pent-up energy. The breed’s favorite activities are retrieving and swimming. Labs also love to burn up energy on hunting trips or at field trials, as well as by participating in canine sports such as agility, obedience, tracking, and dock diving. Many Labs also work hard in important roles such as search-and-rescue, drug and bomb detection, and as service and assistance dogs.
When it comes to grooming, you don’t have much do with your Labrador, as it has a very short and oily coat (the coat comes in three colors; black, chocolate and yellow) which doesn’t need frequent trimming or clipping, but should be washed and brushed occasionally.
You need to pay attention to its teeth and nails. Make sure the teeth are brushed from time to time and nails clipped frequently.
The Lab has a thick, water-repellant double coat that sheds. Give occasional baths to keep them clean. As with all breeds, the Lab’s nails should be trimmed regularly and his teeth brushed frequently.
Labrador Retrievers possess webbed toes, and these make it possible for easy and swift swimming/playing in the sea. It would be a good idea to initially work with your lab in shallow water to allow the pup to build strength and confidence before moving on to larger and deeper bodies or water.
The Labrador Retriever should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
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Yes, of course. Labradors have powerful noses that are excellent for sniffing, and that’s why most of them are trained to sniff out drug peddlers, cancer in early-stage patients and downed animals during hunting.
Labrador retrievers are free and outdoor type of dogs, but that doesn’t mean they are “wild”, dangerous or untamable. Labrador retrievers are a warm and friendly breed that enjoy playing with children.
Labs are healthy dogs overall, and many of our breeders screens breeding stock for hereditary conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, heart disorders, and eye conditions, including progressive retinal atrophy. Like other large, deep-chested dogs, Labs can develop a life-threatening stomach condition called bloat. Elevated food dishes and slow-feeders are tools a Lab owner can use to lessen the chances of bloat. Owners should educate themselves about the symptoms that indicate this is occurring, and what to do if they suspect it is happening.
Yes of course. All dogs bark with the inclusion of the Labrador. But the Labrador doesn’t bark at all times, except at the sight of danger or suspicious movements. Half of the time, they are quiet.
Why not? Like all dogs, Labradors Retrievers are den-oriented animals and providing a crate supplies that instinctive need for a den. Keeping your Labrador in a crate is one sure way of training them to feel safe when they are alone by themselves, and also to keep them safe from external forces. It also makes housebreaking go much more quickly and keeps your lab puppy out of trouble when you are unable to supervise it.
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