The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the world! Bred as gun dogs (hunting dogs), Labradors are athletic, playful, and outgoing. The breed is frequently trained to help the blind and autistic. Labs are also employed by law enforcement and used for therapy.
The Labrador Retriever is medium sized with an athletic build. The breed’s well balanced conformation provides its robust appearance. The most distinguishing characteristics that the Lab possesses are its short, dense, weather resistant coat, powerful jaws, and friendly eyes. A Labrador’s eyes express character, intelligence, and good temperament.
Although the large breed’s appearance varies, coat coloration should appear slightly dry and oily. Labrador Retrievers come in black, yellow, and chocolate.
Your optimal food formula will differ depending on how big your Labrador Retriever gets. Most dog food providers will have breed specific formulas.
The Labrador Retriever is a large breed. It has a life span of ten to twelve years. Your Labrador Retriever’s nutritional intake will be your best ally in increasing his or her lifespan.
Labrador Retrievers must remain hydrated at all times. Provide lots of clean, fresh, cool water.
Your Labrador’s nails should be trimmed regularly. His teeth should also be brushed daily. This, along with regular grooming and the occasional bath should keep your Lab in ship shape condition!
Labrador Retrievers are one of the friendliest dog breeds. Unfortunately, their laid back personalities are often mistaken for lethargy. Do not make this mistake! Labs are extremely active. The breed loves playing and swimming so owners should frequently spend time with their labs outdoors.
Labrador Retrievers are a healthy dog breed! That being said, here a few health problems your Labs might obtain:
• Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
• Knee joint problems
• A variety of eye problems
• Hereditary Myopathy (Musclular Disease)
• Obesity prone
Despite the Labrador’s somewhat counter-intuitive name, the breed originated in Newfoundland. Mystery surrounds the Labrador Retriever’s ancestry. It is speculated that the black St. Hubert’s hound from France, working water dogs from Portugal, old European pointer breeds, and dogs belonging to the Native Indians are all possible predecessors. The breed was recognized officially in 1917.
The Labrador Retriever is an incredibly special breed. There are many dogs breeds that were created to excel in a plethora of difficult tasks. There are also many dogs bred to endure long periods of work under extremely harsh conditions. Unfortunately, many of those breeds developed their personalities around the qualities they were bred for. The characteristic that makes the Labrador Retriever so special is that it was bred to excel in all of those areas AND it has maintained one of the friendliest personalities in the world.