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The Labrador Retriever

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Labrador Retriever


History


A continuing fan favorite of the sporting breed group is the Labrador Retriever. Although having the name Labrador they hail from Newfoundland. It is unsure why they take on the name of the neighboring province when they are from Newfoundland. Their predecessors were the Newfoundland breed. In the early 1800s fisherman bred a smaller version of the Newfoundland dog that was an excellent swimmer with great stamina and strong haunches for diving into the water. It made the perfect dog for retrieving ducks, fishing nets and the occasional loose fish. Later in the 1800s they were brought to England where they were bread to be game-hunting companions and in 1903 were recognized by The Kennel Club of England. Later in 1917 they were recognized by the AKC and in 1991 reigned as Americas favorite breed still holding that title.

These dogs qualities make it an amazing swimmer and retriever with webbed feet, layered slightly oiled coat for keeping them dry and warm and an otter like tail that they can use like a rudder. A dog to give Michael phelps a run for his money.


Breed Specs


The size range for the Labrador retrievers is a height of 22.5-24.5 inches in males with a weight of 65-80 pounds and in females a height of 21.5-23.5 inches and a weight of 55-70 pounds.

Many people claim that the different colors of the Labrador have an effect on its nature such the blacks being better hunters, the yellows being lazy or the chocolates being hyper active, but all three colors can come out of one litter. The colors are varying with the preferred color in competition being solid black, the yellow that ranges from fox red to light cream and the chocolate which is the rarest, ranges from light to dark. Other qualities of this amazing canine are its ¨soft mouth¨ giving it the ability to carry even an egg in its mouth without braking it. It is an intelligent and fast learning dog that makes it an ideal dog for a variety of jobs from search and rescue to therapy. This is why you see many of this breed working in the service industry. Though not the best waiters or waitresses.


Training


Although they are easy to train it is important to take the time to do it. They can make great family pets and adapt well to different climates, but are very high energy especially as pups and need proper exercise to prevent destructive behaviors.


Grooming


Grooming for this dog is a cinch since they shed to adjust to the climate. A regular brushing is all that is needed.


Health


Common health problems that they see are hip dysplasia, knee and elbow problems as well as retinal dysplasia. Common in most dogs of medium to large size. When planning to take a new one in to your home it it good to check into the family health history. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) is a great resource. The life span of the Labrador is anywhere from 10 to 12 years, but with the right amount of diet exercise and luck you could possibly get more from this furry friend.



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