This breed was bred in Newfoundland during the 18th century and in the early 19th century, the Retriever Labrador was taken to England. Today, this breed is one of the oldest officially recognized and registered breeds. Due to his versatility and a truly infinite number of positive qualities, the Lab is America’s most popular breed. The Labrador Retriever was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917.
Height: 21.5-24.5 inches Weight: 55-80 pounds Lifespan: 10-12 years
The Retriever Labrador is a medium-sized dog, strong, athletic and well-balanced. Labradors are characterized by outstanding friendliness and charming character. There are two varieties of this breed: US- tall and lanky, and English, which is more massive and heavy. Nowadays, the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped, and search and rescue dog. Comparable Breed: Golden Retriever, Irish Setter.
This breed is very intelligent, reliable and deeply devoted to its master. The Retriever Labrador is affectionate by nature and needs a warm and friendly relationship with the man. The Lab has the reputation of being one of the most sweet-natured breeds, he is great with pets and children. Aside from their amazing personality, Labradors are good watchdogs, as they are quite doubting of strangers. The Retriever Labrador tends to get stressed if left alone for a long time, he can even exhibit demeanor that is damaging to the environment.
Coat / Care:
The Retriever Labrador`s coat consists of two layers. The outer layer is straight, short, close-fitting to the dog’s body. The undercoat is soft and dense, protecting this breed from low temperatures. The coat comes in three colors: chocolate, black and yellow. Shedding is of medium intensity. The Retriever Labrador needs regular cleaning by using a firm brush. The undercoat requires special attention, otherwise the hair will tangle. Bathe your pet with dry shampoo.
The most characteristic diseases for the Retriever Labrador`s are Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Ear infections, Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), Myopathy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia (TVD), Gastric Dilataion-Volvulus, Acute Moist Dermatitis, Cataracts, and Epilepsy. The Retriever Labrador has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Weight / Height
The male Retriever Labrador dog breed’s height is around 22.5 – 24.5 inches and weighs around 65 and 80 pounds. Female Retriever Labrador dogs can reach a size from 21.5 – 23.5 inches and weighs between 55 and 70 pounds. Male dogs are generally larger than females.
Retriever Labrador learns with ease. Nevertheless, early socialization and training course are indispensable. Do not use harsh or heavy-handed methods, since Retriever Labrador needs a fair, firm and consistent training based on love, respect, and reward. He is well on the trail and successful in police work, also, an excellent guide for the blind and people with disabilities in general.
Charming, courageous and energetic, the Retriever Labrador requires a lot of physical activity. Dogs of this breed get great pleasure from family activities, walking with the owner on a leash, free swimming and games in a safe, fenced place.
|Other Names:||Yellow Labrador Retriever, Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Silver Labrador Retriever, Black Labrador Retriever|
|Average size:||Medium Size Dog Breed|
|Color:||Yellow, Black, Gray, and Chocolate|
|Energy Level:||Active dog breed|
|Trainability:||This dog is easy to train|
|Barking Level:||Low – When Necessary|
|Intelligence:||Very Intelligent and clever dog|
|Personality:||Active, Friendly, Outgoing|
|AKC Dog Ranking:||1th Popular dog|
|Good family dog:||Yes, Excellent family dog|
|Good with other dogs:||Yes, good with socialization|
|Good with children:||Yes – Excellent, like to play.|
|Good with strangers:||Yes – Excellent around strangers|
|Good apartment dog:||Low – this is not an apartment dog|
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