It is important also to note that this is a dog with a long puppy-hood, up to 2 years,
which means he needs a patient owner who is willing to work through the rough spots to get to the "poster" dog that lies
ahead. If owners can do this, they will be rewarded by having one of the best dogs around. The consensus among Labrador
owners is that Labs are absolutely great!
BackgroundThe Labrador Retriever originated on the island of Newfoundland. Early stock for the Lab came from a breed known as the St. John's Water Dog, a dog which resulted from the breeding of various water dogs with the Newfoundland breed.
Eventually, the Labrador was brought to England and subsequently a standard was defined for the breed. Accurate records for the breed as we know it today, date back to 1878.
The Lab is an alert dog of medium size, very athletic and well-balanced in appearance. He was originally bred to be a retriever of game, both over land and in water. His intelligent focus, strong body, powerful jaws, weather resistant coat and webbed feet, provide it with the physical attributes to do this job well.
In addition to all of his reliable retriever traits and stable temperament, the Labrador Retriever
thrives in the company of a family. Plus, his desire to please and willingness to learn, make training a labrador puppy
rewarding and fun.
Is it any wonder that he is one of the breeds most often chosen for rescue work as well as companion guide dogs for the blind and handicapped.
If you want to be really smitten by a Lab, just take a look into those
soft, friendly eyes and you'll be a gonner!
Appearance:Height: 21-24 inches
Weight: Dogs 65 to 80 pounds, Females 55 to 70 pounds.
Colors: Black, Yellow and Chocolate are the breed standard. Some authorities claim there is also a rare silver color.
Frequent questions come up about the coat colors of the lab as to whether the color makes any difference in the dog.
The answer is no, coat color is just a genetic expression and if the dog has been carefully bred, color has no significance
one way or the other on the breed.
However, there are some who believe that the black color may be better for hunting, but I don't think there is any real proof of this. Color issues aside, every dog is unique and will express the general traits of the breed in its own way.
Coat and Care:The Labrador Retriever has a double coat that lies close to the body. It is short, dense, and water resistant.
Shedding is quite excessive and is even more so during seasonal shedding periods. Use of a FURminator DeShedding Tool is very helpful in getting removing dead hair before it decorates your home and is easier on the dog's skin than a bristle brush.
Activity Level:The Labrador Retriever will do best in an active family that can satisfy his needs for regular walks, romps, and play. His roots are that of a working dog, so he will easily become bored and likely develop some bad behavior if he isn't adequately exercised.
In addition to walks, games of fetch will be greeted with much enthusiasm as part of his exercise routine. He will also enjoy having some jobs to do, such as fetching the paper, his leash or anything else around the house. So keep him useful and busy.
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This breed also has the energy and stamina for swimming as well as being your running buddy if you like to go for distance runs or interval sprinting.
Children:Labs are one of the best dogs for children - very affectionate, loving and protective.
Adult supervision is always
recommended no matter what the breed, and in this case, the Lab is so patient that an extra eye should be kept out that he is being treated fairly by the kids!
Elderly:After the exuberance of youth - which can last up to 2 years - the Labrador Retriever makes a superb companion for the elderly or more sedentary owner, providing some daily exercise can be given.
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