Labrador Retriever

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Labrador

This article describes the highly energetic, agile and friendly dog – The Labrador Retriever.

It is also America’s favorite dog breed.

It is medium-sized and the puppies love getting attention.

Did you know one litter can give out all three colors of Labradors?

Labrador Retriever Pictures

Quick Facts

Average Weight: 63-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)

Average Height: 22-24 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)

Life Expectancy:  10- 13 years

Dog Group: Sporting group

Dog Ranking: 1/193 (America)

Colors: Yellow, Black, and Chocolate Brown.

At A Glance

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About Labradors

Labrador retriever

The Labrador retriever has a kind temperament and is the most popular breed all over the world.

It is medium-sized and can be yellow, black and chocolate.

It is a sporty breed and likes to play.

People participate in dog sport events with their Labradors.

They perform well because of the inbuilt talent of being from a sporty group of dogs.

Swimming and fetching are their favorite games.

It is used as a search and rescue dog, guide dog and service dog because of its set of smelling and swimming capabilities.

Puppy Labradors have a strong sense of chewing and are very active.

Where Labradors Came From?

Where Labradors Came From

The history of Lab goes back to the times when it obtained the position of a fisherman’s helper.

It helped the fisherman retrieve fish that had fallen off the hooks and pulled fishing lines off the shore.

Its origin trace back to Newfoundland (northern Canada), where it was used as a working animal.

Earlier, it could survive in chilly weather and used to help the fishermen to fetch things and that is the reason why it has developed a mouth where it can use to fetch things.

And is fond of soft chewing.

Size

English Labs

The breed is medium-sized.

The size also partly depends on the genes of the parent dog.

The weight of the dog may depend on food habits.

It is prone to obesity so treats should be given in control.

English Labs are heavier and built-in bone compared to the working dogs.

Trainability

This breed is intelligent and grasps knowledge when trained.

Training is a must for these dogs as they have a lot of energy and that energy should be productively used.

Training also involves the puppy socialization where the puppy gets to know about its surroundings and can develop into a confident individual in its adult life.

Dog owners can also get to know how their pup reacts to people, locations and other animals and then work on things that scare them.

Grooming

The nails have to be trimmed at regular intervals.

Frequently (twice or thrice a week) brush their teeth to avoid plaque, cavities and bad odor.

Labs are likely to roll up in the mud and play outdoors.

Make sure you give them a bath occasionally to avoid dirt.

A clean shiny coat adds to the beauty and cuteness of the dog.

Common Diseases and Health Conditions

Common Diseases and Health Conditions

Some diseases that you should keep in mind for your puppy are Bordetella, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Parvovirus.

Labradors are also prone to Osteoarthritis and Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye conditions, bloat.

It can also suffer from obesity if not monitored properly.

Feeding

The diet should contain high-quality dry food.

2.5 to 3 cups of such food are recommended per day.

Size, age, build, metabolism determines how much food your dog consumes.

Some human foods are harmful to your canine friend.

Food such as Almonds, chocolates, Ice-cream, cinnamon, garlic, and macadamia nuts have proven to be very harmful to the health of this canine and hence should be never given for consumption.

Keeping away these food items can keep your dog safe from the hazards.

Milk products like cheese, yogurt, and milk should be avoided if the canine is lactose intolerant.

Vaccination and Care

Vaccination and Care

The vaccines that puppies require are boosters, rabies, and DHPP (distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza) in that order from birth.

Regular check-ups related to the hip and elbow x-ray screenings and ophthalmologist evaluations should be kept in mind.

If the dog starts to show symptoms of lethargy there’s a possibility it may be experiencing pain.

Monthly Expense Estimation

monthly expenses

Buying a Labrador may range from $800 to $1200.

One-time expense is approximately $ 565 and monthly expenses can range from $57- $80. 

Adopting one would need licensing fees and vaccination if not done already.

Regular expenses include food, veterinary expenses, grooming, and toys.

Behavior With

Children:

labrador with children

The friendliness of the dog depends on how well it has been socialized in the puppy period.

If it was introduced to a number of places and people then it is likely to behave well and play with kids.

On a general note, Labs like to get along with kids as long as it isn’t harmful to them.

However, kids should be under supervision when playing with dogs.

Dogs:

lab with other dogs

Gets along with other dogs as far as it doesn’t harm their comfort zone.

Not all dogs are the same and the behavior can differ.

Puppies can get scared of huge dogs.

Familiarity in childhood plays an important role in the development of the adult dog.

Cats:

labrador with cats

Generally, doesn’t have preying tendencies but if the cat’s behavior is attacking then the dog may chase cats.

If puppies are introduced to cats in their socializing period then they are likely to stay friendly around each other.

The relative size of Dogs in comparison to the cats plays a key role in friendliness among both of them.

Overview

labrador retriever

In conclusion, Labradors are friendly, active and outgoing dogs with a kind temperament.

It isn’t well suited in an apartment and would require a small-sized yard.

It needs to exercise to utilize its energy in a productive way.

It needs care with respect to grooming and food habits as it is prone to obesity.

They are eager to please and love to play in and around their surroundings.

Fun Facts

Labradors Can Detect Cancer!

They have a powerful nose and can detect the disease by smelling the patient’s breathe blood or stool.

Scientists state that the Lab can smell volatile organic compound changes in the patient’s body and warn them against cancer.

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