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Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is perhaps the most popular dog with families due to their loyalty, love and affection, and the fact that they are so good with children. Here’s everything you need to know about this beautiful breed of dog.

About Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers really are the lovable darlings of the dog world and they are consistently near the top of the list of most popular dogs. They are known for their desire to please, their loyalty and their willingness to be trained. Labrador Retrievers are ideal dogs for families but they are also absolutely perfect for roles such as guide dogs for the blind or service dogs for the disabled.

History

The Labrador Retriever is originally from Newfoundland which is off the coast of Canada and they were developed for the purpose of bringing fishermen’s nets to shore. The breed came to England in the 1800s from Labrador and they have been crossed with setters, spaniels and other retrievers in order to improve their hunting instincts. Labrador Retrievers were traditionally used to retrieve game from rugged terrain and from cold waters.

Appearance

The Labrador Retriever is a medium to large dog with a solid body. The ears are medium sized and hang down on either side of the dog’s face. They have an otter-shaped tail that is thick and the base and tapers to the tip. They have strong, compact, webbed feet that make it easier for the dog to swim. The Labrador Retriever comes in three main colours – yellow, chocolate and black. On yellow and black Labrador Retrievers, the nose is black, but on chocolate Labradors, the nose is brown. Labrador Retrievers have a straight double coat (an undercoat and topcoat) with no waves that is water resistant.

Personality

The Labrador Retriever is perhaps one of the best pets you could have if you have a family as they are so sweet-natured, loving, and patient. Labradors love to please their owners, and they are very easy to train as they are so intelligent. They just want to feel like they are part of the family. These dogs absolutely love the play and the majority of them love nothing more than a good swim in the water.

Caring for Labrador Retrievers

As with any other pet you should always make sure that your Labrador Retriever has plenty of fresh water available. however, because many do love water, ensure that the water bowl is heavy and deep, so that they cannot easily knock it over. Labrador Retrievers will do well on a good diet such as those available from vets or pet stores, or even from supermarkets but you do need to be careful not to overfeed them as they can easily put on weight. Diet foods are available should your Labrador require these. Even though the Labrador Retriever has a double coat, they are easily groomed. All you have to do is comb and brush the coat regularly with a firm bristle brush. You should pay attention to the undercoat when grooming to ensure that it remains free of matts and tangles. Labrador Retrievers only need to be bathed occasionally, when it is necessary.

Health

The Labrador Retriever has an expected lifespan of 10 to 12 years but they can live for longer if their weight is kept under control and they are regularly exercised. They can be prone to problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, and PRA. Also look for anterior cruciate ligament ruptures of the knee as Labrador Retrievers can be prone to this. You should be careful not to make your dog jump too high, or run them down hills. Good breeders will screen their dogs for any hereditary problems and restrict breeding in order to reduce the risk of health problems occurring.

Suitability

Labrador Retrievers are perhaps the closest thing that you will ever get to the ideal family pet as they are so loyal, loving, and affectionate. They are great for children of all ages and extremely sociable so get on well with any other pets that you may have. You can keep a Labrador Retriever in any environment, including apartments, as long as you ensure that they get regular exercise. Exercise is important for this breed as they do have a tendency to become overweight.

Training

Labrador Retrievers are highly intelligent dogs that respond extremely well to training. They should be trained from puppies to ensure that they are well socialised and understand their place in the “pack”. Training should always be done using positive reinforcement methods (praise and treats). If the Labrador Retriever is not trained, they can become destructive. Due to their ability to be trained, they are excellent guide dogs, service dogs and drug detection dogs. They can also be easily trained in the fields of obedience and trial work, as well as search and rescue, agility, being a watchdog, tracking, hunting, and police work.

Buying and Owning a Labrador Retriever

If you have decided to bring a beautiful Labrador Retriever home, you will need to ensure that you have everything that they need, such as a large kennel that is raised off the ground so that they don’t feel the draught, a large, heavy water bowl that cannot be easily tipped, food bowls, bedding, collars and leads, and toys. You will have spoken to the breeder about the care requirements of the breed and how often they need to be wormed and have a flea treatment. This is usually monthly. You will also need to find out what vaccinations your dog comes with and when the next lot of vaccinations are due. This is very important in preventing communicable diseases such as parvovirus which can be devastating in dogs. Your Labrador Retriever should come to you already desexed or you should set up an appointment with your vet to have desexing done as soon as practical after you bring your dog home.
 


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