Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular of all dogs registered with the AKC for more than 15 years and they are part of the sportsing group. Labrador Retrievers are easy going and versatile, devoted to their families and friendly toward people, other dogs, and other pets. They love hunting, swimming, and backyard games.
There are 3 main coat colors for Labrador Retrievers: black, yellow and chocolate
solid black, yellow, or chocolate
short coarse outer coat with straight or slightly wavy hair
thick undercoat to provide waterproofing
Labrador Retrievers are especially good at:
Great family dogs & easily trusted with children
Happily accept other pets and other people
Keep their human guardians fit and active because they need routine exercise
Tolerate cold well and are reasonably tolerant of heat
Good at lifting spirits with their constantly wagging tails
Are happiest and healthiest when living with exercise fanatics
Labrador Retriever Appearance
Labradors are robust, active dogs able to run and hunt for hours. They have a shiny, coarse coat, brown or hazel eyes, a kind, intelligent expression, and triangular ears that hang down and frame the face. The abdomen tucks up only slightly so the trunk is rather rectangular. There is a small but discernable narrowing over the flanks. The tail is strong and has a wide base. This is called an “otter tail.”
Labrador Retriever Behavior
Naturally active and exuberant, Labs love to be busy and especially love something to chew when they’re resting. Labs are among the easiest to train of all breeds because they are intelligent and are focused on what their human companions want. Because Labs retain their puppy natures until they are nearly 3 years old, some pet guardians lose patience and are tempted to get rough with them or to use shock collars. To elicit the desired behavior from these rambunctious pets, use gentleness and consistency. Keep Labs well exercised and they develop commendable behavior. Suspect painful arthritis or another health problem if a Labrador Retriever begins to bite or becomes irritable.
Labrador Retriever Health (dog breed health problems)
Labrador Retriever Bone and joint diseases (such as arthritis and hip dysplasia)
Providing a natural, holistic diet helps prevent and manage bone and joint problems. Over 10% of Labrador Retrievers has hip dysplasia, but the breeders have been working hard to bring the percentage down.
Labrador RetrieverHypothyroidism Low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism) is easily treated with prescription medication, and many veterinarians believe the likelihood of hypothyroidism is reduced markedly if Labrador Retrievers are not over vaccinated.
Labrador RetrieverObesity Obesity is controlled with diet and exercise. The natural fat layer that protects Labrador Retrievers from hypothermia when swimming should not be allowed to become a thick layer of padding. Feeding Taste Of The Wild helps prevent obesity.
Labrador Retriever Grooming
Labs are among the easiest dogs to groom. They have short, glistening coats that repel water. Labs shed throughout the year with increased shedding once or twice a year. Grooming with a FURminator markedly reduces shedding. When active, especially when exercising over concrete or rough terrain, the natural wear and tear keeps their nails short. There is no hair in the ears to hold moisture or debris, but the ears should be cleaned and dried after swimming. Ear cleansing medications help prevent yeast and bacterial infections from developing. Labs are not prone to anal sac problems and healthy Labs seldom need to have their anal glands expressed.
Self trimming if active on rough surfaces
Eyes, Ears, & Face
Use ear cleanser after swimming and check weekly
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