Thinking about purchasing an Labrador Retriever? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Labrador Retriever breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Labrador Retriever owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Labrador Retriever and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Labrador Retriever Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Labrador Retriever and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Labrador Retriever Profile
The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, very active dog. They are wide over the loins with strong and muscular hindquarters. They have smooth, thick fur all over which can be yellow, black or chocolate colored. Black used to be the favorite among fanciers, but now yellow has taken on this role. Labs have medium length drop ears and a brown or black nose. Labrador Retrievers are easy to train and are good with children and other dogs. The Labrador Retriever is good natured, loyal and hardworking. Labrador Retrievers are employed as guide dogs and sniffer dogs, detecting drugs and explosives. They are very intelligent animals, able to pick things up quickly. The Labrador Retriever should never be aggressive, they are good tempered and very agile and make a devoted companion who has a strong will to please. Enthusiastic tail-waggers, the Labrador Retriever is a dog who enjoys simply being around their human companions.
Other Names: Lab
Type: Gun Dog
22.5 - 24.5 inches; Females 21.5 - 23.5.
yellow, or chocolate colored. All colors are solids.
Retrievers are responsive, friendly, non-aggressive, and intelligent. They have
excellent scenting abilities, able to pick out the slightest detection of explosive
substances. They are outgoing, eager to please, and enjoyable. The Labrador
Retriever's temperament makes it one of the most popular dogs in America. They
are docile, playful and have an all-around pleasing demeanor. They are alert,
but are too friendly for guarding. They love the water and love to carry things
in their mouths.
Watch-dog: High. Labradors
are very alert and attune to their surroundings, and will let you know what
is going on.
Labrador Retriever Care and Training:
Labrador Retrievers need plenty of exercise and should not be kept in a locked
space. Minimum light brushing of the Labrador Retriever's coat every once in
a while will keep it in great shape. Labrador Retrievers needs daily contact.
The Labrador Retriever also loves vigorous exercise including swimming. Labrador
Retriever puppies are easy to raise and train and should be introduced to people
at an early age. Beware of overfeeding your Labrador Retriever as it is easy
for them to become lazy and obese.
Activity: Outdoor - High.
They are playful and exuberant if you want them to be. Indoor - Medium.
Labrador Retriever Health Issues: Usually hardy. Potential problems with hip dysplasia, epilepsy, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), arthritis and skin allergies.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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