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Labrador Retriever

All Dog Breeds October 10, 2017

Labrador Retriever

Overview

The Labrador Retriever (also called Labrador or Lab) is a medium sized, powerfully built dog. An essential feature of Labrador Retriever is its short, dense and water resistant coat. The short tail (Otter like) is another distinctive feature of this dog. Labradors are known for excellent temperaments, they are friendly, social, enthusiastic and keen to please. They are highly intelligent and can be easily trainer to perform variety of tasks. In general, the length of its body is equal to (or slightly longer) the height. The distance from the elbows to the ground is equal to one-half the height at the withers

Labrador Retrievers are enthusiastic hunters too and they tend to excel in all performance activities.

These dogs were brought to England and were crossed with various breeds of gun dogs, striving to improve the breed’s hunting and retrieving instincts. By the middle of the 19th century, the Labrador’s characteristic water-resistant coat and otter tail were already apparent. Originally bred to retrieve from water, the modern Labrador Retriever has established to be one of the most versatile breeds. Used also as service dogs.

Breed Information

NameLabrador Retriever
Other NamesLabrador, Lab
OriginUSA, Canada
SizeMedium
TypePurebred
TemperamentAffectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Energetic
Friendly, Gentle, Intelligent, Loving, Loyal, Out-Going
Playful, Responsive, Social
HeightMale: 22-24 inches (56-61cm)
Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
WeightMale: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg)
Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
ColorsBlack, Chocolate, Yellow
Litter Size5-10 puppies

Breed Characteristics

Child FriendlyGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog FriendlyGood with other dogs
Exercise NeedsLabrador Retrievers are energetic dogs, delighted to work and play hard. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. They will be in their glory if you give them a job to do. Gain weight easily, do not over feed.
GroomingLow Maintenance: Labs are easy-care dogs who don’t need lots of fancy grooming.
Health IssuesIt is a healthy breed with relatively few major problems. Notable issues related to health and well-being include inherited disorders and obesity.
IntelligenceThe steady temperament of Labradors and their ability to learn make them an ideal breed for search and rescue, detection, and therapy work.
Shedding LevelModerate and Seasonal Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly.
TrainabilityEasy Training: The Labrador Retriever is known to listen to commands and obey its owner. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed
Watchdog AbilityMedium

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