Loopy About Labs! Discover The Amazing Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

Labrador Retrievers or 'Labs' Make the perfect all round family dog.

Labrador Retrievers Belong To The Sporting Group:

 They Are Biddable, Friendly, Responsive and Keen

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labrador retrieverThe Labrador Retriever Pictures here illustrate well a very active and excitable dog, bred for hunting swimming and overall energy. They make an excellent family pet and it is little wonder that they are the most popular dog breed in America by quite some distance.

 The Labrador personality is extremely friendly making them very  easy to introduce to new people without lots of barking or aggressive behaviour  but can have a negative side since this upwards of  sixty-pound Lab will often express his or her friendliness by jumping on that same new person, sometimes even knocking them down.

Although Labrador Retrievers are highly intelligent, they often get a reputation for being fools of the canine world due to their over exuberance and even hyperactivity. Labs also remain mentally immature for the first three years of their life, exacerbating the problem of their over friendliness considerably.

labrador retrieverLabrador Retrievers are very excitable and will require a great deal of exercise, especially during the first three years of their lives.

At a bare minimum, you should expect to take your dog for about two walks a day, make sure to use a strong leash as Labs have very powerful neck and shoulder muscles and can easily pull you off balance if you aren’t careful.

Labs are also natural and enthusiastic swimmers. If you have access to any kind of water, rivers, beaches, lakes, swimming pools, or even ponds you should make a point of using these as ideal exercise venues for your Lab.

labrador retrieverThe Labrador Retriever temperament means they are one of the best dog breeds for children and make fantastic family pets but you should be careful when allowing children to play with a Labrador Retriever.

Although these dogs would never knowingly do harm to any member of their “family”, they can sometimes knock down and unintentionally harm a smaller child. As a rule, you shouldn’t let children play with Labs without supervision until the dog’s training is complete and the dog is well out of its puppy years.

Although generally healthy, Labrador Retrievers are still prone to the same hip and joint problems that plague most large dogs’ hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

They are prone to a few eye disorders as well as Progressive Retinal Atrophy being the most serious. They also have large appetites and a tendency toward obesity which needs to be carefully checked by owners in order to keep the Lab generally healthy.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

The Labrador Retriever’s waterproof coat is designed to self-clean in several important ways which minimizes your duty for grooming to some extent. This is not an excuse to ignore your responsibilities however as without some regular grooming the overall health of your dog can decline.

 Labrador Retriever Ideal owners are active, affectionate and sociable who can provide the energetic walks and play that this bouncing beastie needs and whilst they are great dogs for the novice owner their eagerness to  learn should not be and excuse for half hearted training, especially in their early years. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit the Labrador Retriever’s official club.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever  or “Lab”originated  in Newfoundland rather than Labrador as an all purpose water dog, and this Newfoundland of the early 1800’s came in several different sizes of which one was the the “Lesser” or “St Johns’s” Newfoundland. These medium sized black dogs were excellent for retrieving game, fish and for pulling small fishing craft through icy waters.

Though the St John or Lesser breed  eventually died out in Newfoundland, they continued in Britain – and the first yellow, now  “Labrador” appeared in a litter in 1899, chocolate Labs came later as a result of breeding with other dogs of the same colour.

Labrador Retrievers Belong To The Sporting Group:

 They Are Biddable, Friendly, Responsive and Keen

 

Play Video
© animalplanet.com

Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever Pictures here illustrate well a very active and excitable dog, bred for hunting swimming and overall energy. They make an excellent family pet and it is little wonder that they are the most popular dog breed in America by quite some distance.

 The Labrador personality is extremely friendly making them very  easy to introduce to new people without lots of barking or aggressive behaviour  but can have a negative side since this upwards of  sixty-pound Lab will often express his or her friendliness by jumping on that same new person, sometimes even knocking them down.

Although Labrador Retrievers are highly intelligent, they often get a reputation for being fools of the canine world due to their over exuberance and even hyperactivity. Labs also remain mentally immature for the first three years of their life, exacerbating the problem of their over friendliness considerably.

 Labrador Retriever Labrador Retrievers are very excitable and will require a great deal of exercise, especially during the first three years of their lives.

At a bare minimum, you should expect to take your dog for about two walks a day, make sure to use a strong leash as Labs have very powerful neck and shoulder muscles and can easily pull you off balance if you aren’t careful.

Labs are also natural and enthusiastic swimmers. If you have access to any kind of water, rivers, beaches, lakes, swimming pools, or even ponds you should make a point of using these as ideal exercise venues for your Lab.

The Labrador Retriever temperament means they are one of the best dog breeds for children and make fantastic family pets but you should be careful when allowing children to play with a Labrador Retriever.

Although these dogs would never knowingly do harm to any member of their “family”, they can sometimes knock down and unintentionally harm a smaller child. As a rule, you shouldn’t let children play with Labs without supervision until the dog’s training is complete and the dog is well out of its puppy years.

Although generally healthy, Labrador Retrievers are still prone to the same hip and joint problems that plague most large dogs’ hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

They are prone to a few eye disorders as well as Progressive Retinal Atrophy being the most serious. They also have large appetites and a tendency toward obesity which needs to be carefully checked by owners in order to keep the Lab generally healthy.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

The Labrador Retriever’s waterproof coat is designed to self-clean in several important ways which minimizes your duty for grooming to some extent. This is not an excuse to ignore your responsibilities however as without some regular grooming the overall health of your dog can decline.

Ideal owners are active, affectionate and sociable who can provide the energetic walks and play that this bouncing beastie needs and whilst they are great dogs for the novice owner their eagerness to  learn should not be and excuse for half hearted training, especially in their early years. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit the Labrador Retriever’s official club.

The Labrador Retriever  or “Lab”originated  in Newfoundland rather than Labrador as an all purpose water dog, and this Newfoundland of the early 1800’s came in several different sizes of which one was the the “Lesser” or “St Johns’s” Newfoundland. These medium sized black dogs were excellent for retrieving game, fish and for pulling small fishing craft through icy waters.

Though the St John or Lesser breed  eventually died out in Newfoundland, they continued in Britain – and the first yellow, now  “Labrador” appeared in a litter in 1899, chocolate Labs came later as a result of breeding with other dogs of the same colour.

Breed Characteristics

Popularity
Very Popular
Life Span
10-12 Years
Breed Size
Large
Breed Health
Quite Healthy
Novice Owners?
Easy To Train?
Children Friendly?
Suitable For All Ages
Affectionate?
Low Maintenance?
Shedding Amount
Apartment Living?
Hypoallergenic?
Dog Friendly?
Good Watch Dog?
High Prey Drive?
Good Guard Dog?
Active Lifestyle?

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