The Labrador Retriever has its roots associated to the Northeast Atlantic Coast of Canada. This popular breed was originally used as a help to local fisherman in jobs like retrieving fish from the Atlantic, fetching ropes, hauling nets etc. in the early 1700’s. They were earlier known as St. John dog’s, which was the capital city of the Newfoundland (the place of their origination). When they were first imported to England to serve as retrievers for hunting, they became renowned and widely praised of all over England. As a result, they got registered there in 1903, soon followed by the AKC in 1917. Their fan following rose to such a level after the WW2, they became the most popular registered dog breed in 1991 and is still firmly placed at that position.
This warm and affectionate breed has a very loveable personality. This outgoing breed is very sweet natured and friendly, both to people and other animals. The Labrador sports a winning personality with eagerness and skill to learn and is therefore, very easy to train. The breed develops a laid-back personality with excessive eating habits if not sufficiently trained from an early age.
- Activity Level:5/5 (very energetic)
- Intelligence Level:4/5 (brainy)
- Curiosity:4/5 (highly curious and trainable)
- Friendliness:5/5 (highly affable)
- Vocal:3.5/5 (can bark loudly)
There are two types of Labradors and their appearance varies on which type they are. The English Labrador is heavier, thick and bulky while the American Labrador has a tall and lanky physique. This breed is much longer than its tall and the feet are strong, which provide extra help while swimming.
- Fur: The coat is smooth and not wavy at any end. The coat colors are solid black, chocolate or yellow. Also, there is an occasional silver or gray colored coat too.
- Eyes: The medium-sized eyes are at a proper symmetry. The eye colors vary from the color of the dog. Usually brown in yellow and black dogs and hazel brown in chocolate dogs. A rare greenish eye color is also observed. Grey dogs have grey colored eyes.
- Body Structure: The body structure is round and heavy supported by strong feet.
- Facial Features: With a thick black nose, round eyes and pendant-shaped ears, the facial features are a clear indication of their warm greeting.
- Weight: The Labradors usually weigh in between 55-80 pounds.
Labradors are generally a very healthy breed if taken proper care of. Though there are certain diseases which even this breed can’t escape such as cataracts, myopathy and hip dysplasia. Tricuspid valve dysplasia (TVD) is a congenital heart defect which can be severe and can cause loss of life too. Ultrasound is the diagnostic test for this disease.
Labradors have a tendency to rapidly put on weight, so a lot of exercise is mandatory. Labradors are heavy shedders, so get ready to clean up after you dog. A bath in every two months is compulsory and weekly trimming of nails and ear check is also important.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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