Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog in the U.S., Canada and England for well over a decade. This happy, easy-going, medium sized dog is a fantastic pet and companion. As the name would suggest one of this breed’s favorite activity is retrieving objects.

Labradors come in three main colors, which are black, chocolate and yellow. They have a short, easy to maintain coat. The only problem with the Labs coat is its propensity for shedding. You can always tell an owner of a Labrador Retriever by the loose dog hairs on their pants leg. This is a small price to pay for such a loyal and affectionate companion, however.

An interesting feature of the Labrador Retriever is their webbed feet. Bred to retrieve waterfowl, their webbed feet make swimming an effortless task. A retriever will jump into any body of water with little to no encouragement.

Everything about the appearance of a Lab is balanced. It should appear to be neither gangly nor too bulky. A Labrador Retriever is perfectly at home in the field, the show ring or living room.

Labs are not fussy eaters. Actually, they will eat anything placed in front of them and a few things that were not. Obesity is a serious problem with this dog. Their diet needs to strict monitoring, and all members of the family must refrain from feeding it table scraps. They will even eat things that are not edible. It is important to train a Labrador Retriever to understand that everything they encounter is not a potential food source.

This breed is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Owners and veterinarians need to keep a close check on this. Try to find a Lab puppy whose parents have been certified free of this condition to reduce the risk of them developing dysplasia later in life.

The main attraction of this breed is its stable temperament. They are always friendly, affectionate and loyal. They are not nuisance barkers. Labs generally bark just to let you know there is a strange person or sound nearby. Once they have alerted you, they consider their job done and will quickly make friends with whoever that stranger may be.


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