Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Lab; Labrador
The Labrador Retriever has been ranked as the most popular dog in the United States by the American Kennel Club for 25 years in a row. They're active, energetic, and seem to have the personality of an outgoing puppy for many years, making them well-regarded family dogs. Developed in Canada and then England to fetch waterfowl for hunters, these intelligent and active dogs love to get out there and play fetch with their humans. They're happy dogs who aren't annoyed by noisy, active families.
As an exuberant dog that must be trained not to jump up, they may not be right for fragile owners or for people who just want to kick back on the couch. Be prepared to keep those busy mouths supplied with chew toys.
Appearance / health:
Labs are medium-sized, strongly built dogs possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation. The head should be broad with a moderate stop and a slightly pronounced brow. The eyes should be kind and expressive and be either brown or hazel in color. The upper and lower eyelids of the yellow Labrador Retriever should be outlined in black. The ears should hang close to the head and be set slightly above the line of the eye.
The muzzle should be on the same (parallel) plane as the skull and should be of a length approximately equal that of the skull. The lips should not be squared off or heavy but curve gracefully back giving the Labrador the appearance of having a slight “smile”.
The Labrador’s tail is a distinguishing feature of this breed. It should be quite thick at the base; it should also be flat underneath at the base and then rounding as it gradually tapers toward the tip. It should be of medium length and thickly clothed all around, free of feathering, with the short, dense coat thus giving the tail the peculiar rounded appearance that is described as the “otter” tail.
Labrador Retrievers are relatively low maintenance dogs. A weekly brushing with a firm bristled brush, followed by a wipe down with a rough towel is sufficient to keep the coat clean and promote healthy coat and skin. Brushing, including the use of a tool such as an undercoat rake, several times a week will be necessary during shedding periods. Labrador Retrievers having proper coats are heavy shedders during the twice yearly shedding seasons and healthy dogs do shed some hair throughout the year. Unless the dog get into something foul smelling or staining, Labradors should not be bathed. Unnecessary bathing strips the natural oils from the skin and coat and can cause problems. Labradors should never be shaved down in hot weather. The coat protects the from heat and sun and insect bites. Toe nails should be kept short by regular clipping.
A daily brisk walk, in addition to the usual walks for elimination purposes is required to keep the dog physically fit and mentally stimulated. Investigate and consider the now popular dog parks as a source of exercise and socializing for your dog. But this is recommended only for the adult dog that has had some training and is generally obedient.
Labrador Retrievers are subject to Hip and Elbow Dysplasia and the breed is subject to inherited conditions of the eye, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Retinal Dysplasia, some forms of inherited cataracts and other conditions which can cause problems with vision, including blindness. When buying a puppy ask if both parents have been certified by OFA to be free of hip and elbow dysplasia and registered with CERF as having been examined by a board certified ophthalmologist and found to be free of hereditary eye problems.
Labradors are also subject, though not in great numbers, to anterior cruciate ligament tears and ruptures, tricuspid valve dysplasia (a debilitating heart condition), hypothyroidism, allergies (food and environmental), and epilepsy. Reputable breeder test potential breeding stock and avoid using any dogs which exhibit any of the forgoing health issues.
Behavior / temperament:
Being developed and bred to be retrievers, Labradors are naturally “mouthy”. They will attempt to carry in their mouths anything from clothing to the human hand, arm, ankle or foot, usually with a gentle mouth but they do have to be trained to leave those objects not meant to be retrieved. Because of this mouthiness biting accidents do occur. For that reason the interaction between children and dogs must be supervised. Labradors are intelligent and generally easy-going with strangers, which makes them unsuitable as guard dogs. This intelligence, good temper and activity level are reasons why Labradors have been found to be ideal as detection, therapy, search and rescue and guide dogs. Labradors should never be either shy or aggressive. Labradors have been developed to want to be with humans and other animals. Because of their basic nature, Labradors get on well with other domestic animals. Because of their intelligence they are easily trainable and should be trained because that same intelligence will create chaos if the dog is allowed to grow up untrained. The Labrador Retriever very much reflects the time and attention given it by its owners.
Labs are an intelligent breed, and are never shy or aggressive. They like human company and would not like to be left alone for more than few hours. They are affectionate and devoted toward their owner with a strong will to please. Labs are very playful and are quick to join family members in any type of activity.
Most Labrador Retrievers love to work and to learn, if only to be in the company of their owner. Labradors often believe they know best so training must be consistent in vocabulary, correction and most important, in praise. If you have never trained a dog, it is suggested that you obtain a referral obedience training classes conducted by an experienced instructor. Your veterinarian, local shelters or the breeder from whom you purchase your Labrador can make recommendations.
Remember that the breed was developed for hunting purposes and a noisy hunting dog would be counterproductive. Adult Labradors will bark at the approach of strange cars or people onto their property. In general, the Labrador is not a barker and should not be thought of as a potential watchdog.
exceptional family pets, excelent service dogs, good hunting dogs, affectionate, energetic
joint problems, hyperactive, hard headed pet, heavy shedder, exercise requirements, hip dysplasia
strict feeding schedule, Labs LOVE water, muscular dogs, weather resistant coat, insane drive
My Chocolate Lab
I could never complain about my Chocolate Lab Chester, he’s my very best friend and the best alarm clock i could ever ask for!?? They are such sweet goofy dogs, he never fails to cheer me up or make me laugh! I must say my favorite thing about him is how much he loves to cuddle, he loves to lounge around with you but still loves to go run or play in the yard. They are very obedient and easy to train, he learned to sit in less than 30 minutes! He’s had a bit of training and the trainers never had a problem with him. I also have a Border Collie and a small longhairs Dachshund and they all get along like family! When i first got Chester (my lab) i didnt Know how protective he could be of me, he always puts himself between me and other humans he meets but he doesn’t attack. He likes to meet people but can be a little shy at first, but he loves kids and likes to make them laugh. Labs have a tendency to lick a lot but i enjoy my slobber kisses. I couldn’t ask for a better friend and i highly recommend this breed!.
From Chesterthelab Sep 29 2018 7:25PM
Life saving brush! Brushing dogs can be easy or difficult depending on the dog you have, if your like me and have a giant one hundred pound yellow lab, brushing is a sweat inducing task. Good thing he enjoys it! But I found regular dog brushes ineffective and useless. Get a metal curry comb. These things are incredible, they are meant for horses and stripping away their winter coats. They are cheap and easy to find and work like a dream! The primary thing to remember when using them is to go with the fur, and avoid bony areas like faces and legs. This brush will grab and remove any loose hair with ease, and it is really easy to remove the hair from the brush, no wasting time with this one! Save yourself time and money with this tool. .
From Bethany Votaw 4 days ago
Newbie to Invisible Collars
Before my family moved into our current home, the former owners had set up an invisible fence around the property. Well, our first dog was fine and did not need to use the invisible fence collar; however, our second dog did. The reason is that whenever outside without a leash, he takes off and almost never returns home without us having to go out and chase him down (and even that has proven very difficult at times).
Knowing that he likes to run, we found the collar in the garage and decided to take it out for a test spin. Since we were new to the collars, we didn't know what charge the collar was set at... Well, low and behold, we took him out for a walk around our property and--ZAP!--he was shocked. My mom had accidentally set the voltage on high. The poor thing, I remember, came to me and put his paws to my chest; he was too afraid to return to the house out of fear of being shocked again. We have not used the collar since, and have continued to walk him instead of using the invisible fence..
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