The Labrador Dog Breed

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The Labrador Dog

The Labrador is a friendly, good natured dog breed who is well known and well loved everywhere. Whether trained to provide assistance to disabled people, or giving love and affection in the family home, this versatile dog is happy and playful. Labradors were originally bred to help fishermen bring in their nets and later for flushing and retrieving game.

Labrador Characteristics:

Kind, responsive, keen, biddable, enthusiastic and affable.

  • Size: 55-57cm (21.5-22.5in)
  • Weight: 25-34kg (55-75lb)
  • Coat: Short, dense, without wave or feathering
  • Colour: Yellow, black or chocolate
  • Lifespan: 12-13 years
Active and playful, the  Labrador loves to swim. His exercise requirements are very high. He needs regular long walks and play sessions.

Attitude to:

  • Owners: affectionate, biddable
  • Children: patient
  • Other pets: good
  • Strangers: friendly
  • Unfamiliar dogs: friendly
The Yellow (golden) and Black Labrador:
Yellow Labrador dogs tend to have a slightly softer temperament than the black Labrador and are more likely to be easy going. Both can be bred for working or show purposes, and it may be best to choose one from a show line rather than from working stock unless you are prepared for lots of exercise.

The Chocolate Labrador:
Chocolate Labradors tend to be more tolerant to pain and, consequently, often injure themselves more readily. They can be more exhuberant and enthusiastic.

Prone to obesity, hip and elbow dysplasia (leading to arthritis), osteochondritis dessicans (immature long bones which can lead to cracks and damage at the joints), cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (leading to partial or total blindness).

The Labrador can often be destructive chewers during adolescense. Lack of exercise may lead to boisterousness, running away and destructive behaviour.

If you are considering a Labrador puppy for sale, make sure to contact a reputable Labrador breeder to ensure that the puppies are in excellent condition. You may also consider a Labrador rescue dog.

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