The labrador retriever
Labrador Retrievers make a fine loyal companion for man. They are helpful to man because they are very intelligent dogs. This breed is the perfect family dog as they are very good with children and are adaptable with other pets. The Setters were developed for special purposes. Their long noses are a result of selective breeding to track the scent of game, birds and rabbits.
Other Facts About the Labrador Retrievers
Because of excellent breeding for the purpose of hunging, the Labrador Retriever excels in drug detection. The Lab is also used as a guide dog for the blind, and as a service dog for the disabled.
The AKC designation for the breed is Gun Dog, AKC Sporting.
History of the Labrador Retriever:
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breed of dog in the United States. The breed originates from Newfoundland, Canada. The Labrador was trained to jump overboard into icy waters to haul fisherman’s nets to shore.
The dog’s fine retrieving instincts were honed and developed by careful breeding. The Labrador Retriever is highly trainable and result in this breed being used for many human tasks.
The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat. The Retriever has an “otter” tail. The Labrador has a broad head, thick nose, scissors bite and a pronounced stop.
The muzzle is fairly wide and the neck is powerful. The eyes are chestnut or hazel with an intelligent expression. The medium-sized ears are pendant. The otter tail is strong, thick near the body then tapers. The Retriever’s limbs are strong good bone structure. The webbed feet are used in swimming.
Bathe or dry shampoo the coat only when necessary. These dogs are average shedders. The double coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush regularly with a firm, bristle brush, paying close attention to the undercoat.
Height & Weight
The height of the full-grown lab is 22½ to 24½ inches Female is 21½ to 23½ inches. Weight of dogs and bitches in working condition: Dogs 65 to 80 pounds; Bitches 55 to 70 pounds.
The Labrador Retriever is easily trained. In addition to hunting, the Labrador Retriever is loyal, courageous, intelligent and adaptable for many human tasks. The dog is an affectionate loving companion. The Lab is one of the most popular family and canine companions because of their gentle, loving disposition.
Labrador Retrievers will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
Health Problems:Some of the health issues of the Labrador Retriever include:
The Labrador Retriever like to be around people. They are active and alert dogs that require regular exercise. These dogs crave attention but will give back love and affection in return.