All About The Labrador Retriever

All About The Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is one of many breeds of the retriever hunting type. Extremely loyal and intelligent, Labradors are one the most popular pet breeds in numerous countries. While they still serve the purpose for which they were initially bred, which is retrieving small downed waterfowl, they are also adept at a number of other jobs including leading the blind, acting as hearing dogs, and police and military work.

Their kind nature, obedience, and knack for getting along with children also give them the reputation of being the ideal pet.

Behavioral traits:-
Chewing and mouthing is a common problem among Labradors. You will need to keep lots of chew toys and bones on hand in order to save your furniture and shoes. They like to greet returning family members and visitors with a trophy in their mouth, as well, so keep an eye on anything within his reach that is not tacked down. Exercising your lab before you leave the house and providing him with lots of bones is a must if you don't want to come home and find couches destroyed. Labs are famous for being clumsy. They will run and slide around on wood floors, back into tables, knock over lamps and whip drinks with their tails. This clumsiness is doesn't go away until the dog is well past adolescence and is hard to overcome. “Stay” and “down” commands can help, but a young Lab is often described as a bull in a China shop.

Loyal, lovable, happy and friendly to all he meets. Labs are full of energy and will run to the door to greet you (or anyone, for that matter) as if you'd just returned from a year-long trip. They are truly “man's best friend,” and are at their happiest when engaged in family activities. They love running, hiking, swimming and playing fetch for hours on end and are extremely patient with children of all ages. Labs are a breeze to train, and as long as you are prepared to live with puppy-like behavior well into adulthood, they make an excellent choice for first time dog owners.

Size: Labradors are a medium-large breed. They should be as long from the withers to the base of the tail as they are from the floor to the withers. Males should stand 22 to 24 inches (56 to 61 cm) tall at the withers and weight 65 to 80 lb (29 to 36 kg). Females should stand 22 to 24 inches (56 to 61 cm) and weight 55 to 70 lb (25 to 32 kg).
Coat: The Labrador Retriever's coat should be short and dense, but not wiry. The coat is water-resistant, so the dog does not get cold when taking to water in the winter. That means that the dog naturally has a slightly dry, oily coat. Acceptable colors are black, yellow, and chocolate.
Head: The head should be broad with slightly pronounced eyebrows. The eyes should be kind and expressive. Appropriate eye colors are brown and hazel. The lining around the eyes should be black. The ears should hang close to the head and set slightly above the eyes.
Jaws: The jaws should be strong and powerful. The muzzle should be of medium length and should not be too tapered. The jaws should hang slightly and curve gracefully back.
Body: The body should have a powerful and muscular build.

Life expectancy:-
The life expectancy of Labrador Retrievers can be anything between 10 and 14 years. Just as with humans, that figure can vary widely, but a good average for Labradors is 12 or 13.

Broadly speaking, the food for your pet is available in three forms – Wet, Dry and Raw.

Wet food: wet food is the commercially manufactured food which offers chunks of meat, with or without gravy, with added vitamins, minerals and other important elements to make it nutritionally complete and balanced.

Dry food: dry food consists of pellets (called kibbles) of food, which are easy to store and convenient to serve. The ready-made food bits meant for puppies consist of nutrients in the right proportions to support a healthy growth.

Raw diet: raw diet consists of raw meat, bones, fruits and vegetables. There are benefits and risks involved in administering a raw diet, which one should be aware of before adopting a fully raw diet. Most significant concern is related to the need for proper knowledge of canine nutrition and about the various foods which, taken together, meet your dog’s nutritional needs in the best way.

(If the puppy is more than 8 weeks old then it has already been weaned from mother’s milk and doesn’t need it at all. If the puppy is less than 7 weeks old, then you may need to find a replacement for mother’s milk and also have to contact your vet to have the pup constantly monitored.)

Water: Make sure that water is available to the puppies at all times of the day, except for one hour before sleeping time. This exception would help you in managing the nature’s calls of your dog. And please note that it’s normal for a kibble fed dog to drink a lot of water as compared to a dog on a wet diet.

Labrador Retriever As A Pet:
Only you can decide whether your unique situation would suit life with a Labrador. Make sure that you take into account every aspect of your lifestyle and who you share your time with. Look at your finances and home with critical eyes, and make sure that they are suited to a big, bouncy dog. If you feel you have the time, money, energy and love to keep a Labrador happy and healthy, then you will be rewarded with a wonderful companion for years to come. If now isn’t the best time, then think ahead. Maybe in a year it will be. And it will be worth the wait to get it just right for you, your family and your new pet Labrador.

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