The warm and intelligent Lab is America's number one breed registered with the American Kennel Club. The Lab's sweet nature makes him an excellent therapy dog, visiting homes for the elderly and hospitals, and his intelligence makes him an ideal assistance dog for the handicapped.
History: The Labrador Retriever also called the “Lab” was originally from Newfoundland. They worked with fisherman in, helping to pull in nets and catch fish that escaped from fishing lines. It is one of the most popular breed in the United States. In the United States the general public has begun to label variations in this breed as "English or "American" style. The “American” style dog has lighter bone structure and exhibiting more length of leg, a less dense coat, and a narrower head with more length of muzzle. The "English" is stockier dog, heavier of bone and shorter on leg and with a denser coat, and having a head often described as "square or blocky."
Physical traits: The Labrador is a large breed. The Labrador is 21-25 inches in height; and weigh between 55 – 100 pounds. They have a broad, clean-cut head with hanging ears and alert, friendly and intelligent eyes. They have thick noses and wide muzzles and strong necks. Labradors have a short, dense and water-resistant outer coat and a downy undercoat that keeps them warm. One of their trademark characteristic features is a strong jaw set in a broad head. These dogs also have strong legs and shoulders, which add to their fast pace.
Colors: The Labrador Retrievers are usually a solid black, yellow or cream color, and medium to dark brown.
Life Span: The Labrador can live between 10 -12 years
Obesity: Labradors like to eat, and without proper exercise can become obese. Laziness is a contribution to this. Obesity is a serious condition and can be considered the number one nutritional problem with dogs. A study shows that at least 25% of dogs in the United States are overweight. Therefore, Labradors must be properly exercised and stimulated. A healthy Labrador can do swimming wind sprints for two hours, and should keep a very slight hourglass waist and be fit and light, rather than fat or heavy-set. Obesity can exacerbate conditions such as hip dysplasia and joint problems, and can lead to secondary diseases, including diabetes.
Health Issues: The Labrador is generally a healthy breed however, they have been known to have hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Cataracts, retinal dysplasia, and muscle myopathy
Temperament: The Labrador Retriever is gentle, intelligent and family-friendly breed. Labradors are athletic, love to swim, play catch and retrieve games. The Labrador is great with children of all ages, is great with seniors and is great for protection. Labrador's temperament is kind, pleasant, and outgoing. This breed is great for hunters, campers, outdoor people and families.
Other facts: They love exercise, so they must be taken for long walks. These dogs are average shedders. They love exercise, so they must be taken for long walks. They are also used as guide dogs to help blind people. This breed loves to eat, be very careful or it will become obese. They do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
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