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Labrador Retriever

 

Labrador Retriever

Description:

The Labrador Retriever is a strong, medium-sized dog with an athletic  well-balanced appearance. They are a short-coupled breed with a body that is the same or just longer than it is tall. These lovely dogs are phenomenal animals they brighten up your day when you are down. They always seem to have a smile for you.

Height: Dogs 22-24 inches (56-61cm) Bitches 21-23 inches (53-58cm)
Weight: Dogs 60-75 pounds (27-34kg) Bitches 55-70 pounds (25-32kg)   

Origion: United states

 Life span: 10 to 12 years

Litter size:

The average litter size is 7

Temprament:

The Labrador Retriever is loyal, loving, affectionate and patient, making great family dogs.Highly intelligent, good-natured, very willing and eager to please,  they are among the top choices for service dog work. They love to play, especially in water, never wanting to pass up the opportunity for a good swim. These lively dogs have an excellent, reliable, temperament and are friendly, superb with children and equable with other dogs.

Exercise:

Labrador Retrievers are energetic dogs, delighted to work and play hard. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk jog or run alongside you when you bicycle.  While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.

Sense of smell:A typical Labrador Retriever’s nose has about twenty five times more olfactory receptors than humans. This means that Labradors are able to pick up even the faintest of smells, and from a considerable distance. A dog’s nose is built for superior scent, even in its physical construction.  The slits beside the nostrils on your dog’s nose allow more air to pass through the nose, promoting circulation over the olfactory receptors.

Living conditions:

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.

Grooming:

The smooth, short-haired, double coat is easy to groom.  Comb and brush regularly with a firm , bristle brush , paying attention to the undercoat. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. These dogs are average shedders.

History:

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds throughout the United States. Originally from Newfoundland the breed was initially used to haul fisherman’s nets to shore. Specimens were brought to England in the 1800’s by ships coming from Labrador  the place where the breed’s outstanding retrieving instincts were honed and developed. These dogs are exceptional family companions. They have a number of natural talents and abilities, and they excel in drug detection, guide work, and service work. They are excellent obedience and  field trial competitors.