The Labrador Retriever is a medium-sized, robust-looking dog, colored sand, chocolate, or dark. Very appreciated by families, it is often the pleasure of children with whom it’s a great playmate.
Its jovial and friendly expression greatly contributes to its success. The Labrador is one of the favorite dogs for the youngest.
History of the breed
The Labrador Retriever is an English dog whose ancestors were brought back from Newfoundland as early as 1814. The ancestor of Labrador would be the ” St John’s Dog “, a variant smaller than the Newfoundland which developed in Canada.
The Saint-John dog helped the fishermen to go in search of fish. This is why the Labrador deserves the name of Retriever. It reports everything.
In 1814, It conquered England. The selection would have started in 1822 when this Newfoundland dog received the name Labrador by the Earl of Malmesbury.
- Its hair: short, thick, without waviness. It is weatherproof.
- Its color: the dress is entirely yellow (sand), black or brown (chocolate). The sable Labrador takes several weeks to obtain its final shade, unlike the black Labrador. Chocolate Labrador has long been snubbed in France. However, this aspect is increasingly appreciated.
- Its head : round with a straight muzzle. The skull and nose are broad, but the cheeks are not thick.
- Its ears: set behind and of medium size, they fall to the sides of the head.
- Its eyes: medium size are brown or hazel.
- Its body: has a horizontal line on top. The chest is large and well built as is the kidney which remains short and strong.
- Its tail: imposing at the base, it becomes thinner towards the end. She should not curl up on her back.
Behavior With Others
Sweet, loyal, intelligent, and playful, the Labrador Retriever is the perfect companion for everyone. It is also one of the most widespread dog breeds in the world. A good guardian, It’s not too fearful.
Particularly patient and docile, It’s fantastic as a guide dog for the blind. Listening, ardent, and determined It’s greatly appreciated by rescuers.
The puppies can be very turbulent. Nevertheless, the Labrador Retriever is good at learning. it will become a pleasant dog to live with if you firmly teach It the basic rules of conduct necessary for Its safety and yours.
The education of the Labrador Retriever must take place primarily through play. You should also not hesitate to reward It for Its good deeds. It’s quite receptive and emotional.
The Labrador Retriever can adapt to an urban environment, although it’s more suited to the countryside. It’s very welcoming by nature and enjoys the company. The loneliness can quickly weigh It.
So much so that it will turn into a bulldozer if you don’t give it the attention and time it deserves.
Health & Maintenance
The Labrador Retriever is prone to obesity, regular exercise and a balanced diet are essential. This will minimize joint problems like hip or elbow dysplasia. Some eye concerns are also common: retinal dysplasia, cataracts, and retinal atrophy.
The torsion or the gastric swelling are elements that the master must imperatively watch. An untreated swollen belly can prove fatal for Labrador.
The life expectancy of a Labrador Retriever is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.
The maintenance of Labrador is not very restrictive. Only brushing during the moulting periods (spring and autumn) requires a lot of time.
During the moult period, use a wire brush. Regarding Its claws, It must be able to wear them regularly on hard ground. Shorten them, if necessary, using specific pliers.
Two baths per year are sufficient. The Labrador Retriever’s major fragility is in the ears. They should be monitored and cleaned regularly with a product recommended by your veterinarian. Otherwise, It will be prone to chronic ear infections.
Be careful not to overfeed the Labrador, which appreciates food and is quite greedy. Its ratio of high-quality croquettes must be given twice. In the morning with a fairly light meal and in the evening with a larger dinner.
BEHAVIOR & CHARACTER
BARKS / HOWLS
BEHAVIOR WITH OTHERS
SUITABLE FOR APARTMENT
GOOD FOR NEW MASTERS
LOVES THE HEAT
LOVES THE COLD
EASE TO GAIN WEIGHT
MAINTENANCE & HYGIENE
EASE TO MAINTAIN
COST OF MAINTENANCE
EASE TO GROOM
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