Labrador Retrievers


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One of the most distinctive traits of Labradors is their coat. The Labrador Retriever has a double coat that helps the dog to repel water and allows to make a good hunting companion. The tail of the dog tapers at the end and is an indicator of the dog's mood. In fact, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most loved breeds in the world. In the United States, the Labrador is leading according to the AKC statistics.

What attracts people in the Labrador Retriever? The dog has wonderful personality traits, working qualities, and is a favorite of children. The breed is very active, yet not hyper. It is used mostly as a companion. However, the Labrador is the most popular guide dog. As a matter of fact, the breed has a lot of uses. It is friendly and devoted, which contributes to the qualities of the dog.

The dog is of medium size. This allows it to be kept in a flat. However, the Labrador is recommended for energetic people. The dog is very people-oriented and needs to be a part of a company. Hence, people who cannot devote much time to their pets are advised to consider a different breed.

Male Labradors stand about 22.5-24.5 inches at the withers. Females are usually one inch smaller. The weight of the Labrador Retriever ranges from 65 to 80 pounds. Females are smaller. The coat color is black, yellow, and chocolate.

Labrador Retrievers - Living Conditions

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The Labrador Retriever needs a lot of exercise. The dog is moderately active indoors. It can live in an apartment on the condition that it is sufficiently exercised. It enjoys playing with children and is loyal with other pets.

Labrador Retrievers - Health Problems

The Labrador Retriever is prone to PRA and elbow disorders. The average life span is about 10-12 years.

Labrador Retrievers - Care

Labrador Retriever owners should be aware of the basic care requirements for the breed. It is important to provide the dog with exercise and obedience training from an early age. The breed is intelligent and is very receptive to training. The Labrador Retriever needs regular brushing. The coat is short and dense. Make sure the hairs do not mat. Labrador Retrievers are average shedders.

 

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