Training A Labrador Puppy & All Things Labrador

May 9, 2013 – 01:20 pm

Labrador Retriever Breed Information

The Labrador Retriever originated from and was developed in Newfoundland. They were most commonly used by fisherman to help retrieve fishing nets and loose fish. To this day they haven't lost any of their desire or ability to swim.

The Labrador Retriever is one of the oldest recognized dog breeds. Over the years they have also been known as the Lesser Newfoundland, St. Johns Dog and The Black Water Dog - these days they are simply called a Lab.

Labs are well balanced, strongly built, athletic dogs who have a short dense weather resistant coat (they do shed!). A male Lab will grow to a height of 22.5 to 24.5 inches tall at the withers, while a female will be an inch or two shorter.Labrador Retriever Puppies Fully grown Labs weigh in at a muscular and energetic 55 to 80 pounds.

There are said to be two main types of the Labrador breed - English and American. The three recognized and accepted colors of the Labrador Retriever are yellow, chocolate and black.

The versatility and intelligence of the Lab has seen the breed utilized in many different "jobs". The Labrador is treasured and has proven invaluable in duties such as - police work, search and rescue, as a guide dog for the blind, drug detection, service dogs, watch dog work and much more...

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Labrador Retriever Temperament

Labradors have a very special and unique temperament, one that sets them apart from all other breeds. It's the reason they are so highly regarded as a family companion dog, some would say they are the perfect all-round family dog.

At its best and when given proper puppy socialization and training the Labrador Retriever is: Highly intelligent, gentle, affectionate, loyal, utterly dependable, good natured, lively and eager to please. They are superb with children, good with other dogs and animals.

Labs become very attached to their human family. They love nothing more than spending time with their family - exploring, swimming, hiking or retrieving a ball. For this reason some Labs can experience separation anxiety and may become destructive if left alone and bored for long periods.

Labrador Retriever - Health Problems

Labradors are generally a pretty durable, hardy dog breed - they are not without problems though.

Finding a reputable Labrador Retriever breeder is an important step towards finding a dog which is both physically and mentally sound. Labrador breeders play a crucial role in shaping the health of the breed going forward.

Below are a few of the more common health problems you should at least be aware of when choosing your lab and throughout his/her life. Your Labrador Retriever Breeder and Veterinarian can provide you with more detailed assistance.


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Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, September 13, 2006; Page A14
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