Sunset Labradors

October 12, 2014 – 05:44 pm

There is only one Labrador Retriever breed. Within the breed there are two distinct types. The drastic differences in type can make it seem as though there are actually two different breeds. The differences are not only seen in appearance but can be readily seen in temperament and activity level. These differences are very important in selecting a Labrador Retriever to be a life companion. Successful dog ownership occurs when our dog’s temperament and energy level is a good match to our own.

The English style Labrador Retriever is the original lab. They are considered a medium size breed, about 21 to 24 inches at the shoulder. The females typically weigh 65 to 70 pounds. Males should weigh between 80 and 90 pounds. Although these may be considered high weights for a medium size breed, consideration must be given to the short thick body style of the English type. English dogs have heavy bone structures, are very heavily muscled and have wide heads. The head is wide at the forehead and short and thick at the muzzle. They should have big dark brown eyes with a kind expression. The tail should be short and thick, an otter tail that hangs relaxed off the body when not in use.

English type dogs are mellow, kind dogs by nature. They are extremely easy to train as they have a strong desire to please and receive praise. Their drive is at a medium level. They will play ball or retrieve ducks but are just as happy to go on a ride in the car or sit and watch television. They are always happy to let you select the activity and enjoy your company immensely. It is this trait that makes the English type lab the breed most chosen to be guide dogs in both the U.S. and Canada. Their moderate temperament makes them a great dog to have around children and animals of all kinds. These dogs can be maintained with 30 to 45 minutes of exercise per day.

The American, or Field type lab is a tall dog, ranging about 27 to 30 inches and taller at the shoulder. The head is usually narrow and the muzzle is long. The dog will almost have a greyhound appearance, with a long whip like tail. Dogs selected by field enthusiasts or gun dog breeders are most highly prized when they will work all day without tiring. They have a strong drive to retrieve and would be happy to play ball all day.

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