Silver Labrador Retrievers personality

Is a Labrador Retriever the Right Dog for You?

October 9, 2013 – 09:00 am

Labrador Retriever - Silver

The Labrador Retriever is considered a large, stocky dog, standing between 22-25 inches and weighing between 60-80 lb. Labs, as they are affectionately called, have a block head, drop ears, webbed feet, short coat, and a strong otter tail. Their fur is dense and designed to repel water. They come in three colors, black, chocolate and yellow. Blond, fox red, vanilla, golden are all just variations of the yellow color.

The Lab originated in Newfoundland. Their heritage was to work with fisherman, retrieving nets from frigid waters. Commonly they are used to bring back downed waterfowl. Their large noses coupled with a willingness to work make them ideal drug sniffing or search and rescue dogs. Their eager personalities, high intelligence and thoughtful disobedience make them great service dogs.

Most of all, Labrador Retrievers make great pets for young, on-the-go families. They are great with children because they are friendly and love to play. Labs are easy to train and willing to work. They love to retrieve and will play ball for hours. They are natural, strong swimmers and love nothing more than retrieving a ball, or a dummy, in water. Because they don't play favorites they are very accepting of all members of the family and adjust well to new babies or children leaving for school. They are not guard dogs, but their size and loud bark are protective.

Sound ideal? It is, as long as your family is active and has the ability to take care of the dog's exercise needs on a daily basis. Labs need a place to romp, thus do better in homes with a fenced yard. They love to go for daily walks, and because they are prone to obesity, need those walks and play time to keep their weight in check. Labs can be diggers and chewers, and their need to retrieve can lead to items in their mouth disappearing down their throats. A lab's appetite knows no bounds so they are prone to bloat, ingestion of dangerous substances such as chocolate and intestinal blockage secondary to sock eating.

Without a fenced yard a Lab can become a wanderer. They don't do well with electric fencing, being all to willing to suffer a small shock in order to see the world. And they stay puppyish longer than most dogs, a lab doesn't mature in personality...


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There is no such thing as a Silver Lab.

Terms such as "golden", "silver", "blue", "white" or "grey" as variants are not recognised. The term "Golden Labrador" has been used both as an incorrect term for yellow labradors of a golden shade,[26] and also for any Labrador-Golden Retriever crossbreed of any colour, including black.[27] White is a light shade of yellow (officially referred to as 'light cream' or 'pale yellow' in the standard),[10][28][29] and silver is either not recognised or registered as chocolate (though regarded as a major fault and not up to confirmation).[20][10] Claims that some "rare" variants exist or have been verified by DNA testing, or the like, are widely considered to be a 'scam'.[10][30]

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