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Information

Name : Labrador Retriever

Other Names : Lab

Origin : Newfoundland

Size Type : Medium Dog Breed

Breed Group : Sporting dog breeds

Life span : 12-13 years

Litter Size : 5-10 Puppies

Temperament : Loving, Playful, Energetic

Height : 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet tall at the shoulder

Weight : 55 to 80 pounds Males have been known to reach up to 100 lbs.

Colors : Yellow, Black, Choclate

Puppy Price : $300-$1500

Body type

The Labrador Retriever is a medium sized, strongly built dog, possessing a sound athletic composition that helps it thrive in numerous working jobs. Built with character and quality to dominate in the show ring and a loving family companion. The most distinguishable Labrador traits is the webbed feet that make them excellent swimmers. Big beaver like tails that help them swim, thick double layered water resistant coat. Clean cut face with a wide back, friendly eyes that illuminate companionship and intelligence.

Coat

The coat is short, straight and dense. A rough outer coat, with a soft weather proof under coat cover this breed and protect them from the cold weather and the frigid lake water.

Characteristics

Good with Kids : 100 %
Cat Friendly : 66 %
Dog Friendly : 100 %
Trainability : 100 %
Shedding : 50 %
Watchdog : 100 %
Intelligence : 100 %
Grooming : 33 %
Popularity : 100 %
Adaptability : 83 %
Hypoallergenic : No
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Overview

The lab was bred to be both a useful working dog, and a loving companion. Originally helping fisherman by retrieving lines, catching lose fish, and other tasks. Today they are commonly used for retrieving for hunters, aiding the handicapped, Search and rescue teams, along with other k9 jobs. The Labrador is the most popular dog breed in America. They are athletically built and do well in most all climates besides extreme heat.

Color

The Lab comes in three different colors; Black, Yellow, and Chocolate. Black is the most common and varies slightly in shade. Yellow is the 2nd most common and probably the most recognizable. Chocolate is the rarest of the three colors. Labs are unique because any color combination of the parents has the potential to produce any of these three colors. i.e Two yellow labs can produce both black and chocolate in their offspring.

Health Problems

They are prone to hip, knee dysplasia as most athletic large size dogs are. They are also prone to cataracts, similar to the human ones and other eye conditions.

Exercises

Labradors are a working breed, which means they do best if they have a job to do, daily exercise is a must. They are very active and do well with an active owner. This breed isn't meant to stay inside and need a yard to play around in.

Origin

This breed originated on the Island of Newfoundland located off the eastern Canadian coast. They were bred to help fisherman, this breed was bred to be excellent swimmers and do well in colder climates. They were first known as St. John dogs after Newfoundlands capital, They were later changed to the Labrador after the sea in which they fished.
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