Facts about Labrador Retriever Puppies
Are you unsure how to care for Labrador Retriever puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?
Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?
No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!
Breed History and Information
The breed, also known simply as Lab, originated in Newfoundland, Canada. It was developed in the early 19th century and recognized as a distinct breed in the middle of the 19th century.
It was developed as a hunter and water retriever and is still used in that capacity even today. In addition to hunting and retrieving, the Labrador Retriever is also used in search and rescue, detection, police work and as an assistance dog for the handicapped.
Today, it's one of the most popular companion dogs in the world. In fact, the Labrador has been either the most popular or one of the most popular companion breeds in the U.S. for the last couple of years.
Physical Characteristics of Labrador Puppies
This is a medium to large-size dog. It has a muscular body with a broad head, black or brown nose, brown or hazel eyes, triangular drop ears and a long otter tail.
The double coat consists of a short and dense undercoat and short, water-resistant outer coat. The outer coat is straight and comes in black, yellow or brown.
There are two types of Labradors - English and American. The English bred variety is heavier and thicker while American bred Labrador puppies are taller and lankier.
|Male||22.5 to 24.5 inches||65 to 80 pounds|
|Female||21.5 to 23.5 inches||55 to 70 pounds|
The Labrador Retriever is an intelligent, friendly and even-tempered dog. It gets along well with other dogs and children.
They love human company and will do best if you include them in your family activities.
In general, they are not aggressive, excessively territorial, insecure, destructive or hypersensitive. They are excellent retrievers and love carrying objects in their mouths.
As you would expect from water dogs, Labrador puppies love water and are excellent swimmers.
Best Owner / Living Conditions
The Labrador can adapt to an apartment lifestyle but it will do best with an active owner in a suburban environment.
Some Labrador Retriever breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.
Activity and Exercise
The Labrador is a very active dog. It loves to work and play hard!
Provide him with plenty of exercise, including running off leash in a safe place.
If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than a physical fence), easy to install and will keep your pet well protected.
If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, this is your chance to get some exercise together, but make sure your pet is on leash.
At a minimum, take him for one or two long walks every day.
Caring for a Labrador is easy.
The breed is an average shedder. Comb and brush regularly with a firm brush. Bathe only when necessary.
Labrador Retriever Health Concerns
Like all dog breeds, the Lab is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.
Additional health concerns include hip dysplasia, PRA, and arthritis. The breed is also prone to excessive weight gain. Provide plenty of exercise and do not over feed your pet.
For more information about dog diseases and health, visit dog health problems.
To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Labrador Retriever breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).
No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.
To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.
The average life expectancy for a Labrador Retriever puppy is between 10 and 13 years.
Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?
If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Labrador Retriever rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.
Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Labrador Retriever Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.
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