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Labrador Retriever Puppies Introduction
Among some of the most popular dog breeds desired, the Labrador Retriever dogs come as the favorite choice of many a family. Known for its gentle, intelligent, and kind temperament, this breed is very famous among the dog-loving public. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), Labrador Retrievers have taken over Golden Retrievers as the top famous name among dog breeds.
This versatile breed was originally used for hunting and fetching purposes, but over a period of time have been groomed to be the best companion dogs that any family can find among breeds. There are three general colors to choose from--yellow, black and chocolate colors. The popularity of Labrador retriever dogs is also well-documented with the performing tasks such as serving as guide dogs for the blind, and as a part of search and rescue operations by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies.
Labrador Retriever’s History
Labrador retriever dogs, with the affectionate nickname of “Labs,” is one of the most popular breeds throughout the United States. Originally from Newfoundland, the breed was initially used to haul fishermans’ nets to shore. Later specimens were brought to England in the 1800s by ships coming from Labrador, the place where the breed’s outstanding retrieving instincts were honed and developed. Breeding experiments with spaniels and other retriever breeds went into perfecting the gene that is known today as that of the Labrador Retriever.
Labrador Retriever’s General Characteristics
The Labrador retriever is considered to be a great family companion with its sweet, affectionate, and patient disposition towards humans and other animals too. Just like kids, Labrador retriever puppies come with a natural instinct to play and be active ‘round the clock. Gifted with a temperament that is reliable and friendly, they get along very well with children and other dogs. Great as family dogs, they have an innate ability to merge with the ruckus of a family and do everything they can to pay attention. Labradors are some of the best sniffers in the world and make great hunting companions. They love a job or a task that keeps them mentally and physically active. Apart from their love of hunting with their masters, most of them love water like crazy. Being gifted with a beautiful water resistant coat gives them the edge on water activities. They do tend to become a bit lazy in the absence of physical work. This calls for a dedicated regimen of exercise and physical activity for growing Labrador Retriever puppies to keep them in shape.
Labrador Retriever General Appearance
Labrador dogs are strong medium-sized dogs with an athletic, well-balanced appearance. They are known as a short-coupled breed, with a body that is the same or just longer than its height. The physical disposition features a strong back, leveled top line, and their wide, strong loin denotes flexibility. They have a comparatively long neck that is muscular and rises in an arch from the shoulders which makes them skilled at jumps and a variety of physical endeavors.
Labrador retriever dogs have an underbelly which is almost straight, and this breed is well-muscled, balanced, and sturdy. They have shoulders that are well laid-back and form a 90-degree angle with the upper arm which provides the flexibility for their activities. When viewed from the front, the Labrador retriever’s front legs are straight and well-boned. The elbows of this breed are located directly under the withers. Their compact feet are strong and feature a set of well-arched toes and well-developed pads. The tail of the Labrador retriever is thick at its base, and it gradually tapers toward its tip which is of medium length and it extends no longer than to the hock. The Labrador retriever dog’s tail is very peculiar and distinctive and gives off the appearance of the tail of an otter.
The skull of the Labrador retriever dogs is wide and well-developed which gives them their soothing appearance. The Labrador breed’s wedge-shaped head is clean-cut and the skull’s bony structure is well-chiseled beneath the eyes. They have a well-proportioned muzzle and a wide nose with well-developed nostrils. Not only does this physical construction give them a pair of strong jaws but also strong teeth which usually close in a scissors bite style. The eyes are medium-sized, set far apart, and are brown or hazel in color. The breed’s ears are set relatively far back, somewhat low on the skull, and are well in proportion. They hang comparatively close to the dog’s head.
The Labrador retriever dog is double coated, with a top coat that is short-haired, straight, and very dense, which when given the right grooming and care gives off a particular shine which is beautiful to look at. Labrador dogs and puppies are endowed with soft, water-resistant, protective undercoats which call for a regimen of proper diet and adequate care. Many have a beautiful white patch on the chest which makes them more resplendent in their appearance.
Among the different types of Labradors, the most notable are the English Labs and the American Labs. English Labrador dogs are known to be calmer, which can make them an especially good choice for families. The American Labrador breed is generally taller and leaner, which makes them perfect companions on hunting expeditions.
Labrador Retriever’s Size and Proportion
Females Labradors vary between 21- 24 inches in height, while the males may get as tall as 24 1/2 inches. The weight of the breed varies between 55 and 100 pounds. Usually the active energetic demeanor of Labradors makes them eat copiously, so their weight has to be monitored and their diet adjusted to prevent noticeable weight gain in more sedentary dogs.
Labrador Retriever General Health
In common with other large dog breeds, the Labrador dog breeds are prone to problems with the hip and elbow. This makes the Labrador Retriever breeds more vulnerable to hip and elbow dysplasia. Other health concerns include eye problems like PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), or blindness. EIC (exercise induced collapse) and TVD (Tricuspid valve dysplasia) are other conditions which are common in the breed, and should be checked for. The longevity of this breed is 10 to 12 years. The Labrador’s average litter size is 8 puppies and these young ones need more care in their growing years.
Naturally curious and ready for an adventure they enjoy freely running in an open field, searching for toys and sniffing practically everything they can lay their nose to. If regular exercise and training is not mentored these dogs tend to bloat. Bloat results when gases, fluids, and/or solids build up in the stomach and cannot be eliminated, and it is critically serious. A dog with bloat must be rushed to the vet, or death may ensue.
In some cases, Labradors are prone to bouts of epilepsy. There also exists a particular health problem which the Labrador Retriever breed is prone to which is called the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture of the knee. One other general health problem is that of ear infections due to build-up in the folds of the ear. Thus, you should clean your Labrador’s ears regularly to prevent this condition.
Labrador Retriever’s Maintenance and Care
Labrador retriever puppies call for great care and proper attention in their growing years. This is the time when they grow and are more open to training for their specific roles. Naturally inquisitive, these puppies tend to go crazy for everything it can lay its eyes on. The growing puppy’s hair needs to be brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush, with extra attention given to the dog’s undercoat. This double-coated breed does shed seasonally, and regular grooming is a must. They should be bathed or dry shampooed only as necessary.
Labrador puppies are very quick to learn, but thislearning calls for even doses of praise and control in their initial budding years. Adult Labrador dogs grow to be very strong and resilient, but during the growing years, Labrador puppies need to be leash-trained carefully. An indoor kennel or crate is a very good training mechanism for a growing puppy.
You will find that your new Labrador doesn’t just like water and swimming; it adores all water-sports, perhaps more than any other breed. If you can, pleasure indulge your Labrador Retriever in its love of water as often as possible, as you will have a very grateful and happy dog indeed after a good water session!
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