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LABRADOR RETRIEVER - ALL About This Popular Breed

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the Labrador Retriever is one of the

most popular dog breeds in the world at

least according to official dog

registries they are also known as a

Labrador or simply a lab they are a

beautiful intelligent and Noble dog

which is suitable for all family types

if you're thinking of adopting a

Labrador Retriever it's important to get

informed this is how you can begin to

offer the best care especially since

they are such an intelligent and active

dog at animal wise we tell you

everything you need to know about the

Labrador Retriever so you can see why

they are such beloved dogs

despite their name which refers to the

province of Newfoundland and Labrador in

Canada the international sign illogical

Federation recognizes the origin of the

lab as British the history of this

popular breed is related more

specifically to the island of

Newfoundland and its capital st. Johns

it is likely that the Scent Jones water

dog is a direct ancestor of the Labrador

and originates in Britain these water

dogs were taken to Newfoundland by

English fishermen these dogs had to be

tough hard-working and adept swimmers

they also needed to have dense fur to

protect them from the icy waters of the

north with thick tails to help guide

them in the water the smallest variety

of st. John's water dog would have given

rise to different breeds of Retriever

the Labrador Retriever being just one of

them by the mid 18th century some dogs

from San John's were exported to England

where they were used by a handful of

breeders to obtain the perfect Retriever

after several carefully bred generations

the Labrador Retriever was born in the

first two decades of the 20th century

the morphological basis of this breed

was established in England leading to

what we can see today at this time there

were already several retrievers

registered in the English Kennel Club

after World War Two the Labrador began

to gain popularity little by little they

demonstrated their great qualities as a

working dog but undoubtedly their

popularity grew due to an endearing

appearance and equally loveable nature

the Labrador Retriever is a medium-sized

dog with a strong muscular and compact

body for males the height at the withers

is around 56 to 57 centimeters for

females they are between 54 and 56

centimeters the weight of males should

be between 27 and 34 kilos and 25 to 32

kilos for females the Labradors coat is

short dense and without any waves they

have a double coat the soft and

waterproof undercoat the outer coat is

harder and helps maintain water

insulation the colors accepted for this

breed are black chocolate and gold the

golden color can range from light cream

to reddish tones small white spots on

the chest are acceptable

one of the most notable features of the

Labrador Retriever is its character due

to their friendly appearance an

exceptionally suitable character this

dog is one of the world's most popular

beyond being a companion animal the

stable character of these dogs has made

them great rescue therapy and assistance

dogs they are a sociable friendly loyal

intelligent and fun-loving breed they

are easy to train so they're great

company if you have the time and space

the Labrador is usually very friendly

even with strangers but needs to be

properly socialized as a puppy the breed

has a lot of energy and needs a lot of

exercise although it can adapt to

apartment living they need long walks

and to play with other dogs a fondness

for water is one of this dog's

behavioral characteristics despite its

many great qualities the Labrador can be

demanding of attention it is important

to educate them properly when young so

they avoid excessive attention seeking

and separation anxiety later on

additionally labs tend to have a

prolonged adolescence so they are not

the best pet for people who prefer to

lead a sedentary life they are a great

choice for those who enjoy outdoor

physical activities

we start with the labs daily routine

which should include three to four walks

well distributed throughout a day this

routine needs to be combined with active

exercise as it is a breed known for

their insatiable appetite so obesity

needs to be avoided exercise will also

help to channel their active and

restless temperament we can play simple

games with them such as fetch but

agility training or exercise such as can

across our ideal swimming is also

preferable for this breed toys are

important to stimulate cognition and to

channel their natural energy

ideally combined conventional toys such

as Kong's with intelligence games for

dogs some Labradors may have a habit of

chewing objects so chew toys might also

be advisable

to keep their code clean they need

brushed a couple of times a week and a

bath once every two months or when the

dog is very dirty

we should regularly clean their teeth

and ears as well as trim their nails

it's essential you offer them a quality

diet whether based on commercial food or

homemade recipes controlling portion

size will also help reduce the chances

of obesity but contact a veterinarian if

in any diet

the Labrador Retriever is a relatively

easy dog to educate and train thanks to

its sociable character and

predisposition toward affection and

treats the ideal socialization of any

dog begins when they are a puppy a

process which needs to be continued

throughout their life they need to

relate to all kinds of people animals

and objects this avoids the development

of fear and adulthood they need to learn

basic commands such as sitting staying

and coming when called all these orders

not only help the dog safety they help

forge the strong bones you should share

with your dog and stimulate them

mentally since the Labrador Retriever

has excellent natural qualities you can

help sharpen them through games and

activities of all kinds a way to keep

them agile and happy is to play with

them something you will enjoy just as

much as they we can also begin advanced

obedience training to further improve

cognition all the while remembering they

are one of the smartest dogs in the

world

the Labrador Retriever is a relatively

healthy and long-lived dog they stand

out for their fitness and excellent

health however excessive inbreeding in

this breed has led to genetic diseases

which unfortunately usually appear as

the dog ages a very common example is

hip dysplasia for our dog to enjoy a

good state of health ideally take them

to a vet every 6 to 12 months this will

provide a basic review and highlight any

health issues in the same way we can

help prevent problems by providing

general levels of good care when there

are puppy we need to initiate a

vaccination schedule which needs to be

maintained throughout their life this

help prevent some of the most dangerous

canine diseases we should also carry out

periodic deworming as prescribed by your

veterinarian to protect against internal

and external parasites with this level

of care a Labrador Retriever can live

between 10 and 15 years on average

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