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Short History of Labradors
Since being refined by English breeders in the mid-1800s, Labs have been a popular choice as pets and working dogs. It is believed that working dogs from Portugal are the ancestors to today's Labrador Retrievers. The dogs probably originated in Newfoundland as companions for fishermen, where they helped pull in fishing nets in cold water.
Labs are easily recognizable for their:
- People-pleasing Temperament
- Thick, short Coat
- Black, Chocolate, Yellow, Golden or Fox Red Colors
- Sturdy Build
- Gentle and Agreeable Nature.
Due to their friendly nature, Labs make a great choice as service and therapy dogs, Police Dogs and water rescue dogs, and companions for the elderly and families with small children or existing pets. They do not, however, make the best guard dogs.
There are two types of Labs - English and American. English Labs are smaller and stockier than their American counterparts; which are much larger and, usually, have very deep chests. English Labs tend to be a bit more mellow than American Labs. Weight rage: English: 60 - 80llbs. American: 80 - 110 llbs.
Dog Care (Grooming, Exercise, Diet)
Like all dogs, Labs require adequate exercise, food, care, and attention. When their needs are met, Labs are generally happy and are filled with playfulness, loyalty, and affection. A well-loved and cared-for Lab can live for ten to thirteen years or more. It's that great.
Consider the following when caring for a Lab:
- Exercise – Labs are generally energetic dogs and require regular walks. They make great running companions and enjoy a good game of fetch.
- Grooming – Don't be fooled by their short coat!! They are excessive shedders They have what is called a "a double coat". They require frequent combing and benefit from regular baths.
- Hygiene – Like most dogs, Labs also need regular dental care and nail trims.
- Living conditions – Labs make great family dogs and pets for families with kids. Since they are medium-sized dogs with a fair amount of energy, it’s best to have a yard or dog run for them to burn off excess energy.
- Diet – Labs require a typical high-quality diet and are usually not picky eaters. They benefit from a combination of wet and dry food for good dental health. All Labs love the occasional treat, but too much of a good thing can create a weight problem for sedentary dogs.
One of the reasons Labradors make such great dogs is their general good health. Labs have not yet been over-bred to the point of creating the health issues that can be found with many other breeds. However, Labs can sometimes suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia and other joint problems caused by over-breeding. Another more recently discovered issue is called Exercise Induced Collapse which generally is not fatal, but causes legs of some Labs which are excercised strenuously to literally collapse.
American Kennel Club Category
Labrador Retrievers belong to the AKC Sporting of dogs. This group is made up of likeable active dogs that love water and hunting. Other Sporting dogs include pointers, setters, retrievers, and spaniels.
This breed lives comfortably for about twelve to thirteen years.
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|lindabrink@rocketmai||love my lab mix!||0||Nov 19 2010, 6:41 PM EST by lindabrink@rocketmai|
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i have a rescue dog that is a yellow lab/chow chow mix. he is about 2 and we have had him for 5 months. he is playful and frisky and loveable, but the chow in him can be stubborn and even a little aggressive in a playful way most of the time. he has stolen my heart!
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|Anonymous||I want to know all about labs||2||Aug 29 2010, 11:43 AM EDT by lindabrink@rocketmai|
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you see im studying dogs and witch is the best. I'm in grade 6 and doing this project for fun. I was wondering what is really special about labs than golden retrievers. You see my mom loves golden retrievers and my brother loves labs. And I just want to see what dog is better.(not saying both aren't). Can you help me answer this question?
|Anonymous||My babies...||0||Jul 9 2007, 3:16 AM EDT by Anonymous|
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I have a yellow short coated sister and a black long coated brother lab. They just turned a year old, and I got them from someone who had them in a small pen together without any human interaction other than to put feed in their cage, from the time they were 6 wks old until I got them 2 mos ago. The first thing I had to do was get them to know and trust me that I would not leave them and teach them to not jump on me. At this point, they have both learned to sit or stand quietly when I come to them so that I can pet them. I say give mama hugs and they each stand up to hug me and give me kisses, but no longer jump on me. I have scars from scratches i got in the beginning, but I consider them badges of honor from the days when I got my two babies and we began to know each other. I am now beginning to take each one and train them for sporting events, and lookin into therapy service and/or water/search rescue. I adopted an 8 yr old chihuahua mix with a cleft pallet who has a short lower jaw and breathing issues, and she weighs 2 lbs but thinks shes as big as the other two I have. If I could, I would take all dogs not wanted and love them. Im not alone in my feelings I am sure
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