Quick Facts

Coat: Black, Yellow, and Chocolate Labradors are the only recognised coat colours by the Australian National Kennel Council.

Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs (Gun Dogs)

Height: 56-63 cm (males), 54-60 cm (females)

Weight: up to 60 kg (males), up to 45 kg (females)

Life Span: 10 to 12 years

 

Summary

The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed. Historically, he earned his keep as a fisherman's helper: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic. Today's Labrador Retriever is as good-natured and hard working as his ancestors, and he's America's most popular breed. These days the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped, show competitor, and search and rescue dog, among other canine jobs.

Built for sport, the Lab is muscular and athletic. He has a short, easy-care coat, friendly demeanor, keen intelligence, and plenty of energy. Devotion to this breed runs deep; Labs are loving, people-oriented dogs who live to serve their families.The warm, loyal and intelligent Labrador Retriever is the world's number one breed accordingly to Wikipedia. Even non-dog people can recognize a Lab, and artists and photographers have captured his image countless times - usually as the loyal companion, waiting patiently by his owner's side.

Built for sport, the Lab is muscular and athletic. He has a short, easy-care coat, friendly demeanor, keen intelligence, and plenty of energy. Devotion to this breed runs deep; Labs are loving, people-oriented dogs who live to serve their families.

The breed originated on the island of Newfoundland, off the northeastern Atlantic coast of Canada. Originally called the St. John's dog, after the capital city of Newfoundland, he was bred to help the local fishermen - hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish that had escaped the nets — as well as to be a family dog. Read more about the History of the Labrador Retriever.

Today, most Labs skip the hard labor and spend their days being pampered and loved by their people. However, some Labs still serve as indispensable working dogs.

The Lab's sweet nature makes him an excellent therapy dog, visiting homes for the elderly and hospitals, and his intelligence makes him an ideal assistance dog for the handicapped. He also excels as a search and rescue dog or as a retriever for hunters, thanks to his athletic build, strong nose, and courageous nature. And Labs have also become the breed to beat at dog sports such as agility and obedience competitions - especially obedience.

There's one dog job that Labs are hopeless at: watchdog. In fact, owners say their sweet, helpful Lab is likely to greet an intruder and happily show him where the goods are stashed ;)
 
Labrador Retrievers have proven their usefulness and versatility throughout the breed's history, easily shifting from fisherman's companion, to field retriever, to show dog, to modern working dog. One role has remained constant: wonderful companion and friend.

 

Personality

The Lab has the reputation of being one of the most sweet-natured breeds, and it's well deserved. He's outgoing, eager to please, and friendly with both people and other animals.

Aside from a winning personality, he has the intelligence and eagerness to please that make him easy to train. Training is definitely necessary because this breed has a lot of energy and exuberance. The working heritage of the Lab means he is active. This breed needs activity, both physical and mental, to keep him happy. There is some variation in the activity level of Labs: some are rowdy, others are more laid back. All thrive on activity.

 

Health

If you're buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you health clearances for both your puppy's parents and the puppy. That basically means that you are buying a healthy and sound puppy that will not suffer great pain.

Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of the most common diseases such as:

Also ask for the dam's and sir's Genetic Profile Report as well as the puppy's Parentage Report. That will prove genetically that the puppy is the offspring of the parents stated on the pedigree.

 

Care

The lovable Lab needs to be around his family, and is definitely not a backyard dog. If he's left alone for too long, he'll probably tarnish his saintly reputation: A lonely, bored Lab is apt to dig, chew, or find other destructive outlets for his energy.

Labs show some variation in their activity levels, but all of them need activity, both physical and mental. Daily 30-minute walks, a romp at the dog park, or a game of fetch, are a few ways to help your Lab burn off energy. However, a puppy should not be taken for too long walks and should play for a few minutes at a time. A common rule is 5 minutes per month of life, so when a puppy is 3 months old it should not exercise more than 15 minutes a day. Labrador Retrievers are considered "workaholics," and will exhaust themselves. It is up to you to end play and training sessions.

Labs have such good reputations that some owners think they don't need training. That's a big mistake. Without training, a rambunctious Lab puppy will soon grow to be a very large, rowdy dog. Luckily, Labs take to training well — in fact, they are easy to train because they are so eager to please.

Start with puppy kindergarten, which not only teaches your pup good canine manners, but helps him learn how to be comfortable around other dogs and people. Look for a class that uses positive training methods that reward the dog for getting it right, rather than punishing him for getting it wrong.

Kong - a great chew toy to keep your Labrador Retriever busy for quite some time.Like all retrievers, the Lab is mouthy, and he's happiest when he has something, anything, to carry in his mouth. He's also a chewer, so be sure to keep sturdy chew toys available all the time — unless you want your couch chewed up.

Kongs are designed to stimulate curiosity and inquisition and Labs just love to chew them. A great chew toy for combating boredom and separation anxiety, and suitable for both puppies and adult Labrador Retrievers. Fill it with treats, mince, cookies or peanut butter and you will have a very busy dog for quite a while. They come in all shapes and variants.

And when you leave the house, it's wise to keep your Lab in a crate or kennel so he's can't get himself into trouble chewing things he shouldn't. Slowly increase the time you leave a dog in the crate, do not leave a dog longer that 2-3 hours in the crate by himself.

Read more about Grooming your Labrador and Labrador Body Language.

 

Children and other pets

The Labrador Retriever not only loves kids, he enjoys the commotion they bring with them. He'll happily attend a child's birthday party, and even willingly wear a party hat. Like all dogs, however, he needs to be trained how to act kind around kids — and kids need to be taught how to act around the dog. It helps if you learn stationing your Labrador Retriever puppy on his mat/crate at an early age and teach the kids to let the dog be if stationed. That way your Labrador puppy will have a place to withdraw himself if he had enough.

As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Dam: Chava Susie Q (Kayla) see profile x Sire: Avokah Malteser (Malty), see profile - all chocolate labrador retriever puppies
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