The Wonderful World Of Labrador Retrievers

The World’s Most Popular Dog

You’ve seen those lovable dogs in movies like Marley and Me, Air Bud, and Old Yeller. These dogs are some of the most lovable breeds  around. Did you know Labrador retrievers have been named the most popular US breed since 1991?  With their playful demeanor, they are the perfect dog for families.

Description

sacred All Labradors are not created the same. In fact there are two different kinds of Labs: English Labradors and American Labradors. English Labs are generally heavier and a little blockier, whereas the American breeds are typically tall and thin. A Labrador coat is smooth and short and comes in three solid colors: black, yellow, and chocolate. There are instances where there are also charcoal or silver coats, but sometimes this color is considered to be chocolate. Labs are considered large breeds of dogs and will usually stand up to 24 inches tall and can weigh up to 80 pounds for males. Females can get up to 22 inches and weigh up to 70 pounds.

Temperament

Whenever you think of a Lab, you probably think of them being the playful dogs at the park that are always eager to play fetch. You’d be right. These dogs are energetic and love to play and are pretty outgoing. They are highly intelligent and good natured. They are eager to please and they adore affection. Many families opt for Labs because they are gentle and friendly, especially with children. If you decide that you would like to have a Lab, you’ll want to make sure they get plenty of exercise and stimulation. Be mindful though, if these dogs are not kept stimulated, they have been known to be destructive. So if you don’t want your shoes chewed up or garbage all over the floor, make sure you give them lots of attention!

Exercise

Labradors Love To Swim While Labrador Retrievers are okay for apartment living, it is recommended that they get plenty of exercise. This means lots of regular walks and play. It’s a great idea to take them to a dog park if there is one near you. Labs are social and usually get along well with other dogs. Labs also love the water, so if you have an opportunity to take them swimming, by all means do it! Labs have a tendency to gain weight pretty easily, so try not to overfeed them.

Labradors are great dogs if you need a companion. They live to be about 10 to 12 years old, but some have been known to live longer. Make sure you take your Lab to the vet regularly. Labs are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and mast cell tumors. Your Lab will grow old and remain healthy, if you take proper care of your loving, loyal friend.