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Labrador Retriever Information, a Super Smart and Friendly Dog

Why This Breed Makes a Great Family Pet

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Is The Labrador Retriever Right For You?

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    Whether you choose a Golden Lab or a Chocolate Lab they are gentle, intelligent, family friendly dogs.

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    The Labrador Retriever is eager to please and makes a great companion.

HISTORY

One of America’s favorite breeds, the Labrador Retriever is believed to have originated in Newfoundland to help fishermen retrieve fish that came in on the lines, as well as help reel in the nets. They first arrived in England in the 19th century. Ships from Labrador came over with their favorite dog on board. The Lab was then crossed with various setters, spaniels, and other types of retrievers to help hone their instincts. From there, they rapidly grew in popularity because of their high trainability and their innate kindness.

quick facts

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    Size

    Large

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    Lifespan

    10-12 years

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    Hair Length

    Short

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    Male Height

    22-24 in (56-61 cm)

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    Male Weight

    65-80 lbs (27-36 kg)

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    Female Height

    21-23 in (53-58 cm)

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    Female Weight

    55-70 lbs (25-32 kg)

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    Litter Size

    8 puppies

APPEARANCE

Labs are a medium to large size dog that should have an athletic frame with a large head, thick nose, and a strong muzzle. They have a short, weather resistant coat that can come in an array of colors. Their feet are webbed to enhance their ability to swim, and their muscular tail also acts like a propeller when they’re in the water.

PERSONALITY

Labrador Retrievers are an ideal family pet. They are intelligent, loyal, friendly, patient, and eager to learn. They get along like gangbusters with kids and other pets, and can still come along for a hunt. They almost demand leadership, making them exceedingly adapted to the dog/human paradigm. They should be socialized early to prevent them from pulling on the leash, as they can be very strong. Labs make great watchdogs, service dogs, and narcotics dogs.

color

Labs can be black, yellow, or chocolate in color.

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health concerns

Hip dysplasia and jaw dislocation are common with the breed. There are also possibilities that the dog may develop eye infection or PRA. However, a healthy Labrador Retriever would live for 10-12 years.

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  • TomGI

    1/23/2014 9:21:53 PM

    ? Ricky Jr. is either the best or 2nd best dog I've ever had. When I fish the Sierra Nevada streams and lakes he lays low right by my side quietly and patiently watching the water. He sees fish and his ears always perk up with a steely fixed gaze. Sometimes those Brown Trout are nearly impossible to sight but he will see them and alert. And every other thing he does is a moment to savor. I especially like to watch him interact with our cat. Those two love to tease each other with a small edge going to the cat (and it should be so, right?)