The origin of the Labrador Retriever is quite uncertain, though the popular assumption says that the breed is the native of Newfoundland. Previously used and bred by fishermen for fishing, the original breed is believed to be the hybrid of Newfoundland dogs and the small Labrador Water dog. Later in the 19th century, the breed was imported to England, where the dogs’ skills were developed for hunting needs. However, there are two varieties within the breed: English bred and the American, with slightly differing looks.
The typical Labrador Retriever is sturdy and gives an athletic impression. It has a large head, thick nose and strong muzzle. The coat is short, yet thick enough to resist tough weather conditions and comes in a variety of shades of black and cream. Its eyes are hazel or chestnut color. The dog has webbed feet and powerful tail to facilitate easy swimming, and has good stamina.
Black, Yellow, Chocolate
The breed can easily juggle the role of a strong hunting partner and that of a lovable home pet. The breed is easily trained and is a quick learner. It is a fun lover and loves to be active, rather than being dormant all the while. The Labrador Retriever accepts other breeds and is a wonderful playmate for children.
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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