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- excellent swimmer, good playmate and family companion

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About the Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever is a born swimmer. Enthusiastic and lively, he needs daily movement and a well-established eating routine. The Labrador is friendly, docile and loves children.

However, do not be fooled by its soft side, because the Labrador Retriever is a good police dog, hunting dog and companion dog.

What does a Labrador Retriever look like?

The Labrador Retriever has a broad head, a prominent nose and a strong, muscular neck. Labrador's brown eyes, which reflect the intelligence of the breed, are complemented by the double, dense and waterproof fur that has a versatile color: brown, yellow or black.

The soft ears need constant care. The tail has a conical structure - thick at the base, similar to that of an otter and thin and sharp towards the tip.

The athletic nature of this dog is revealed through his well-defined bony limbs. The legs are equipped with an interdigital membrane, which facilitates swimming.

The height of an adult is 56-61 cm for males and 53-58 cm for females, the weight reaching up to 45 kg in males, while females weigh somewhere between 27-34 kg.

The ideal master for the Labrador Retriever dog

The “Labra dog” needs enough movement for proper development. So, if you are active, living in the suburbs or in the countryside, this dog breed is perfect for you! Moreover, if you have a family with children and you want a dog that is not aggressive, the Labrador can become the soul of the party, being very sociable and gentle when enough time is devoted to training.

However, if you live in a confined space or you are away from home for a long period of time, the Labrador will feel the lack of daily physical activity, as he is not a low energy dog. At the same time, if you want a small quadruped or guard dog, the Labrador is not the ideal breed for you.

The personality and behavior of Labrador Retriever

Loyal, quiet and reliable

The Labrador dog is an enthusiast, who always likes to cheer up those around him. It attaches very easily to the master and is very responsive to the orders they are given, thus being very easy to train.

Excellent swimmer and play companion

His physical condition makes the Labrador a very good swimmer and an excellent play companion, being full of energy and always ready for the next physical activity.

Because it is a strong and sturdy dog, the Labrador is also used as a hunting dog, regardless of the terrain or weather conditions. Patient and intelligent, the quadruped is often encountered in the positions of a police dog or guide for the blind.

The Labrador Retriever in the family

The Labrador Retriever is recognized as an excellent family dog. Enthusiastic and lively, they will quickly learn new tasks, especially to bring objects back when they are asked, as their contribution ambitions are inherent to Labrador.

The unmistakable affection of this breed makes them wonderful for any family. The Labrador will always be cheerful around the children and will play with them, not having to be under constant supervision.

Interaction with other animals

Retriever Labradors are recognized for their good relationships with other animals. The dogs will readily accept the presence of other dogs in the house and will enjoy having new playmates.

Friendly with strangers

Not at all aggressive, Labradors are very sociable even with strangers. This is not a territorial dog, on the contrary, it readily accepts that someone enters their personal space, or even has the tendency to jump on strangers, to play and to be very friendly with them.

Feeding and caring for the Labrador Retriever dog

Food

The Labrador dog is not pretentious in terms of food, which is why it is often used as a standard for presentation of the canine nutrition.

Among the most important elements to observe when it comes to Labrador nutrition is the need of a routine - fixed time and eating space.

It is up to the master what kind of food he chooses to offer to the Labrador - dry, moist or cooked. However, the food should be chopped in small bites, because Labrador is a fast-eater dog ​​and is at risk of drowning. This is precisely why its interruption is not indicated while eating.

The food should be at room temperature and it is preferable to contain all the vitamins any dog ​​needs. In addition, the water, which is so necessary for a Labrador, should not be neglected. This should always be available to the quadruped.

An unpretentious race

When it comes to caring for a Labrador, it does not require much effort, as the breed is not pretentious. If the environment in which Labrador lives is a small space, such as the apartment, it should be brushed as often as possible, so that the fur is always clean and not to leave much hair in the house.

Common disorders and predisposition to diseases

Even though they are generally healthy dogs, which do not present major health problems, specific to any large breed, Labrador may suffer from hip and shoulder dysplasia, as well as eye or obesity problems. In order to avoid the inheritance of serious congenital diseases, the owners are advised to buy dogs from kennels that have been checked.

The most common diseases of the Labrador Retriever breed are:

  • hip dysplasia
  • shoulder dysplasia
  • progressive retinal atrophy
  • malformation of the hip joint
  • arthritis
  • obesity

Environment and adaptability

Being enthusiastic, Labradors need a lot of exercise - even if it is just fetching, running in the park or simply walking outside the house. All this is necessary for its proper development. These dogs are always lively and playful. Of course, let's not forget one of Labrador's favorite activities, swimming, so don't deprive them of this joy, especially in the summer.

Tendency to bark

Labrador dogs will bark noisily, especially if they can't see where they come from. They will always alert their owners if they feel the slightest danger.

Training of the Labrador Retriever dog

Training

In the first three years of life, the Labrador dogs will behave like children, with unlimited amount of energy. Therefore, it is advisable to start training early - not because Labrador is a non-obedient breed, but to correct certain deviations, such as the habit of jumping on strangers, the tendency to carve things or to be over-energetic around the house. Positive rewards (i.e. food) are recommended in order to make the training more efficient, but in moderation, since the quadruped has a pronounced tendency towards obesity.

Intelligence

Labrador's intelligence is visible not only through its ability to learn easily, but also through its devotion to his family. The capabilities they demonstrate have made the Labradors often to be used as police dogs or therapy dog / pets for the blind.

Hunting instinct and tracking

Dominant and independent, the Labrador Retriever dogs are good at hunting, tracking, narcotics detection in utilities, as well as excellent companions in search and rescue teams for accident victims.

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History of the Labrador Retriever breed

Although the breed's name reminds us of the Labrador Peninsula from Canada, the breed has its origins in the Newfoundland area of ​​Canada, from the breed called "St. John's Dog." Two other separate breeds later developed from this breed: the Newfoundland breed, consisting of large dogs and the latter to be named Labrador Retriever breed.

Their first use explains their passion for swimming and for water, being used in the 18th century by fishermen in the recovery of fish escaped from the nets.

Along with the Portuguese commercial vessels, in the 19th century, the breed experienced an exceptional development in the UK, after a period when it was in danger of extinction. Later, once with the World War the dogs were brought to America by the American soldiers. The Labrador was recognized in the United Kingdom in 1903, and by the American Kennel Club in 1917.

Useful links:

https://ro.petmark.org/labrador