- Personality: Friendly and outgoing, Labs play well with others
- Energy Level: Very active; Labs are high-spirited and not afraid to show it
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with Other Dogs: With supervision
- Shedding: Regularly
- Grooming: Weekly brushing
- Trainability: Eager to please
- Height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
- Barking Level: Medium
About the Breed
The sweet-faced, adorable Labrador Retriever is America’s most loved dog breed. Labs are lively outgoing and lively companions with plenty of affection to be about for families searching for a medium-sized to large dog.
The thick, hard coat is available in the colors of black, yellow, as well as rich chocolate. The head is broad the eyes shine with affection and the thick tapering “otter tail” appears to constantly signal the breed’s natural enthusiasm. Labs are known for their friendly nature. They’re house pets that can connect with all the family and interact well with dogs from the neighborhood and human beings alike. Don’t misunderstand his laidback temperament for a lack of energy. The Lab is an avid athlete who requires a lot of exercises. This includes swimming, and lengthy games of fetch to stay mentally and physically well-maintained.
Labs are generally healthy dogs and a responsible breeder checks breeding stock for diseases like hip and elbow dysplasia as well as heart problems and hereditary myopathy (muscle weakness) as well as eye disorders such as progressive retinal atrophy. The condition known as exercise-induced collapse (EIC) is a possibility in a small percentage of young adult Labs and a DNA test can help breeders determine the carriers and plan breeding plans to prevent EIC. As with the other breeds with large chests and deep chests, Labs can develop a serious stomach problem called Bloat. The owners must be educated about the signs that show the condition is present and what to do in the event of this happens.
The Lab has a thick water-resistant double coat that sheds. Take a bath every now and then to ensure they are well-maintained. As with all breeds of dogs, the Lab’s nails need to be cut regularly and teeth cleaned frequently.
Given the strength of the Lab’s physique and energy level, early socialization, as well as puppy training classes, are essential. It is important to expose the puppy to a variety of individuals, places, and environments between 7 to 4 months, and getting him started on obedience training early will allow him to grow into an adult who is well-adjusted and well-mannered. Puppy classes are an element of socialization and assist the dog’s owner in learning to identify and address any undesirable habits that could be emerging. Labs are intelligent, dedicated, and enthusiastic pets that require to be involved in family activities.
The Labrador Retriever will be able to thrive on high-quality pet food. It can be manufactured commercially or homemade with your vet’s oversight and consent. The diet you choose should be suitable for the pet’s stage of life (puppy or adult or older). Certain breeds are susceptible to being overweight, so keep an eye on your dog’s consumption of calories and weight. Treats can be a significant aid to training, but eating too many can result in weight gain. Know which human food items are suitable for dogs and which ones are not. Consult your veterinarian should you have concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Water that is clean and fresh must be readily available throughout the day.