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The Beloved Labrador Retriever

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Today when looking at Labrador Retrievers there are two types available, the English Labrador Retriever and the American Labrador Retriever. Originally the Labrador Retriever was known as the “St John’s Dogs” and is now one of the more popular breeds in the USA. Although originally from Newfoundland, Canada and was trained to jump from fishing boats into icy water in order to haul the fishermen’s nets ashore they are now used for many other purposes as well such as drug detection dogs as well as working with both blind and disabled people. The breed did not appear in England in the 1800’s when they brought from Labrador by ship and it was during this period that their retrieving instincts were honed and developed further.

Breed Specifics:
The Labrador Retriever is part of the AKC Sporting Group and was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1917.
Height: 21-24 inches
Weight: 55-75 pounds
Longevity: 10-12 years


Description
As previously mentioned there are two types of Retriever Labrador the English and the American. The English is generally heavy, thickset and blocky in build whilst the American breed is much taller and lankier. The Labrador Retriever is generally a solid muscular type of dog which is longer in the body and has short, hard, easy care water resistant double coat. They usually have a broad head, thick nose as well as the muzzle being fairly wide and the neck powerful. They have a otter shaped tail which is strong and thick at the base near the body and tapers as it heads towards the end of the tail. It also has webbed feet which aids it when it swims.
Colors: Solid Black, Yellow or Chocolate.

Temperament
The Labrador Retriever is both a loving and affectionate breed as well as being a lovable and patient dog. They are also highly intelligent, loyal and high spirited. They love to play in water and because they have such a reliable temperament are great with children and other dogs. However they do crave human attention and need to feel that they are a member of the family but they can be easily trained. Unfortunately they can be quite destructive if left to their own devices. It seems that the Labrador Retriever bred from English Lines (English Labradors) tend to be more calmer and laid back than their American Labradors and the English Labrador matures a lot quicker than the American type also.

Health Issues
This breed of dog because of the active lifestyle it leads is prone to hip and elbow displaysia as well as PRA and eye disorders.

Lifestyle
The Labrador Retriever can cope well with living in apartment as long as it is provided with sufficient exercise. Most retrievers are moderately active whilst indoors but if you can it is best to have an average size yard into which they exercise.

Grooming
Because this breed has smooth, short haired double coat they are easy to groom only need to be combed and brushed regularly with a firm bristled brush. Bathing or the use of dry shampoo should only be used when necessary.




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