Labrador Retriever

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Size: Medium
Group: Sporting
Hypo-allergenic: No

Labrador Retrievers are strongly built, medium-sized dogs with well-balanced and athletic bodies that make them ideal hunting dogs. Their otter-esque tails and weather-resistant coats also make them a great “water dog” (typically water dogs would be used to flush out and/or retrieve game from the water). While their physical features and strong mental characteristics denote a dog ideal for hunting, they also result in a dog with a stable temperament, making them an excellent family companion.

The most distinctive features of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weatherproof coat, an “otter” tail, a clean-cut head with broad back skull and powerful jaws, as well it’s kind and friendly eyes, which express character, intelligence and a good temperament.

By comparison to other breeds, the Labrador is not very old. In 1916, the Labrador breed club was founded and the Yellow Labrador Club followed came shortly afterwards in 1925. It was in field trialling that the Labrador found early fame, having been originally introduced to Great Britain in the late 1800s by Col Peter Hawker and the Earl of Malmesbury. It was a dog called Malmesbury Tramp that was described by Lorna, Countess Howe, as one of the ‘tap roots’ of the modern Labrador.

FAQ

How big are Labradors? 
On average, they tend to be 52-62cm tall (to the shoulder) and a healthy Labrador would usually weigh between 60-80 pounds

What grooming requirements do Labrador Retrievers have/how much hair do they shed?
Labradors tend to shed slightly more than “average”. You will also notice at the start of spring and the end of autumn the amount your Labrador sheds will increase as they ‘lose’/grow out their winter coat, respectively. Their short, smooth coat should be easily groomed with a firm, bristle brush.

How long do Labrador Retrievers live?
As old as 14 years, but usually between 10-12.

Are Labrador Retrievers susceptible to any particular illnesses or diseases?
One of the most common health problems with Labrador Retrievers is obesity; they are known to retain weight if they are living sedentary lifestyles, or if they’re given too many treats. It is important to keep an eye on your Labradors diet as well as ensuring they exercise regularly.

Some other health conditions that Labradors may suffer from include patellar luxation, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), a form of canine elbow and shoulder dysplasia.

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