Breed name: Labrador Retriever
Other names: Labrador, Lab
Life span: 12-13 years
Tendency to run away:
Good with other Dogs:
Friendly with strangers:
Keeping it in a flat:
Can be left alone:
Tendency to gain weight:
Taking care about it is easy:
The origins of Labrador Retriever
The first labradors were working with fishermen in Newfoundland. They were trained to do a lot of thing, for instance to bring back items to the shipboard that fell into the water.
It was the earl of Malmesbury who picked up on the special skills of the breed, so the ”modern labrador” is connected to the earl’s name. In 1887 labradors were used with pointers on huntings. In 1903 labrador was acknowledged as a breed in England.
Medium-sized with a strongly built physic. It has a broad head with robust jaws. It has dark brown eyes and floppy ears. Its fur is double-layered, the under one is waterproof and the cover is dense. It can be black, chocolate brown or yellow but it’s always monochrome.
Main characteristic features: friendly, loyal, playful, joyful, energetic, intelligent, sociable, docile.
This type of dog primarily has a calm nature, however it’s playful and joyful. It usually shows willingness to learn so it’s easy to train them. It is loyal to its owner and family and quite patient with kids. If it was socialized properly, then it’s not a problem if there are other dogs/pets in the house. It’s far from being agressive. On the contraty, it tends to be friendly with strangers so it’s not a tipical watch dog. This breed is excellent in drug searcing, guiding and life-saving.
Because of its adaptability it can be kept in a flat, but it prefers living in the garden as it needs plenty of running and playing. Lab loves swimming and playing ball.
The fur can be combed easily (once a week). When it’s moulting, it’s advicable to do away with the needles hairs more regularly. The claws should be kept short.
It has a tendency to gain weight so do not overfeed. Hip and elbow dysplasia and disaeses of the eyes are some of the most common diseases labradors face.