Everything You NEED TO KNOW About The LABRADOR!
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As I have already mentioned, the Labrador is an extremely popular breed due to its friendly, playful and family-orientated nature. They are also commonly used as a working dog in a hunting environment, retrieving game for the hunters. They are good-natured and loving dogs perfect for families as they are great with children and long for companionship. Not only does the Labrador have a loving personality, but they have become extremely popular for their appearance. Most people know of the ‘Andrex Puppy’ who just happens to be a Labrador Retriever puppy, they have a very adorable appearance making them even more popular. They have a smooth and silky coat which consists of two layers: a short, thick and straight topcoat and a soft, water-resistant undercoat. This double layer protects the dog from the cold and water which enabled them to be great hunting companions and definitely explains their love for swimming! Labs come in three main variations of coat colour which are chocolate, black and yellow. Yellow Labs have become increasingly popular over the years and a couple variations of this yellow colour known as polar white and fox red have become very sought after. Labradors are pretty heavy shedders which is something to be aware of when looking into getting a dog if you are not someone who could deal with finding hair pretty much everywhere. Their coat however doesn’t require a large amount of grooming, but in order to reduce how much hair you find around your home you should brush them daily to remove any loose hairs. The lifespan of the Labrador Retriever ranges from 10 to 12 years. As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is incredibly important to be aware of before bringing a Lab into your home. For this breed, you should expect to see health clearances from the breeder which have been completed by a certified scheme. There are many Health Tests available in order to understand potential risks and the level of said risks, including Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes, Eye Schemes, and many others regarding the specific health conditions that this breed is prone to. Certain health conditions that Labradors are more prone to include hip and elbow dysplasia, bone conditions, cataracts, epilepsy, eye diseases, heart defects, muscular conditions, skin conditions, bacterial infections in the tail and ear infections. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills. Male Labradors are around 56 to 61 centimetres at the highest point of the shoulder and females tend to be between 56 and 61 centimetres as well. However, the two differ in weight with males weighing around 29 to 36 kilograms and females around 25 to 32 kilograms. They are well-built and strong dogs with a very athletic build so they need a large amount of exercise which should be a combination of daily walks and runs with plenty of playtime and mental stimulation. Their large amount of energy needs to be released to prevent any bad habits and behaviours from developing. Also, Labs are commonly known to become easily obese if not exercised and fed properly, so they need appropriate levels to stay fit and healthy. Labs need a minimum of two hours a day of exercise They are a very loving dog and thrive off their humans’ attention and if they are left alone for too long, they can become very distressed and develop destructive behaviours. A key fact to know about the Labrador Retriever is that they are a Pedigree Breed recognised by the Kennel Club in England as part of the Gundog Group. This definitely explains their need for exercise as gundogs are working dogs that can spend hours and hours in a day retrieving and working hard fulfilling the roles they are given. Commonly, the average price for a Kennel Club registered dog is around £780, but can also be a lot more, depending on the breeder. The Labrador Retriever is an extremely impressive breed with lots of amazing qualities, but do make sure that before getting a pup that you know all the key facts regarding the breed you are looking at to make sure you are able to care for them in the way they need.