Labrador Retriever, Native to Newfoundland, Canada, the AKC classification belongs to the Sporting Dog Group. According to their ancestors, they were English hounds, trained by local fishermen to pull nets and carry work. They were introduced to the UK in the 19th century and then trained as shotgun dogs, and are now more commonly used as guide dogs and guard dogs to detect drugs and explosives. Labrador Retrievers consistently rank high in canine intelligence and are by far the most popular and trusted family dog.
|Other names||Labrador, Lab|
|Breed Group||Sporting (AKC:1917)
Gun Dog (UKC)
|Life span||10-12 years|
|Height||Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm)
Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
|Weight||Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg)
Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
|Litter Size||5-10 puppies|
|Puppy Price||Average $800 - $1500 USD|
Labrador Retrievers will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Labrador Retrievers are energetic dogs, delighted to work and play hard. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. They will be in their glory if you give them a job to do. Gain weight easily, do not over feed.
Low Maintenance: Labs are easy-care dogs who don’t need lots of fancy grooming, but there are a few important things to know about their care.
Hypoallergenic: NoIn 2014, the UK breed survey reported an average lifespan for the Labrador Retriever of 12 years and 3 months, with some living up to 19 years of age. Labrador pups generally are not brought to the home before they are 8 weeks old. It is a healthy breed with relatively few major problems. Notable issues related to health and well-being include inherited disorders and obesity.
Ranking: #7 Smartest Dog BreedsThe steady temperament of Labradors and their ability to learn make them an ideal breed for search and rescue, detection, and therapy work. They are a very intelligent breed. They are ranked # 7 in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs. The AKC describes the breed as an ideal family and sporting dog. Their primary working role in the field continues to be that of a hunting retriever.
Moderate and Seasonal Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Easy Training: The Labrador Retriever is known to listen to commands and obey its owner. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed.
Baby Labrador feeding attention to the top ten months ago
1. In the young Labrador period, a moderate amount of raw meat or fish can help the development of the dog. However, be sure to put the fish bone. The fish bones crumble.
2. Small Labrador if eating people eat rice, will make gastrointestinal disorders cause indigestion, therefore, must be cooked into soft food
3. You can't feed meat without rice and vegetables.
4. Snack on cookies with less sugar as a way to supplement the meal.
5.3 weeks after the baby Labrador can be fed cow, sheep milk and soup, except breast milk, but the soup should not contain too much oil, otherwise it is easy to cause diarrhea.
6. Baby Labradors around January can be breast-fed on a mixture of ground meat, rice, cornmeal, flour and vegetables.
7.35 ~ 45 days of small Labrador, can be cooked into congee with thick soup, plus the right amount of coarse grain, vegetables, fish and salt as the staple food. During this period, please get rid of the internal parasites of your dog.
8. Change the drinking water for small Labradors in the morning and evening.
9. A young Labrador grows to four or five years of age, and its skeleton grows. Food should not contain too much fat.
10. Small Labrador from 5 to 6 months later, you can feed soft rice, and add the right amount of coarse grain and vegetables containing less fiber to supplement vitamins. This is a critical period for the growth and development of young Labradors, and they must be provided with adequate food and nutrition.
12. When the little Labrador grows to 8 months of age, the female dog begins to appear physiological phenomenon, vaginal bleeding will last 2-3 weeks, to reduce the amount of blood, pudendum swelling and enter the ovulation period, will last for about 5 days. Females mate only during this period and are best kept in captivity or on a leash to avoid approaching males. After 5 ~ 6 months, to the second estrus when mating and fertility is more appropriate.
13. Calcium supplementation in young Labrador is best from 2 months of age to 6 months of age. Dosage and time can be determined according to the development of young Labrador.