Labrador Dog Information

A Labrador dog is a wonderful breed that has many great qualities. You need to know all information regarding the Labrador breed before you decide to make a commitment.

Here are the important facts you need to know:

Size – Labradors have a medium build and grow up to 22 ½” at the shoulders. They weigh between 55 – 75 pounds.

Temperament – The Labrador dog is friendly, lovable, loyal, and independent. They are not aggressive or shy. That being said, some Labs, particularly in their first few years, can have high strung qualities if not properly exercised or trained.

Life Span – the average lifespan of a Labrador is 12 – 14 years.

Health – Labradors are a relatively healthy breed, but they are prone to some hereditary problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They are also at risk of eye problems like cataracts.

Grooming – Labradors have a short coat that is water resistant, and is thick and dense. They do a good job at keeping themselves clean, but should be brushed every two weeks, and more often during shedding season. Labs shed quite a bit, especially twice a year when growing and shedding their coat.

Social Skills – Labradors are incredibly social and get along with everyone. They adore children and adults equally. Labs are even friendly with visitors. This makes them a poor guard dog.

Home life – The Labrador dog can thrive both in the country and city. However, if living in the city, they should be in a house that has a decent sized backyard.

Exercise – Labs require plenty of exercise. They should be taken on 20 – 30 minute walks at least twice, daily. Furthermore, you need to provide them with plenty of playtime. In addition, keep in mind that this breed loves to swim, which is also great exercise.

Training – Labradors are easy to train because they are quick learners. You should enroll them in obedience training if you want them to develop as a credit to their breed.

 

Dog Group – The Labrador is recognized in the Gundog/Sporting group. These dog breeds are known for their tracking skills and hunting abilities. They have impeccable smell, and are exceptionally skilled at retrieving.

Other Pets – Labs are friendly and accepting of other family pets.

First Time Dog Owner – Labradors are a fine choice for first time dog owners. Just make sure you do plenty of research and are ready to make the commitment. A good idea is to talk to other Lab owners to find out what you are getting into.

Choosing Good Labrador Breeders

Due to the fact that Labradors are such a popular dog choice, there is a high demand for Labrador breeders. Thus, there are plenty of breeders that you will likely be able to choose from.

That being said, not all Labrador breeders are interested in providing you with a healthy, quality Lab puppy. Some breeders are only in it to make money. These breeders are typically known as “backyard breeders” and should be avoided at all costs.

To help you distinguish the good from the bad, the best place to look for a list of Labrador breeders is:

  • Online at your national kennel club
  • Online a the Labrador Retriever club of your nation

The following is what you need to find out about Labrador breeders, despite where you locate them:

  • Check if the Labrador breeder is registered with the national kennel club or Labrador Retriever club. If they are not registered what is there reason? Cost is a poor answer and is a good indication that the breeder is only interested in making a buck and doesn’t care about the breed.
  • Ask to see the parents of the liter if they are there
  • Find out the size of the liter. If there is less than the original liter present, where are the others? Have they been sold or did they die?
  • Find out how long the people have been Labrador breeders
  • Find out how many Labrador liters they have every year
  • Check for a guarantee. If you can not register your Labrador, or if it becomes seriously ill within a year can you return it, receive a refund or rebate?
  • Find out the liter’s medical history. All puppies should have been checked by the Vet and have health certificates.
  • Request the pedigree. Find out the background of the Labrador litter. Check for hereditary health defects including hip and elbow dysplasia.
  • Find out if the Labrador will come with a complete and signed Breeders Certificate that includes a pedigree and 3 – 4 generations.

Other facts you need to take into account when dealing with a Labrador breeder include:

  • Is the breeder answering questions to your satisfaction? Do the Labrador dogs appear happy?
  • Do the Labrador puppies seem healthy?
  • Is the premise and are the Labrador’s clean?
  • Do the Labs parents look like the breed standard?
  • Do the breeders only breed Labradors? If not, why not?
  • Is the breeder asking you questions about your dog experience, your lifestyle, and the reason you are interested in Labradors?

You need to feel comfortable with the breeder you choose. There is no point in saving money by buying a puppy from Labrador breeders that don’t have the breed’s best interest in mind. You need to buy a dog that is healthy and happy. Don’t settle for anything less.