Labrador Puppies – Look For The Standard

When looking at Labrador puppies, there is more to consider than simply choosing the color you like best, or finding the cutest one out of the bunch. Every dog has a certain standard that explains the characteristics that distinguishes it as a breed.

To ensure the Labrador puppies you are interested in, are healthy happy Labradors, here is a brief outline of the Lab standard to give you an idea of what to look for:

Head – Large head with broad skull and a defined stop.

Ears – A Labs ears rest close to the head, but far from the face. They are not heavy or large and are the perfect compliment to their features. Labrador puppies with healthy ears have light pink skin on the inside and there should be no foul odor, scabbing, etc.

Eyes – Labs have large round, dark or hazel eyes. The eyes have black rims, and have an alert, friendly and intelligent look. A Lab puppy’s eyes should be clear and not tearing.

Nose – A Labrador has a black, wide nose with distinguished nostrils. Nostrils should be free of mucus.

Mouth – Labrador’s have strong jaws that are equipped with two rows of white teeth that form a perfect scissor bite. The upper teeth slightly overlap the bottom.

Body – A Labrador is endowed with a strong chest that is well developed. His ribs are well sprung and his back is level. They are well proportioned and balanced.

Tail – A Lab has a medium sized tail that gradually tapers at the tip and is thick at the base. The tail looks smooth and is coated in fur. There should be no feathering. The tail is either carried in line with the back or slightly up. It should never hang down, or curl over the back..

Legs – Labrador have strong boned forelegs and well developed back legs with turned stifles. Both sets of legs are strong and straight. They do not turn out or in.

Feet – Labrador puppies have round and compact feet. Their pads are well developed and toes arches. Their feet are straight and do not turn in or out.

Gait – The Labrador should have a balanced and carefree walk. Puppies will naturally be awkward. However, you should still take the time to observe how Labrador puppies you are interested in move. You may notice that they favor one leg or paw. This could be a sign of defect.

Coat – A Labrador’s coat is his most distinctive feature. A Lab has two coats: the undercoat, which is unseen and water resistant, and the topcoat, which is dense, short and straight. The coat has not wave or curl and should feel rough when touched. When buying a puppy, make sure they have no bald patches.

Color – Labrador Puppies are available in three different, solid colors: Yellow, Chocolate and Black.

Skin – A Labrador should have smooth skin this is without blemishes, scabs or bumps. The skin may be pale pink, brown or spotted.

Since the Labrador puppies you are seeing may yet to show signs of the breed standard, make sure you take a look at their parents so you get an idea of what they will look like when they are older.

Labrador Rescue – Home Sweet Home

Labrador rescue exists because there are irresponsible owners who buy Labs for selfish reasons such as to make their kids happy, they like the idea of owning a dog. These people have no idea how much responsibility, cost or commitment is required in order to care for a Labrador, and once they find out, the poor Lab is usually dumped on the doorstep of a rescue shelter.

If you are interested in getting a Lab from a Labrador rescue, but know very little about these volunteer shelters, the answers provided to the common questions listed below will likely be able to help you decide if adopting a Lab is the right path for you.

What is a Labrador Rescue?
A rescue is a shelter that cares for abandoned, unwanted or abused Labradors. There are a variety of rescues all over the world both for Labs and different dog breeds. Those who work for a Lab rescue, volunteer, and are committed to improving the quality of life of the Labs they take in by providing them Vet care and love. The goal of a rescue is to find loving homes for every Lab they rescue.

How can I locate a rescue?
1. Search online for rescues in your city
2. Check rescues listed in your national kennel club
3. Check rescues listed in the Labrador Club of your nation
4. Contact your local human society

Should I rescue a Labrador?
It depends. Can your lifestyle meet the demands of owning a Labrador? Can you provide sufficient exercise, affection and meet all the health care requirements? If you work too much, or are never home, a Labrador is not the breed for you.

Only rescue a Lab if you are looking for companionship and are ready to commit to the responsibility of owning a dog for many years.

Does it cost money to adopt a Labrador?
Yes. There is a fee that is likely used to cover Vet bills or help the other dogs in the shelter.

How do I adopt a Labrador?
You fill out an application. The application is carefully analyzed by the rescue. If you pass, an interview is set up, and you will be asked more questions, and have the opportunity to ask questions yourself. You will also likely be suited to a Labrador based on what you are looking for.

Donations and Sponsoring
You can donate money to a Labrador rescue if you don’t make the decision to adopt. You can also sponsor a Lab and help pay for it’s medical care. Note: Donations given to registered rescues and shelters are tax deductible.

Providing a Labrador rescue with your support will make you feel good. These volunteers work tirelessly to help save the lives of these beautiful dogs. They need all of the help they can get, as do the Labs they rescue. Think about it.