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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.

Labrador Care – Simple Routine

Labrador care is easy when you make it a regular routine. The following are all the basic care tips you need to keep your Lab healthy and happy.

Labrador Care Tips

Squeaky Clean – Lab’s do a good job caring for their own coat. However, giving them a brush every week or two isn’t a bad idea. Brushing will remove dirt and loose hair during shedding season. It will also help move the oils through his coat for a glossy appearance.

Other Labrador care you can provide in relation to grooming is:

Bathing – Your Lab will need a bath three times a year, once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall.
Nails – Your Labrador should have his nails clipped about every 3 months. Have the Vet or a groomer do the job, or learn how to do it yourself.
Ears – Check your Labrador’s ears twice a month to make sure they are healthy. Labs are prone to ear infections because of poor air circulation in the ears.
Teeth –Brush your Lab’s teeth and give him detabones. This will help prevent disease. Your Vet should also check your Labrador’s teeth.

Move those muscles – Labs need plenty of exercise and need to move around to avoid gaining excess fat. Overweight dogs have health problems.

Good Food– Your Lab needs a well balanced daily diet. Provide him with a regular food schedule, and avoid feeding him humane food which can lead to health problems. Consult your Vet about how much dog food you should provide him, and ask what brand the recommend.

Vet Visits – Take your Labrador for regular Vet checkups each year. All vaccines should be up to date, and he should be protected from heart worm.

Good Water – Change the drinking water all the time. Your Labrador needs to stay well hydrated. Drinking water should be clean and without bacteria and dirt.

Safe House – Your Lab can be quite mischievous when he wants to be. Thus, you need to ensure he doesn’t get into any trouble, and keep all potentially dangerous household items out of his reach. This includes:

Chemicals – house hold cleaning supplies
Houseplants – Certain plants in your home could be poisonous to him if ingested.
Garbage – Don’t leave garbage on the floor where your Lab could easily choke on wrappers or eat bad food.
Sharp objects – A lab can cut himself on knives
Electrical wires – electrocution can result from wire chewing

You’ll discover Labrador care is easy once you establish an effective routine.