16 Things to Know About Labrador Retrievers
No matter how much you love a breed, you have to admit that they can be a little odd. While some breeds are very popular and have a lot of admirers, others are less well known. Labrador Retrievers are one of those breeds. The Labrador Retriever is a popular dog breed that is a great companion for both children and adults. I know it’s true because I have two of them! I love labradors and could talk about them all day long, so I thought I’d share some of these 16 things about Labradors with you.
You may wonder why Labradors are called “labradors.” Well, the term “labrador” comes from the canine word “labs-bull-dog” meaning strong and loyal. The two breeds that went through that name change were the Great Dane and the Bloodhound. Both of them are fierce hunting dogs, and the Bloodhound was actually the one that was eventually named “Labrador.” Any Great Dane will do, but I think the smaller, younger versions called “doodles” are a little cuter! Labradors were bred by crossing Dachshunds and Greyhounds. Some believe that it is due to a tall, hairy ancestor that went by the name of Labradore. In this long history of the labrador breed, there was only one thing constant: being stubborn. One of the most distinguishing traits of the Labrador is their longevity.
The Labrador Retriever is dog breed that is known for being fast and agile, while also being very soft and playful. The Labrador Retriever was developed in America. They were initially bred to hunt in the field, so they are highly trainable and also very fast. They’re an energetic and loving dog, and they love people! History The first mention of a dog like the Labrador Retriever was from the Greeks who used them to herd sheep. The dogs were specifically bred to work in the fields and even used for warfare. The Labrador Retriever came to America in the early 19th century. The initial versions of the breed were used for herding sheep and other farm animals. They were a working breed and weren’t primarily used for breeding.
Labradors are very friendly and good with other dogs. They are also very curious and get bored easily. They can be destructive if they are bored, so it’s best to give them tasks to do to keep them occupied. Some Labradors are even “potty trainers” meaning they can learn how to tell you when they need to go outside to potty. They are also known to be very smart dogs. They love to learn new things and like to repeat them to you several times. They have a high drive to please their owners and will be the first to give you a happy greeting if you walk in the door. Health The Labrador Retriever is a very healthy breed, and it’s best not to let any health concerns stop you from adopting. You can make sure that you take your dog to a doctor if they show any symptoms of a health problem.
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1. Labradors have some of the highest amounts of a substance called anisakitin in their blood. This chemical is linked to joint and bone disorders. It’s one of the best preventatives for arthritis and will help protect your dog from getting arthritis. 2. Not all dogs are neutered 3. Labrador Retrievers are not hypoallergenic like some believe. Studies have found that both breeds have the potential to cause a problem with allergy. However, that’s not true for the Lab’s blood type. 4. Labradors have a great life expectancy. About 13 years for males and up to 14 years for females. 5. Labrador Retrievers are not bad at chewing. 6. Labrador Retrievers are not bad with children 7. Labrador Retrievers do not shed very much. If they do, it’s not usually worth anything.
The Labrador Retriever doesn’t need to be groomed often but does need regular brushing, clipping, or shaving depending on its coat type. If you have a soft coat, you can get away with the brushing and clipping but a shaggy or brindled coat requires more maintenance. To maintain a good coat, they should be groomed once a week. Treatment for Canine Dementia It’s not really common for Labrador Retrievers to get dementia but if you have a dog that gets lost or isn’t responding well to you, you may want to take them to a dog trainer who specializes in canine dementia. The diagnosis is actually pretty easy to make if you go to a training course. So, I’ll talk about that in another article. They Are Good at Getting Stoned Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking.
One of the best things about Labrador retrievers is that they are very well trained and it takes less time for them to learn something than any other dog breed. This isn’t the case for every Labrador though. I recently attended a behavior workshop at Penn Vet where there were several rescues. One of the ladies was an old school German Shepherd. You would think that this is the dog breed for the Lab, but I’m pretty sure that her only training experience was picking up sticks in the backyard. And she wasn’t very good at that either. I think that getting to know a dog first before getting them a new home is the best thing you can do for any dog, but especially a rescue dog.
Most of them like to run around and play and also go for a lot of walks. The best exercise for your dog is something active such as tennis ball, frisbee or swimming. Dog Friendly cities They do need a lot of exercise but if you live in a busy city, like London, that is not always easy. As a result you might want to try a smaller area with less people in it. Other dogs are also not always friendly, and Labrador Retrievers get on well with other dogs, especially small dogs. A healthy diet Some say there is a type of ‘perfect’ diet but I think it depends on the dog. A lot of owners say they give their dogs a balanced diet. The best diet for a Labrador Retriever is one that consists of meat, cooked vegetables, fruit, egg and dairy.