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Name: St. John’s water dog; St John’s dog, or Lesser Newfoundland
The Labrador Retriever is ranked # 1 in registrations across the United States thus considered America’s most popular dog breed. They are considered “famously friendly” and will be sociable with the whole family, your neighbors’ pets, and most anyone that is nice back to them. Being a larger dog, they require a good bit of exercise like swimming and games of fetch to stay in tip top shape.
The male ranges from 22-24 inches tall and 64-79 pounds. The female ranges from 22-24 inches tall and 55-71 pounds. Their life expectancy is anywhere from 10 - 14 years. Their colors range from Black, Chocolate, and Yellow. Traits like being even tempered, trusting, and intelligent make them very popular not only in the US, but in the United Kingdom and Canada. They are also referred to as just the Lab or Labrador and is a type of retriever-gun dog.
A lab puppy is going to need lots and lots of toys and interaction. They love to chew, chew, chew so make sure you provide them with lots of balls and tug toys. Their inquisitive nature make them perfect for puppy training classes and obedience school.
The are the ultimate family dog with kind eyes and a very gentle nature. We like to call them “gentle giants”.
Profile of the perfect Labrador Retriever dog parent:
Questions to ponder before taking the leap with this dog:
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Labradors at a glance (score 1 - 10 1 = low/small; 10 = high/large)
Care Demand: 6
Good with children/elderly: 8
Needs to be around humans: 9
Can be independent: 7
Likes to be around other animals: 8
Loud - barks often: 5
Destructive as a puppy: 9
Destructive as an adult: 4
Health issues: 6
Life Expectancy: 9
Needs lots of exercise: 8
Whiney grade: 4
Needs lots of grooming: 5
Amount of Food/Day: 7
Puppy Troubles: 9
More about the Labrador:
Notable Cool Facts: Has an otter-like tail (flat and wide) and webbed feet. This helps them be great swimmers as the tail serves as a type of rudder and the feet as paddles. It normally takes them 2 years to reach adulthood.
History: Originated as the traditional waterdog of Newfoundland. Worked as retrievers of duck and friends of the fisherman. Noticed by English nobles in the 1800’s, fine specimens of the breed were brought back to England. By the late 19th century, the British breeders had refined the Labrador breed.
Common Health Issues: dysplasia (both hip and elbow), bloat, obesity, diabetes, ear infections (due to their floppy ears), and heart disease.
Breeders: It is important to do thorough research before buying a lab from a breeder. Some breeders compromise the integrity of the bloodline by using less than desirable breeding practices. A good place to begin your research is with an organization named Ashland Labradors. They are of the upmost integrity and truly care about the breed.
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