Labrador Retriever Facts

Labrador Retriever Facts
Labrador Retriever is large type of dog that belongs to the group of Sporting Dogs. Despite its name, Labrador Retriever originates from Newfoundland. It was created during the 18th century from the St. John's water dog. Labrador Retriever was initially used to assist fishermen by pulling the ropes between the boats, recovering escaped fish from the nets and pulling the nets filled with fish from the cold water of North Atlantic. It was nearly wiped out from its homeland when government of Newfoundland invented tax for owning a dog. Thanks to the popularity of this breed in England, Labrador Retriever still exists today and it is the most popular breed in the USA for the past 24 years.
Interesting Labrador Retriever Facts:
Labrador Retriever can reach 21 to 24 inches in height and 55 to 80 pounds of weight.
Labrador Retriever has thick, waterproof double coat that can be yellow, chocolate or black colored.
There are two types of Labrador Retriever: American (Field Labrador) and English (Show Labrador). English Labradors have stockier body, broader skull, shorter muzzle and thick tail. American Labradors have long, pointed muzzle, sleek body and long legs.
Labrador Retriever has webbed feet which facilitate swimming, while otter-like tail serves as a rudder (used for steering through the water).
Labrador Retriever is loyal and friendly dog that is eager to please. It is suitable for families with children and other dogs. Labrador Retriever is social breed that enjoys to spend time with people. It is prone to separation anxiety (not suitable for people that are rarely at home).
Labrador Retriever is mouthy dog. Aside from toys, it can easily carry fragile items (such as eggs) without breaking them.
Labrador Retriever has plenty of energy and it requires at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day.
Labrador Retriever easily builds friendly bonds with strangers and it is not very good as a guard dog.
Labrador Retriever is intelligent dog that can be easily trained. It is often used as a guide dog, for hunting, detection of drugs and explosives and as a search-and-rescue dog.
Labrador Retriever can accomplish excellent results at the competitions in agility and obedience.
Labrador Retriever has keen sense of smell and it can be trained to detect cancer at the early stage.
Labrador Retriever sheds a lot and it requires daily brushing.
Labrador Retriever gives birth to 8 puppies on average. Puppies in all three colors can be seen in the same litter. Labrador Retriever reaches maturity at the age of 4 years.
Labrador Retriever is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and ocular disorders. It likes to eat and often begs for food. Without properly planned meals, it can easily become obese.
Labrador Retriever has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

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