Labrador has a friendly, cheerful, outgoing, and tractable temperament.
they has a solid reputation of being an even-tempered breed and a great family dog, owing to its pleasant conduct with children and other animals.
On an average they aren’t boisterous and territorial and have an easygoing demeanor with strangers. Consequently, they are not suitable as guard dogs.
Labradors are moderately susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, particularly the bigger dogs, albeit not as much as some other breeds. Hip scores are necessary before breeding, and typically joint supplements are needed. Labradors like to eat, and they can become obese without proper exercise. Laziness can contribute to this.
They need high-quality dog food perfect according to their age, leftover food should be avoided as much as possible, and avoid food with high-fat content. One can add yogurt, cooked veggies, or eggs occasionally for health benefits.
- Baby dog (0-2 months): Ultra-Digestible Protein, Omega Fatty Acid, Essential, Vitamins and Antioxidants.
- Puppy (2-15 months): At least 22% Protein Content, 5–8% Fat Content, Calcium and Phosphorus.
- Adult (above 15 months): 18% Protein Content, 5% Fat Content, High in Fibers, Vitamin C
- Senior (above 8 years): Omega Fatty Acid, Fish Oil (Omega 3), Additional Vitamins and Minerals.
Grooming and shedding
Labrador Needs weekly brushing to eliminate loose hairs. Shedding of hair is regular. The owner can give regular shampoos to keep them clean. Besides this, one should routinely clip their nails.
Labrador Retriever’s coat ought to be short and thick and not wiry. The fur coat is water-resistant, so the dog does not get chilly while venturing to the water in the winter. That indicates that perhaps the dog inherently has a somewhat dry, greasy coat.
Labrador has mainly three colours : Black (solid black colour), Yellow (varies from creamy white to fox red) and chocolate (medium to dark brown, originally known as “Liver”).
The Labrador breed has been around since the 1830s, when St. Johns Water Dogs bred by European settlers in Newfoundland, were first brought to Britain by ships sailing between Canada and Poole in Dorsetshire. These were then mated with British hunting dogs to form dogs, now recognized as the Labrador Retriever. By 1870, the name Labrador Retriever became common in England.
Interesting facts about Labradors
- The Labrador breed was close to extinction in the late 1800s due to heavy taxation on dog ownership in Newfoundland. Fortunately, breeders outside of the region began to appreciate the breed starting in the early 1900s and redeemed it from total loss.
- Labs are known for being smart, but they are also a breed that is incredibly eager to please, which is why they can learn and do so many things.
- They are faster than many realize, and the average Lab can hit a speed of around 12 MPH in roughly three seconds!
- While people love Labs for hunting and fishing, they are also the most common dog put to work as a guide – around 70% of all guide dogs are labs.