Monday, February 13, 2012

Labrador Retriever Facts

The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador, or Lab for short) is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. A breed characteristic is webbed paws for swimming, useful for the breed's original purpose of retrieving fishing nets. The Labrador is the most popular breed of dog by registered ownership in Canada,the United Kingdom, and the United States (since 1991).

 It is also one of the most popular assistance dog breeds in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities. Typically, Labradors are athletic and love to swim, play catch and retrieve games, are good with young children, elderly, and for protection.

Here are some fun facts about this lovable breed of dog:

  • These dogs are not only "nice”, but also very intelligent, they are rated 7th for intelligence out of more than 500 dog breeds. 
  • They are one of the friendliest and easiest dog breeds to train.
  • Labradors typically live for 10 to 12 years and are prone to some common health problems including hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, low thyroid, heart disease, epilepsy and cancer.
  • The weight range for a male is 65-75 pounds. The female is a little smaller.
  • Their keen olfactory sense makes them excellent candidates for police work.
  • All purebreds have double coats. This means both in inner and outer coat of fur.
  • They were originally called a St. John’s Water Dog, however the name changed to Labrador Retriever, being named after the Labrador area of land in the U.K. 
  • Yellow Labradors usually have black noses, which may slowly turn pink as the dog ages… this is called snow nose or winter nose. 
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