Labrador Retriever

FCI #122, Group 8: Retrievers Origin: Great Britain (Canada),

Height:21,5 - 22,5 in, Weight: 57-70 lb

Grooming:LOW, Shedding:MEDIUM, Coat: short, dense, hard

Color: black, yellow or liver/chocolate.

Ease of training: HIGH, Energy level: MEDIUM, Span of life: 12-14 years

Breed: Breed appeared around the 1700's, and in the early 1800's was taken to England. This breed is recognized as one of the oldest in our time. The most popular theory of origin of breed - the export of native dogs from Labrador in northern Canada to England. These dogs were brave swimmers, and they helped the fishermen to extend the network to the bank. Ones splashing in the water dog with a tail like an otter, was shaking, and Count Malmesbury, who immediately mumbled to himself "laborer-dog" and it become the name stated in the letter. Later it spread to all dogs of this breed. In Greenland, at home, these fishermen's dogs disappeared: the tax for the content of the dogs was very high. In Britain, by contrast, this breed has become extremely popular as a field hunter and apporter from the water.

General Features: Labradors are dogs of medium size, strong, athletic, and well balanced. They always are friendly, love to walk and have a very pleasant character. There are two types of Labrador: the American, which is high and raw-boned, and an English one, which is more thick and heavy. This sporting breed has extensive experience in hunting and surveillance. Labradors are valued for their friendliness and affability.This breed is easily trained. Recommended from an early age to socialize and train the basics of obedience. Labradors are very strong and must be taught not to alienate their affection. They can not be teach by powerful methods of training. Labradors are need of justice, firmness, consistency, reward and respect. They are doing a fine job of surveillance, with police work, with search and rescue, with obedience, accompanied by the blind and disabled in service.

Temperament: This breed is very smart, loyal and very faithful. Labrador Retriever is reliable, affectionate, grateful for the friendship and human attention. They are absolutely excellent for children and friendly with other dogs. They can be excellent watch-dogs. If Labrador leave for a long time alone without attention, they can become lonely, bored and mischievous. Amazing, courageous, and energetic Labrador requires a lot of movement. They enjoy family games, long walks, swimming and fenced yard to run and romp. This breed excellent feel himself in the apartment if they provide enough attention and movement. Labrador's versatility and endless positive nature made them popular family dogs.

Health problems: Labradors require regular grooming with a stiff brush. Specialized care requires a lower layer of wool to prevent the entanglement of wool. Bathing or dry bathing should be done only in the most necessary situations. Labradors are prone to these diseases: dysplasia, eye diseases and PRA.

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