Labradors are an intelligent breed with a good work ethic and generally good temperaments. Common working roles include: hunting, tracking and detection (they have a great sense of smell which helps when working in these areas), disabled-assistance, carting, and therapy work. Golden Retrievers are an exuberant Scottish gun-dog. They are serious workers at hunting and field work, as guides for the blind, and in search-and-rescue, enjoy obedience and other competitive events, and have an endearing love of life.
Size: Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female) Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female) Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Personality: Has the reputation of being one of the most sweet-natured breeds, and it's well deserved. Labs are outgoing, eager to please, and friendly with both people and other animals.
Temperament: Kind, Friendly, Trustworthy, Reliable, Confident, Intelligent, Pleasant, Outgoing and Tractable nature. Labs are outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please family dogs, and relatively easy to train. They take a joyous and playful approach to life and maintain this puppyish behavior into adulthood. These energetic, powerful gun-dogs enjoy outdoor play. For a breed built to retrieve waterfowl for hours on end, swimming and fetching are natural pastimes. The Labrador not only loves kids, he enjoys the commotion they bring with them. He'll happily attend a child's birthday party, and even willingly wear a party hat. Like all dogs, however, he needs to be trained how to act around kids. This breed has a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog.
Activity Requirements: Daily 30-minute walks, a romp at the dog park, or a game of fetch, are a few ways to help your Lab burn off energy.
Grooming: Labs heavily shed their thick, water-repellant double coat once or twice a year, and they also shed more moderately on a continuous basis. Most of the time, a good brushing-out with a slicker brush once or twice a week will be sufficient. During times of heavy shedding, these brushing sessions turn into daily affairs. Baths help to loosen the dead hairs, but the dog must be completely dry before brushing begins. This breed only need occasional baths to keep them clean. Their nails should be trimmed regularly.
Behavioral Traits: The lovable lab needs to be around his family, and is definitely not a backyard dog. If he's left alone for too long, he'll probably tarnish his saintly reputation: A lonely, bored lab is apt to dig, chew, or find other destructive outlets for his energy.
Diet: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Note: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
Keeping this all in mind, general guidelines are as follows:
2 to 4 lb. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lb. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Trainability: Aside from a winning personality, he has the intelligence and eagerness to please that make him easy to train. Training is definitely necessary because this breed has a lot of energy and exuberance. The working heritage of the this breed means he is active. They need activity, both physical and mental, to keep him happy. There is some variation in the activity levels of this breed: some are rowdy, others are more laid back. All thrive on activity.
History: The breed began to grow in popularity. In the early 1900s, hunters and farmers from the United States learned of the breed’s work ethic and began incorporating “Labs” into their daily lives. The American Kennel Club recognized Labrador Retrievers in 1917 and the breed became a loving pet to many families. The Labrador regularly top the AKC list of most popular breeds.
Life span: 10 to 12 years
Temperament: Kind, Friendly, Trustworthy, Reliable, Confident, Intelligent, pleasant, outgoing
Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
Colors: Black, Yellow and Brown.
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