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Labrador Retriever

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #1
Name Labrador Retriever
Other names Labrador,Lab
Origin Canada United States
Breed Group Sporting (AKC:1917)Gun Dog (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 10-13 years
Temperament IntelligentLovingFriendlyGentleOut-GoingPlayfulAffectionate
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm) Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg) Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Colors BlackChocolateYellow
Litter Size 6-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1000 - $2000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 stars
Barking Tendencies 1 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 4 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 5 stars
Grooming 2 starsLow Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 4 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #7
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate and Seasonal Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: Training will be enjoyable. This dog is inclined to listen to commands and obey its owner. This breed will require fewer repetitions to obey specific instructions, pleasing owners who like to see quick results.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Bailey Bella
02 Riley Lucy
03 Rocky Maggie
04 Murphy Chloe
05 Toby Bailey
06 Oscar Lola
07 Buster Gracie
08 Rusty Missy
09 Harley Katie
10 Shadow Stella
Overview

The Labrador Retriever, also Labrador, is a type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United Kingdom and the United States.

A favourite disability assistance breed in many countries, Labradors are frequently trained to aid the blind, those who have autism, to act as a therapy dog and perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies. They are prized as sporting and hunting dogs.

History
The Labrador Retriever (also known as the ‘Labrador’ or ’Lab’) descends from the Newfoundland Dog and the St. John’s Water Dog in Newfoundland, Canada. It was bred to hunt in water and pull boats, which is evident to this day in its natural love for water. Contrary to popular opinion, the Labrador Retriever’s name likely derives from the Portuguese ‘lavradores’ or Spanish ‘labradores’, both of which mean ‘farm worker’, rather than the ‘Labrador’ region of Canada. The Labrador Retriever was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 and thereafter rose slowly but steadily in popularity due to its incredible versatility, obedience, and rugged good looks. It is now considered the world’s most popular breed.
Size & Weight
Male Labs should stand, at the withers, from 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61cm) and females should stand 21 - 23 inches (53 - 58 cm). Size is important in the show ring and dogs who deviate from these heights more than half an inch are disqualified. Males should weigh between 60 - 75 pounds (27 - 34 kg) and females should weigh 55 - 70 pounds (25 - 32 kg). No size variation, however, disqualifies a Lab from being a companion dog.
Coat & Color
Labs sport a double coat that protects from cold and wet conditions that retrievers encounter while hunting. The undercoat is soft and weather-resistant while the top coat is short, straight, and thick. Labs come in three colors: black, chocolate or yellow. Red and polar white are variations of a yellow lab, and breeders who charge a premium for these “rare” colors are simply trying to take an uneducated buyer for a ride.
Temperament
The Labrador Retriever has a mellow personality and gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. Some Labrador Retrievers may chew, but they can be trained not to. Labradors do not make great watchdogs because they are friendly with strangers and are not territorial.
Health & Lifespan
Labrador pups generally are not brought to the home before they are 8 weeks old. Their life expectancy is generally 10 to 13 years, and it is a healthy breed with relatively few major problems.
Training & Activity

The Labrador Retriever learns very quickly and loves to work for its handler. Leash training is recommended when young. The Labrador Retriever is capable of learning a wide variety of dog sports including Frisbee and Flyball.

Labrador Retrievers are energetic dogs, delighted to work and play hard. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. They will be in their glory if you give them a job to do. Gain weight easily, do not over feed.

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