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Labrador Retriever The Adventurous Dog Breed

Updated on September 21, 2016
Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever

Dogs makes great pets. They will do all sort of fascinating things to keep themselves and owners active. They bring fun and excitement to the children and are so helpful for those with special needs. There are so many different categories of dogs to choose from if you decide on getting a dog or two. But one of my favorite is the Labrador Retriever or The Lab as it is affectionately known. Labradors are very attractive dogs. They make wonderful companion dogs even though many will tell you that they were bred as working dogs. The Labrador is not just your everyday mutt, they possess very overwhelming temperament. This dog is quite affectionate and will seek out and command affection from his family. They are very sensitive and don't take on being alone well. They like the attention of their owners and will jump at the slightest command to help out.

One thing for sure, if you have kids at home you can be sure that the Lab will respond to them very well. They make one of the best dogs to introduce other dogs to because of their welcoming temperament. But if you are looking for an aggressive guard dog you may just have to look away from the Labrador as it is know to be quite friendly to strangers.

Caring For The Labrador Retriever

This is one dog that is really loved by many Americans and part of that love may stem from the less intensive care you have to give the Labrador. Some of the breeds of labs are simply a brush and they are ready kind of dog, other breeds of Labradors will require a bit more clipping and trimming and of course a regular doggy bath.

Shedding

What can i tell you about the Labrador dog breed and shedding is that it varies. Some Labradors will shed all year round leaving you in a ball of fur while others rarely shed at all.If you are a fussy home cleaner, your best bet is to try an acquire a Labrador that sheds less hair, but then again, how would you know right?

Training

There are various breeds of dogs which respond to training very well, count the Lab as one of them. The Labrador retrievers is quite easy to train and responds very fast to trainable commands such as "sit and stay". The Lab is a decision making dog so therefor considered to be much more intelligent than many other breeds. The Lab was essentially bred for jobs which required concentration, intelligence and yes, decision making. Many Labradors had roles such as herding of livestock such as sheep. So what kind of decision did this dog have to make barking at sheep. Well one could say that the Lab made a decision to steer the herd right instead of left as left would lead to the bottom of a cliff! Who knows, but they do make good sheep dogs. The Labrador is a highly active and intelligent animal and appreciates activities which gives it's brain some good exercise.

Labrador Retriever Exercise and Fittness

So you want a dog and you want one to sit in your couch with you and watch news of politicians wrecking the world. My advice to you is don't get a Lab. The Labrador is a very high energy dog and will not find a presidential speech interesting. Remember that these dogs were bred for hunting and seeking and that gaming is still imprinted in their DNA. These types of dogs have enough energy packed in to run all day. They are alert and find doing those regular herding chores exciting. If you have a lab, don't bore him to death with your yoga exercises or tai chi moves. Get the dog it's regular jog or walk. It will love you for it.


Feeding Your Labrador Retriever

If you own any dog, you would know that dogs just love to eat. Then multiply that by ten and you would know how much the Labrador loves to chow down. I can honestly say that these dogs are a bit greedy and simply has no resistant when it comes on to feeding. But despite the dog just love to eat, and will eat a elephant and then the forest later. Pet owners are advised not to allow this dogs appetite to get out of control as over fed Labs can lead to obesity and hence develop other major health problems. Ensure that you feed your dog the right filling and keep him exercised so he can remain in that lean state. Good Fed and healthy male Labs stand 22.5 to 24.5 inches, and weigh 65 to 80 pounds.Good fed and healthy female Labs stand 21.5 to 23.5 inches, and weigh 55 to 70 pounds.

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English Lab Vs American Lab

So who came up with American Labrador and English Labrador and what are their differences. Well, in all honesty, there is not really much in difference when it comes on two differentiating the two. But as a mental difference, it is believed that the English Labrador was actually bred for Dog Shows, a bit more on the royal side. While the American Labrador was bred to be the workhorse, herding, pulling, fetching etc. One other difference many has recorded is a slight difference in the height of the dog. The American breed standard Labrador allows a height of between 21.5 to 24.5 inches while the English breed standard allows a height of 21.5 to 22.5 inches. In conclusion, there is little difference between the two dogs if any at all. So basically a Labrador is just a Labrador.

The Adventurous Labrador

As stated earlier, Labradors get bored real easily and if not given enough physical and mental challenges, they will probably seek out their own little adventure. Some Labs have been known to go off on many backyard adventures just to satisfy their curious nature. Backyard adventure normally includes homes situated near forestry with rives, foxes, badgers and many other animals which the Labrador may encounter. Many Lab owners have even ventured out into the wild with their dogs. It is an experience only for the strong mentally and physically. So remember if you do get a Labrador dog, remember that you just may end up in an adventure.

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    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

      I love this breed.. I have had a golden retriever and a lab.. good share my friend :)

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      Clive Williams 10 months ago from Nibiru

      Nice to hear from you frank....been a while. Yes, i have a mixed lab

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      My allergies keep me from having animals. If I could I would have a cat and dog. I've read that a yorkie is non allergenic, but I'm afraid to try after my last bout with a cat. The lab is a beautiful animal. Thanks for sharing....

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      Clive Williams 10 months ago from Nibiru

      sad about those allergies, its the dander from animals that causes that. get a dog that sheds less.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I read that a Yorkie is non allergenic. I might try again?

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      Clive Williams 9 months ago from Nibiru

      Go for it alwaysexploring

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sans dog at the moment but sure loved my Black Lab. Awesome buddy to walk and hike with. But he was a runner for sure. Ignore him for 2 hrs and he would find a way to be gone.

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      Clive Williams 9 months ago from Nibiru

      Hey eric. that Lab went on an adventure

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      GREDWSARDS 9 months ago

      yes we have 2, a blonde lab, Scruff is about 9 and a golden lab Elly is 14, Scruff sheads some hair, but Elly it comes out in clumps and floats all over the floors, lucky we have timber flooring and not carpet. But we love them both Scruff loves water and will lay down in puddles a few inches deep or jump of the bank into the river from 6 feet, Elly is to old to jump anywhere but still gets in with my help, she does love a warm bath and will sit in it for ever, well until I get her out when I thick she has had enough.

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      Clive Williams 9 months ago from Nibiru

      Hey GREDWSARDS, keep on enjoying your two wonderful Labs.

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