Chrissy My Chocolate Lab
Chrissy is a Labrador Retriever
Welcome! I created this page in honor of my sweet chocolate lab puppy. Chrissy is a breed of dog called Labrador Retriever, and as one of the most popular breeds in the US, you have probably already heard of her breed! The AKC and breed clubs recognize three different colors of labs: chocolate, black, and yellow. You can read more about my Chrissy below as well as find a lot of information on labs, including some history, breed characteristics, and information on the controversial "silver" lab color.
Chrissy is the star of this lens! I will try to update with new photos every now and then!
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What is a Labrador Retriever?
Labs are known for their gentleness, intelligence, and determination. As such, labs make excellent family dogs! Because labs are very eager to please their masters they also make wonderful service, hunting, sporting, companion, and show dogs. Labs are very smart and are quick to learn with positive reinforcement. Characterized as being a strongly built, medium-sized dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation, the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the temperament to be a family companion. A distinguishing characteristic is the lab's short, dense, weather-resistant coat, thick and powerful "otter" tail, and its kind, friendly eyes which express character, intelligence, and good temperament. Labrador Retrievers also have webbed feet, which make them excellent swimmers.
A bit of breed history: The Labrador Retriever breed was originally from Newfoundland, where they were beneficial to fishermen. Labs helped pull in fishing nets and also caught wayward fish that jumped from the fishing lines. After being crossed with setters, spaniels, and other retrievers, the Labrador Retriever was then bred for retrieving game, although its temperament suited it for a variety of other purposes as well.
The AKC and breed clubs recognize Yellow, Chocolate, and Black coat colors. Yellow coats vary from pale (almost white) to fox-red yellow, chocolate coat darkness also varies.
Average Lab Weight
Males: 65-80 lbs.
Females: 55-70 lbs.
Average Lifespan: 12-14 years
Labrador Retriever Flickr Groups - Share your own photos or view the thousands of others!
- Labrador Lovers
Labrador lovers - is a group, dedicated to anyone who loves their lab & wants to share their pic's and & stories.
- Labrador Retrievers
Share your four legged best friends with me!
- Black Labrador Retriever
This group is dedicated to the glossy black labs we love. There are many groups that showcase all labs. But this is to see the varieties in just the one colour alone. Pictures with other dogs are accepted as long as there is a black lab in the photog
- Yellow Labrador Lovers
People who love Labrador Retrievers
- Chocolate Labrador Group!
Just for adorable Chocolate Labradors :)
- Labrador Puppies
Any and all Labrador puppies. Dig out your old pictures of your fully grown labs or take some pictures that new puppy you just got. All variations and makes included.
My Chocolate Lab Puppy Story
Chrissy came into my life at a very sad time. My family had recently put our 13.5 year old yellow lab, Jessica (that's her in the photo at right), to sleep. She had lived a long and happy life, but was crippled by her arthritis and could no longer walk. This was a very sad day for me, but I know Jessica will always live in my heart and I will never forget her. Shortly after losing my sweet girl, my family realized how empty our lives and house seemed without a dog's happy face. We decided on a breeder who had a litter of 10 week old pups, and the only female puppy in the whole litter was a little chocolate! She was an adorable puppy, and from the moment I saw her, I was in love. She was friendly and very sweet, just as a healthy puppy should be. The first thing she did was run up to me and give me a puppy kiss! Chrissy's name is short for Christmas because we got her around the holiday season.
Caring for Chrissy has been very rewarding, but has also been a lot of work. There is no myth in the belief that puppies are mischievous! Chrissy is a quick learner and she learned basic commands at a young age, and thanks to me and my family's diligence, she was house-trained effectively. Chrissy is also crate trained, and she loves napping in her crate and sleeping all night in her crate like a big girl! She is always ready for adventure! A long run, a game of fetch, chasing birds & critters, or chewing her Kong. Like most labs, she has A LOT of energy and needs plenty of exercise. :)
Born: 15 September 2010
Gotcha: 27 November 2010
Chrissy's current age:
NEVER purchase a puppy of any breed from a pet store. You will most likely be supporting puppy mills which keep dogs in horrendous, filthy, inhumane conditions. The puppies sold in pet stores have almost always been removed from their mothers too early and are unhealthy. Learn more from the HSUS here.
- American Kennel Club - Labrador Retriever
Full description by the AKC, including breed standards, description, personality, history, and usage.
- Labrador Retriever Dogs Chat Forum Board
This is a forum for Labrador Retriever owners / perspective owners. There is a wealth of search-able information here pertaining to training, problems, breeding, puppies, seniors, and much more. Or you can join and ask your own questions. I am a mem
- The AKC Parent Club of the Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever Club is the AKC Parent Club of the Labrador Retriever. Browse information about the LRC, the breed standard, our breeders directory, upcoming events information and more.
- Labrador Retriever Rescue and Adoption- Adopt a Labrador Retriever Near You
Local Labrador Retriever rescue and adoption to help you find a pet. See photos and adopt a Labrador Retriever in your area.
- Labrador Retriever - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Information on Labs from Wikipedia. Includes descriptions and other information. The weights listed are a little generous!
- Labrador Retriever Guide All About labrador Retrievers
Labrador Retriever Guide - Information, advice and products for your Lab
My Puppy's Growth Chart:
I am providing this as a reference, so you can get an idea of how quickly lab puppies grow. The final weight of your puppy can be roughly estimated by doubling his/her 4-month-old weight. My vet informed me that a puppy Chrissy's size would gain about 10 lbs. a month until around five or six months of age. Chrissy's weight as of last vet visit:
Age - Weight
11 weeks - 16.00 pounds
15 weeks - 26.30 pounds
16 weeks - 29.60 pounds
22 weeks - 43.00 pounds
25 weeks - 48.00 pounds
10 months - 71.00 pounds
Is a lab right for you?
Labs make excellent pets, but they are not for everyone. Many labs end up in shelters and rescues because their owners cannot properly care for them. These are highly intelligent dogs that need to keep active and be challenged. If your lab gets board he/she will not hesitate to destroy your house. Labs need A LOT of exercise, both mental and physical. This is not a breed that will sleep all day. They are also prone to obesity if they do not get enough exercise.
What is a silver lab?
Silver Labrador Retrievers
Silver is not a recognized color by the AKC, and despite the popularity of the Labrador breed around the world, the silver color has never been produced anywhere but in the United States. Silver is not a chocolate mutation, but a diluted chocolate. "Dilution genes" are carried by all dogs but they are found in the dominant form in most breeds including the general population of Labradors. Only through selected breeding have some breeds come to have the dilution genes "turned on" and thus in the recessive form. Weimeraners always have two recessive copies - they are liver (chocolate) dogs that are diluted. It is widely believed that at some point, a chocolate lab and Weimeraner bred to produce the silver color. Early on, very closely related dogs were bred to select for the color (mother to son, father to daughter, brothers and sisters).
Silver labs have been bred for appearances only, therefore most breeders do not offer any/many health guarantees (such as OFA hip and elbow) and there are no standards for breeding quality. When you purchase a dog that has been bred only for color, you will pay too much for it and will be more likely to end up with a dog that is inferior in both health and temperament.
For an excellent explanation of silver labs please click HERE.
Not all labs like water! :)
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Chrissy (March 21, 2011)
27 April 2011
Short Update (June 2011)
Chrissy was a winter puppy. She was born in September and after a harsh winter in upstate NY she is truly enjoying summer in the country! Chrissy loves the water and I hope to take her swimming soon -- she also likes chasing all the butterflies, moths, and other critters she sees. Keeping her out of trouble can be a challenge, but worth every minute! She continues to be a lap-doggy, even though she weighs around 65 pounds. Chrissy just loves being loved and around people -- she follows me everywhere I go. Soon she will be going on her biggest adventure yet: hiking and camping!! I am just enjoying every minute with my sweet chocolate girl.
Chrissy: August 2012
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