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Labrador Retriever, the dog that is drawn to water
Several colors of Labrador RetrieversClick thumbnail to view full-size
The male can weigh an average of 65–80 lbs. (29 – 36 kg.) while it grows to a height of 22.5-24.5 in. (57-62 cm.). Compared to the male, the female usually weighs less at about 55-70 lbs. (25-32kg.) and is also a little shorter at about 21.5-23.5 in. (55-60 cm.).
Labrador Retrievers have a life which covers from between 12 to 14 years. After they have mated within that time, they can have from 5 puppies to 10 puppies at one time (or an average of 7.6).
Subtypes – various colors
- Yellow – various shades, light to dark (ex. Cream, gold, butterscotch and even a sort of ‘fox red’)
- Chocolate – light to dark
Sometimes they are bred for certain reasons and there are guidelines to be met:
- First comes the coat which must be short, flowing and not curved, and thick but not wiry. It is of course impermeable to water That way in the winter season the dog will not become cold whenever it has to go into the water. The standard colors in the shows are black, yellow and chocolate.
- The Labrador should have a broad head with somewhat distinct eyebrows. The eyes are best to be kind and passionate. The eyes should have their surrounding lining done in black color. The ears should hang with two familiarities – one is being close to the head and the second is that they should lie a little above the eyes.
- The jaws should be tough and forceful. The mouth guard should be of medium length, and should not be too narrow for the dogs’ nose. The jaws should also hang, just a little, and pleasingly arch to the rear.
- The body should have a strong and sturdy build.
The tail and coat are labeled as "distinctive features” of the Labrador by both the AKC and the Kennel Club. Another quote that the AKC adds is, “true Labrador Retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the ‘otter’ tail”.
Patience with children
There are different types of retrievers but the one which I will explain here is the Labrador Retriever. Why? Because they are in the basic category of a hunting dog, that is why. Their breed is one that besides being most famous of certified ownership in five different countries, they are also athletic and playful. The famous countries are (alphabetically) Australia, Canada, New Zealand, U.K. and U.S.A. – this has been since 1991.
Divisions of what they can do:
Illness/handicap assistance dog -
They have patience and they are also very courteous when they are near young people and senior citizens. One reason that they mind their tempers is due to the fact that they are a favorite breed for handicap and illness assistance (blindness, therapy, autism, etc.) in our country and various others. This is something which they have been trained for in many instances.
I the these fields it is possible to often see Golden Retrievers also.
Law enforcement -
Another one of the Labradors performances is screening and detection for law enforcement or alternate official agencies. [See http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/Police_dog_team_trained_in_UK_collects_vital_evidence_to_help_prosecute_suspected_pirates_in_the_Seychelles_%286436830001%29.jpg] SourceBy English: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Flickr) [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons:
Hunting and sport -
Two subjects that they are highly valued for is for being very sportive and how they are exceptional at waterfowl hunting (ducks, geese, etc.). [See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retriever]
St. John's Water Dog
St. John’s Water Dog
Medium-sized, strong and stocky – characteristic white patches on the chest, chin, feet and muzzle.
A description of the St. John’s Water Dog is by Joseph Beete Jukes. He was a geologist who wrote a book about his journeys in Newfoundland. For his description (quote) “A thin, short -haired, black dog came off-shore to us to-day. The animal was of a breed very different from what we understand by the term Newfoundland dog in England. He had a thin, tapering snout, a long thin tail, and rather thin, but powerful legs, with a lank body, - the hair short and smooth.” Was written by him in his book - Excursions In and About Newfoundland During the Years 1839 and 1840.
Some heard news about how the Earl of Malmesbury had forthwith made preparations with traders to have some of the dogs traded abroad to England when he had seen a St. John’s Water Dog on the fishing vessels. The Earl became easily fascinated with the accomplishment and intelligence of the Labradors ancestors because after training they were able to reclaim anything on or off shore. He had a kennel which he then decided to apply exclusively to both working out and supporting the dogs.
There was a mixture of two elements which made the St. John’s dog become deceased in the dogs’ native land. Occurring during the 19th century, they had situated harsh regulations on dog ownership, plus taxes, trying to inspire the raising of sheep. They may have started in Canada’s country but they were destined for the UK. This overseas trip to the UK meant that all animals, particularly dogs (that was about 1885), had to go through a brutal long-range quarantine elimination of any chance of rabies.
The last St. John’s Water Dogs photographed were in the early 1980’s – both were males, bringing the species to an end.
A Canadian author, named Farley Mowat, tried to save them in the 70’s by cross-breeding them with a Labrador – named “Albert”. Four puppies arrived, two died and the other two were given away – to a Canadian Prime minister and a Soviet Premier.
Labradors in point A; St. John's Water Dog in point B
Where they came from and their trip to England:
Approximately in 1820, the pioneer of the St. John’s dogs was said to have been brought to England; though their stature was supposed to have spread to that land long before that time. This was the name and country of their origin but a rabies quarantine (in England) brought them to their gradual extinction.
There are a few descriptions of the St. John’s Water Dog. One story, which was in the beginning, is given by W.E. Cormack, who was an explorer. I quote, “The dogs are admirably trained as retrievers in fowling, and are otherwise useful.…The smooth or short haired dog is preferred because in frosty weather the long haired kind become encumbered with ice on coming out of the water.”
Another story, which was also in the beginning, is by Colonel Hawker. He described the dog as (quote) “by far the best for any kind of shooting. He is generally black and no bigger than a Pointer, very fine in legs, with short, smooth hair and does not carry his tail so much curled as the other; is extremely quick, running, swimming and fighting….and their sense of smell is hardly to be credited….”
The dog’s ancestor’s country of origin was Canada. Above New Brunswick/Nova Scotia are the following. In the corner of Quebec, in the Atlantic Ocean, are Newfoundland and an island southeast of it by the name of Labrador. There was a smaller island just east off of Labrador by the name of St. John’s. These three areas are where the Labrador Retriever began its family history.
Labrador and pool towel
Photos to go with the table below.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Interesting Facts -
They have webbed toes
This makes them magnificent swimmers
The webs will also act as snowshoes
They usually have black noses
Noses may turn pink with age
Occasionally silver Labradors turn up
They may or may not be purebred
A color known as “Dudley” is possible
It is yellow with liver/chocolate pigmentation
The AKC says the chocolate is only in certain areas on the dog
What is your favorite color?
Do you like Labrador Retrievers?
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