Labrador Retriver Dog Breed is a well-built, medium-sized dog with a wide head and a clear stop. All of its Physical Properties & Habits and information are tried to describe in this article of my favorite Lab dog.
A typical breed characteristic is the “otter rod”: very thick at the base, gradually tapering towards the tip of the rod, covered with short thick fur all around. The stock hair coat shows a typical appearance for this breed: short, dense, hard, not wavy, with good undercoat. The ideal shoulder height for males is approx. 56 – 57 cm, for bitches approx. 54 – 56 cm.
The Labrador is bred in the colors black, yellow and brown. In a throw all three colors can occur.
The increasingly popular in Germany “Field Trial Labrador” shows, since he is bred primarily for work, a slightly different appearance. This Labrador type is lighter built, has a narrower head with mostly long catch and little stop. He has less chest depth and is often longer in the back.
The essence Labrador retriever dog
The Labrador is an active and industrious dog. He loves people, especially children. Atypical and, by default, undesirable characteristics are wake and protective drive and sharpness. Those looking for a keen, watchful dog would be disappointed with a typical Labrador.
The Labrador wants to please his owner. The English call this property “will to please”. This property, which is also required in the breed standard, distinguishes above all the “Field Trial Labradors” and is usually associated with a more sensitive being.
Education of Labrador Retriever Breed
His much-praised ease does not mean that he educates himself. The fact that Labrador grows into a big, strong dog should be taken into account right from the start. He is mentally resilient, but usually requires no hard training drill. Support for the training can be found on the numerous practice sites of the DRC.
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History of the breed of Labrador Retriever Dog
The ancestors of our Labrador today did not originate from the name of the peninsula but from Newfoundland. It is believed that the St. John’s dog is his ancestor. The first really targeted breeding experiments with descendants of these St. John’s dogs took place in the eighties of the 19th century in England and Scotland. Around 1899, a yellow puppy is said to have been thrown in a black litter for the first time. Yellow puppies were initially considered atypical and were mostly killed. In later years, both the yellow and the brown (chocolate) Labrador found his lover.
Breeding goals of Labrador Retriever – Health
Breeding goal in the DRC is a healthy, stable, capable dog that complies with the FCI standard. Hereditary defects and diseases are therefore recorded and systematically combated. The Labrador is usually a healthy dog. But as with most dog breeds, there are hereditary diseases.
Hereditary disorders of the musculature system such as hip dyspepsia (HD) and osteochondrosis (OCD) are found. Also, hereditary eye diseases such as the progressive gland retinal atrophy (PRA) or the hereditary cataract (HC) may occur.
The breeding goal “retrieving typical creature” try to reach the breeders by having their offspring (from the thirteenth month or when the dog is mature) participate in a character test according to the “Swiss pattern”. For breeding animals the participation is binding.
In order to obtain the typical Labrador willingness to perform, at the DRC at least one partner must have taken a hunting exam or one of the exams that match the nature of the Labrador.
The Labrador is a hound by nature. In England, it is mainly used for post-shooting work, especially on wild birds. The German hunter often has more varied uses for him: So he is z. B. also used for the welding work in the frequently incurred Totsuchen on hoofed game – or for bushing. This is actually a typical pre-shoot job that would be done by Spaniels in England.
As a hunting dog, the Labrador is characterized above all by its enormous water-willingness, his leadership, his good nose, his endurance and his pronounced retrieving drive. The DRC offers hunting guides to interested hunting enthusiasts .
The Labrador is also suitable for a number of other tasks . So he shows very good performances as a guide dog. Also as a rescue dog in disasters such as earthquakes, as an avalanche search dog and not least as a tracking dog in the police and customs, he finds use.
Although bred as a “working dog”, today a large proportion of Labradors are living the life of a pure family dog. In fact, he has many qualities that predestine him for this. Nevertheless, Labrador owners should never forget that their dog has been bred for an active life full of tasks.
The DRC takes this fact into account. He offers on his practice sites training opportunities of various kinds.
The one who does not want all this, but still buys a Labrador, should provide his dog at least during the daily walk some, as possible changing retrieval tasks.
A Labrador, who lives his life exclusively in the front yard or was bought only for prestige or decoration purposes, is a sad Labrador – and just a poor dog …
Requirements for the future Labrador owner
The Labrador is suitable for active people who are not afraid of long walks in any weather; who see the Labrador as a true family member and are prepared to invest the time and effort necessary to give him a race-friendly life. Only then can he show all his good qualities. He is under no circumstances for exclusive kennel attitude without any speech. Of course he can stay alone for a few hours. But most of all, he would like to be with his caregivers.
As a puppy and young dog the Labrador should have to climb a few stairs. He is one of the dogs that grow fast and gain a weight, which is harmful to the not yet mature bones with additional loads.
Trek N stay is pet blogger and he loves to stay, live with his pet Labradors and a few cats in the house. Trek Loves to write informative articles and his experiences for the people.