Evident from its name, the Labrador Retriever is sharp and active dog used for retrieving hunted birds. Apart from its retrieving application, the dog is popular due to its versatility and multiple usages as a complete house dog. Harmony is the symbol of this dog when playing with children. The Labrador is also king to other fellow pets including dogs and other livestock. It remains quite serious indoors while playful, joyous and tricky in outfields. It loves to learn and accepts challenges, has greater degree of obedience. It can run, jump and swim, thus retrieving the prey successfully. The life with creativity is much suited to its mind; it may get harsh when left idle.
The Labrador is a calm breed, having no aggression in them. It looks rectangle shaped, physique and bone structure is average and a little slim body at the rear. Its mouth suits to hold large size bird to be carried easily. The holding of jaws is tight and can drag the comparatively larger game. Body is suited for swim and run vigorously. Outer coat is straight, short and dense. It is the natural protection against environmental elements like, cold, ice water, hot weather and terrain conditions. The retriever does not look awkward while holding a hunted game in its mouth.
The graph of the popularity of Labrador Retriever is very high in United State. This dog is known as the"dog of St John". The origin of the Labrador is considered to be from Newfoundland, where the breed was used with fishermen to catch fish. The Labradors were specially trained for jump in icy waters to help in pulling the fishermen net. In 1800s the breed was introduced in England by the tradesmen through shipping companies. The Labrador defeated other breeds like Setters, Spaniels, and other retrievers on comparison bases in versatility of application and talent. Apart from an active hunter for all weathers, the dog can serve for tracking, retrieving, watchdog, police work, narcotics and explosive detector, guide for blind peoples, search and rescue, field competitor and obedient performer. This breed got registration in 1917 and was recognized by American Kennel Club. The breed is proud to be a well to do within the family environment and a good companion all times.
The Labrador Retriever is soft temperament agile and versatile family dog. It behaves tenderly with all family members, children and other pets including dogs. Its active and challenging nature keeps it busy. The Labrador Retrievers are the right dogs of your choice if you have learnt to handle them quite well; otherwise, this dog is not for everyone. Its training is demanding and time taking but the dog is keen and responsive in learning. They can be tough and dreadful when gone out of control by the inexperienced owner.
Labrador dogs are extremely touchy and will accept strangers in the circle of friendship when you introduce them. Jumping over newly accepted friend is its style of welcome, so, no need to get afraid of. They become tense and restless when forced to remain in bounded area. The Labrador matures late, a minimum of three years are needed to mind buildup.
The breed is humble and harmless and less barker, so Labrador may not be fruitful when applied in the form of proper guard, as by nature it is not made to keep on walk across the fields to monitor territory. The basic quality of this dog is to hunt and retrieve, means to keep an eye on prey, search and bring the game back to its owner after shooting. Furthermore, in the form of detector, a sniffer dog and as a tracker, this breed is more useful for military, police, narcotics control, search and rescue applications.
Owner Should Know
Labrador eats more, gets fat and become lazy, avoid extra feeding. Mental growth is slow, as it takes three years to be mature, so keep them busy in activities.
Energy intake and energy burnt by the dog in work should be balanced, as the active dogs require more energy.
Labradors are of strong muscled, therefore, housetrain is mandatory. Commence socialization from its puppyhood and introduce your pets to them.
Labrador is not a proactive, but a reactive dog. Puppies may have some attitude towards hyper activeness.
Usually Labrador do not try to escape from its owner's custody, however, some attracting smell, sound or object including female dog may attract them and induce escapism.
Consult with veterinary expert for elbow and hip dysplasia and eye disorders which are rarely reported.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy pet supplies to get healthy puppies. Make sure the puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.