Bred as a friendly companion and a useful working dog, Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog. Used as an assistance dog to the handicapped, fetching fish for fishermen, show competitor, and search and rescue dog etc.
Labrador Retriever belongs to the breeding group of sporting dogs. Height wise, it ranges from 1 foot to 2 feet tall at the shoulder. It weighs 55 to 80 pounds and has a life span of 10 to 12 years. It is a wonderful companion and a friend. It loves to eat and can become obese if overfed. Its appetite can also extends to people food. It is recommended to feed it twice a day with 2 to 3 cups of dry food.
Labrador Retrievers were bred for physically demanding jobs, and they have the high energy that goes along with being a working breed. They need at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Without it, they can vent their pent-up energy in destructive ways, such as barking and chewing. They are well mannered so people think they do not need to be trained but like all dogs, they need to be taught good manners.
Labrador Retrievers hail from the island of Newfoundland, off the northeastern Atlantic coast of Canada. Originally called St. John’s dogs, after the capital city of Newfoundland, they served as companions and helpers to the local fishermen beginning in the 1700s.
Personality wise, they are considered to be intelligent, sweet and heart winning, and are friendly with both people and other animals. They are outgoing, playful and tries to please their owner. It needs attention and if left alone for too long, it can alter its saintly personality and is at risk of digging, chewing, or finding other destructive outlets for its energy.
Common diseases which effect Labrador Retrievers include Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Epilepsy.