Health

Labrador Retriever At a look

Weight Range: Male: 65-80 lbs. Female: 55-70 lbs.
Height at Withers: Male: 23 Female: 22

Expectations:

Exercise requirements:  40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range 10-12 yrs
Tendency to Drool: Low
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low
Coat
Length short
Characteristics: Flat, double coat, dense
Colors: Black, yellow, chocolate
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
Club Recognition:
AKC Classification Sporting
UKC Classification Gun Dog
Prevalence: Common

Labradors well suited for:

Despite their popularity, some people are not well adapted to life with a large dog that is loud and destructive when it is young, sheds vast amounts of hair, and has a special fondness for dirt and rolling in dead things. Because Labradors are social and affectionate dogs they do not like being left alone for long. Additionally, they need constant care and attention. Regular vet checkups, grooming, orthodontic treatment, pet health insurance, and daily exercise are essential to maintain your dog’s health. Bivvy’s affordable dog health insurance covers any dog, regardless of age, size, gender, or breed, for only $15 per month. This helps you cover vet-related costs and protects your furry friend in case of an accident or illness. Thus, ensuring it remains happy and healthy.

Two different types of Labrador

Labradors in the United Kingdom and the United States have basically been divided into two distinct strains over the last fifty years or more. The features of Labradors bred for the show ring and those bred for the field differ significantly.

Characteristics of ‘English’ or show bred labradors

Most people are familiar with the broad-headed, heavy-weight show bred lab, also known as the English Lab in the United States and the Show Lab in the United Kingdom. 

The labrador is known for its “short, dense, weather resistant coat; a “otter” tail; a clean-cut head with broad back skull and modest stop; powerful jaws; and its “kind,” friendly eyes, conveying character, intellect, and good temperament,” according to the AKC.

A dog with a broad cranium, wide nose, and thick tapering ‘otter tail’ is also described in the British Kennel Club breed standard. The breed is also described as ‘agile’ by the Kennel Club, albeit this is an overly optimistic assessment of certain show dogs.

Characteristics of American or working bred labradors

Each year, a big number of labrador puppies are born from working stock, and their appearance is likely to vary greatly.The working labrador, also known as the American Lab in the United States and the Working Lab in the United Kingdom, is a far more ‘racier’ specimen than his show bench relative. 

He doesn’t always have the ‘otter tail.’ He’ll probably have longer ears, a narrower head, and less substance in overall. His eyes may be closer together/forward looking, and he is more’sensitive’ in character, as well as more eager about retrieving and racing around in general.

It’s debatable if this divide in the breed is a positive thing or a bad thing. Many Labrador fans would like to see show dogs carry less weight and field bred dogs have a more typical labrador appearance, but a confluence of the strains is unlikely to happen anytime soon. For detailed information, click here.

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