Labrador Retriever Dog Breeds

Another of the most popular dogs in the world is another of the most intelligent. The Labrador Retriever is another hunting dog that is named after their affinity for fetching downed fowl to return to their master. The Labradors are excellent swimmers as a result of their hunting duties and love the water!

Labradors generally come in one of three different colors. The most common and popular in modern times is the yellow lab. The yellow lab is a light blonde color and that light fur is less troublesome to clean. The other two breeds are both dark. The black Labrador coloring is the original coloring of the breed and where the others came from. The “chocolate” coloring is the most recently accepted of the three colors. It’s a velvety brown color that does its name justice. What’s interesting is that the coloring is genetic, so puppies can actually come out in any of the three colors in the same litters!

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dogs in the world for a reason. Their intelligence makes them a great work dog and their temperament makes them a great family dog. Labradors work with police forces and the military thanks to their incredible noses. They are used to sniff out bombs and drugs. They’re also great as guide dogs for the seeing impaired.

Ownership Considerations

The dogs are great with children. Oddly enough part of the reason for this is their hunting background. The dogs were bred to have a “soft mouth” so they wouldn’t injure the downed fowl more than necessary. This means that the dogs are very gentle with their mouths. This is perfect when they are around children who might be causing them some distress. They’re loving and caring with their family.

That being said, they aren’t without their flaws. While almost all dogs love food, Labs are known for their ravenous appetites. This can be an issue in two ways. The first potential issue is obesity. An owner needs to make sure that their Lab isn’t overeating and is getting enough exercise to avoid obesity. The second issue is they will often eat things that aren’t edible. This can result in occasionally painful vet trips.

 

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