Labrador Retriever Traits
By Fran Black
If you're thinking of getting a Labrador
Retriever as a pet then remember that their natural
instinct is to retrieve everything and anything! Young
Labrador Retrievers up to about three years old, romp
and jump with great vigor, and things can go flying,
As a retriever breed, Labrador Retrievers
love to hold things in their mouths, though if not trained,
they also love to chew things. Initially bred for working
in cold weather, the Labrador Retriever has developed
exceptional qualities in both smell and vision from
their hunting origins. A powerful swimmer, the Labrador
Retriever makes a reliable hunting partner and a friendly
house dog. The Labrador Retriever is easy to train and,
by nature, is a true sporting dog. Counting the Labrador
retriever as one of its ancestors, the flat-coated retriever
is a natural water dog. Labrador retrievers are powerful
swimmers, a skill aided by the webbing between their
toes and their water-resistant coats. y be that's why
Labrador Retrievers have been used for everything, from
hunting to search and rescue. The Labrador Retriever
is a talented breed that is effective in drug detection,
as a service animal, and in competition.
The Labrador Retriever is easy to train
and, by nature, is a true sporting dog. The Labrador
Retriever is known for its intelligence, warm affection
for man, field dexterity and undying devotion to any
task. The well-bred Labrador Retriever is one of a handful
of wonderful family dogs for a broad spectrum of lifestyles
and living situations. The Labrador Retriever is very
strong and must be taught not to pull on their leash.
Labrador Retrievers come in three colors,
black, yellow, and chocolate. The Labrador Retriever's
coat repels water to some extent, thus facilitating
the extensive use of the dog in waterfowl hunting.
Their versatility and endless positive
attributes have made the Labrador Retriever a popular
family pet. Labrador Retrievers are loyal and affectionate,
so the more you hug and pet your Lab, the happier he
will be. Also more independent though quite biddable
and responsive to obedience training, Labrador Retrievers
can have a noticeable stubborn streak.
The Labrador retriever, like all selectively
bred dogs, is subject to a number of inherited diseases.
From joint and bone problems, to eye diseases, to heart
disease, to cancer, Labrador Retrievers are risky in
the health department. Obedience instructors and behavioral
consultants are seeing more and more Labrador Retrievers
who are neurotic, hyperactive, or dominant/aggressive.
It's the unfortunate result of popularity that the typically
glorious Labrador Retriever temperament can no longer
be taken for granted.
The average life span of the Labrador
retriever is 10 to 13 years. We realize that each dog
is unique and may display other characteristics.
About the Author
Francesca Black works in marketing for Dog Pound http://www.dog-pound.net
and Horse Stall http://www.horse-stall.net
leading portals for pet management.