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Labrador Retriever

March 16th, 2010

LabradorA huge number of dog breeds have been developed during the years. One of them is the Labrador Retriever breed. Labradors or Lab for short, are friendly, intelligent animals with smooth double coats, weight of approximately 30-35 kilograms and has a height of approximately 55-60 centimeters. Their average lifespan ranges between 10 and 12 years. When it comes to classification, Labradors usually come in three colors: black, yellow and brown, popularly called chocolate. Other classification refers to show (English) and field (American) lines.

They feel comfortable either with people and other dogs. Labradors usually bond to their keepers and need a lot of care and attention. To show you their gratitude, they'll bring you different things they come across. As energetic and very active animals, make sure you provide them enough time to run outside, to play with you. If not, they may be destructive.

When it comes to hygiene, grooming weekly is enough. As their coat doesn't need a lot of attention, they doesn't have to be given baths very often. If you have a swimming pool, you can let it swim inside to satisfy their longing for swimming. But never leave it without a supervisor. Make sure you trim their nails.

They're prone to obesity so their food should be low in calories. You should feed Labrador high quality and balanced nutrition consisting of protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fatty acids. Puppies should be fed 3 times a day. Even though there's nothing wrong with leaving a food container available at all times. But feeding it a few times a day and then removing a food container, actually makes you sure that your dog actually ate its meal. Also, fresh water container should be accessible 24/7, for the puppies and for the adult Labradors.

You can feed your Labradors home made food and the one you get from the pet stores dry and canned food). Older Labradors should be given food twice a day. Home made food can be given a few times weekly, just like the canned food high in protein. Home made food can consist of cooked beef, chicken, turkey, fresh vegetables, eggs, fruits, brown rice.

Your Labrador should have a large kennel with blanket bedding for sleeping and resting. Provide them enough toys to play with to keep them off your shoes.

Make sure you visit your veterinarian for the shots and preventing disorders. Labradors usually suffer from the dysplasia which affects hip and elbow joints. They are also prone to eye disorders.