I’m the Labrador Retriever – the most well known cute-faced dog breed, they call me Mr. Popular all over America and the world is catching up to this cult. Being one of the most high-spirited companions of humans, I am a favorite with families who love to have me as their choicest pet.
I’m highly sturdy and well balanced. Depending on my sex, I stand 21.5 – 24.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 55 – 80 pounds. It’s never too difficult to carry me along with your family. You can trust me on one thing, I’m way more friendly than your expectation as I hold the ability to create strong bonds with your entire family. They will love me without a doubt.
I firmly believe socializing is my superpower in being a Labrador but never mistake my easy-going personality for less energy. My most remarkable athletic skills deserve applause. Being an enthusiastic athlete I need plenty of exercises to keep me healthy and charming. I simply love swimming, where I can easily float on water. And marathon games of fetch can also keep me physically and mentally balanced.
Actually, I’m a modern-day product of an English breeding program established around the 1800s with the aim of creating a perfect working gundog. Many believe as my name suggests that I originated in Canada’s Newfoundland. I still stand to be America’s most favourite breed because of my friendly, charismatic nature seen in the gundog group of breeds. Apart from my skill of retrieving, humans also value me as a good companion and sniffer dog.
Labrador Puppies are visual learners and can learn within a limited span of time. This ability is highly praised and thus I am easy to train. You should always make sure I exercise so that I stay immune to diseases. When I exercise it also provides me with mental stimulation and helps me combat a propensity to gain weight. I am fond of playing with my master, be it swimming or fetch and be your most compassionate friend.
Labrador Puppies hail from being a traditional waterdog of Newfoundland. I was employed as a duck retriever and was known to be the fisherman’s most loving friend. Humans flocked to adopt me around the 1800s when I got luckily spotted by England’s most renowned nobles who were visiting Canada.
I got my name from Labrador in Canada, though I was developed in the 19th century in Newfoundland as a water dog. Before that, I was originally called St. John’s dog as I was merely used by fishermen to retrieve their catch back to their hook. Around 1830, I got imported to England where I served as a hunting retriever. First, The Kennel Club recognized me as an official breed in 1903 and then the American Club followed in the year of 1917.
My development is largely in the hands of the second Earl of Maimesbury, the tenth Earl of Home, and the sixth Duke of Buccleuch. I first appeared as a black coloured breed and at the end of 1800s, another breed of mine-a a yellow Labrador was registered. Around the 1930’s, a chocolate coloured breed of mine came to be accepted. We are not creamy pale but have darker gold red colour commonly seen these days.
In 2010, I was recognized as the most popular dog breed in America holding the first position on the AKC’s list. I specialize in hunting. The new, modern me is not alone in only hunting. I also perform detection work for police in sniffing out bombs, narcotics, etc. I am well trained and intelligent for being an assistant dog for physically challenged people. I am also a great therapy guide dog and therefore earn a good reputation for being an intelligent and capable breed.
During the era of the Second World War, the total number of my breeds diminished greatly. Then the United States witnessed an increase of my breed after the Second World War. Another interesting fact about Labrador Puppies is that they were the first dog to appear on the cover of Life Magazine with the name black retriever called “Blind of Arden”. My popularity with humans as a pet has increased manifold not only because of my most coveted intelligence and hunting traits but because I easily make a place in the hearts of many as a loving pet.
PROS AND CONS
You will be completely amazed when you discover the extraordinary intelligence I possess. I’m classified as one of the brightest dogs when it comes to thinking, absorption of tricks, and use of mental faculties. I can watch and learn easily, making it very easy for you to train me. I hold an attractive, cooperative, and willing nature. Grooming me is another effortless job as I just require minimal grooming.
My adaptability is another thing you might get attracted to. I get easily adapted to lifestyle changes. My fur is made in such a way that it can resist climatic changes throughout the year or different geography. I never like to hide my friendly attitude. I can be the best friend of your child and if you have other animals around your house such as cats – do not fret. I have no issues in being their friend as I love to play joyfully, even with elders.
Labrador Puppies are talented detective dogs and can sniff enemies out. I use the power of my sense to detect dangerous substances such as explosives, illegal currencies, blood, drugs and contraband electronics. This trait is highly helpful for many investigations. I’m also well at being a useful search and rescue dog, helping to detect natural disasters, mass casualty events, etc.
Sailing on a boat is something I am in love with completely. You can take me fishing, and I will stay quiet and obedient-giving you no trouble. I promise I will show my love for your family forever till my last breath.
In oncology treatments, we are used for performing Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in pediatric oncology departments. After the therapy, they have found that we can reduce the pain, stress, irritation, and increase the mental- well-being, immunity of the cancer patients as well as their caregivers. It is a good example of an opportunity to take advantage of our friendliness, kindness, and activism.
I’m highly sensitive and allergic to many substances. Sometimes I don’t like crowds and cannot adjust to an apartment lifestyle and feel completely suffocated & secluded. So it is worth knowing what are the things that can be allergic for me, especially food items. You can take veterinary advice to know how to treat me and deal with it when I am showing allergic reactions.
I know for a fact that sometimes my smell is simply intolerable. Handle me with care in such situations. My stickiness should never make you ill. Obesity attracts me easily, as my weight gain potential is very high. Therefore, it is advisable to seek the advice of a veterinarian when feeding Labrador Puppies.
But apart from all this, I can never imagine tolerating loneliness and for this, you will have to be careful at all times. I might develop a separation tendency from my owners when they leave me alone. I am gullible, sometimes because of my friendly nature, I can easily bond with intruders causing unknown troubles for my owners.
I’m in fact not so good for those first-time owners because I never hesitate to show my stubborn attitude. My heavy shedding may cause irritation in you if not properly taken care.
HAIR AND CARE
I have thick, water repellent double-layered fur that sheds during spring. Our double coat fur is made up of a waterproof, sleek outer hair layer and fluffy undercoat which gives a better warmth for us. We tend to shed our hair more than other short-haired breeds, sometimes making trouble for you.
I usually shed hair twice annually during clearly distinguishable seasons. As for my teeth – they should be cleaned regularly and my nails are trimmed frequently. If not, they can lead to hygiene issues like infections.
Humans say that I can even leave my entire coat on the floor at times of shedding. I feel sad for vacuum cleaners as they have to scoop up the mess. However, the mess can get minimized by regular preventative maintenance through brushing with a slicker or bristle brush. It helps to remove dead hairs from the coat and to distribute natural oils to the coat.
During the time of spring, you should provide far more care for my shedding by brushing regularly to keep shedding to a minimal level. Grooming stands to be effortless but seasonal flea treatment is a must for me. Cutting my hair from a professional groomer is not necessary. My ears and eyes have to be washed regularly to avoid infections.
My shedding might frighten you but it’s a natural process for growing hair. Be careful as it can affect my health status if you lack time, skill, and money. I’m here waiting to experience your love and will love to share my love in return.
Food is another priority of me, which I cannot imagine sacrificing even for a single day. It can even cause illness and low activity in me. Based on different types of breeds among my family, food styles, and tastes show higher variation. I prefer to have high-quality dog food for my better livelihood. Whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared completely under veterinary supervision. Make sure you also have the approval of the dosage with respect to my too.
The amount of food varies with my age too. Accordingly, you should take measures to present healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. My family members and many are prone to get overweight. So when you are adopting me, make me do regular exercises to get rid of obesity that your food schedule might contain.
With the help of a veterinarian, learn more about what all human foods stand to be good for me and whatnot. It varies from dog to dog and thus it is recommended to provide individual care at the time of administering my meals. If you ever get stuck with the concern that my diet is not proper and I’m having obesity, rush for a veterinarian’s advice and provide me with food accordingly.
You can give a treat or snack when I do something well, as an allowance. It encourages me to do the next thing better and also provides mental well-being. With better veterinary supervision you can feed me with mineral supplements, vitamin supplements, essential amino acid-containing feed which are necessary to maintain our day-to-day life.
Healthier food and regular exercise is needed to get rid of obesity and can only help to extend my days with you. An important thing to notice is that I may get dehydrated soon in such a case I deserve to be treated with clean, fresh water. Frequently providing water can enhance my health and ensure good longevity.
EXERCISES AND TRAINING
I am an active dog breed for which I am praised for my lovely active attitude by many admirers. I enjoy the company of other dogs which are a stimulating source to encourage exercise. I make it clear that I need plenty of exercises to have stable mental and physical health.
I can even race with you and most of the time I can emerge as a winner. It’s your responsibility, to introduce me to all kinds of games whether it’s with children or the elderly. I’m always ready and enthusiastic about playing with them. I need to exercise a minimum of 1-2 hours per day and if it’s more than that – I will only be happy. Ensuring my exercises also reduces complications of having obesity and other kinds of risks borne from sedentary and lethargic lifestyles.
Swimming is something I very much enjoy. I love floating on the water without giving it a second thought. I can also get immersed in various simulations that the field and other work provide. As an exuberant child, exercises are always a must. Lack of exercise can affect my behaviour or change my attitude towards owners. This happens due to stress which is likely to raise chances for me to become hyperactive or destructive as I tend to release pent up energy. Hunting is another favourite activity of mine. It helps me burn up energy, accompanied by field trials. Actively participating in canine sports such as agility, obedience test, tracking, and dock diving can provide me with a well flourished, healthier lifestyle.
HEALTH AND ISSUE
Even though I’m a comparatively healthier breed, diseases appear during the course of my life. I cannot cope up with allergies and am prone to allergic reactions. My non-hypoallergenic attitude makes me weak several times.
10-12 years is my average life expectancy and within this period I might get targeted by several health issues like hip dysplasia – affecting the joints of mines. They restrict my regular moments and make me completely ill and weak. Elbow Dysplasia especially senior on our elder ones affects the elbows and makes us inactive.
Some other common diseases are Luxating Patella, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataracts, Corneal Dystrophy, Retinal Dysplasia, Hereditary Myopathy, Hypothyroidism and Hyperlipidemia, Autoimmune diseases, and Deafness.
Hereditary Myopathy is an inherited degenerative condition more commonly occurring among us with the signs of degenerative myopathies, muscular dystrophy. Veterinarians can help us to cure and the radiographic findings may help with early diagnosis.
Our male dogs could be more prone to hypothyroidism and hyperlipidemia and therefore take veterinary advice and relevant checkup could be taken up at least once in a year as a precautionary measure to avoid complications of hypothyroidism and hyperlipidemia.
Multifocal retinal dysplasia (MRD), Cataract, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Corneal Dystrophy, Glucose, Retinal Dysplasia are some of the most common ophthalmic conditions occurring among us. Proper diagnosis may help to cure us unless these conditions may lead to blindness.
Deafness is another common condition among us, can occur due to filling with various debris inside the external ear canal. Surgical treatment on the external ear canal helps to gain a normal hearing.
These can be minimized, due to regular exercises and thus providing a healthier lifestyle to me. My chances of having a bad smell lead to the top reason for my stinkiness which is purely caused by unhealthy hygiene, thus leading to the ear, eye infections, and gas attacks. Drooling in my case is minimal but still, if it overflows that might be a sign of an impending health problem. In that case rush for a veterinarian’s advice. I never intend to sleep for a long time as I can stay active but exercises are always a must.
Our gestation period ranges from 60-64 days, where we should be treated with enough care, proper nutrients & supplements and the supervision of a veterinarian. Regarding the reproductive cycle of females there are four phases as Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus and Anestrus. During these phases, we are shown the physical, mental, and behavioral signs that are relevant to each phase.
From day 1-9, the first 9 days of the cycle is called Proestrus. At this time the females start to attract males and you can notice this phenomenon by swelling vulva and bloody discharge from the vulva.
Then the second phase which lasts the next 3-11 days, called Estrus where our females are receptive to the male. It usually lasts for about the next 9 days, but it can vary according to the mental and physical status of our females from 3 to 11 days. The fertilization occurs during this time. The vulva can be seen as enlarged, and also softens a little. The amount of blood in vulval discharges is decreased.
From the last day of Estrus, the next 2 months (approximately the next 60 days) are considered as the Diestrus phase. In this phase, our females are no longer receptive to males and you can observe light colour vulval discharge with less amount than the Proestrus. Vulval discharge becomes vivid red because of the less red blood cells.
From the last day of Diestrus, the next six months (approximately the next 180-200 days) are called Anestrus. This phase is a normal period for us and the female mating is further restricted. The vulva is no longer swollen or no vaginal discharge can be seen.
Our female counterparts need one full year of care and frequent breeding should be avoided. It’s highly important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill where the urge of the puppies and their mothers are restricted. It’s highly inhumane to breed dogs several times a year and sell them. For all those dog lovers, grab one like me to experience pure love, companionship, and enjoyment.
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