Breed At A Glance: Labrador Retriever - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Labrador Retriever

    labrador retriever

    Overview:

    • Lifespan: 10–12 years
    • Size: Medium to Large
    • Maintenance Level: Medium
    • Shed Level: High
    • Temperament: Affectionate, Friendly, Energetic
    • Friendliness: High
    • Barking Tendency: Moderate
    • Coat Colors: Black, Yellow, Chocolate

    Best For:

    • Families looking for a friendly and active pet
    • Individuals or families with an outdoor-oriented lifestyle

    Appearance:

    • Muscular build, strong tail, wide skull and nose
    • Height: 21–25 inches
    • Weight: 24–36 kilograms, females typically lighter

    Temperament:

    • Highly sociable and friendly with people, children, and other dogs
    • Known for their intelligence and trainability
    • Enjoys being part of family activities

    Care Guide:

    • Grooming: Regular brushing due to double coat, sheds a lot
    • Training: Early socialisation and consistent training recommended
    • Diet & Nutrition: Balanced diet suitable for medium to large breeds
    • Exercise: High energy levels, needs daily exercise like walking, swimming, playing fetch
    • Ideal Environment: Best in a home with space for movement; enjoys water activities

    Health:

    • Ear Infections: Prone due to floppy ears; regular cleaning advised
    • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Joint issues common in the breed; regular vet check-ups recommended
    • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia: Heart condition; regular monitoring and vet care required
    • Exercise-Induced Collapse: Inherited condition; avoid over-exertion
    • Hemangiosarcoma: Cancer risk; regular health screenings advisable

    Diet & Nutrition:

    • Balanced diet with grain to avoid Nutritional Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
    • Avoid grain-free diets with peas, legumes, or lentils
    • Follow feeding guidelines for large breeds to maintain healthy weight

    Behaviour & Training Tips:

    • Personality: Affectionate, enjoys companionship, good with children
    • Behaviour: Enthusiastic and playful; requires mental stimulation to prevent boredom
    • Training: Responds well to positive reinforcement; early training and socialisation essential

    Grooming Guide:

    • Requires regular brushing to manage shedding
    • Occasional bathing recommended; more frequent during shedding seasons

    Additional Information:

    • Labradors need space and regular exercise
    • Prone to certain health issues; pet insurance can be beneficial
    • Ideal for active families who can provide attention and physical activities
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, known for their friendly and gentle nature
    • Intelligence: Highly intelligent, easy to train
    • Exercise Needs: High; requires regular exercise to stay healthy
    • Compatibility with Children: Excellent, but supervision is advised due to their size and energy

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