Labrador – A friendly, versatile four legged-friend
The Labrador is one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide, and it’s not surprising for good reason. With its friendly character and docile nature, the loyal four-legged friend is an exemplary companion. Because of their versatility, the Labrador is highly valued as a working dog and often is utilised as a guide dog for the blind, as rescue workers and professional sniffer dogs. Let yourself be enchanted by their good nature and loyalty.
From a ship dog to family favourite
A direct ancestor of the Labrador is the Newfoundland Water Dog, this breed was particularly used by British fishermen who were out fishing in Newfoundland about 500 years ago. Without any fear of water, their dogs jumped into the sea to retrieve fishing nets and lines or to fetch fish that had fallen out of the nets. In the mid-19th century, the Newfoundland all-rounders also became known in England. British hunting enthusiasts began to take an interest in them and decided to breed a new breed out of them – The breed almost went extinct in 1870, however by 1903 the Labrador Retriever was finally officially recognized.
Essence of the Labrador
The Intelligent Labrador is a very good natured, happy dog with great affection for its people, especially with children whom they have an excellent connection with. The nature of the Labrador is sensitive and peaceful while having a strong urge to please his owner. They love any praise that is given to them! They are versatile and resilient and don’t lack any courage, however, on the other hand, the Labrador is not suitable as a guard dog or protective dog, as it is as friendly to strangers as it is with its own people and shows little distrust. Perseverance, speed and an excellent nose are also further characteristics of this pedigree dog. They also tend to be lovers of water.
Raising and keeping the Labrador
They are very docile dogs, whose education is normally very easy, even if you don’t have much experience with dogs you shouldn’t find it hard to bring up a Labrador. With good upbringing, no one can trump the Labrador in terms of affability and friendliness. If you are an active or sporty person or family then this breed is perfect for you, without adequate exercise and demand, like many larger dogs, they can develop behavioural problems. However, with the right training, all they want to do is let off steam at the side of their people. In the spirit of their ancestors, they are big fans of extensive retrieval and search games. And if you take the opportunity to let them track you can take full advantage of your Labrador Retriever. If they are given ample opportunity to play in water, you have a satisfied and balanced dog by your side.
Care of the Labrador
Since the Labrador has hair all year round, it has to be brushed daily, so try not to forget about this if a new dog owner. Pay attention to your dog's diet: Labrador Retrievers are not food savers and easily add extra pounds, which can then strain the joints. As with many large dogs, there is a predisposition to elbow and hip dysplasia. Regardless of their preference for swimming, you shouldn't bathe your Labrador Retriever if possible. Soap-containing care products destroy the natural protective film typical of the breed on the skin.
- Breed: Labrador Retriever
- Origin: Great Britain
- Classification: Retrievers, rummaging and water dogs
- Size: Male 56-57cm shoulder height. Female 54-56cm shoulder height
- Weight: Male 32-35kg. Female 27-30kg
- Anatomy: Medium to large sized, muscular, with a distinctive skull and broad chest, thick tapering tale (otter tail)
- Eyes: Medium sized brown-hazelnut colour
- Ears: Medium-sized floppy ears
- Fur and colour: short haired with thick undercoat, no feathering. Black, chocolate brown, light beige, fox red
- Particularities: Protective film on the skin
- Character: Loving, good natured, active, resilient and brave
- Maintenance: Hair all year round, therefore brush regularly, do not bathe.