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Labrador Retriever

Breed origin: Newfoundland
Original purpose: Retriever of game.

AKC recognized: 1917
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 65 to 80 lbs; females 55 to 70 lbs
Size: Height: males 22½ to 24½ inches; females 21½ to 23½ inches
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Color: Black, yellow, or chocolate.

Life span: 12 to 16 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Labrador Retriever is kind, outgoing, gentle, intelligent, adaptable, and eager to please. They make an ideal sporting and family dog, and is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. Their versatility allows them to excel in many different canine activities and sports, and this breed is most commonly used as guide dogs. Most Labradors make adequate watchdogs and will alarm bark, but they are typically not reliable guadians because of their friendliness and most would be happy to help out burglars.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, service or guide dog (for the blind, deaf or disabled), search and rescue, therapy, narcotics detection, field, hunting, tracking, carting, obedience

Grooming requirement: Brush once a week. Bathe infrequently only if necessary. The double coat does shed moderately, more during shedding season twice a year.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, retinal dysplasia, autoimmune diseases, ear infections, obesity, allergies, hypothyroidism.

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Recommended books for further reading:

The Everything Labrador Retriever Book
By Kim Campbell Thornton
Published in 2004
304 pages

Labrador Retrievers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Kerry Kern
Published in 2005
96 pages

Labrador Retrievers for Dummies
By Joel Walton and Eve Adamson
Published in 2000
456 pages

The Labrador Retriever
By Diane Morgan
Published in 2005
192 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Labrador Retriever Club
Wikipedia breed information page
Labrador Retriever Rescue

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