|Category||Large breeds: 50-100 lbs|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Other names||Labrador, Lab|
Labradors are relatively large, with males typically weighing 65 to 80 lb (29 to 36 kg) and females 55 to 70 lb (25 to 32 kg). Labradors weighing close to or over 100 lb (45 kg) are considered obese or having a major fault under American Kennel Club standards, although some Labradors weigh significantly more. The majority of the characteristics of this breed, with the exception of colour, are the result of breeding to produce a working retriever. Labrador Retrievers are registered in three colours: black (a solid black colour), yellow (considered from cream to fox-red), and chocolate (medium to dark brown).
The first and second Earls of Malmesbury, who bred for duck shooting on his estate, and the 5th and 6th Dukes of Buccleuch, and youngest son Lord George William Montagu-Douglas-Scott, were instrumental in developing and establishing the modern Labrador breed in 19th century England. The dogs Avon ("Buccleuch Avon") and Ned given by Malmesbury to assist the Duke of Buccleuch's breeding program in the 1880s are considered the ancestors of modern Labradors. The first St. John's dog was said to be brought to England in or around 1820; however, the breed's reputation had spread to England long before.
The AKC describes the Labrador's temperament as a kind, pleasant, outgoing and tractable nature. Labradors have a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog. This includes a good reputation with children of all ages and other animals. Some lines, particularly those that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field (rather than for their appearance), are particularly fast and athletic. Females may be slightly more independent than males. Labradors mature at around three years of age; before this time they can have a significant degree of puppy-like energy, often mislabelled as being hyperactive.
A Labrador Retriever is an amazing and loyal companion to have. They are intelligent, friendly, and eager to please, making them an ideal choice for families and individuals alike. To ensure that your Labrador Retriever is healthy and happy, there are some important tips to consider. Firstly, it is important to provide regular exercise. Labrador Retrievers are very energetic dogs and need plenty of activity to stay healthy. Take them for regular walks and provide plenty of toys and activities to keep them stimulated. Secondly, it is important to make sure that your Labrador Retriever is socialized early. They will need to be exposed to different people and environments to ensure that they grow into confident and well-adjusted adults. Thirdly, it is important to provide a healthy diet. Feed your Labrador Retriever a balanced diet to ensure that they get all the nutrients they need. Avoid giving them too many treats and snacks as this can lead to obesity. Finally, it is important to provide plenty of love and attention. Labrador Retrievers are loyal and affectionate dogs, and they will appreciate being rewarded with love and affection. By following these tips, you can ensure that your Labrador Retriever is happy and healthy for many years to come.
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