Labs are intelligent dogs which are loyal and affectionate. They are of a friendly nature but can be suspicion and territorial.
They are highly inquisitive and have an independent streak. They are not demanding, but will be persistent if they want to do something. If the human meets this dog they will be polite, but if threatened they can be ferocious.
Labs are well mannered and very friendly to all, even children, however children should be taught not to play roughly because this dog can And do so gleefully. They are not fond of being left on their own, and like many dogs they can become bored or nervous without attention.
They also have a tendency to chew anything they can get their teeth into, so be sure to exercise your dog. Care If your lab gets a lot of exercise outside then it probably won't need much grooming, however they do tend to shed constantly. Their coats should be brushed once every day or two, and they should be washed fairly often, at least two times a year.
Labs are prone to various eye diseases, such as hereditary or progressive retinal atrophy, corneal dystrophy, cataracts, and environmental saccular hypertrophy. They also can suffer from sensitive stomachs, bloat, and hip dysplasia.
Exercise Bring your Labrador out into the open and let him run around for a while, they love playing ball or Frisbee, and they are equally happy to take walks or brisk runs. They do fairly well in apartments, but like to have a relatively long daily walk.
Life Expectancy Get an average life expectancy of about 12 years.
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Grooming They shed constantly, so brush them about once a week. They are basically an easy dog to groom, but do require a lot of attention.
History The original name of this dog was Labrador Retriever, because of the fact that they were originally found in Newfoundland, Canada. Their history dates back to the 1700s, where they worked with fishermen. They helped retrieve and kill the fish that got too exhausted trying to make it to shore. This is still a very popular fish to have as a pet. The Labradors worked alongside the fishermen, and did much better in cold water. The AKC first registered the Labrador in 1903; they were recently recognized by the UK Kennel Club in 2010.