If you’re thinking about getting a Labrador Retriever it’s time to learn a bit more about this wonderful, friendly dog. Here are some interesting facts about Labrador Retriever breed.
Labrador dogs are naturally great swimmers
Besides the natural ability to swim, Labs are also born with webbed feet, a waterproof coat and their famous otter tail. These features help them navigate through the water and make the Lab a great swimmer. Their webbed feet and tail aid in swimming, while their coat acts as insulation and protects them from cold water temperatures. The tail also aids in changing direction while the dog is swimming. Just like the otter the Lab’s tail acts as a rudder.
Separation anxiety is common in Labrador Retrievers
Separation anxiety can affect dogs of any breed, but it is more prevalent in Labradors because they were originally bred to be with people all day while hunting in and out of water. For this reason, Labs may require more attention from their owner and family members compared to other dog breeds. If trained from a young age to be alone, separation anxiety can be prevented.
Labs love to eat
Labs are known for having big appetites. One of the first things most owners notice about their Labrador puppy is that they love to eat. In fact, they typically only turn down food or treats when they’re ill. Being full doesn’t put a Lab off a treat. It’s so easy to get carried away because they are so enthusiastic, but you should be careful not to overfeed in order to prevent obesity and other health problems. Obesity related health issues include diabetes, hip dysplasia, hypertension, heart disease, anterior cruciate ligament tear and breathing difficulties.
Other interesting Lab facts
Other unique facts about the Labrador breed include;
- Labradors don’t make the best guard dogs, as they tolerate strangers and are not overly protective of their territory.
- The English and American Labrador Retriever are the only two official types of dogs in the breed.
- Labs have amazing control over their mouths: a Lab can carry the most fragile object, such as an egg, without damaging it.
- Yellow, black, and chocolate are the three accepted color for Labradors.
- Females Labs weigh up to 70 lbs. and measure 23 inches in height, while males weigh anywhere from 80 to 100 pounds and can grow to be up to 24 inches tall.
- Labrador Retrievers have a life span of 10 to 12 years of age.
- Male Labradors are higher maintenance when it comes to grooming compared to females because their coat is coarser.
- Labradors tolerate pain well. This makes them successful rescue dogs, police dogs, guide and service dogs and any other types of work requiring long hours of service.
- It can take up to 4 years for Labs to reach maturity, which is why so many of them maintain their puppy-like characteristics for a long time.
My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. – Unknown