The Labrador Retriever

August 6th, 2009
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Black_LabDescription of a Labrador Retriever

General: The “Lab” has been the most popular breed of dog in the United States for many years, although they originated in Canada. This breed is especially useful for detecting drugs or weapons on people. For this reason, many police officers use them to aid in their work. Labs are also known as “gun dogs.”

Labs come in a variety of colors, but the most popular are off-shades of yellow and chocolate (commonly labeled the “Black Lab”).

Character: Labradors are very well-liked dogs for many reasons.  They are friendly in nature and not likely to be territorial or difficult.  They love chewing bones and playing with toys, and they enjoy long walks. Small children generally like Labs, as they can be quite playful.

Size and weight: These loveable dogs generally weigh between 55 and 80 pounds, and are between 21-inches to 25-inches tall.

Health: The life span of a Lab is between 12 and 16 years.  They can develop hip problems later in life, and  they are also prone to knee injuries as they get older.

Best environment: Due to a high level of intelligence and good temperament, Labs are best suited for a number of environments.  These include, but are not limited to, hunting, tracking, drug and weapon detection, helping the disabled, aiding therapists, and an all around good family dog.

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