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Labrador Retrievers - Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1917.
  • Lifespan: 12 - 14 years.
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: High
  • Recommended Dog Kennel for Labrador42" dog crate

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Labrador Retrievers consistently rank as the most popular breeds in America and it is not hard to see why. They are frequently used as assistance dogs to help people who are blind or diagnosed with autism. They also can assist in detection and screen work with law enforcement agencies. To round it out, they are also a favorite breed for waterfowl and sport hunting. Its expressive character, good temperament, friendliness and intelligence makes it the most popular family dog.

Breed

They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917. Labs come in three colors, are high energy and medium sized.  They are often described as friendly, outgoing and active. Its lifespan is usually between 12 and 14 years. 

Appearance

Labs have a a dense weather-resistant coat that is short in length. The hair on its head is clean cut with a broad back skull. Other ways to describe the Labrador Retriever's appearance is strongly built.

Nutrition

It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog's feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.

Grooming

It is important to regularly brush your pet's teeth. It is recommended to groom Labs on a weekly basis with an occasional bath to keep them looking healthy and clean. Labrador Retrievers have fast nail growth and as such need regular trims using a nail clipper or grinder. Overgrowth of nails can cause splitting and cracking. Their ears can build up wax and other matter. To avoid infection, it is recommended to regularly check and clean around  the opening but not inside their ears. This can be done with a large ball of cotton wool moistened with veterinarian-recommended ear cleaner or warm, previously boiled water.   

Exercise

It is important for Labrador Retrievers to get a lot of exercise. Despite their sometimes laid back nature, they require plenty of exercise to stay healthy. Remember, Labs were initially bred for the physically demanding and arduous task of retrieving for game hunters. Although it depends on the nature and age of your Lab, it is generally recommended to give adults between 45 minutes to 90 minutes of active exercise each day. Examples include swimming, jogging, playing fetch and similar activities that provide more intensity than a light walking speed. For puppies approximately 5 minutes per month of age until fully grown is sufficient. For aging Labrador's it is important to monitor their health more closely for signs of sore joints and other health problems. Regularly vet check ups will help determine the appropriate levels of exercise.

The lack of sufficient exercise can lead to disobedient behaviors, excessive barking, and other destructive behaviors. It can also lead to weight problems, hip and elbow damage, heart disease, higher blood pressure and higher incidence of diabetes.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends the 42" dog crate for most adult Labs. Most models also come with a divider that allows puppies to grow into the space.

 



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Puppy Sites - Labrador Retrievers 

 

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