Description: The Labradors are those big, good-natured dogs who accompany the visually impaired people and help them cross the street. This breed is also called "labrador retriever". They are people-oriented dogs, with a strong will to please. They do not live with the family, they *are* part of the family. They crave for attention, but not by jumping on your lap or barking like mad, no. The labradors are willing to help, bringing to you all sort of things, the towel, the newspapers, and by helping you to turn on or off the TV set. This is the attention they search for: "I am here and I can help. Let me help you".

Physical characteristics: medium size, 56-61 cm males, 53-58 cm females. Weight: males 27-34 kg, females 25-32 kg.

Temperament: Playful, calm, very loyal and hard working. Being a people-oriented and a patient dog, the labrador retriever is well-known for being the best companion for disabled people. They are not considered “guard dogs” because they won’t attack anybody, if well trained. They do bark, so, if you want, use them as watch dogs, but they do not generally atack the “bad guys” trespassing your property. They are friendly, they are the ones who call 911 and let the paramedics in your apartment if something is wrong with you. Having lots of energy, they should put it to good use. Otherwise, they become distructive, not because of their temperament, but because of their big size and great enthusiasm.

Health: Hip and elbow displasya, joint problems and arthritis, ear infections and progressive retinal atrophy. Normally, they live 10-12 years.

Maintenance/Grooming: Somehow easy. Needs grooming once a month. Double-coated. They shed twice a year, generally.

Training: Very trainable, because of its calm and well-balanced nature. It is wellknown as a service and therapy dog for visual impaired people, as a tracking dog for bomb, narcotics and arson dogs, and as a search and rescue dog. They do not generally articipate in obedience contests because they are dogs with a mind of their own: they tend to disobey the orders they appreciate as unsafe. Being hunting dogs, they love to swim, but make sure that they can get out of the water. Because of their double coat, they are heavy wet and get tired when swimming.

Recommended reading: Puppy labdradors by Arthur Stoller - a guide to training your labrador.

Breeding, puppies: 7-8 puppies in a litter. Two yellow labradorscannot have but yellow puppies. The chocolate labradors can have chocolate and yellow puppies and the black labradors variety can have all the three accepted colors of puppies.

Varieties: English Labrador, American Labrador (field line (breed for its hunting abilities) and show line (breed for its companion qualities). As regards the color, the Labradors can have three colors: black, chocolate, and yellow.

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