Loyal, obedient, and playful, the Labrador is a British breed of retriever gun dog. Bred to help fishermen with their nets and pull small boats to shore, they were also used for hunting and retrieving game. Today they are a popular family dog.
This breed is among the oldest of the modern recognized breeds.
The Labrador Retriever is strong, athletic, and well-balanced.
Labrador Retriever Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever has a deletion mutation of Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) in the genes responsible for regulating appetite — making labs prone to over-eating and obesity when its diet is not adequately controlled.
Labrador Retrievers are at risk of Exercise Induced Collapse, Cardiomyopathy, Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Shunts, Osteochondrosis of the Elbow, Cancer, Hip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Osteochondrosis of the Ankle/Knee, Elbow Dysplasia, and Entropion.
Labrador Retriever Training
This breed is easily trained. The Labrador Retriever needs fairness, firmness, consistency, reward, and respect.
Labrador Retriever Grooming
The Labrador Retriever requires regular grooming with a firm bristle brush.