Labs are known for their low-maintenance waterproof coat, but they still need regular grooming.
An ideal sporting and family dog, the Labrador Retriever thrives as part of an active family or as a trusted hunting companion. A double-coated breed which sheds seasonally, regular grooming keeps his coat at its water-resistant best. Because of his even temperament and trainability millions of Americans own a Labrador Retriever as a pet.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Labrador Retriever is a medium-sized breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming an occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Labs are very friendly dogs—perhaps the friendliest of the pack. They are easy to get along with, and socialize well with other dogs and humans alike. Still, don’t confuse his laid-back personality for low energy. The Labrador Retriever is extremely active—he’s never met a backyard he didn’t like. Since Labs enjoy playing and swimming outside, owners frequently channel their high energy on hunting and fishing outings.
Labrador Retriever &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease, and exercise induced collapse. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Labrador Retrievers are healthy dogs. Veterinarian care is an important part of your responsibility in providing for your Labrador. You should have already selected a veterinarian and had your new puppy examined, and an immunization schedule set up. After the initial immunizations, protection against regional health threats and early detection of debilitating disease.
It is important to establish a relationship with a regular veterinarian in your area, so he or she can be contacted if an emergency arises. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Labrador Retriever can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.