Hello again Rover-ites! Part II of the blog post on the famous Labrador retriever is finally here. Today, in an effort to help Seattle dog sitters and Seattle dog owners, we will be reviewing the modern breed of Labrador retrievers in the United States.
Labradors are separated into two major breed lines of “Conformation” and “Field” dogs. These two breed lines are usually separated in terms of size and body build. Conformation Labradors are usually the smaller of the two breed lines and are typically described as shorter and stockier while Field Labradors are taller and have a lighter body frame. Both breed lines fit in a height range of 55 to 62 cm and a weight of 55 to 70 lbs. Labrador retrievers come in three solid color coats: black, yellow, and chocolate. Slight variations in the Labrador’s coat are usually found on their chest in the form of white patches. Their life expectancy is generally 10 to 12 years. Labrador retrievers still continue their role as a working dog in their traditional role of as game partners today. However, in the last century the role of the Labrador retrievers have expanded to search and rescue dogs due to their high intelligence, cold tolerance, and swimming ability.
As a future dog owner or dog sitter, Labrador retrievers make fantastic companions or guest. Labradors are well-known for their cool and even temperament making them great with children and other dogs. Although chewing can be a problem with the breed it can easily be trained out of a dog at a young age thanks to its high degree of intelligence and focus. However, this breed is not for someone looking for an easygoing or sedentary lifestyle. Obesity is a common problem for Labrador retrievers if they are not kept active on a daily basis. Overweight dogs can accelerate the development of hip dysplasia (femur does not fit into the pelvis properly) and diabetes. Also, make sure to keep a close eye on your four legged friend in new areas as the breed is known to follow things that peak their interest (new people, new scents, etc.) and become separated from their owners without much of a warning.
If you think this breed is right for you or have additional questions, hosting a Lab at your Seattle dog boarding facility is a great way to decide. Furthermore, there are several quality breeders in the Greater Seattle Area if you are ready to make the leap!