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Labrador Retriever- Q&A

December 16, 2018

Labrador Retriever

The American Kennel Club indicates that the Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in America. This has been the case for over ten years. There are many reasons why it ranks at the top. Its adaptability, ease of living comfortably in an apartment, trainability and friendliness are just but a few. Read on to have clarity on questions asked frequently about Labs:

How big are Labrador Retrievers?

When it comes to height, an average male Labrador Retriever can grow to a height of 22.5-24.5 inches, while the female can grow up to 21.5–23.5 inches. On the other hand, males normally weigh between 65 and 80 pounds, while females weigh 55–70 pounds.

Which colors do Labs come?

Labrador Retrievers come in three main colors – black, chocolate and yellow. If you loves pups that come in a variety of colors, you could even get one with white markings.

Are Labs aggressive?

For the most part, Labrador retrievers are friendly and are considered good family dogs. However, they can become destructive if left alone for too long and without activity. They are at their best when they get daily exercise along with activities that can stimulate their brains.

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Do Labrador Retrievers shed?

Yes. Labs do shed a lot. However, you can manage the shedding appropriately so that it doesn’t overwhelm you. They have a unique coat that is composed of two layers. The inner one is specifically meant to keep them warm when it’s too cold. The outer layer is the attractive shiny one. A regular grooming routine to remove dead hair will ensure the shedding doesn’t get out of hand.

What are Labrador retriever health issues?

As is the case with all other dog breeds, Labs are susceptible to genetic health-related challenges. Some of them include hip and elbow dypslasia. However, the Labrador Retriever Club is keen on this, and requires that each one undergoes tests. This will give you the assurance that the pup you acquire is in good shape. A trustworthy breeder, however, will be open and honest about any health issues your pup may be at risk of suffering.

With this information about Labrador Retrievers, you can make your decision to get a pup. Call My Next Puppy on (703)870-7555 for more information about Labs or other breeds that might interest you.