The Labrador Retriever is one of, if not the most popular dog breeds amongst families, largely due to their dependable good nature and love of human companionship. The Labrador is most well known for its loyal, intelligent and hard working characteristics which is why they often serve to help in roles like assisting the handicapped or search and rescue. Labradors have short, easy to groom coats and a friendly personality which makes their companionship practically effortless. Strictly speaking, labs come in three colours: black, yellow, and chocolate.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Loveable by nature, the Lab needs to be surrounded by family and given plenty of mental and physical exercise. Play fetch with them or go for runs along the beach - they love the water! They are happiest given something, anything, to carry in his mouth. Labs are chewers so be sure to keep sturdy toys available all the time, unless you want your couch chewed up. And when you leave the house, we recommend keeping your Lab in a crate or kennel so he can't get himself into trouble.
Common Health Issues
Labradors are prone to: Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Epilepsy, Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia (TVD), Myopathy, Gastric Dilataion-Volvulus, Acute Moist Dermatitis, Cold Tail, Ear Infections.