Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium, short-coupled, healthy, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to operate as retrieving gun dog, the content and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland Game for long hours under difficult circumstances, the nature and quality to win in the show ring, and the temperament for a family companion. The physical characteristics and mental characteristics should a dog bred to be an efficient Retriever of the game with a stable temperature suitable for a wide range of activities outside the hunting environment. Most characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat; an "otter" tail, a clean-cut head with broad back skull and moderate stop; mighty pine, and his "kind", friendly eyes, expressing the character, intelligence and good temperament. Above all, a Labrador Retriever must be well balanced, so that they are in the show ring or work in the field with little or no effort. The typical Labrador possesses style and quality without over refinement, and substance without lumber or cloddiness.

The height of the withers for a Labrador is 22 ½ to 24 ½ inch; for a female is 21 ½ to 23 ½ inches. A difference of more than ½ inch above or below these heights is a disqualification. Approximate weight of male and female in working condition: dogs 65 to 80 pounds, females 55 to 70 pounds.

True Labrador Retriever temperament is as much a function of the race as "otter" tail. The ideal is a disposition of a friendly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and not aggressive towards humans or animals. The Labrador has much appeal to the people, his gentle ways, intelligence and adaptability make him an ideal dog. Aggression against humans or other animals, or evidence of a mature embarrassment should be seriously punished.

There are two types of Labrador, English and American Labrador Labrador. The English lab comes from English bred stock. Their appearance is different. The English bred labs are heavier, thicker and block ajar. The American lab come from the American-bred animals and is long and illegal. The Labrador Retriever is a solid, muscular dog, slightly longer than high, with short, hard, easy-care, waterproof coat, double that no waves and is available in black, yellow, or chocolate. It was also a rare silver or gray color is determined by the AKC as a shadow of chocolate. This color is controversial and some argue that it is a Weimeriner Cross, while others say it's a real change. The Labrador has a broad head, thick nose, a pair of scissors bite and a pronounced stop. His mouth is very wide and his neck is powerful. The eyes are hazel or chestnut wood with an intelligent expression. The ears are medium-sized trailer. The otter tail is strong, thick near the body, then tapering, and complete with hair. Their limbs have good bone structure. The network feet aids in swimming. Labrador Retriever is good in an apartment, if sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and is best with at least one medium-sized farm. Once known as the "St. John's dogs, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular varieties in the United States. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, the Labrador was trained to jump overboard into the icy waters of the drawing of a Fisherman's nets ashore. The samples were to England in 1800 by the English ships from Labrador, where the dog of the fine retrieving instincts were adapted and developed. One of the best family dogs and dogs for their soft companions, loving, which very trainable Labrador can also distinguishes itself in drug detection, as a guide for the blind and service dogs for the disabled. The race is also an excellent study and obedience field competitors.