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Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

This is one of the most popular breeds in the US and Canada and is a native to Newfoundland. They were once known as “St. John’s Dogs” and “Lesser Newfoundland” and possess a gene pool that combines setters, spaniels and other types of retrievers to enhance its skills as a hunting dog. There are two types of Labrador Retrievers: the heavier and thicker English Labrador and the tall and lanky American Labrador. The English Labrador is generally bred for show and the American Labrador is for field or working line. This is a large dog breed with weight ranging from 50 to 75 pounds and standard heights of 21 to 24 inches. It has a broad head with a medium length muzzle and a defined stop. The eyes are brown and hazel and have a kind expression about them. The ears hang closely to the head. Ears are medium in size and hangs down the head. Its tail is thick at the base. It has a double layer of coat that is smooth and does not have any waves. Colour comes in solid black, yellow or chocolate.

The Labrador Retriever is one extremely intelligent and versatile dog, used for tasks such as hunting, tracking, retrieving, police work, guide for the blind, assistance dog for the disabled, sledding, search and rescue and carting. It is highly trainable and good-natured such that it has also become a well-loved household companion. They are lively and playful and are excellent with children and other dogs. The Labrador Retriever can live from 10 to 12 years.

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