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Labrador Retriever Dog Breed Temperament, Description And History

By Scott Lipe

Description: The Labrador Retriever is a sturdily built, medium to large sized dog used primarily for hunting and as a companion.

The St. John’s Water Dog was used by fishermen on the island to help bring in their nets. The St. John’s Water Dog was taken to England in the 1800s, but it was not until later that the Labrador breed began to emerge on its own.

This is due mostly to the fact that the Earls of Malmesbury worked to refine the breed and promote it. Because of their efforts, the Labrador Retriever won recognition as a separate breed in the late 19th century.

The male dog should be between 22 ” to 24 ” at the withers, with the bitch an inch less in both measurements. A top weight for the dog would be 80 pounds, and 70 pounds for the female. The Labrador coat can be yellow, chocolate, or black, and the colors must be solid. A touch of white on the chest is permitted.

Labs get along well with dogs and other animals. Because Labrador Retrievers are trusting and friendly, they generally are not utilized as guard dogs. They are widely used as rescue and helper dogs, however. The Lab is considered one of the more popular dog breeds in all the world.

The St. John’s Water Dog was used by fishermen on the island to help bring in their nets. The St. John’s Water Dog was taken to England in the 1800s, but it was not until later that the Labrador breed began to emerge on its own. This is due mostly to the fact that the Earls of Malmesbury worked to refine the breed and promote it.

The dog is strongly muscled with a powerful jaw, but is renowned for its delicacy in carrying objects in its mouth. The male dog should be between 22 ” to 24 ” at the withers, with the bitch an inch less in both measurements. A top weight for the dog would be 80 pounds, and 70 pounds for the female. The Labrador coat can be yellow, chocolate, or black, and the colors must be solid. A touch of white on the chest is permitted.

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