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History: The Labrador was first brought to England on a ship carrying salted
codfish. On Newfoundland Island, it worked collecting fish that fellout
of the fish nets, and was also excellent at retrieving water birds. This
dog has further proved to be an excellent military dog, as its strong sense
of smell allows it to detect mindes burried deep in the ground.
Body: The Labrador retriever has an intrepid appearance, with a short,
wide, strongly built body, a wide chest; a short straight back; well-muscled
hind legs; long shoulders that slope moderately downwards; a firm abodomen;
a broad skull with a slight stop; rather small drop ears that are wide
where they join the head, and that touch the cheeks and are set far back;
strong jaws; and eyes that are usually brown but can be hazel or yellow
or black. The tail joint is round and thick, gradually tapering toward
the tip. The front legs are straight and well boned; the hind legs, strong.
The thick, short coat with no wave is black, yellow or chocolat. Small
with stars on the chest are permissible.
Character: Good-natured, loyal, and hardworking, this breed is more
patient that the golden retriever. Popular as a show dog, gundog, and domestic
pet. This breed accepts any given task with a sense of enthusiasm. Although
it is well rounded, adaptable, and able to endure long hours of training,
it is undesirable to keep the Labrador in a locked space. It is a good
companion for children and other dogs, and it loves to work and to socialize.
It is never aggressive, but the more training and opportunities this dog
has to mingle with people and animals, the more friendly it will be. Frequent
excursions will help socialize the Labrador.
Care: A minimum amount of light brushing every day will keep the
Exercise: This breed needs daily contact and regular, vigorous exercise,
including swimming, as it loves to swim.
Puppies: The seven to eight puppies per litter are born with adult coloration
and are easy to train and raise.
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