Labradors, besides being the most popular breed in the United States and United Kingdom, are also one of the most popular assistant dogs, and are used by the police force and detective agencies in their field work. Labradors can be boisterous if they are not trained, but they can be trained easily and respond well to praise and positive attention. In short, they are one of the most dependable and obedient dogs in the world.
There are two types of Labradors―the English Labrador and the American Labrador. The English bred Labrador comes from English bred stock. Their general appearance is different from the American breed, as they are heavier, thicker, and bulkier. The American one comes from American bred stock, and is tall and lanky.
The most common distinguishing characteristics of this dog are its short, dense, and weather-resistant coat, an otter tail, a clean cut head with powerful jaws, and its extremely friendly eyes that express character, intelligence, and good temperament. Further, this dog is well-balanced and agile, and can move in a show ring or work in a field with very little effort.
It is exceptionally affable, gentle, intelligent, energetic and good natured. With training, the Labrador is one of the most dependable, obedient and multi-talented breeds in the world. They are absolutely wonderful with children and get along exceedingly well with other dogs. They may be reserved with strangers and make good watchdogs. They enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, swimming and a safely fenced yard to run and romp freely. This breed will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation.
The height of a Labrador varies between 22.5 inches to 24.5 inches and their weight varies between 65 to 80 pounds. The height of a bitch varies from 21.5 inches to 23.5 inches and their weight varies between 55 to 70 pounds. The statistics given here are applicable to dogs who are older then 12 years.
The Labrador is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, short, very dense, and hard in texture. The under coat is soft, weather-resistant and protects this breed from cold, all types of ground cover and water. The color of the coat comes in chocolate, black, and yellow. This breed is an average shedder. The yellow color can vary from a fox-red to a light yellow while the chocolate can vary from a light tan to dark chocolate. The color of the coat also decides the color of the nose. The nose is black on yellow and black coated Labradors and brown on chocolate coated Labradors.
Delightful, high-spirited, and energetic, the Labrador requires a great deal of exercise. They enjoy family play sessions, securely leashed walks, swimming, and a safely fenced yard to run and romp freely. Labrador can feel that there is something wrong with their owners, but they just don't grasp what that problem is. So, they give all the loving attention and loads of wet kisses to their owners to make everything right in the world once again. Remember that it is always about nurturing, and any kind of aggressiveness towards humans or other animals and any evidence of shyness apparent in an adult dog should be corrected. Once the dog knows what is expected from it, it will adapt itself to the environment very easily.