Characteristics of a Labrador Retriever
There are three basic colors that Labrador Retrievers have – black, chocolate brown and yellow. There are different shades of chocolate and yellow Labrador retrievers, but the black ones are just simply black. If you find some Labrador Retrievers with patches of white on their chest, then this is just normal.
In order to protect them from the cold and water, Labrador Retrievers have 2 layers of hair coats. The Labrador’s first coat keeps it dry and warm and it is a soft coat. The outer coat is a harder one which is quite water repellent. Water comes right off the dog when it comes out of the water. The dog is kept warm with the first coat.
When hunting, Labrador Retrievers are great to bring along. Fetching things like toys or birds shot during hunting is what a Labrador is good at. Even if you want something fetched which is in the water, the Labrador Retriever will not have a problem swimming out in the water to fetch it for you. They actually love swimming in the water. However, you should never subject your dog to freezing cold water but only in the normal atmosphere.
Many Americans love Labrador Retrievers. They are very popular as household pets. It is great to have a Labrador as a pet. Labradors love to be around people and they are great with children.
Labrador Retrievers fall into the category or medium to large sized dogs since their average weight is 50 to 80 pounds.
Labrador Retrievers cannot actually be trusted as a watchdog. But, their size and their bark can scare people away. But the truth is that they are very friendly and will not be able to stop thieves from stealing your valuables.
If you need a family or a hunting dog, then Labrador Retrievers are ideal. But, with their size they can scare burglars away. And these burglars would rather break in a house with no dogs then a house with a large dog.
Their name ‘retriever’ only shows that they love to retrieve or fetch. You can easily teach them to retrieve things for you and love to play fetch. Many things excite them and they are very smart; great for a family dog. You can easily teach a Labrador and they make good in obedience classes. A Labrador Retriever is great if you love to go hunting. It is a nice weather resistant dog which can hunt for hours.
Their bushy tails are very important for swimming. The shape of their tail helps them to swim well. The tail is used as a rudder to control the swimming direction when they have something in their mouth that they are taking back to you.
Plenty of exercise and fun time are what Labradors need. If you are getting one, make sure that you have space for your dog to run around and that you have time to exercise it.