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They currently list the Labrador Retriever as the number one registered dog with the AKC. Dog enthusiasts rank this dog breed very high on all levels; playfulness, friendliness towards strangers and pets, easy to train, affectionate, and even makes a great watchdog.

The English Kennel Club back officially recognized this breed in 1903, and then by the AKC in the year 1917. Amazingly, the Labrador Retriever was voted the most popular dog breed of 1991 and has continued to reign atop the charts even today.

When trained they are very amiable and obedient. They are especially wonderful around kids, as they have high tolerance levels towards children and their antics. This dog has its moments of being very calm around the house, yet can become intense and energetic in the blink of an eye when stimulated.

The Labrador Retriever is extremely loyal to its owner and is eager to please. It enjoys learning new tricks and is a wonderful student of obedience training. Swimming, running, and retrieving are all activities that this dog breed enjoys being a part of. The Labrador retriever desires being challenged mentally and physically.

Upkeep And Maintenance

Upkeep must be fairly active daily. Labrador Retrievers must have daily exercise as running and swimming. Retrieving, however, is at the top of the list of fun games that Labs really enjoy, especially through water such as the beach or even a large outdoor swimming pool.

These dogs can either live indoors where it’s warm and cozy, or remain outdoors during many types of weather. Be sure to adhere to common sense safety rules when keeping your lab outside during the hot humid months, or the chilling winter temperatures. However, like most dogs, a Labrador Retriever would prefer to be inside with its family and stable temperatures.

Health Information

The Labrador Retriever has an average lifespan of ten to twelve years. This is of course depending upon the health of the animal. Major health concerns which should be looked at are elbow dysplasia, CHD, OCD, patellar luxation, and obesity. Occasionally, some health issues spring up throughout the Labrador Retriever breed such as diabetes, tricuspid valve dysplasia, over-exercise (leading to collapse), distichiasis, and muscular dystrophy.

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