Yellow Labrador Retriever

Yellow Labrador Retriever

This gun dog was originally bred for sporting. As one of the most popular dog breeds in America, the Yellow Lab actually comes from Newfoundland, where its talents were used by fishermen who needed help catching fish. These dogs had no problem jumping into the cold waters to assist in pulling in the nets. It was eventually bred with setters, spaniels and other retrievers to enhance its hunting ability. As a result, the Lab is easily trained as a retriever, watch dog, tracker and police dog.

Males typically grow to a height of 22 to 24 inches, while females grow to 21 to 23 inches. Males can weigh between 60 and 75 pounds, while females can weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Some males have even weighed in at a whopping 100 pounds. Two types of Labs exist: the English and the American. English labs are heavy and thick, while the American labs are tall and lanky. The Yellow Lab has a light golden colored coat that is smooth. This dog features a thick nose, wide muzzle, wide neck, long body, water-resistant coat, hanging medium ears and tapered tail.

Personality

Because of their excellent ability to hunt, Yellow Labs are often selected as narcotics detection dogs, as well as search and rescue dogs. They are adept at being service dogs for the visually impaired. This dog makes a wonderful family companion, and is gentle yet playful with children. They have a lot of energy and love to run about, particularly when they are told to retrieve something, from prey to a Frisbee. These dogs are loyal and loving, displaying plenty of affection and patience. If they do not receive enough firm yet calm discipline, they can become destructive. They need to be taught early on who the leader is. This good-natured dog needs lots of exercise so it's not well suited to apartment life. It preferably needs a large home with a large fenced-in yard to run about.

Breed Characteristics

Type:Pure
Function:Sporting
Origin:Europe
Preferred Climate:Any Climate
Group:Sporting
Life Span:10-12 Years
Nicknames:Yellow Lab, Yellow Labrador
Hypoallergenic:No

Yellow Labrador Retriever Build Information

Males typically grow to a height of 22 to 24 inches, while females grow to 21 to 23 inches. Males can weigh between 60 and 75 pounds, while females can weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Some males have even weighed in at a whopping 100 pounds. Two types of Labs exist: the English and the American. English labs are heavy and thick, while the American labs are tall and lanky. The Yellow Lab has a light golden colored coat that is smooth. This dog features a thick nose, wide muzzle, wide neck, long body, water-resistant coat, hanging medium ears and tapered tail.

Size:Medium
Length (Male):22-27 in.
Length (Female):22-24 in.
Weight:> 65 lbs
Litter Size:5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

Because of their excellent ability to hunt, Yellow Labs are often selected as narcotics detection dogs, as well as search and rescue dogs. They are adept at being service dogs for the visually impaired. This dog makes a wonderful family companion, and is gentle yet playful with children. They have a lot of energy and love to run about, particularly when they are told to retrieve something, from prey to a Frisbee. These dogs are loyal and loving, displaying plenty of affection and patience. If they do not receive enough firm yet calm discipline, they can become destructive. They need to be taught early on who the leader is. This good-natured dog needs lots of exercise so it's not well suited to apartment life. It preferably needs a large home with a large fenced-in yard to run about.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Aggressiveness Level:Easy
Barking:Moderate
Dominating or Submissive?:None
Energy Level:Very Active
Good to Other Pets:Friendly
Guardian Skills:No
Independant:No
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly

Appearance

There are not many grooming requirements for Yellow Labs thanks to their short haired, smooth, shiny coat. Just be sure to brush your dog regularly with a firm bristle brush, and don't forget the undercoat. As average shedders, you don't have to bathe these dogs too often, just as needed.

Colors:Yellow
Shedding:Moderate
Grooming:Low Maintenance
Coat Type:Dense

Yellow Labrador Retriever Common Health Conditions

The Yellow Labrador is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, mast sell tumors, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and eye diseases.

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Breed Talents and Facts

Yellow Labrador Retrievers require long daily walks or jogs to keep up with their need for exercise and play. The full name for this dog is Yellow Labrador Retriever, or it can simply be shortened to Yellow Lab. The life expectancy of the Yellow Labrador is 10 to 12 years.

Training:Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion:Yes
Jolly for Jogging:Yes
Sighting Capabilities:No
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Retrieving Skills:Yes
Pointing Breed:No
Herding Skills:No
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Security Guard Capable:Yes
Police Performer:Yes
Wet Water rescues:No
Assist Disable Owners:Yes
Dog Sledding:Yes
Able to Perform Dog Carting:Yes
Agile/Zippy:Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing:No
Obedient:Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work:No
Trainable for Tricks:Yes