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What Max’s foster says: Max is an owner surrender from the Santa Cruz shelter and appears to be a very well bred English Labrador. He is not very tall but has those adorable thick English features we love: a big blocky head, wiggly otter tail, massive paws, luxuriously silky coat and a joyful labby smile full of sparkling white teeth. He’s still very much a big puppy who’s just starting to settle into a daily routine.
Fox red is another unusual color. It’s technically not a different color, just a very dark version of yellow. These dark yellow or reddish individuals used to be much more common, which made them less desirable than the pale yellow individuals. Breeders began to selectively breed for the light blonde dogs until the rufus-colored coat now has its turn to be a rare gem.
I know you’ve said your funds are low, but you really do need to find a way to take your lab to the vet. If it is HD, arthritis, or another joint problem, then you need to know! Only a professional diagnosis and advice can tell what the problem is and it’s crucial you do find out as different medical issues require different treatment and care. The advice you would get from a vet isn’t something you can replace with others advice from the web I’m afraid…so please, really do find a way to get her to the vet.
Your black Labrador retriever’s fur needs routine care, but whether black, yellow or chocolate, a Labrador’s coat is easily maintained. Like all double-coated dogs, he’ll shed some hair continuously. He’ll blow his soft undercoat annually, at which time you may have more Labrador retriever fur on you than he does.
Hi, we have owned a number of Labradors over the years Golds and blacks we also have had Weimaraners always males. Now after many years of dog ownership we have girls born one day apart a Chocolate Labrador and a Weimaraner who definetly come as a pair.
What Opal’s owner says: Opal is a very smart, very active, beautiful 3 year old Chocolate Lab. She needs a home where she can move! Going on runs and playing in the ocean or lake keep her happy. She would do very well with an owner or family that got her out moving a lot! She is very hyper and needs her exercise so that she can feel calm and happy. Opal has been a great dog for us but as our family grew and our little ones took up so much of our time and energy she wasn’t getting what she really needs to thrive. We are beyond heartbroken to pass her on but know that it is better for her. We think she would be happiest in a family without another dog (so she can be the center of attention) and with kids middle school age and up, or no kids at all. She loves spending time indoors with her family as well as in the yard. She is fine with cats, curious but mostly impartial unless it’s a cat she doesn’t know, then she will definitely want to check it out. She has been put in her place by our kitty and knows the consequences if she annoys the family cat (hisssss 😉 She tends to be the alpha in most social situations with other dogs but has never shown any aggression, she’s just the boss. We hope she can find the perfect home where she can flourish!!
My Chocolate male is Maximus. I raised him on a bottle due to his black mother rejecting him and his yellow and chocolate brothers. I raised his mother from a pup and his yellow father also. His mother died from complications from birth, but she was highly intelligent, very sweet, and stubborn as the day is long. Never was able to get very far in training with her. His father is the same with the exception of a strong working drive that I played on to train enough to hunt, but very stubborn as well. I also raised Maximus’s Aunt she is black and dumb as a brick and an exceptional pet due to her very loving spirit. Now Maximus’s grandfather on his mother’s side I had the absolute pleasure of having. He was black and amazing in every aspect. Now I trained Maximus starting from about 4 weeks. He is now fully trained in every way. He knows every word you say and is without doubt the smartest and most perfect dog I have ever had including his grandfather. His chocolate brother was also bottle raised and is now a day to day diabetic certified service dog and fully obedience trained in every way. His yellow brother was much like his father. Smart enough, but not exceptional by any means and was raised the same as the two chocolate males. So I have to say after years of having black and yellow I will favor chocolate from here out. At least in my family of labs. By the way only one of my dogs have had Akc registration..and I would put Maximus and his chocolate brother Milo against any dog out there for anything you require. On a side note she had 10 pups..6 were stillborn she killed one(black) she had all colors) the vet saved the last 3 when she saw what was happening with the mom(rejection from pain of complications). Next pup I keep will be from Maximus one day and I will hand pick him and bottle raise from 7 days on. Doesn’t affect health..the brothers all weigh about 85lbs at 14 months. Never learned moms bad habits.
If you are considering getting one breed or the other, make sure of what type you want before you begin your search. I have a personal preference for the ordinary hunting types because they have a nice combination of lively energy and ability to turn it off when appropriate. Some people prefer the much higher energy of the field lines, some people prefer the much more laidback temperaments of the conformation (also called bench) lines.
There are divisions within each breed between show lines, field lines, guide/service dog breedings, and etc…. Labs are widely considered easier to train, but both breeds take very well to training. Retriever folk like to say: “You tell a Lab; you ask a Chessie; you negotiate with a Golden”.
Max has met several neighbor dogs (male and female) and really wants to be social, but is not very experienced with greetings yet. He seems to be more comfortable with larger, well-balanced dogs. He is a little too interested in our 2 resident cats for now but longer term, he may be workable. He’ll definitely need close supervision with other dogs (and kids) while his post-neuter hormones settle a bit.
Just recently (24th July 2015) TheLabradorSite.com has published a more detailed, fact filled and fun article looking at the chocolate Labrador that’s worth checking out: The Chocolate Labrador Retriever – Myths, Facts, and Fun
its perfectly normal behavior sometimes they like to ignore and they most certainly have a mind of there own ! My now 9 year old yellow lab closie used to do the same and now she is a stalker ha ha ! Have fun and love every day of it !
I have never owned a lab or a golden but we do have a Golden Lab as part of our family. He’s smart, confident, friendly and athletic. I have friends with Goldens that can be a bit nervous and neurotic and I find labs are sometimes a little standoffish. I think the Golden Lab is the best of both worlds.
The Vietnam War is the only war in American history in which US war dogs, which were officially classified by the military as “military working dogs,” were not allowed to officially return home after the war. Classified as expendable equipment, of the approximate 4,000 US K-9s deployed to the Vietnam War, it is estimated that only about 200 US war dogs survived Vietnam to be put into service at other outposts stationed overseas. Aside from these 200 or so, the remaining canines who were not killed in action were either euthanised or left behind.
Nail trimming and ear cleaning should also be a regular part of your grooming routine. Labs generally need to be bathed less frequently than Goldens, which reduces the number of regular grooming tasks for potential owners concerned about overall maintenance time.
Many people believe the Chocolate Labrador Retriever doesn’t have the famous hard-working and intelligent ways of the blacks and yellows. Some say they’re stubborn, unwilling to be trained, or simply a little stupid!
I have “owned” both breeds. Had one perfect Golden for over 12 years, then 2 more before we went dogless for a couple years. Fell in love with a big black Lab pup who became part of our hearts and started to turn us into Lab fanatics. Love the kindly Goldens, but found they tend to get fat more easily, and the long hair is harder to keep looking good. I now have 3 Labs – one of each color, ages 9, 3 and 2. Grooming is a cinch and I disagree with the shedding statement…..maybe it’s a question of diet or grooming but it’s not a great problem for us, even with 3 dogs. The yellow male definitely does shed more than our black or chocolate. The Labs are indeed, less likely to get their feelings hurt, and tolerate chaos when the grandchildren or other visitors bring their dogs. And, because they’ve always had lots of freedom with daily outings off lead, they will not let me out of their sight when in the woods or fields. They run and chase but if I turn back one step, they are immediately at my side. Once a Lab is bonded to you, their faithfulness is legendary. Each breed….Goldens, German Shepherds or Labs are each wonderful, but the easy to train, easy to care for, stable Lab will always be the breed for me!
I have a male chocolate lab he’s going on 6 months old and I noticed that when he wants to go to bed he loves his kennel he starts biting when he knows he’s not allowed to buy for still started licking me a lot then I’ll start biting me and he’s like a child he said put me to bed he knows out just sit back and learn that at two months so I think it’s all in the person training them because he’s an amazing voice
Background: Preici is a happy and playful female lab looking for an active owner that can keep her regularly engaged in activities where she gets the exercise and interaction that she loves. Since she was a puppy she has enjoyed a wonderful life playing fetch, swimming, playing with other dogs at home and at dog parks, and spending time with her owner, but the owner needs to move and can’t take her along. The owner contacted GGLRR to be sure Preici is placed in a good home.