Those traits are the foundation of the Lab’s personality, but each dog puts his own spin on them. Some are serious, some are clowns, some are reserved, some never meet a stranger. You might hear that Lab personalities vary by color, but it’s more likely that a dog’s temperament is affected by the breeder’s goals. Labs from breeders who produce top-winning field-trial dogs are more demanding when it comes to exercise and training. They are unsuited to lying around the house all day while everyone is at work or school. More laid back Labs typically come from a breeder who shows dogs in conformation.
Keep some special tools handy for when your Lab starts blowing his undercoat. Use a short-hair rake to loosen the soft fluff, but be careful not to rake his sensitive skin — that smarts. A slicker brush, used like a carding comb for wool, will lift out most of the shed undercoat. Follow this with a fine-tooth comb on his body to extract any remaining loose hair. Use a wide-tooth comb on that thick otter tail.
The Flattie has a high cancer rate and their gene pool is small. Luckily, it’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking about except when I see the proliferation of show Labs in parks here, usually overweight and with shorter legs than the working Labs. Don’t understand why they are more common than the working ones.
Begin accustoming your Goldador to being brushed and examined when he’s a puppy. Handle his paws frequently – dogs are touchy about their feet – and look inside his mouth and ears. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you’ll lay the groundwork for easy veterinary exams and other handling when he’s an adult.
We have a Beautiful intelligent 1 year old chocolate Labrador “Brontė” she would be a fantastic helper dog, as she is well behaved, gentle and so willing to please!! She has brought so much love & laughter into our family! Chocolate Labradors are fantastic Xxx
I have been looking for yellow female lab puppy and it has been a nightmare. We had are 2nd yellow female lab HoneyBear for 12 1/2 years. She passed last January. Labrador’s are Beautiful, Loving and the best friend a soul could ever ask. Honey(Pooh Bear) was something she could spell, walk herself on her lead, fetch the keys for a ride, regardless if it was below zero weather windows down head, ears and cheeks flapping in the wind. While you’re up front with the heater full blast and freezing. Pooh was special I could write a book on her sure miss my girl.
There are 3 colors of the Labrador Retriever, black, yellow (which can have an appearance of light cream to fox red) and chocolate (which can be a lighter chocolate or darker chocolate). Silver is NOT a color, Champagne is not a color (at times you may see a yellow being referred to as having a shade variation that matches what champagne, or Dom Perignon, looks like), white is not a color (this is a lightest shade variation of yellow) and Charcoal is not a color. Regardless of the catch words and buzz words that unscrupulous people (who call themselves “breeders”) are using to dupe the public into thinking the rhetoric spewed means responsible breeders are wrong and liars about their “truth,” is false. It has been argued the dilute gene causing these shades is in all Labradors rather than understanding the silver Labrador is a cross between a Weimaraner and Labrador. This argument is futile. If this were true, breeders of yesteryear, breeders of today who have been breeding for 20, 30, 40, 50 years, wonderful examples and teachers for the new breeder (both in show conformation and field work) would also have been producing this. They are not. For these same people that pretend this is a pure bred Labrador and who also say these true stewards of the breed, hundreds and thousands of people around the world, are actually producing this “color” but “cull” them out (kill them), is preposterous. Please do not fall for this scam. Please protect the Labrador Retriever which comes in three colors with different shades, black, yellow, and chocolate.
Labradors tend to be very active. They were originally bred to be working or hunting dogs, so they crave exercise. Regular walks and runs, a good hike, going swimming, or a visit to the dog park are all good ways to soothe a Black Lab’s need for speed.
In November 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law an amendment that allowed retired US military working dogs (war dogs) to be adopted by personnel outside of the military, leaving the Vietnam War as the only war in US history in which American war dogs never returned home.
I’d love to hear about your own chocolate labrador, so do drop your story in the comments box below, or post his or her photo up on our Facebook page or in the forum. Tell us what is so special about your chocolate labrador and why you think chocolate labs are the best.
Up for sale is aHagen Renaker Chocolate Lab Pup, item number 38883. It is new and is still on it’s factory display card. Just soak the card in water and it comes right off for easy displaying. This little cutie has great color and detail throughout.
There is a reason that year after year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States. The history of the Labrador Retriever dates back to the early 1800’s in Newfoundland, just off the Atlantic coast of Canada. Today’s Lab is a product of the breed being imported to England by the First and Second Dukes of Malmesbury and the 5th and 6th Dukes of Buccleuch as Water Fowl Retrievers. Had these families not played a vital part in the continuation of the breed, the loving and affectionate Labs we have all grown to love may not exist today.
With adequate exercise, these versatile companions can handle anything from a small city apartment to a vast ranch. What they can’t handle is isolation: if you get a Lab, make him a member of your family, not an outdoor dog.
Be mindful of asking less of your Lab in old age. They will likely still try to chase a tennis ball all day and hike mountains just to please you, even if it may be doing them more harm than good. Try not to put them in this position.
We have an 18 yr old female lab who also lost control over her bladder & bowels. We switched her to boiled chicken & rice (about 60% rice) and she is doing much better. She may have an accident maybe 1 time a week now. We changed her eating schedule as well, she gets 1 1/2 cups of boiled chicken & rice in the morning and 3/4 cup in the evening. Making sure she has plenty of time to go outside & do her business before we leave for work in the morning or before going to bed at night. We also give her Cosequin twice a day (one in the morning & one at night) to help with aches & pains, but please check with your vet before giving your dog any supplements.
Some breeds have hearty appetites and tend to put on weight easily. As in humans, being overweight can cause health problems in dogs. If you pick a breed that’s prone to packing on pounds, you’ll need to limit treats, make sure he gets enough exercise, and measure out his daily kibble in regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time.
If the name Elvis brings to mind the Elvis Presley song “Hound Dog”, well put that out of your mind! Elvis isn’t crying all the time, (although he would probably be quite interested in a rabbit!) but one look at the lovely Lab face with the longer hound ears, and you’ll be singing his praises! Elvis was found in Tuolumne and sent off to the shelter in San Jose. He’s a sweet boy. He has a wonderful bark that’s half bark/half bay, which makes you laugh to hear it. He’s a beautiful black color with brindle highlights. He gets along well with his foster siblings, and is learning the rules of the house, including how to walk well on a correction collar. He is attracted to squirrels and cats when they walk by but he’s learning! We think Elvis once had a home with someone who cared for him, as he responds to correction and does know some commands (and he likes to sit on the couch!). How he ended up lost is a mystery to us, but his foster mom has noticed that if something interests him, he will bolt after it, and his recall is not great. (We’re working on it!).
It is sometimes hard to get a good recall trained, perhaps the hardest thing in fact as usually you are trying to call them away from some form of unique fun and it comes to an end when called. Have you tried a recall training programme? Right from basics working up to harder difficulty?
The coat is perfect for keeping warm and dry but can be a bit of a nightmare for owners when the Labrador sheds its coat twice a year. For anyone who has had a Labrador, you’re familiar with endless fur that piles up in heaps during brushing session!
The Newfoundland dog during the days of the St. John’s dog was not the contemporary breed as we recognize it. The Newfoundland is a distinctly Canadian breed and yet even today, the Newfoundland in Canada remains true to its origins and only comes in two colors, Black, and Landseer, neither of which is dilute. The dilute allele was likely introduced into the Canadian Newfoundland after it was exported to Europe and crossed with mastiff breeds after the Labrador was already established as an individual breed. Since the first Chesapeake Bay Retriever ( a bitch) was imported to Great Britain by Dr. Helen Inglesby in the 1930’s, this is also evidence debunking the claim that the Labrador was developed by crossing the Newfoundland with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and is patently not accurate.
According to a 2011 study, 13 out of 245 Labradors studied were heterozygous for the M264V mutation responsible for the melanistic mask, and one was homozygous. Within the breed, this trait is not visible.
Also, lots of goldens have skin issues. Mine doesn’t, but some do. You also have to keep their ears impeccably clean. If I go too long between cleaning Tazzie’s they get funky and smell gross. But as long as you keep up on it they’re fine.
IT MEASURES 1 3/4″ WIDE X 1 3/8″ X 7/8″ “TALL”. AS YOU CAN SEE IN PICTURES IT HAS THE NAME “LABRADOR RETRIEVER” EMBOSSED (IN REVERSE) ACROSS THE BOTTOM. THE BLACKISH COLOR ON THE SIDES IS THE INK FROM PREVIOUS USE.
My chocolate lab is 18 months old. She has definitely calmed down from where she used to be but still has lots of puppy in her. A bit of a stubborn streak too. I sure don’t miss all the puppy biting! She had me in tears more than once. It was way worse than any dog I’ve ever had. But she has learned the art of ‘soft mouth’ so now she’s a pleasure to wrestle with. Not much of a hugger. She really doesn’t like a lot of hugs/kisses except first thing when we wake up. Other than that, she’s fairly independent. She loves to play tricks on us. I swear she is constantly scamming us – keep-away is her favorite. And perish the thought you leave a pair of socks around. They’ll be gone! She is our baby, no other kids in the house anymore. And spoiled rotten!
You’re looking for a level-headed, lovable family dog. Retrievers are among the most popular breeds in America, and they’d make a good choice. But how do you choose between a Labrador or a golden? They’re incredibly similar, sharing intelligence, athleticism, and that goofy personality that dog lovers, well, love! To help you make an informed decision, we’ve created an easy-to-read guide about these two water dogs.
Regardless of the brand of food she is on, if she’s gaining weight you should cut back on the portion sizes. Extra weight is definitely not doing her any favors. You can be fairly sure cutting down on her food intake will do no harm because if she’s gaining weight, she must be consuming excess calories and the only way to stop that is to cut down on the food she eats or add in more exercise, likely a little of both. Feeding her less will be harder on you than it is on her. She will be fine eating less, but will likely give you those puppy eyes every time there’s anything remotely edible in view. Just don’t give in!
Your pet needs a hook too! His or her leash or collar can hang with this great dog shaped pet leash and collar hook. In the shape of a labrador, this cast iron hook is perfect for pets and humans alike.
This versatile breed is gentle enough to be a family dog, driven enough to be a sporting dog, and intelligent enough to excel as guide dogs, police K9s, and search and rescue dogs. The breed standards include three colors: yellow, black, and chocolate.