Registered Labrador Retriever
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Your guide to Labrador Retrievers
How much should I expect to pay for a Labrador Retriever?
For an ANKC registered Labrador Retriever puppy, buyers should expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $5,500. Of course, it is important to consider that over the lifetime of your pup an owner will need to typically spend on food, bedding, toys, equipment, veterinary expenses, training, pet insurance (optional) and more.
Temperament of the Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are naturally friendly and good-natured companions who are generally affectionate with everyone they come into contact with. They are incredibly social animals, as well as being quite adaptable. They bond beautifully with children due to their patient and forgiving nature and should get on just fine with other household animals. They can possess a deep and harrowing bark to draw your attention to newcomers, but will proceed to welcome them with open arms and licks. They have a tendency to forget their size and power as young pups so it is always important to keep a close eye on them when around young children or elderly.
What are the exercise requirements of a Labrador Retriever?
Labrador Retrievers adults are in need of plenty of exercise and it is recommended that they get at least a 45 minute walk daily. Pups will need sporadic periods of play and stimulation. Due to their high energy levels, Labradors will do better in a household with lots of free running room, or a nearby park where they can play safely off-lead. If a Labrador Retriever is left alone and unexercised you can expect to have holes in your backyard or pillow fluff scattered around the house (they will get up to mischief!). Spend lots of bonding time with your Labrador Retriever and engage in social and stimulating activities. Labradors love water. Allow them to engage in water based activities in fun and safe ways!
How should I train my Labrador Retriever?
Labrador Retrievers are incredibly intelligent dogs which makes them the ideal candidate for field sports, obedience competitions, search dogs, guide dogs and hearing dogs. They respond incredibly well to treats as rewards as well as praise from their owner. Labradors love to please their owner!
What are the health concerns of a Labrador Retriever?
As with all breeds, there are health conditions to be aware of. Breeders should screen their parents for hereditary problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia (which is the abnormality of the hip and elbow sockets), as well as progressive retinal atrophy (an eye disease), and epilepsy. During the first 12 months of the pups life, owners should take extra care in regards to the development of their pups hips and elbows by ensuring that they are not running or jumping excessively. Additionally, it is well noted that Labradors love food. They will eat whatever you give them! Weigh your Labrador’s food intake to reduce obesity as it can lead to a host of problems for your Labrador.
What is a suitable home for a Labrador Retriever?
Labradors will benefit from a loving and active family. They love to be around their people and will engage in family tasks whether it be picnics in the park, going on hikes and more. Ideally, their home will have space for them to roam, or a nearby park in which they can stretch their legs and enjoy new sights and smells. Their family should look to tap into their incredible intelligence by allowing them to engage in obedience training and other mentally stimulating activities. They are the perfect family dog, and will give as much love to all members of the family as it gets.