Labrador Questions and Answers

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A LABRADORS PERSONALITY?
ARE LABRADORS A GOOD FAMILY PET?
ARE LABRADORS A GOOD GUARD DOG?
ARE LABRADORS A HEALTHY BREED?
ARE LABRADORS A LARGE BREED DOG?
ARE LABRADORS AND GOLDEN RETRIEVERS THE SAME?
ARE LABRADORS GUNDOGS?
ARE LABRADORS SMART?
DO LABRADORS LIKE COMPANY?
DO LABRADORS LIKE THE BEACH?
HIP SCORES AND LABRADORS?
HOW BIG DO LABRADORS GET?
HOW LONG ARE LABRADORS PREGNANT FOR?
HOW LONG DO LABRADORS LIVE?
HOW MUCH IS A LABRADOR PUP?
HOW TALL DO LABRADORS GET?
HOW TO BE A LABRADOR BREEDER?
HOW TO BUY A GOOD LABRADOR PUPPY?
QUESTIONS TO ASK A LABRADOR BREEDER?
WHAT DO LABRADORS LOVE?
WHAT IS THE LABRADOR DOG PRICE?
WHAT SIZE KONG FOR LABRADORS?
WHEN DO LABRADORS COME INTO SEASON?
WHEN DO LABRADORS REACH THEIR FULL SIZE?
WHEN DO LABRADORS SHED?
WHEN TO ADOPT A LABRADOR PUPPY BY AGE?
WHEN TO START TRAINING A LAB PUPPY?
WHERE DO LABRADORS LIKE TO SLEEP?
WHERE TO ADOPT OR BUY A LABRADOR PUPPY?
WHICH LABRADOR RETRIEVER COLOUR IS BEST?
WHY GET LABRADOR PUPPIES WITH PAPERS?
WHY LABRADORS ARE USED AS GUIDE DOGS?

Q: A LABRADORS PERSONALITY?

A: The official Labrador Breed Standard states that their temperament is: “Intelligent, keen and biddable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.”

Q: ARE LABRADORS A GOOD FAMILY PET?

A: Yes, they are good family pet, assuming that you can care for them adequately.

Q: ARE LABRADORS A GOOD GUARD DOG?

A: I have always found Labradors to be good guard dogs. That is, they will let you know if ‘someone’ is nearby outside.

Q: ARE LABRADORS A HEALTHY BREED?

A: In comparison to numerous other dog breeds, Labradors are a healthy breed.

Q: ARE-LABRADORS-A-LARGE-BREED-DOG?

A: Yes, Labradors are classed as a large breed of dog.

Q: ARE LABRADORS AND GOLDEN RETRIEVERS THE SAME?

A: No, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are not the same. There are a number of differences, including that Labradors have a shorter coat length. Here is an interesting article about the differences between Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.

Q: ARE LABRADORS GUNDOGS?

A: Yes, Labradors are classed as gundogs.

Q: ARE LABRADORS SMART?

A: Yes, Labradors are smart. Labradors are considered by many to be in the Top 10 smartest dog breeds.

Q: DO LABRADORS LIKE COMPANY?

A: I don’t think you could find a dog breed that likes company more than a Labrador, so, yes.

Q: DO LABRADORS LIKE THE BEACH?

A: Generally, Labradors love water, swimming, creeks, rivers, beach, etc, however, you can occasionally find one that is not overly excited about them.

Q: HIP SCORES AND LABRADORS?

A: See this link.

Q: HOW BIG DO LABRADORS GET?

A: A fully grown or mature Labrador should be about 54 – 57cm high at the withers (top of shoulder), and about 25 – 36 kg in weight.

Q: HOW LONG ARE LABRADORS PREGNANT FOR?

A: Labradors are pregnant normally for about 63 days or 9 weeks from mating until birth.

Q: HOW LONG DO LABRADORS LIVE?

A: Labrador live for the average lifespan of about 12 – 13 years.

Q: HOW MUCH IS A LABRADOR PUP?

A: A Labrador pup is $2200 – $2500.

Q: HOW TALL DO LABRADORS GET?

A: Labradors should be about 57 cms tall for males and about 56 cms tall for females. This is measured to their withers which is the ridge between their shoulder blades on their back, being about directly above their front legs. Reference: Labrador Breed Standard.

Q: HOW TO BE A LABRADOR BREEDER?

A: To be a registered Labrador breeder so that you can breed purebred puppies with registered pedigree papers, you would need to join one of the various dog associations that are in each State. For example, in NSW, it is Dogs NSW. Then you also register as a dog breeder with the association. The rules for each association may vary.

Q: HOW TO BUY A GOOD LABRADOR PUPPY?

A: Firstly, buy from a registered and experienced Labrador breeder, such as Truebred Labradors. Secondly, ask to view the test results for the pup’s parents, which should include test results for the conditions of Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and Exercise-induced Collapse (EIC). The acceptable hip scores for Hip Dysplasia should be no higher than the breed average (which is about 12.6), and ideally, as low as possible. PRA and EIC tests can report parents as being either CLEAR, CARRIER, or AFFECTED. The best results for PRA and EIC should be that both parents are CLEAR. If one parent is a CARRIER then the other parent should be CLEAR or CARRIER. If one parent is AFFECTED then the other parent should be CLEAR. I would not buy a puppy if both parents are reported as being CARRIER or AFFECTED. Or if one parent is reported as being CARRIER and the other is AFFECTED.

To help better understand DNA test results for parents of puppies, here is a table that sets out the different combinations of DNA test results for PRA and EIC, and what I consider to be acceptable and the risk levels:

PARENT 1PARENT 2ACCEPTABLE (Y/N)RISK OF PUP BEING AFFECTED
CLEARCLEARYESNIL
CLEARCARRIERYESNIL
CLEARAFFECTEDYESNIL
CARRIERCARRIERNOMEDIUM
CARRIERAFFECTEDNOMEDIUM
AFFECTEDAFFECTEDNOHIGH


References:

https://www.vetgen.com/canine-strategies.html
http://www.animalnetwork.com.au/dnatesting/breedingstrategies.php

Due to the testing and screening procedures that I use, NONE of my puppies will be affected by PRA or EIC.

Q: QUESTIONS TO ASK A LABRADOR BREEDER?

A: For me, I would be asking what are the puppy parents hip scores and elbow scores. I would also wanting to know if the puppies are or could be ‘affected’ by PRA or EIC (‘clear’ and ‘carrier’ I would accept).

Q: WHAT DO LABRADORS LOVE?

A: Labradors love companionship and food with both being high on their list.

Q: WHAT IS THE LABRADOR DOG PRICE?

A: The Labrador dog price can vary significantly for various reasons, such as the quality of the breeding stock, the screening health tests conducted on the parents, the level of care and management given to the parents and the puppies, etc.

For example, some sellers selling Labrador puppies for well over $2,500, and that’s without knowing or being able to ascertain what screening tests were done (if any), the quality of the breeding stock, etc.

The price for my Labrador pups are $2200 – $2500.

Q: WHAT SIZE KONG FOR LABRADORS?

A: See this link.

Q: WHEN DO LABRADORS COME INTO SEASON?

A: Labradors come into season anywhere from about seven months of age.

Q: WHEN DO LABRADORS REACH THEIR FULL SIZE?

A: Labradors should reach their full height when they are about 18 months of age, and should reach their full weight when they are about 24 months of age. Their diet, exercise, etc. can have significant impacts.

Q: WHEN DO LABRADORS SHED?

A: Labradors shed regularly and often the more significant shedding occurs after winter and after having puppies.

Q: WHEN TO ADOPT A LABRADOR PUPPY BY AGE?

A: The age that a Labrador puppy should be adopted is when they are at least eight weeks of age.

Q: WHEN TO START TRAINING A LAB PUPPY?

A: Basic training of a Lab puppy can start as soon as you obtain your puppy. Training can then continue as the puppy advances and matures.

Q: WHERE DO LABRADORS LIKE TO SLEEP?

A: I’ve found Labradors to be fairly flexible, but no doubt they do enjoy having company. Sleeping arrangements can be altered to suit the circumstances.

Q: WHERE TO ADOPT OR BUY A LABRADOR PUPPY?

A: We believe that it is best to adopt or buy a Labrador puppy from a registered and experienced Labrador breeder, such as Truebred Labradors.

Q: WHICH LABRADOR RETRIEVER COLOUR IS BEST?

A: Which labrador retriever colour is best may vary depending upon the individual circumstances and preferences. The different colours have different advantages and disadvantages.

Q: WHY GET LABRADOR PUPPIES WITH PAPERS?

A: There are a number of benefits, for example, by obtaining ‘papers’ (i.e. registered pedigree) with Labrador puppies, you are able to ensure that the puppy is 100% Labrador. You can also look at items such as line-breeding, etc. Only registered breeders can arrange registered pedigree papers, and being a registered breeder requires various breeding standards to be met.

Q: WHY LABRADORS ARE USED AS GUIDE DOGS?

A: Labradors are used as guide dogs for a number of reasons, including their personality, intelligence, trainability, etc.