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Labrador Questions and Answers - Truebred Labradors

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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 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: We have written an article about this. 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 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: QUESTIONS TO ASK A LABRADOR BREEDER?

A: For me, I would be asking what are the puppy parent's hip scores and elbow scores, and ask for a copy of the results. Of the nine different criteria being assessed, none should be above 3, and the total scores for both hip joints should be below 12.

I would also be wanting to know if the puppies are or could be 'AFFECTED' by PRA, HNPK, or EIC ('clear' and 'carrier' I would accept). That means that neither parent can be AFFECTED, and nor should CARRIER to CARRIER be bred together. If at least one parent is CLEAR then that is OK. Again, ask for a copy of the test results.

WHAT COLOR LABS ARE THERE?

There are three official colours of Labs and they are yellow, black, and chocolate. The yellow can vary from being very light through to dark like a fox-red.

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 $2500.

Q: WHAT SIZE KONG FOR LABRADORS?

A: See this Labrador Kong 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.

WHEN TO ADOPT A LABRADOR PUPPY BY AGE?

A: You should adopt a Labrador puppy after they are atleast eight weeks of age. Ideally before they are 12 weeks of age.

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. Check to ensure testing is done for conditions such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, PRA, HNPK, and EIC. Ask for a copy of the test results.

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 LABRADORS ARE USED AS GUIDE DOGS?

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

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