Archive for March, 2009

Labrador Retriever puppy boots
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Labrador Retriever puppy boots

The first type of puppy boot is usually decorative, used for wearing indoors. These boots are used for appearance purposes only, and are not to be worn outdoors. There are hundreds of companies that manufacture decorative puppy boots, in anything from puppy leather boots, to puppy slippers. Due to the active nature of Labrador Retriever puppies, however, it may be slightly difficult to convince your puppy to refrain from chewing on decorative puppy boots.

How good is a Labrador Retrievers sense of smell
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How good is a Labrador Retrievers sense of smell

Labrador Retrievers have an extremely refined sense of smell, even in comparison to other dog breeds. When the Labrador Retriever breed was first developed, the desirable characteristics that were selected in dogs for breeding were retrieval and hunting abilities. These abilities are enhanced by the Labrador Retriever’s excellent sense of smell, as well as the instinctual desire of a Labrador Retriever to track and follow specific scents.

Avergage height of a Labrador Retriever
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Avergage height of a Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are classified as a medium large breed. A male Labrador will typically reach a height of 22-24 inches, though some males have been known to grow up to 30 inches tall. Male Labradors are typically much larger than female Labradors, both in height and in weight. A male Labrador will also build up muscle slightly faster than a female Labrador, which may cause a rapid increase in total body mass.

Grey and Sliver Labrador Retrievers
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Grey and Sliver Labrador Retrievers

There have been numerous arguments surrounding the official classification of silver or gray Labrador Retrievers. Some people claim that the silver coloration is a serious defect, and that all Labradors with a silver coat coloration should be destroyed to preserve the integrity of the breed. This is an extremely outrageous request, as no dog deserves to be euthanized simply because of their fur color.

Are there a difference between Labradors and Labrador Retrievers
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Are there a difference between Labradors and Labrador Retrievers

The term “Labrador” is simply a shortened name for a “Labrador Retriever”. Some people will even shorten the name of this breed to “Lab”. Despite the different nicknames, all of these refer to the same type of dog, the Labrador Retriever.

What is a Blockhead Labrador Retriever
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What is a Blockhead Labrador Retriever

Just like many other purebred dogs, Labrador Retrievers have many specific characteristics that can differ between each dog. These traits are usually heightened by selective breeding, and some of these traits are requirements for a dog to be an exemplary representation of the breed in a dog show. Though many of these traits have no effect on a Labrador Retriever’s temperament or health, they are still seen as desirable traits by some dog breeders.

How to train your Labrador Retriever to heal
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How to train your Labrador Retriever to heal

Training your Labrador Retriever to obey the “Heel” command can make outdoor activities a much more pleasant experience for both you and your dog. This is an important command, as it will encourage discipline while walking your dog on a leash. It will also help you control your dog, while outdoors.

Why do Labrador Retrievers eat leaves and grass
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Why do Labrador Retrievers eat leaves and grass

Many pet owners have witnessed this behavior, and it may seem baffling to us humans. To us, there are few things more unappetizing then watching our dog chew on sticks, grass, leaves, dirt, or other inedible objects. What are the reasons behind this odd behavior? Is it our responsibility as pet owners to discourage our dogs from this behavior?

How long will my Labrador Retriever live
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How long will my Labrador Retriever live

Having a Labrador Retriever as a companion in your home is wonderful, especially if you have the opportunity to have raised your dog from a puppy. However, dogs tend to be much more short-lived than humans, and many pet owners are concerned about how to give their dog the highest quality of living possible. There are many factors that influence how many years your Labrador Retriever will spend with you, some of which will depend on your responsibility as a pet owner.

How to introduce your Labrador Retriever to other dogs
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How to introduce your Labrador Retriever to other dogs

When looking to introduce your Labrador Retriever to other dogs, there are two separate situations that may apply. The first situation, is that you are looking to properly socialize your Labrador with other dogs. In the second situation, you are introducing your Labrador Retriever to other dogs in your household. Both of these situations require similar steps, and will ensure that your Labrador Retriever is easily able to interact with other dogs, both in the home and outside.