Archive for February, 2010

How Tall do Labrador Retrievers Get?
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How Tall do Labrador Retrievers Get?

It isn’t something you see everyday, a dog that nearly dwarfs his dog trainer, but that is what happens when you look at Giant George. The Great Dane is so big that recently, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the title of Worlds biggest dog. His dog trainer, George Nassar is ecstatic.

What problems does the lab breed have to worry about?
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What problems does the lab breed have to worry about?

The Labrador is a very gentle, intelligent dog excelling in learning obedience skills. With proper training, Lab puppies can become exceptional guide dogs. With a fondness for children along with an ability to follow instruction, the Labrador Retriever can make a great family pet. In addition to considering the good qualities of the Labrador Retriever, it is important to understand the health issues, so choosing a breeder with a strong code of ethics is advisable.

Our dog got heartworm
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What’s it like to have a dog with heartworms?

When we found out that our lab, Jack, had heartworms, it was pretty scary news. Heartworms are fatal when not treated, and can cause truly horrifying health problems. Even the cure can be deadly, which is why so many vets advocate preventative medication, like Heartguard.

Purebred Lab puppies – Are we helping or hurting the Labrador Retriever breed?
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Purebred Lab puppies – Are we helping or hurting the Labrador Retriever breed?

The recent protest by PETA during the Wesminster dog show highlights a serious concern among dog owners. By using dog breeders, what are we doing to our pets?

Labs that will eat anything
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Labs that will eat anything

If you’re a dog owner, you’ve likely wondered if there’s anything they won’t eat. You might have even tested this theory once or twice, staring in amazement at the enormous quantities of week-old, straight from the refrigerator, leftovers your pooch is willing to ingest, still showing no signs of stopping. In fact, a study conducted in the UK showed that about half of the country’s dogs were at the time overweight. This has caused an increasing popularity of canine diet drugs as well as “fat clinics” for dogs.

Cute chocolate labrador puppy
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What kind of Labrador Retriever should you get?

The Labrador retriever is the single most popular dog in the United States and much of the rest of the world. The popularity of the book “Marley and Me” (which featured a mischievous yellow Labrador) raised the breed’s profile, as did President Bill Clinton’s chocolate Labrador, Buddy, during the ’90s. It’s no wonder; these good-natured dogs are great with kids, make happy outdoor companions and in general make great additions to an active family.