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Is there any difference between a retriever and a Labrador?
Literary speaking, retrievers are a breed of dogs that were initially bred for purposes of the retrieve game for hunters both ashore and on the water. According to the AKC, there are about six breeds that fall under the retriever category. They include: Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, as well as Irish Water Spaniels. There exist several other different types of Retrievers but AKC does not recognize most of them, for instance, CKC’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Labrador retrievers don’t shed, isn’t that right?
Actually, they shed. Labrador retrievers have what is known as a twofold coat. This basically implies that they have a delicate, harder guard coat and a downy undercoat. These two types of coats help keep your dog warm and dry while swimming in chilly waters when retrieving ducks. Ideally, Labradors will shed their coats twice a year. This is what is also called “blowing off” their coat. Despite this, they are moderate shedders as opposed to enthusiastic ones, for example, German shepherds or Alaskan Malamutes Dogs. There is usually a certain measure of hair loss as the year progresses, particularly in a more temperate climates. This differs exclusively; a few Labradors shed significantly less of what others do, particularly if they happen to have an inaccurate coat.
How much grooming do Labradors need?
Labs require brushing all the time (at least once a week) so as to keep them clean and smelling nice. This will likewise help manage the shedding. A “slicker” type of brush, which you can purchase at pet stores, meets these requirements nicely. Labs, just like any other dog breed, need to have their toenails regularly trimmed. Buy a dog nail clipper at a pet store and ask your vet to show you the best way of performing this task. Labradors do not require regular bathing. Moreover, Labrador coats do not require constant attention. A true shower, which includes shampooing your dog’s coat, becomes necessary when your dog has a bad smell. If you dog is muddy or dusty, rinse them off with just plain water or just wait until the dirt dries out after which you can brush it off to restore them to cleanliness.
What is “butt-tucking”?
“Butt-tucking” (not constrained to the Lab breed) is the point at which your dog all of a sudden begins running in circles at top speed with his back tucked under him. Most Labs do this. It’s not an indication of any problem with your Lab, either with its joints or temperament. In any case, you will need to watch out that you are not injured during this free-for-all!
Do Labradors make good guard dogs?
Not all labs make great reliable gatekeepers. Yes, some can be protective but most of them will likely bark whenever they see or hear something they do not like—especially if it’s close to their yard. If your primary reason in getting a dog is to have a guard dog, a Labrador may not be the best shot, but if you are just out for an “alarm” barker then, most Labradors are fine to go with.
How are they with children?
As a breed, Labs have a tendency to be great with kids. In fact, they adore children more than any other thing. On the other hand, as with any dog, it’s not always a great idea to leave both your kid and the dogs or puppies unattended. Both puppies and kids have a tendency to be completely unaware of their strength and size and could therefore potentially hurt one another. Labs aren’t likely to deliberately harm anyone, however, could knock your child over as if they were playing. Equally, kids can inadvertently harm a puppy if left unattended. As the owner of a young excited lab puppy and parent to a young and equally playful kid, realize that you have a role to play in building the relationship between your kid and the puppy.