The Yellow Labrador Dog

Yellow Labradors look just as their name describes them. Yellow! These multi-functional dogs are great family-owned pets, and they are often used as guide dogs for the blind.

These strong and sturdy pups were bred for hunting but have evolved into one of the most beloved family dogs to exist. Their loving and loyal nature is perfect for owners who have a family and need to be able to train their dogs easily. Labs are known to have a willingness to please, so being part of a loving family is key. We will go over some different types of labs, their history, and what makes us love them so much!

History

The Yellow Lab is not a new breed, in fact, it's been around since the 1500s. They have originated from Newfoundland where they were originally bred into what was called a St. John’s Water Dog. They would work alongside fishermen, fetching nets and hooks. Having a Lab around meant that the fishermen did not have to brave the icy cold waters. There is no wonder why Labs are known for their swimming skills and are not shy about jumping into any pool of water. You might be thinking, well weren’t they cold from constantly jumping into the freezing water? The answer would be no because they are actually made to be predicted from these types of elements. Their water-repellent coat is to be thanked for that, and their webbed toes don’t hurt either when it comes to swimming. 

Temperament

Labs have consistently been the family dog that has been picked over and over again.

Their kind temperament is perfect around children. Labs have a natural protective quality about them, and will always ward off any threats that come to their family. A Lab is often found close by to their owner.

Loyalty and their eagerness to please make them possess a strong trainability quality that is hard to not find appealing when choosing your next pet. Labs are only recommended for families that are active and have plenty of time to play with their pup.

Exercise is important to a Lab, and if they don’t have an outlet for their energy, they have been known to get into some mischief. Make sure to have plenty of activities for your puppy to make sure they get tired out!

Yellow Labrador

There are two types of yellow labradors. The original breed of yellow labradors is called American Labradors, and this breed is hunters. The other Yellow Labrador is a bit on the heftier side compared to the American Labrador. You will often find the English Labrador performing as a show dog. Both types of Yellow Labradors are great pets for a family and one breed doesn’t outshine the other.

Chocolate Labrador

Chocolate Labradors are similar in build, and personality to their cousin the Yellow Labrador. This breed of Lab will tire you out all the same and will be right by your side. Loyalty, friendliness, and loving nature are not in short supply when it comes to the Chocolate Labrador. The Chocolate Lab is known to have a more intense urge to play a game of fetch. You will find them chasing small animals more often than other types of labs. Their build is not much different from the Yellow and Black Labs but it has been found that they are more receptive when it comes to their trainability.

Unfortunately, there is one downside to choosing a Chocolate Labrador over a Yellow or Black Lab. There is some evidence from a study that the Chocolate Lab has a shorter lifespan compared to the Yellow and Black Lab. A study showed that Chocolate Labs were more prone to dermatitis, ear problems, gastrointestinal issues, and have a shorter life span, but knowing these facts, it is surprising to know that it is the Chocolate Lab that is less likely to develop dental problems or degenerative joint disease. Despite these studies, the Chocolate Lab is still a personality that is hard not to love.

Black Lab Dog

An obvious difference between a Black Lab dog and their cousins is in their name. The color of their coat is black. It has been mentioned many times that Labs love their family, and bond with them quite quickly, but Labs also do well with strangers. You will rarely find a Lab being aggressive to a person or another dog unless they feel they are being threatened in some way. Mostly you will only find their curious nature with a wagging happy tail!

Conclusion

There are many various Labradors that are difficult not to love. They aren’t deemed one of the most popular family dog breeds for no reason, right? It is even not surprising when you come across a Labrador Retriever mix. If there are any two breeds perfect for a family, it would be these two. If you are someone that is not often home, and would rather relax when you are, a Lab might not be the right pup for you. If you and your family are active and always on the go, then a Lab might be the perfect fit, especially if you have children! Make sure to evaluate your family, and yourself as a dog owner so you can make a better decision if a Labrador will fit into your lifestyle. 

Do labs shed?

Yes! Labs are known to be big shedders, and you should just get used to hair being in your home. A helpful tip to control some of their wild fleeing hair would be to brush daily. Brushing regularly will help take away loose hairs that would otherwise be all over your home.

How big do labs get?

Labs do not lack size! Male Labs can reach 25.5 inches, where a female can typically be as tall as 23.5 inches.

How much do labs weigh?

Male Labs tip the scales between 65 and 80lbs, whereas female labs are on the bit smaller size between 55 and 70 lbs. Labs are not the size of lapdogs, but try telling them that!

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Written by Leo Roux

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