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What makes Labrador retrievers so special?
Labrador retrievers have been one of the most popular breeds of dogs registered with the American Kennel Club for more than 15 years and these lovable pups may win a spot in your heart too. These mild-mannered dogs are both friendly and protective, characteristics that many families these days look for. Although these dogs are gorgeous and playful, there is also much more to them you'll want to learn about before bringing a Lab home.
Labs typically weigh between 55 and 100 pounds and come in three colors – solid black, yellow or a chocolate brown hue. They have short, coarse outer coats with either straight or slightly wavy, thick undercoats. The undercoat acts as a waterproofing mechanism as these dogs were bred to retrieve fowl out of rivers and lakes for their masters.
Due to their double coating, these breeds require weekly grooming using pet products like the FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs that works to remove the loose, dead hair that collects in its undercoat. You can also keep its skin and coat shiny and healthy by giving it supplements like Super Pure Omega 3 as this fatty acid keeps the skin and coat flexible while also maintaining joint and organ health.
Labrador retrievers have very easygoing personalities and are great family dogs as they are good around children of all ages. The breed is known for accepting other pets into their homes and are the most happy when surrounded by members of their human "pack." Because they were bred to hunt and retrieve, these dogs need plenty of exercise in order to be both physically and mentally healthy.
Labs are large dogs and because of this, they are susceptible to developing certain medical conditions. Issues include joint diseases such as arthritis or hip dysplasia. They can also be prone to ear infections and hypothyroidism.
You can help keep joint degenerative diseases at bay by starting your Lab on joint supplements that contain glucosamine for dogs. This compound works to keep fluids around the cartilage, preventing the bones from rubbing together. Start your young dog on a supplement like Dasuquin to avoid arthritis for longer. There are also many anti-inflammatory pet drugs on the market like Previcox and Metacam that aim to reduce joint pain if your Lab develops any.