HISTORY - HISTORY Common Names: Lab is the most common name...

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HISTORY Common Names: Lab is the most common name for the Labrador retriever. Origin: The Labrador retriever, despite his name, did not come from Labrador, but from Newfoundland. The area was populated with small water dogs, who, when bred with Newfoundland, produced a breed referred to as the St. John's Water Dog, a prototype for the Lab of today. Early in the 19th century, the Earl of Malmesbury reputedly saw one of the dogs of this type and had it imported. DEVELOPEMENT Special Characteristics: In 1830, the noted British sportsman Colonel Hawker referred to the Lab as "the best for any kind of shooting. ..generally black and no bigger than a Pointer, very fine in legs, with short, smooth hair. ..is extremely quick running, swimming, and fighting. ..and their sense of smell is hardly to be credited." Use/Misuse of the Breed: GENEREAL DESCRIPTION Average Size Male The height at the withers for a dog is 22½ to 24½ inches. Approximate weight of dogs in working condition: dogs 65 to 80 pounds. Female For a female is 21½ to 23½ inches. Approximate weight of females in working condition: females 55 to 70 pounds. Average Lifespan Labradors live from between 12 to 15 years of age. Physical Description: The Labrador retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions. SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION Temperament: True Labrador retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the "otter" tail. The ideal disposition is one of a kindly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal. The Labrador has much that appeals to people; his gentle ways, intelligence and adaptability make him an ideal dog. Aggressiveness towards humans or other animals, or any evidence of shyness in an adult should be severely penalized. Health Problem (genetic defects): General Appearance The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours
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under difficult conditions; the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the temperament to be a family companion. Physical features and mental characteristics should denote a dog bred to perform as an efficient Retriever of game with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of pursuits beyond the hunting environment. The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat; an "otter" tail; a clean-cut head with broad back skull and moderate stop; powerful jaws; and its "kind," friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence and good temperament. Above all, a Labrador Retriever must be well balanced, enabling it to move in the show
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