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Labrador Dog Breed Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a Labrador? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a Labrador is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my Labrador live? 10-13 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? High

How big will my Labrador grow? 25-35kg 

Will a Labrador be suitable for my family? Puggles are suitable for active families

What size housing is recommended for my Labrador? A large backyard is required

Labrador Temperament

Labradors are known to be a cheerful, loyal and sweet natured breed. The Labrador is an intelligent dog and loves to be included in all aspects of family life. They are a very affectionate, outgoing and playful breed, making them great for families with children and they generally get along well with other dogs, given they have been well socialised as a puppy.

Training is best undertaken with treats (in moderation) and positive reinforcements, as they thrive knowing they have pleased their owners. They generally excel in any ‘fetching’ activities due to their history and natural instinct.

Labrador Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia: A common disease where a malformation in the hip joint results in the joint rubbing and grinding. This can lead to irritation, pain and impaired walking ability. 

Obesity: An excess of body fat, generally due to over nourishment and lack of exercise. More common in middle aged dogs, indoor dogs, dogs that have been neutered and food driven breeds.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A group of retinal degeneration diseases that worsens over time and can lead to impaired vision or even blindness.

Bloat: When a dogs stomach fills with food, fluid or gas, making it expand and put pressure against other organs, as well as compromising blood flow. Large breed dogs with narrow, deep chests are the highest at risk. This is increased when dogs eat very quickly as they can swallow air that they may be unable to release later.


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CARE GUIDE © Copyright 2016 Kellyville Pets - All information found in this care guide is based upon our own experience. The information provided is not the only information available. In any medical situations,  you should always consult your vet, including questions regarding your pet's diet.