American Labrador Retriever – Is this breed right for you

American Labradors are a popular breed that was developed from the English Shepherd Dog. They have been bred for their loyalty, obedience, intelligence and good temperment. These traits make them excellent guard dogs and companions. The American Labradors are known to be intelligent with strong instincts which makes them very loyal to their family members and friends. They are also known to be playful and affectionate.

The American Labradors originated in England where they were used as working dogs. However, many people began breeding these dogs because of their temperament and characteristics.

Today there are over 5 million registered American Labradors around the world. There are two main types of American Labradors: Standard and Toy.

Standard Labradors are larger than toy pups, but smaller than standard pups. They weigh between 45-60 pounds (20-30 kg).

They have a long coat that is black or brown with white markings. Their ears may be straight or slightly curved and they usually have short legs and a small head. They tend to stand up straighter when walking compared to other breeds of dogs.

Toy Labs are smaller than their standard counterparts and weigh less than 20 pounds (9 kg). Their coat can be black, dark yellow or chocolate brown.

They have a short straight coat with a very playful nature. These dogs are very active which makes them more suitable to live in an apartment rather than a house.

Both types of American Labradors are fairly healthy, although some may develop eye problems or hip dysplasia.

Many people are attracted to the companionship and loyalty of the American Labrador. If you want a dog that is playful and affectionate then the American Labrador may be right for you.

Why not buy your dog an American Labradors calendar?

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