If you’re among those people who has a yellow Labrador Retriever, you can say probably say with pride that your pet has been noticed not just for its lovely looks but also its friendly, gentle and loving demeanor. The case may hold true for black Labradors, too.
Labrador Retrievers, regardless of their color, can be great family dogs. They’re versatile and fun-loving, and have thick, dense coat and build that makes them take quickly to swimming and running. They’re ideal companions for outdoor-loving individuals. As with most dogs, though, it may take a while for a Labrador to warm up to visitors and agree to be petted by them, but with their masters, they can be quite affectionate and require constant loving attention.
Labrador pups can be great around kids. There may be times when the pooches become hyperactive, especially when they begin to get bored, but they will not likely bite a member of the household. If you have a high-energy dog like the Lab, be prepared to provide it all the nourishment it needs. Black, as well as yellow Labrador Retrievers, can eat and eat, so keep a close watch on what you feed them so as not to make them grow overweight or obese, which can lead to a handful of health problems. Refrain from feeding your canine pal empty calories.
The best foods to give your Labrador is a balanced home-cooked meal or all-natural doggie chow with adequate nutrients suited for a large, active dog. Some dogs may turn their noses up when given nutritious food, especially if they’ve become used to generic brands of commercial dog chow. You can make your pet adapt by gradually introducing the healthier food. There are premium brands of all-natural pet food in the market, and among the good choices are the chicken meal and lamb meal.
Labradors are prone to certain conditions, like eye infection and elbow & hip dysplasia. Health issues can be properly addressed by consulting a veterinarian. Proper grooming is likewise very essential. If you have a yellow Lab, you may have noted that the pooch may balk at having its paws touched or nails trimmed, in which case you may let a professional groomer handle these grooming tasks. A yellow lab puppy may be low maintenance compared to other dogs, and as a pet parent, you can handle the brushing of your dog’s coat using a slicker brush to decrease shedding and keep your doggie’s hair coat healthier looking.
Personally grooming your pet will also give you the opportunity to check the skin condition of your furry friend. Apart from proper grooming, giving healthy foods to your Lab pups, like those with fish oil or sunflower seed oil, can lead to a healthy and shiny coat. Consult your veterinarian on other foods laden with nutrients that can benefit your pup.
Note that a yellow Labrador Retriever may tend to be prone to acute moist dermatitis, more so if grooming is neglected. Your dog’s frequent scratching and licking in a single spot can produce what’s called a hot spot in the form of red spots on the skin, in which case prompt veterinary treatment is needed.