THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER CLUB OF S.A. INC.
THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER.
The Labrador should be a medium-sized dog, giving the appearance of a dog that is strong, muscular and active. The head, which includes a very specific kind and friendly expression, the coat and the tail are the breed's most outstanding characteristics. The head, coat , tail and marvellous temperament, all on the correct frame, are what makes a complete Labrador.
There are many theories about the origins of the breed known today as the Labrador Retriever. One point on which all historians seem to agree is that the Labrador originally came to the United Kingdom from Newfoundland rather than Labrador. They were known by several names such as the St. John's Water Dog, the Little Newfoundlander and the Black Water Dog, before officially being dubbed the Labrador Retriever.
Colonel Hawker, in his book "Advice to Young Sportsmen" (London 1814) describes the Labrador "by far the best for every kind of shooting, is oftener black than any other colour...pretty deep in chest.. has short or smooth hair, does not carry his tail so much curled and is extremely quick and active in running, swimming Their sense of smell is scarcely to be credited. The dogs were used by the fishermen to haul in the winter's wood and to retrieve fish that had become unhooked. It seems that the fish which were taken at great depth often became unhooked near the surface and the dogs were sent overboard to retrieve them."
History also tells us that they carried the heavy hausers from trawler to trawler in the North Atlantic and they retrieved the large ocean salmon which spilled over the nets. Enterprising fishermen sold their dogs as well as their fish to the gentry at English and Scottish Ports. These dogs, because of their great sense of smell, swimming ability, obedience, and retrieving instincts were highly sought after by the sporting gentlemen in England and became one of the most popular gun dogs of all time.
Labradors are the number-one breed used as guide dogs in Australia, the United States and many other countries. They are easy to groom, willing to please and not easy to intimidate, which makes them prefect for the job. In addition to their working ability they also make first rate companions and enjoy family life.
Labradors are extremely popular in the United Kingdom. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II keeps and breeds Labradors under the Sandringham prefix as did her father King George VI.
A Labrador puppy is a delightful bundle of black, yellow or chocolate energy. Eight week old puppies will exercise and play in spurts. Because they have lots of energy they will find something on their own to do that could be destructive if this energy is not channeled correctly. They will have lots of steam and then need to nap like a toddler.
They are very intelligent, have a willingness to please and a sturdy constitution. They like to be busy but their exercise needs to be stimulating without being repetitive or excessive. It is important to establish yourself as the dominant figure from day one. If a Lab gets the idea, even for one minute that they are in charge, you will be in for years of unpleasant experiences. Just as children cannot grow up to be well-adjusted, solid citizens without the help, love and guidance of caring parents, Labradors cannot raise themselves. They are very resourceful and will find ways to entertain themselves. Some of their entertainment can be very annoying, frustrating and dangerous. A Labrador must be taught, socialized and loved.
Labradors are active, smart and fast learners. They can be stubborn but can be easily persuaded to see things your way with encouragement and praise.
REMEMBER the Labrador Retriever you buy will be part of your family for many years. The more informed you are before making your final decision, the happier you will be when you bring your new puppy home. Look in dog magazines, go to dog shows to watch the Labrador Retrievers compete and talk to their owners. This way, you will be able to make an educated choice when picking your puppy.
WHAT TO GET - MALE OR FEMALE
Breeders are often asked "What would make a better family pet, a male or a female?" The sex of the puppy should not be the determining factor. Labradors of both sexes make wonderful companions. People tend to think that males more than females are inclined to roam. This is not true.
Curious puppies and inquisitive dogs get into trouble not because they are bad, but because they want to investigate the world around them.. It is our job to protect them from harmful substances like the following:
Cleaners, especially pine oil perfume, colognes, aftershaves, medications, vitamins, office d craft supplies, electric cords, chicken, turkey or chop bones, some house plants like ivy, oleander and poinsettia. Snail and slug bait, mouse and rat poisons, fertilizers.
WHY NOT BECOME A MEMBER ?
Briefly, the objects of the Club are -
Pensioner Single $15.00
Pensioner Double $ 18.00
Junior $ 10.00
Family $ 35.00
JUNIOR MEMBERS DO NOT HOLD VOTING RIGHTS.
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