The Labrador Retriever: All you need to know about this dog breed

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According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed. It is known to be a lovely, loyal, intelligent, friendly and patient dog; all these make it an excellent companion. Originally, this dog was bred to be a working dog and also a friendly companion. The Labrador can serve as a disability assistance, they are trained to help the blind, detect criminals, and act as a therapy dog.

History of the Labrador Retriever

History of the labrador retriever

The Labrador’s ancestors can be traced to the island of Newfoundland. St. John’s water dog was the founder of the Labrador, a dog breed that originated from breeding by one of the early settlers of the island in the 1500s. The St. John’s water dogs were trained as retrievers and were very useful for various works.

The modern Labrador Retriever was known to be St. John’s water dog or Lesser Newfoundland, before it was brought to England where it was named after a geographic place known to be “Labrador”. It was named Labrador Retriever because it retrieved in the Labrador.

Referred to as “water dogs,” these dogs played a role in the fishing communities where they emerged. Labrador retrievers were originally bred for retrieving things, most especially in water; they are very good at retrieving fishing lines, nets, ropes and even fish that escaped from the hooks.

In the early 1800s, the progenitors of the John’s Water dog were imported from Newfoundland to Europe by the Lord John Scott, the 10th Earl of Home and the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, they were imported to be used as gundogs. The 2nd Earl of Malmesbury bred the Labrador Retrievers for their specialization in water fowling.

In the 19th century (1880s), the 12th Earl of Home, the 6th Duke of Bucceleuch and the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury worked together in order to develop the modern Labrador breed. History recorded that around 1820, the first St. john’s water dog was brought to England where the 2nd Earl of Malmesbury devoted his time to developing and establishing the breed. These dogs have partnered with fishermen and duck hunters in all kinds of climatic conditions.

Physical Appearance of the Labrador Retriever

Physical Appearance of the Labrador Retriever

Labradors are medium-sized and strongly built dogs with a very strong and sturdy body.  The male’s weight ranges between 29-36 kg and females between 25-32kg. They have got powerful and strong jaws with medium size muzzle, their body is well-built and very muscular. Labradors have a dense, short coat which is water-resistant, broad head with pronounced eyebrows and very bright eyes.

Their hair shedding is based on the climatic condition; they shed hair twice yearly or frequently all through the year in temperate climates. They shed hair in order to renew the protective elements in their coats. They have straight and short hair and a broad, strong tail. Due to their webbed toes, they can swim very well; these webbed toes can help to prevent snow from balling between their toes in cold climates.

Labradors have pigmentation in the feet, tail, nose, lips, eyes and gums. The males are between 22.5 to 24.5 inches tall and females are between 21.5 to 23.5 inches tall. Their coat comes in three different colors which are black, yellow, and chocolate, there are also other shades such as the silver variation.

Personality and Temperament of the Labrador Retriever

Personality and Temperament of the Labrador Retriever

According to the American kennel Club description, the Labrador Retriever is an active, friendly, kind and pleasant dog. They have a great sense of smell that allows them to trace any scent and where it comes from. It has been used for detective work over time, with its sensitive nature; it can detect thieves, black marketers, smugglers and terrorists. These dog breeds are even-tempered and serve as a good family dog.  Labrador Retrievers are very obedient dogs when properly trained and their loyalty lies with their owners.

This dog breed can be easily trained and are very playful dogs that love engaging in various activities all the time, they do not like to be bored, because they can become frustrated when bored. They are good family companions that see themselves as part of the family. They can be left alone with children and other animals, these intelligent dogs are very energetic in nature and can become destructive when they are not properly exercised.

Labradors are good retrievers that enjoy all kinds of activities and they are not usually used as guard dogs. They are curious dogs that love to meet people and explore interesting places, in the process of exploring, they can wander off, and therefore owners need to be very careful and watchful as they easily get attracted to things. Due to their curiosity and ability to wander off and as well as preventing them from being stolen, a good number of dog clubs advised that Labradors be micro shipped and should wear collars and tags that have their owner’s name and address.

Labradors are energetic and good swimmers, they are known for their ability to adapt to water for a long period of time. They can help to retrieve things that are hidden in water. These dogs are very intelligent and have very good initiatives. Generally, Labradors possess very good personality and temperament.

The Different Colors of Labradors

The Black Labrador

The Black Labrador

The black Labradors are the most popular color in the US and are the most common. They are very agile dogs and were originally bred to assist fishermen. This variation is the hunter’s favorite; this might be because the first Labrador colors were originally shades of black. Black Labradors are trainable, intelligent and are very loyal companions.

The Yellow Labrador

The yellow labrador

Yellow Labradors are mostly used as service dogs, most especially for disability assistance. They were originally bred in England as hunting dogs in the 1900s, they make good hunting companions. Originally, yellow Labradors came as dark golden shade but gradually turned lighter shades of yellow over time. Today, yellow Labradors most time ranges from yellow to fawn in color.

The Chocolate/ Brown Labrador

Chocolate Labradors were established in the early 1900s at Lady Ward of Chiltonfoliat and Earl of Feversham’s kennels. Their popularity has increased over time because they are great field dogs and loyal companions. 

Chocolate Labradors are regarded as show dogs rather than working dogs.  According to the United Kingdom research study, Chocolate Labradors tend to have shorter life spans and more health issues than other variations.

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Health Issues Associated with the Labrador Retriever

Like every other dog that has one health issue or the other, the Labrador Retriever has also got some common health issues. Below are some health issues commonly associated with the Labrador Retriever.

Joint Problems

Labradors have joint problems, which include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Shoulder Osteochondrosis

Hip dysplasia

Labradors suffer from health conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a disease of the hip in which the ball and socket do not fit properly thereby leading to difficulty in walking. Causes include genetics, excessive growth rates, improper nutrition and types of exercise. Affected dogs need specially formulated nutrients, this helps to prevent excessive growth.

Symptoms include lameness in the hind, decreased movement, stiffness, pain, narrow stance etc. it can be diagnosed through a physical examination of your dog or a radiograph i.e. X-ray. In order to determine how severe the hip dysplasia is, the radiograph of the hip of your dog needs to be taken. Hip dysplasia can be treated by restricting exercise, physical therapy, proper diet, anti-inflammatory medications and Joint fluid modifiers.

Elbow dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia is simply an abnormal development of the joints in the elbow. The major signs of this health condition include stiffness and lameness of the forelimb. It is commonly diagnosed through X-rays, this helps to assess the degree and severity of this health condition. Elbow dysplasia can be treated by reducing exercise and activities, hydrotherapy, proper diet and frequent monitoring of weight. Affected dogs that do not respond to these treatments will have to go through surgery. The symptoms include swollen joints, limping, abnormal gait, lameness, pain, stiffness etc.

Shoulder Osteochondrosis

Shoulder Osteochondrosis is a common disease in Labradors. This health condition is a disease in the shoulder joint’s cartilage that results to severe pain and most times results to painful arthritis. This can cause lameness in affected dogs, at first the lameness might reduce with rest; however the pain increases when it is over three to four weeks. If it is not treated on time, it can lead to permanent osteoarthritic changes within the joint resulting to a lifetime discomfort and disability.

Shoulder Osteochondrosis can be diagnosed by shoulder radiographs or arthroscopy. Affected dogs stand with their shoulders and move in a way they wouldn’t fully extend their shoulder joints. Causes of this health condition include genetics, over nutrition, hormonal influences and excess dietary calcium. The first sign of lameness appears between five and ten months. The best way to relieve the affected Labradors of pain is surgery. Sometimes, it is advised to restrict the dog’s activity for a specific period in order to enhance tissue repair.

Circulatory System Problems

Circulatory system problems Labradors face include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Tricuspid valve dysplasia

Heart Disease

This is a health condition that is common among Labradors. The heart is an essential organ in the dog’s body; it is responsible for pumping blood made up of nutrients and oxygen via the blood vessels to the cells in the body. Most times, heart disease occurs when there’s a decrease in the pumping of blood. The best way to prevent this health issue is general wellness. Make sure your dog is frequently vaccinated, exercises well, eats kibble and stays hydrated.  For affected Labradors, a supplement like Vetmedin Chewable Tablets is recommended; this helps in preventing congestive heart failure.

Symptoms of heart disease in Labradors include fatigue, difficulty in breathing, fainting, loss of appetite, loss of interest for exercise, swollen abdomen. According to research, it has been found that age, body condition and the type of breed are causes of heart diseases in dogs. Labradors are known to be commonly associated with heart disease, you can conduct a stethoscope exam, palpation, X-rays, blood and urine tests to detect this health condition in your Labrador. As a result of this health condition, affected dogs are liable to have a shorter lifespan.

Tricuspid valve dysplasia

Tricuspid valve dysplasia is known to be a congenital heart defect in which the valve responsible for the regulation of blood flow between the right atrium and the right ventricle is malformed. This defect affects the functionality of the valve and leads to less flow of blood through the heart. The right ventricle pumps blood to the lungs, while the right atrium is responsible for receiving deoxygenated blood from the body. In affected dogs, some of the blood leaks into the right atrium, anytime the right ventricle contrasts, this is known as regurgitation.

Symptoms include general weakness in the body, intolerance for exercise, abnormal sounds in the heart, pale mucus membranes, abdominal swelling and fainting. Dogs with this health condition are liable to have a shortened lifespan; the Labrador is predisposed to this health condition.  When symptoms become evident, this shows how severe the defect is, dogs that have severe tricuspid malformation should be cared for and monitored regularly. Due to severe heart failure, dogs may have difficulties in walking and abdominal pain.

Visual Problems

Visual problems in Labradors include:

  • Retina Dysplasia
  • Cataracts

Retina Dysplasia

This is an abnormal development in the dog’s retina which leads to retinal detachment, folds and thinning. The retina is a very important part of the eye, it helps to absorb light so that visual images can be transmitted, and interpreted by the brain. This disease in Labradors could be caused by genetic traits or viral infection. This condition occurs at birth, and symptoms are noticed at 3 to 4 weeks of age and there is no treatment for it. Retina Dysplasia can be diagnosed through an ophthalmoscopic examination.

The symptoms of Retina Dysplasia include behavioral changes, difficulty in recognizing things or people, difficulty in walking into dark rooms, and color changes in the eye. Because there is no treatment for this, the best way this health condition can be managed is environment familiarity; ensure your dog knows everywhere in the house and keep the surroundings free of harmful objects, since dogs have a strong sense of smell and can detect sounds quickly, these will help them walk around without much difficulty.

Cataracts

Labrador retrievers are one of the dog breeds commonly associated with cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye is clouded or damaged. The lens is the part of the eye that focuses on an image before it gets interpreted by the brain. This health condition affects all kinds of dog breeds, affected Labradors find it hard to see and their vision is always cloudy. Cataracts get worse as your dog gets older, it get worse and worse until it leads to blindness. One of the major causes of cataracts in Labradors could be their genetic condition. Other causes include diabetes, hypocalcemia, exposure to radiation and other toxic chemicals.

Symptoms include cloudiness of the eye, color changes in the eye, areas around the eye become inflamed or reddened, tripping and pain. Through an ophthalmoscopic exam, cataracts can be detected in dogs and ultrasound can help to see the size of the cataracts. The best and most accurate way cataracts can be treated is Surgery. It is 95 percent certain that your dog’s vision will be restored when it goes through surgery.

Nervous System Problems

Nervous system issues associated with Labradors include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Hereditary Myopathy

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes uncontrolled and sudden seizures in dogs. Seizures in Labradors can be caused by brain tumors, trauma and genetic abnormalities. Research has found no cause of idiopathic epilepsy; idiopathic epilepsy is common among Labradors. Seizures may occur between 6 months and 5 years of age, it is mostly believed that idiopathic epilepsy is hereditary.

Symptoms of epilepsy include stiffening, foaming at the mouth, jerking, collapsing, loss of consciousness, chomping and muscle twitching. This electrical activity occurs only in the brain and last from some seconds to some minutes. It is medically advised that affected dogs should be prevented from swimming so as to avoid accidental drowning. In some cases, surgery is recommended to remove tumors that contribute to seizures. Medications such as anticonvulsant and antiepileptic can also help to reduce frequent seizures.

Hereditary Myopathy

 Hereditary myopathy is a health condition that occurs in dogs due to the deformation of muscle tissue. Affected dogs show signs of weakness and fatigue. Sometimes, dogs have difficulties in defecation, movement and urination. Symptoms include difficulties in vocalizing, eating, swallowing and yawning. A DNA test can help to detect this health condition in Labradors. The clinical signs become evident from 6 weeks to 7 months of age and these signs become worse during stress periods.

This condition cannot be treated but with time dogs can get adapted to posture difficulties. Hereditary myopathy can be prevented in Labradors, in order to reduce the occurrence of this health condition. It is advisable to screen Labradors using DNA tests in order to prevent carriers to be used for breeding. Symptoms can become worse if Labradors are exposed to cold, so it is therefore advised to keep your Labrador warm.

Other Health Problems

Other possible health issues associated with the Labrador retriever include:

  • Bloat
  • Diabetes
  • Laryngeal paralysis

Bloat

Bloat is a common health condition associated with dogs, most especially Labradors. It is also known as gastric dilatation volvulus, this health condition can be life threatening to Labradors. Labradors are significantly predisposed to bloat. Causes of bloat might be as a result of excessive feeding and drinking. Bloats can occur in both old and young Labradors and it occurs when the stomach gets trapped with gas which can result in stomach twisting.

Symptoms include increased heart rate, swollen stomach, whining, abnormal rapid breathing, pale gums and vomiting. In order to prevent the occurrence of this health condition, it is advised that owners should keep a close watch on their dogs and diets. Don’t allow your Labrador to undergo any form of exercise after eating or drinking, avoid overfeeding your dog, and help your dog feed in a position that will allow easier digestion. Surgery is recommended for severe bloat in Labradors.

Diabetes

This is also a common health problem associated with Labrador retrievers. Diabetes mellitus is a health condition in dogs that occurs as a result of the failure of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin. Diabetes is often seen as hereditary in dogs, insulin is needed in the body, without it there will be accumulation of sugar in the blood and urine. The major symptoms of Diabetes include frequent urination, weight loss, increased water intake and increased appetite.

Diabetes can be treated by feeding your dogs with diets that have high protein and fiber. Another way diabetes can be treated is through insulin injections, veterinarians recommend insulin injection for affected dogs. Make sure you monitor your dog’s weight, frequency in urination, water intake and appetite, and check your dog’s blood sugar frequently.

Laryngeal paralysis

Laryngeal paralysis is a health condition in dogs that occurs due to damages in the larynx; the larynx allows vocalization when dogs breathe out. The symptoms of this health condition include weight loss, coughing, loud noise when breathing in, difficulty in swallowing, less able to pant, respiratory distress and collapse. When Laryngeal paralysis is not treated, condition will worsen and become life threatening.

Common causes of this health condition include generalized nerve dysfunction, removal of thyroid gland, trauma, hormonal disturbances and tumors. Laryngeal paralysis can be detected in Labradors through blood samples, ultrasound, x-rays and electromyogram (EMG). The best way it can be treated is surgery; this surgical treatment is known as Unilateral Arytenoid Lateralization (UAL), this involves fixing one of the affected Labrador’s vocal cords in an open position.

Caring for the Labrador Retriever

caring for the labrador retriever

Labradors need great care in order to stay healthy. It is therefore important that owners take good care of their Labradors. Labradors need extra care which will take you some time to adjust to their demands and needs. These dog breeds love attention a lot, so you need to spend quality time with them and show them how much you care for them since they are lovable dogs. Here are some ways to care for your Labrador.

Provide your Labrador with appropriate diets

Generally, Labradors love to eat and when you do not provide them with food, they tend to eat unconventional things which you might forbid. Give your Labrador food that has the necessary nutritional requirements for their growth and avoid overfeeding. Make sure you provide them with plenty of water, their water consumption depends on how active they have been and also the weather condition, they tend to consume more water when it is hot.

A high-quality food can help to support the maintenance and development of strong healthy bones of Labradors, opt for diets that contain the right quantity of protein, chondroitin, calcium, glucosamine, phosphorus, Vitamins and L-carnitine. Try to maintain a feeding schedule that will help to control your Labrador’s hunger.

Regular Exercise

Active dogs like Labrador Retrievers need regular exercise to stay healthy. Labradors are energetic dogs that love to involve in all kinds of activities such as running, going for a walk, swimming etc. You shouldn’t keep your Labradors indoors throughout the day, this might make your dog become bored and frustrated and can lead to a destructive behavior in the long run.

Go for a walk with your Labrador at least two hours a day; you can also give him the opportunity to study his environment. Since they are good retrievers, you can tell your Labrador to retrieve things for you. For Labradors having health conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, it is advised that exercise should be reduced; excessive exercise can lead to development of joint problems.

Socialization

Labrador owners want their dogs to serve as a good family companion and not a threat. Dogs that express fear at anything are likely to harm people around them. The best way you can make your dog a lovely companion and friendly to people around them is to socialize them at a very early age. Socializing your dog means allowing him to get familiar and exposed to a wide variety of people, places, experiences and animals.

This is a very important process, when Labradors are socialized at a very early stage, they tend not to express fear, and they become friendly and lovely around people. The best way to socialize your Labrador is to expose him to various daily occurrences. If you noticed your Labrador is scared of something, let him get familiar with it so as to make him comfortable with it. Go out with your dog, let him meet people, drive with him in a car etc.

Vaccinations

Generally, dogs need vaccinations to prevent them from some health conditions and keep them healthy, and Labradors are not excluded. It is very important to take your Labrador to a veterinarian for medical checkup at least twice a year. Visiting the vet regularly can help detect early any disease in your dog. Labradors are predisposed to certain health issues; therefore, frequent visits to the vet is advised for owners.

As your Labrador gets older, you might notice some health issues such as epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, cataracts and retinal dysplasia. Contact your veterinarian immediately you notice such health issues and talk about ways to treat or prevent them. Labradors with severe health conditions should visit the veterinarian frequently.

Grooming The Labrador Retriever

grooming your labrador retriever

Labrador retrievers need to be groomed in order to maintain good skin, healthy teeth and their general well being. Grooming helps to detect any lump and bump in your Labrador’s body. Below are some ways to groom your Labrador Retriever

Bathing

Labradors love water and they are good swimmers, you can bathe your Labrador once a month. You don’t need to bathe them too frequently as their coats may dry out as a result of this. With the use of a dog shampoo, you can wash your dog thoroughly and dry him with a clean towel. Labradors have short and dense coats; therefore, they should be bathed once a month.

Brushing

Since you don’t have to bathe your Labrador frequently, you will have to cultivate the habit of brushing out their fur regularly. Labradors are known for shedding from their double coat. You can brush your Labradors fur with the use of a nylon bristle brush. Brushing helps to stimulate their oily coat, lubricates their skin and as well helps you inspect their skin for wounds, patches, fleas and ticks.

Cleaning

When Labrador’s ears are left uncleaned, your Labrador might likely have wax in his ear. It is therefore advised that owners clean their dogs’ ears thoroughly and inspect for any pests or infections in the ear. Avoid digging deep into the canal when cleaning your dog’s ears; you can use a cotton ball or cotton swab to clean his ears. Another part of the body that needs cleaning is the eye, if you notice any discharge or irritation in the eye; you can clean it with a cotton ball.

Clipping and Trimming

The nails of Labradors need to be clipped when it gets too long. Long nails can be very harmful to you and your dog, and this could make it difficult for him to walk properly. When clipping your Labradors nails, be careful not to cut too deep as it might hurt them. If you are the type that takes your Lab for walks frequently, the hard floor will naturally trim his nails. Do not use human nail clippers for dogs, get a proper dog clipper.

Training the Labrador Retriever

Training your labrador

Labrador Retrievers need to be trained so that they wouldn’t just be aggressive at people and things they come across. Naturally, dogs are aggressive creatures, but proper training can make them the best companion a man can have. Train your dog the way you want it to behave, when you come across a well-trained dog, you can clearly define who the owner is.

You should understand that dogs are not humans and therefore cannot act exactly as humans. Dogs operate on instincts and instructions; you need to train your Labrador to carry out certain instructions. Here are ways you can train your Labrador.

Enroll him in obedience programs

There are obedience programs Labradors can attend. One of the behavioral traits of Labradors is trainability, they can be easily trained and they comply with instructions given to them. Obedience program helps your dog to learn fast, this also helps your dog socialize. In obedience class, dogs are taught basic commands such as sit, stand, come etc.

Positive Reinforcement Training

Labradors love positive reinforcement training, they love treats a lot. Positive reinforcement training simply means rewarding your Labrador with nice treats, toys and praises when they carry out specific instructions. Positive reinforcement training encourages your dog to learn more and do more lovely things. Do not give treats all the time, as your Labrador might become overweight, you rather give toys or praise him.

Be Consistent with your Training

Consistency is very important when training Labradors. You must be consistent with the use of basic commands. For instance when you teach your dog with a command like “come,” you have to stick to that command, do not get your Labrador confused by saying “come over here”. You have to remember that dogs are not humans, so interact with them as pets.

Control your Dog

Dogs need to be controlled, no matter the training they have passed through. Controlling your Lab does not mean shouting at him, when you shout at him, he might also react back. Use a firm voice when giving out instructions. Remember, your dog is a reflection of who you are.

Top 5 Best Dog Foods for Labradors

It is no doubt that the Labrador retriever is one of the most popular dog breed in the canine community. They are lovely and friendly dogs that love to be around people and they also serve as good family companions. They are energetic, intelligent, even-tempered, trainable and loyal.

 As their name “Labrador Retriever” implies, they are very good at retrieving things and are good swimmers, they are regarded as the fisherman’s best friend. These dog breeds have huge appetite for food; therefore it is necessary to provide them with the necessary nutritional requirements in adequate proportion. Our top 5 food picks for Labradors will help owners know the best diet they can offer their Lab.

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Our Top Pick

Taste of the Wild Grain Free High Protein Real Meat Recipe High Prairie premium Dry Dog Food

One of the best meals you can offer your dog is the Taste of the Wild, it has an adequate proportion of protein, fat, calories and probiotic microorganisms that helps in enhancing your Labrador’s digestive and immune system. The Taste of the Wild Grain Free High protein Real Meat Recipe High Prairie Dry Dog Food features novel animal proteins.

This food comprises meats from buffaloes, deer, bison, lambs, cattle, chicken and fish. The taste of the wild contains no grain and preservatives; it rather featured wholesome grains and carbs, vegetables, eggs and fruits. This is a very nutritious diet you should not fail to provide your dog with.

Pros

  • It contains no grain
  • It is produced in the US
  • The first three ingredients are high-quality meats
  • It has no preservatives

Cons

  • Some Labradors are allergic to chicken
  • It is produced by Diamond Pet Foods, which has a history

Other Great Choices of Labrador Dog Foods

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe High Protein Grain Free, Natural Adult Dry Dog Food

The Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe High Protein Grain Free, Natural Adult Dry Dog Food is a trustworthy diet you should provide your dog with. This diet has the perfect combination of minerals and vitamins that ensures your Labrador’s growth and maturation.

This grain free diet reduces food allergies, the blend of beef and chicken in this food helps to contrast the idea of hypoallergenic food. With the presence of glucosamine in this dog food, be sure that your Labrador has healthy joints. The combination of five different bacteria in the food helps the improvement of the immune system and as well as the digestive system.

Pros

  • Presence of various flavor options
  • Contains real proteins
  • It is grain-free

Cons

  • Not all dogs like the flavor
  • It might cause stomach upset for your dog
  • The protein content might be too much for some dogs

Holistic Select Natural Dry Dog Food Large & Giant Breed Adult

The Holistic Select Natural Dry Dog Food Large & Giant Breed Adult has unique combination that supports your Labrador’s digestive and immune system. It contains healthy botanicals, prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes and natural fibers. Although, we do not know if this diet is grain free, it has emphasized more on wholesome grains such as oatmeal, brown and white rice.

The high quality chicken meat supplies your lab with the necessary proteins that aids his growth and development. If your Labrador is allergic to chicken, you can check out the Holistic Select’s salmon, sardine variant and salmon.

Pros

  • It supports the digestive system
  • This diet contains adequate probiotics, active fiber and digestive enzymes
  • Labradors feel great with taste
  • It digests easily

Cons

  • Sometimes, dogs experience diarrhea when they take this meal
  • With time dogs do not like the taste

Eagle Pack Natural Large Breed Puppy Food Lamb, Chicken & Fish

The Eagle Pack Natural Large Breed Puppy Food Lamb, Chicken & fish provides your young Labrador with adequate proportion of proteins, calories and fats. This diet contains probiotic microorganisms obtained from eight gut-friendly bacteria that help the development of the digestive and immune system of your young Labrador. It also comprises EPA and DHA.

The Eagle Pack Natural Large Breed Puppy Food Lamb, Chicken and Fish contains botanicals that improves your Labrador’s nutritional profile. With the combination of barley, oatmeal, non-allergenic white and brown rice, your Labrador feels good with this diet. It contains the necessary nutrition required for healthy growth and development of your young Labrador.

Pros

  • It is very affordable
  • It has the right combination of quality proteins like chicken, lamb and wholesome grains

Cons

  • It does not contain any novel proteins

Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Reduced Fat Dry Dog Food

Naturally, Labradors have the tendency to become overweight; it is therefore advised that owners watch what their Labs eat. If your Labrador exercises regularly, then you can opt for the Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Reduced Fat Dry Dog Food. This diet comes with adequate fat, which is at least 10%, with this; your Labrador is supplied adequate calories to become active. This dog food is not only suitable for Labradors, it is also suitable for other dog breeds due to adequate proportion of nutrients that are required for healthy growth and development in dogs.

The wellness Core Natural Grain Free Reduced Fat Dry Dog Food contains rich fiber content and as well as nutrients that aids the development of your Labrador’s joint and maintains healthy digestive and immune systems. This dog food has a low risk of having allergies unlike other dog foods, due to the fact that it is grain free. However, this dog food is very nutritious for Labradors and owners can opt for it.

Pros

  • Contains no grain and has reduced-fat formulation
  • It comprises fruits, lentils and vegetables
  • Has nutritional components that are required for the development of digestive system, immune system and the joints
  • Inclusion of more meat

Cons

  • It contains high glycemic potatoes

Conclusion

Labrador retrievers are lovely, intelligent, energetic, loyal and obedient dogs. These even-tempered dogs are very affectionate with their family; they see themselves as part of the family. They also require proper care and grooming as well as the best dog food to help them stay healthy and strong

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