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Color Genetics in the Labrador Retriever

Have you ever looked at a litter of Labradors and wondered what determines what color the puppies are? It’s possible for two black Labs to produce an entire litter of yellow puppies or chocolate puppies. Yet, two yellow Labrador Retrievers bred together will only ever produce yellow puppies. Color genetics can be a fascinating subject. For those interested in breeding or desiring a specific color of Lab, understanding the genetics behind color will make it easier to predict what color puppies will be in the litter.

Black vs Chocolate

Enjoying Your Labrador Retriever For Many Long and Happy Years

The average lifespan of a Labrador Retriever is between 12 to 14 years. However, dogs do not live that long if they are not healthy and do not maintain a happy life. Pretty much like you and me, dogs also need to have the right conditions to be able to live up to what are expected of them and to bring out the best in them. Since your Labrador Retriever does not have all the capacities as you do, it will definitely need your help in order to have a long and happy life. As your dog ages, it can face a lot of possibilities and challenges. Some can be easily coped, while there may be health threats that your dogs will meet and he would surely need your attention and corresponding treatment.

Traveling With Your Labrador Retriever

Most Labrador retrievers have become an important part of the family that we often feel bad leaving them at home or at a boarding kennel when we go on trips. Traveling with our Labs is certainly one enjoyable experience provided that you have undertaken your preparations well. By preparation, we are referring to obedience and behavior training and adequate exposure that your Labrador retriever should receive to prepare him for new experiences and surroundings when you hit the road.

Before planning your trip, consider your dog’s age. Some state laws provide that a puppy should be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned from its mother before it can be allowed to stay in a plane’s cargo hold. Most vets discourage air travel for geriatric canines.

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