Black Labradoodle: Fun Facts About the Dark Coated Curly Cross
What are Black Labradoodles?
The black Labrador Retriever breed originated from the African wild dog (Pit Bull Terrier). The name “Labrador” comes from the Latin word labra meaning “wolf”. The original breed was developed by Sir Francis Galton, a British zoologist and naturalist who studied animals in Africa. His work led him to believe that certain breeds were better suited for specific environments. For example, the English Pointer was considered superior to other hunting dogs because it could track down its prey at greater distances than other types of dogs.
In 1872, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. In this book, he discussed how some species evolved into others through natural selection. Darwin’s theory of evolution is still used today to explain the origin of new species.
It is believed that the first black Labrador was born in England around 1780. There have been many variations in appearance between different individuals since then. Some are light brown with white markings while others are darker and more solid colored like their tan counterparts. They all share one thing though; they’re black! The unique black coat makes them stand out from the rest of the lab pack.
The ears of a black Labrador Retriever may be drooping like that of a hound, or they may be standing up like an alert dog. The tail may hang down like an otter’s, or it may be held up in the air like a pointer dog. These physical traits are known as “championship” style; they were fixed for show competitions in the 1800’s.
Black Labradors have a long body with short, sturdy legs. They usually weigh between 55 and 80 pounds, with males being bigger than females. They are strong, fast, and have good stamina in the field. Their skin is thick, which helps them stay warm in cold waters when they’re retrieving game. The coat is straight and tight with little undercoat.
When they shed, the dead hair comes off in one large piece.
Why Are They Called Black Labradors?
The black Labrador Retriever is neither a purebred nor a scientific breed. They are a variation of the Labrador that has been developed by humans. They share a common ancestry with the yellow Labrador and the English Pointer breeds.
The first black Labradors emerged around the late 1800’s. Their coats were a solid, glossy black. There are many theories about how this color variation came to be. The most popular story suggests that a dirty oil lamp was touching parts of a yellow Labrador Retriever’s coat while she was asleep. The ticking on the dog’s bed caught fire and caused the rest of her coat to turn black.
As with all other types of Labradors, the black ones are excellent swimmers. They can easily traverse through the water at a great speed, as if they were flying. Their bodies are perfectly suited for this task. Their tails, which sometimes appear to be feathered, act as a rudder to help them turn and maneuver as they swim. There is also less resistance in the water when swimming.
This is because their coats are thicker than other dog breeds.
Black Labradors are born with a darker coat, which lightens as they grow older. The pigment in their skin is also affected, resulting in dark noses and eye rims.
Black Labrador puppies have a distinctive black nose, which tends to turn brown as they grow up. The coat color doesn’t affect the dog’s temperament or personality at all.
What Do Black Labs Look Like?
The coats of black Labs can be either “muzzle-only” or “true black”, with or without patterns. The average weight for a fully grown black Lab is between 55 and 80 pounds, the average height is around 2 feet 9 inches to 3 feet 4 inches.
How Smart Are Black Labs?
The Labrador Retriever is commonly regarded as one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. Their high intelligence makes them easy to train. Training a black Labrador should be fun and easy. These dogs have strong retrieving instincts. You can easily teach them to retrieve objects for you, even in water. They can learn up to 160 commands.
Black Labrador Retriever puppies are born black and their coats do not change color until they grow older. Black Labs love to swim and fetch and they have a good sense of smell. They are also protectors by nature and get on well with children and other dogs. These are qualities that make them excellent hunting and detection dogs.
Do Black Labrador Retrievers Shed?
The short answer is yes. All dogs shed to some degree. However, Labrador Retrievers in general have a “heavy” shedding level. This is especially the case with the so-called “true black” Labradors. The dead hair comes off in clumps and can easily be brushed off your clothes and furniture.
Are Black Labrador Retrievers Aggressive?
As a rule, black Labrador Retrievers are not an aggressive dog breed. However, all dogs have a natural instinct to protect their territory and themselves if they feel threatened. Any dog, no matter how well-behaved, may bite if provoked. With Labrador Retrievers in particular, it takes a lot to make them angry enough to bite somebody.
By nature, black Labs are very friendly dogs. They are loving and enjoy the company of other people and animals. It is in a dog’s nature to bark when there is an intruder or any other kind of disturbance. Some people may find this trait annoying, but it is certainly better than the dog attacking someone. If socialized properly from a young age, black Labradors will learn to tolerate and have no problems with strangers.
How Much Do Black Labrador Retrievers Cost?
The average cost of a black Lab is between $600 and $1000. This may be beyond the budget of some prospective dog owners, however it is worth taking into consideration that the dog will soon become a valued member of the family. The initial costs of purchasing a dog will soon be offset by the savings on veterinary bills and other essentials such as food and toys. For many people, the emotional benefits of owning a dog that has been sourced from a shelter are priceless.
What Do You Need to Consider When Buying a Black Lab?
It goes without saying that buying a dog from an irresponsible or ignorant source will increase your chances of getting an unhealthy dog with behavior issues. For this reason, it is essential to take the following points into consideration when acquiring your new pet.
1) Always see the puppy with its mother.
The mother is a good indicator of what the puppy’s personality will be like as an adult dog. If the mother is calm and friendly, this is a good sign. However if she is aggressive or unfriendly, this shows that the puppy may inherit these traits.
2) Make sure that the mother has been checked out by a vet and has received all her shots.
Unvaccinated puppies are prone to diseases such as Parvovirus.
3) Avoid breeders that show signs of neglect.
If the kennels are dirty and the dogs are poorly cared for, this indicates that the puppies will be unlikely to receive adequate healthcare after they have been born.
4) Reputable breeders will not sell a puppy to you unless you have had your home checked out by them first.
There are plenty of dog breeders out there who are inconsiderate and dishonest. They will sell you a sick puppy or even steal your money.
5) Never buy a puppy from a pet store.
These puppies are almost always bred by inbreeding and as a result, have a high rate of illness and congenital defects. It is also illegal to sell dogs and puppies in pet stores in most states.
6) Check out online reviews of the breeder you intend to deal with.
Most reputable breeders will be more than happy to provide you with names and numbers of people who have bought puppies from them in the past. Call these people up and ask them about their experience with this breeder. Also, take the time to check online reviews on sites such as Yelp.
What is the Best Way to Socialize a Black Lab Puppy?
The first 8 weeks of a puppy’s life are a crucial period when it comes to socialization. During this time, the puppy’s brain grows at a faster-than-normal pace and will form certain connections that will determine what the personality of the dog will be like as an adult. For this reason, it is recommended that you take your black Lab puppy to as many different places as possible during this time.
1) First and foremost, it is essential that you socialize your puppy with people.
Arrange for friends and family to come over on a weekly basis and take the puppy out of its comfort zone. Ask the visitors to handle the puppy, play with it, feed it treats and just in general interact with it. The goal here is to create a positive association with humans.
2) You should also expose the puppy to loud noises such as children screaming, radios, and perhaps even a cheap hair dryer.
This will accustom the dog to sudden loud noises.
3) When you take your dog out for walks, don’t always stick to the same route.
Take the puppy down different streets and into different neighborhoods. Be careful not to take it down dark alleyways or through areas of high criminal activity however.
4) Buy a variety of toys for your puppy to play with.
A Lab puppy will quickly get bored of just one or two toys. Be sure to buy some soft toys, as well as some hard toys such as rattles and stuffed animals.
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