The Working Labradors are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world. They have been bred since the early 1900’s and their popularity continues to grow. These dogs were originally developed for hunting small game such as rabbits, squirrels, hares, birds etc. Today they are used for search and rescue work and other tasks requiring agility and speed. Some working labs even perform well in obedience competitions! They make excellent family pets too because they love children very much!
Labradors are a medium sized dog with long legs and thick fur. Their coats range from light brown to black, but all are similar in appearance. They weigh between 20 – 30 pounds (9-14 kg) and come in many colors including chocolate, white, cream, red/tan, gray and fawn. Most have a straight back and short legs. They have large heads with big round eyes which give them a friendly look when looking at humans or each other.
They have a strong jaw and powerful necks. A typical working labrador has a solid body, but is not overly muscled.
They are usually calm and docile with good temperaments. They do not bark often, but if they sense danger they will bark loudly enough to attract attention. Some working labs are known to be stubborn and independent, while others like the company of their owners and enjoy being left alone most of the time. These are two different philosophies of working with labradors and you should decide on what is best for you.
Working labs come in three main types: field line, hunting line and show line.
The field line dogs are mainly bred for their tracking abilities. They have a very good sense of smell that allows them to follow trails even after days have passed. They are bred by hunters who like to followkowski.
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