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The Labrador Retriever is prone to skin allergies, epilepsy, eye diseases and joint problems. Labradors can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasias which are potentially crippling abnormalities of joint formation that can be inherited from the dog’s parents or relatives. An x-ray examination of both parents and as many ancestors as possible indicating that they are free of this abnormality will help you avoid this condition in your pet.
Typically, Labradors are athletic and LOVE, LOVE to swim, also are great with pretty much all age groups, and are most of the time are very friendly, although it depends on the trainer, if you train your dog to be friendly and nice and you treat the dog nicely, they will be, but if you are using your dog as a guard dog and training it to be mean, it will be. So remember, the dogs personality is kind of based on the trainer.
The modern Labrador's ancestors originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The founding breed of the Labrador was the St. Johns Water Dog, a breed that emerged through ad-hoc breedings by early settlers of the island in the 16th century.
A Labradoodle is a “designer dog” that is a cross between the Labrador and the Poodle, a concept that originated in Australia. The intent of doing this cross-breed was to create a good service dog suitable for allergy sufferers , because of the poodle coat, however, there is no guarantee that this cross-breed will inherit the hypo-allergenic poodle coat.
The Chabrador, a mix between a Chow Chow and a Labrador. These dogs have the teddy bear look of a chow chow, but the personality of a Labrador. They don’t shed, because both Labradors and Chow Chows are strong dogs, Chabradors are VERY strong, even when at a young puppy age.