Their tails are "otter-like", thick and dense to allow for swimming, when retrieving game. They are excellent and intelligent hunters as well. (Tarrant, 1996) Their best feature is their temperament. Labs are loving, people oriented dogs and require as much attention as they do food and water (prodogs.com). They are known to be kindly, outgoing, tractable in nature, eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal. Their intelligence and adaptability makes them ideal dogs. (akc.org)
My dog will be living in my home in Rochester, New York. He will have an oat filled pillow bed and ample room both indoors and outdoors to run around. Our yard is approximately one hectare and is surrounded by invisible fencing, which is good because labs are prone to running away. He will spend much of his time outside; except during especially cold or humid days. Humidity can cause "hot spots" or bacterial infections and will be avoided whenever possible (encarta.com). Our home is both heated and air-conditioned so his sleeping and eating areas will be maintained at approximately 72oC throughout the year.
As in most of the Northern Hemisphere, New York has a temperate deciduous forest climate, which is acceptable for the Labradors temperature requirements. (2001, Encarta) Our Labrador will live in a home with my family, which means that he will have ample attention. My two little siblings will more than occupy him. He will also be taken to Mendon Ponds Park, in Mendon NY, once a week. There he will be able to swim and interact with other dogs, as he would in the wild.
I will breed my dog to a bitch that has been cleared with either the OFA (orthopedic foundation for animals) or Wind-Morgan because Labradors from clear parents have a better chance of not developing many common Lab ailments such as hip and elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Retinal Dysplasia (www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu). I will also breed to a show line bitch because I am looking for a pup with good confirmation and temperament versus a field line dog that would be more heavily bred for hunting and retrieving abilities.
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