Labrador Retrievers come in basically 3 colors, black, yellow and chocolate colors. The black color is black or course, and the yellow can be in many different shades, as the same for a chocolate lab, from light chocolate to dark chocolate. Sometimes a Labrador Retriever might have a small patch of white on his or her chest, that is normal.
The Labrador Retriever's coat is fur is pretty cool actually. They have 2 layers of hair coats that protect them from cold and water. That is one of the reason the Labrador Retriever is such a nice hunting dog. Labrador Retrievers are great at fetching items, like toys and birds that have been shot from hunting.
The Labrador Retriever's first coat is soft and warm, this helps keep them dry and warm. The 2nd coat, or outer coat, is a harder coat, and it is the one that is almost water repellent. The water just about comes right off of the dogs when they get out of the water, and the first coat is keeping them warm. Of course you should never subject your dog to freezing cold water, but outside in the normal atmosphere, your Labrador Retriever should have no problems with swimming out into the water, and bring you back your toys or game, and the dog actually loves it!
Labrador Retrievers are one of the top, if not the top at any given time, the most dogs you will find in a back yard in America. Labrador Retrievers make great family pets, because they love to be around people, and they are great with children. The dogs are medium to large size, and average from 50 to 80 pounds for an average size Labrador Retriever.
Labrador Retrievers do not really make good watch dogs. They might scare someone away from their size, or their bark, but truth be told, they would rather lick someone to death, rather than stop them from taking your valuables.
Labrador Retrievers make a much better family or hunting dog, than they do a watch dog, but their size would still scare most people away, and professional burglars always say, they would rather break into a house with no dog, than a house with a dog.
Labrador Retrievers are just like their name says, they like to retrieve items, so playing fetch and teaching your dog to retrieve things for you, is what you dog will love the most!
If your wanting a good hunting dog, the Labrador Retriever is one of the best dogs you could get for this then. The Labrador Retriever is a nice weather resistant dog, which can hunt for hours and hours, and just might last longer than you when hunting!
The Retriever is a very smart dog, and they get excited, but not overly excited, which makes them great family dogs, and great hunting dogs. The Retriever is a very easy dog to teach, and will love to attend obedience classes with you.
The Labrador Retriever has a bushy tail, that is used when the dog is in the water and swimming. The tail is naturally shaped to give the dog an advantage while swimming, and he or she uses his or her tail as a rudder, to control the direction of their swim, when they have a toy or bird in their mouth, and they are swimming back to you or the boat with it.
If you are thinking about what kind of dog you might like to buy, make sure you have room for your dog to run around, or make sure you have the time to exercise him or her. A bored dog in a backyard, becomes a destructive dog, if your Labrador Retriever is digging up holes, and trying to break out, chances are, they are not getting enough exercise, Retrievers need plenty of exercise and fun times!