Labrador Retriever Characteristics
The Labrador Retriever is kind, outgoing and eager to please. They are gentle, patient and reliable. They are extremely lovable and want to be part of their human family.
Labrador Retrievers (or Labs) were bred to help local fisherman haul net, fetch ropes, and retrieve loose fish – which explains their love of water. Labs love to have a job and make great therapy dogs or an assistance dog for the handicapped. They also excel at search and rescue jobs thanks to their courageous nature and athletic body.
They make good watch dogs as opposed to guard dogs, as they are alert and vigilant, but normally not aggressive.
Labs are very people-oriented and crave human attention. They are devoted to their family and have a sweet, gentle nature. They do have a high energy level, though, and need adequate exercise. If not properly exercised, they can become destructive. Early training is required as lab puppies are very hyperactive and need to be taught good manners.
Labrador Retriever Inherited Disease and Traits Testing Panels
We can offer the below tests for the Labrador singularly or as combos or as included in the most comprehensive Panel “DogCheck 4.0”:
- Degenerative Myelopathy which is a devastating degenerative disease of the spinal cord that can progress rapidly and cause weakness in the hind limbs and eventually paraplegia among genotypically affected dogs.
- Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM) which is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder. Affected pups start with significant weight loss at just a few weeks of age. Within a few months, there is a loss of tendon reflexes, awkward gait and exercise intolerance.
- Cystinuria which is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder and is characterized by the formation of cystine stones in the kidney, ureter, and bladder.
- Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC); dogs will often begin to exhibit leg weakness followed by a complete collapse after just 5 to 15 minutes of strenuous activity.
- Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK) which is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder. Affected dogs begin showing clinical signs around six to twelve months of age. They develop dry, rough crusts on the tip of the nose. In extreme cases, the nose will crack causing severe discomfort.
- PRA-prcd which is inherited as an autosomal recessive disease. Degeneration of both rod and cone photoreceptor cells of the retina of PRA-prcd affected dogs usually occurs 3 to 5 years of age or later.
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For the above tests, if done singularly or as combos, we offer the results in 7-10 working days from receipt of samples to the laboratory.
If they are all included in the most comprehensive test called “DogCheck 4.0“, hich also gives information about coat colour traits, the turnaround is 3-4 weeks from receipts of the samples to the laboratory. Please refer to the list below to see all the genes tested in this case.
Dog DNA Tests
We offer a range of DNA Tests for Dogs, please click on the links below or Contact Us for more information.
Dog Intolerance Test
The Dog Intolerance Test checks for your dog’s sensitivity to 152 food and 48 environmental and artificial allergens.. Click here to read more about the At Home Dog Intolerance Test.
Dog Paternity Test
Our Dog DNA Paternity Test is a quick and easy way to accurately determine the parentage of your canine. Fast, accurate and conclusive results. Click here to read more about our Dog Paternity Test.
Labrador Retriever Interesting Facts
Labrador Retrievers are registered in three colours: black, yellow (anything from light cream to “fox-red”), and chocolate (medium to dark brown). Puppies of all colours can potentially occur in the same litter.