You can’t tell merely by looking whether or not a dog is a pedigreed purebred Labrador retriever. There are many ways to look at a dog’s pedigree. Dogs that have a pedigree are simply purebreds, as the term implies. Finding that a lab has a pedigree doesn’t guarantee that it’s of high quality, however. However, a lack of pedigree can be a sign of a careless breeding operation.
Proof of three generations back from the puppy and at least one title dog in the puppy’s lineage are both required to determine whether or not a Labrador is purebred. In reality, every dog has a pedigree, which is nothing more than a record of his ancestry. The pedigree papers are the only method to determine your lab’s history with certainty. It’s a whole other ballgame to get to know them.
Several generations back, there is a lot of information on this documentation about both mother and paternal grandparents. These are, in fact, AKC documents. Having a pedigree on a dog indicates that it is a purebred.
A dog’s pedigree history is meticulously documented by the American Kennel Club (AKC). A dog that is a mix or a mongrel will never be registered. In order to ensure the whole family history of your Lab, you will need to obtain pedigree papers. It’s listed in the papers whether any of the dogs are champions.
A champion dog’s offspring are more likely to be champions as well. Champions have proven themselves to be the best in their respective breeds by participating in and winning a variety of tournaments. Additionally, if your Lab has a pedigree, it means there hasn’t been any inbreeding in its lineage. Genetic abnormalities can occur from inbreeding. Breeders can ensure the health and strength of their progeny by preventing inbreeding.
Once fully grown, a Labrador retriever is classified as a medium to large dog. Male and female Labrador retrievers can both reach a height of roughly 25 inches when fully mature. When fully mature, the Lab will weigh between 70 and 80 pounds. A rough estimate of how big your Lab will grow up to be can be gained from this information. A puppy’s anticipated growth rate is critical information to have under your belt.
The typical Lab purebred will have the following characteristics: a short and thick coat, a well-defined head and prominent brow, a distinct black outer lining around the eyes, a physically powerful and well-developed body, ears that fall close to the skull and are situated a little above the eyes, and their hallmark tail that resembles that of an otter. It should be thickest at the base and get thinner as it gets closer to the tip. It should be around the same width as it is tall. A docked or otherwise changed tail is strictly prohibited.
In addition to having large nostrils, a deep chest, a broad muzzle, and rather lengthy legs, seek for a dog with tremendous stamina when spotting one. Its back is wide, well-developed and muscular from the hip down to the hock of a Labrador Retriever.