Silver Lab: Everything you need to know
So you’re thinking about getting a dog and are considering getting a Labrador. Before you choose a lab for your animal companion, you should know that there are lots of different kinds of Labradors out there. There are choco labs, black labs, yellow labs, and then there are silver labs.
Silver labs are considered one of the more uncommon colors for these dogs. They are purported to be a spin-off of chocolate Labradors, which are also rather rare when compared with black labs.
Silver labs, are in essence, Labradors with a coat that shimmers like silver but are similar in physical attributes with every other dog of the same breed. They have a rather stocky build, are relatively strong, and have somewhat square bodily proportions. They are considered work dogs because of their build.
Aside from these features, labs are blessed with strong legs and pretty strong shoulders, which help make them fast. They have a strong jaw and a broad head, stands up to 24 inches tall when full grown, and can weigh up to 80 lbs.
They have short, dense, straight hair. The outer coat of their fur is somewhat coarse while the undercoat is rather soft and thick. Their fur is relatively waterproof and can repel water droplets easily. Their eye colors range from brown to hazel.
One notable thing about the Labrador is their demeanor. No matter what color your lab is, whether you have a choco lab or a silver lab, they are relatively the same in temperament. They are instinctively hunters and love to roam. If trained properly, they easily follow instructions and are very obedient.
Their temperament makes them ideal pets for families since they are very friendly and love human company. They are very intelligent, which is why they are easy to teach. Their friendly nature makes it easy for them to adjust to whoever is around them. They can get along with both humans and other creatures, which is probably why they aren’t an ideal choice for guard dogs.
Since these dogs have a rather water resistant coat, they don’t require constant bathing. They can be bathed once every two months and brushed once a day. They do shed a lot so investing in a good vacuum cleaner might be a good idea.
Brush their teeth twice a week to prevent decay and bad breath. If you are able, brushing their teeth once a day is a good idea. As for their nails, these should be trimmed once every month. The telltale sign that their nails are too long is when you hear these clicking on your floor as they walk.
To keep your silver lab as healthy as possible, regular exercise is needed. Since they are dogs with a high level of energy, they should be allowed to burn that off with lots of physical activity. Some of the activities these dogs love doing include swimming, running, and playing with others.
Aside from exercise, silver labs have to be kept trim with proper nutrition. One of their biggest problems is gaining weight, particularly if they are overfed and kept sedentary. To stop them from becoming obese, keep treats to a minimum and keep them on a schedule when it comes to their meals.
History & Background
The Labrador is a descendant of a dog that was bred in a coastal province of Canada located near the Labrador Sea, hence the breed’s name. Earlier labs were brought to Britain and was further refined into the current Labrador Retriever that people love. The American Kennel Club acknowledged this breed in 1917, with the dog gaining more popularity from then till now for its demeanor and look.