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What is the Breed of the Month? 

Each month Westgate features information on a different breed of dog or cat. These articles provide historical information, as well as information on potential health concerns and preventative care measures that may benefit these different breeds.  Click on the picutre below to learn more about your favorite breed!




breed of month vJan January: Shih Tzu February: The exotic shorthair March: Great Dane April: English Bulldog May: Ragdoll June: Golden Retriever November: Scottish Fold July: King Charles August: Maine Coon September: Labrador October: Pug December: Standard Poodle

September: The Labrador Retriever

lab freeHistory of the Breed
 
The Labrador's lineage goes back to 16th century Newfoundland.  This dog was the fisherman's working dog, helping to carry ropes to boats and retrievinng fishing nets in the water.  The labrador's predessor, the St. John's water dog, had tuxedo markings of a white chest, feet, chin and muzzle.  This trait will occasionally be expressed in our modern day labradors as a white spot on the chest (known as a medallion), or stray white hairs on the feet or muzzle. 
 
Valued for it's loyal and brave personality, the labrador retriever is the quinesential dog.  Friends with everyone, the labrador makes a great family dog.  Labradors love being outdoors and need plenty of exercise.  They are excellent at the job they were bred to do, which is retrieving.  If your family is not one of hunters, then labradors would love to retrieve sticks and balls to fullfill that natural instinct. 
 
Health Concerns
 
 
 
Preventative Care Recommendations
 
Because labradors are prone to ear infections, begin cleaning and handling the ears when they are puppies so that they tolerate having their ears treated if they get an infection.
 
Keep your labrador retriever lean.  Obesity can make joint problems (like hip dysplasia) and respiratory problems (like laryngeal paralysis) worse.  If you need help analyzing your dog's food, or getting your pet to lose weight, please consult with your veterinarian.
 
Labradors shed a lot!  Regular brushing is helpful.  Have you seen the furminator?  
 
Labradors are happiest when they get to retrieve and have plenty of exercise everyday. 
 
 

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