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LisaCC   

As Aussie lover said, yes there are different types of lab but if Ernie is from show lines he will probably be of the stockier type once he matures, he is still young though :)

An entire male will generally be thicker set than a dog desexed young too. My lab from show lines who was desexed at 6 months still continued filling out until around 3 years of age. But he was taller and had less muscle in some areas (like head) than his intact siblings. He was still a big thick boy though, at a lean, active, ideal condition he was 36kgs, whenever he dropped below 34kgs we knew we were in trouble with his IBD.

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Thank you. His dad was a bit of a boofa and his mum looked slimmer and leaner. I don't care how he turns out, though i will not let him get fat. The fat labs I see at the park look to be in pain. He IS still very young (7.5 Months) so I'm sure his true 'adult' appearance is a fair bit away.

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LisaCC   

Thank you. His dad was a bit of a boofa and his mum looked slimmer and leaner. I don't care how he turns out, though i will not let him get fat. The fat labs I see at the park look to be in pain. He IS still very young (7.5 Months) so I'm sure his true 'adult' appearance is a fair bit away.

Might be going through a lanky stage at that age, puppies go through some very funny looks biggrin.gif

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And within field bred Labs there are English, American, Irish and Australian lines. The Guide/Assistance lines are different again - you want a dog with stamina but not as much prey drive as a full blown retrieving dog...could be MOST embarrassing!!!

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Ernie's only drive lately is food. You'd think I starved him.

He's starting Rally/Obedience in January because he needs something to do besides EAT.

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Ernie's only drive lately is food. You'd think I starved him.

He's starting Rally/Obedience in January because he needs something to do besides EAT.

Haha I'm pretty sure that applies to most labs.

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Thank you. His dad was a bit of a boofa and his mum looked slimmer and leaner. I don't care how he turns out, though i will not let him get fat. The fat labs I see at the park look to be in pain. He IS still very young (7.5 Months) so I'm sure his true 'adult' appearance is a fair bit away.

The adult appearance (for my two male labbies) was between the second and third year - I now have a bitch puppy who wont' be neutered until she's about 18 months - 2 years and i'm wondering how she'll physically mature in comparison to the boys (one has passed on).

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Hello every one.

 

I used to have 2 choccy labs but sadly they have passed.

Hank was a english style lab stocky boy,short nose,thick waggy tail,boof head.

 

I wanna get another one like him,but this time a black one (male).

Either a puppy or young labrador less than 2 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Papillon Kisses said:

Welcome to the forum. :)

 

I'm sorry for your losses.

 

The Labrador thread in the Breeds 101 forum will give you an idea of things to look for in breeders and questions to ask. You can also contact the Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria. The club has some great resources on their website too. :)

Thank you.

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TomsMum   

Hi, I'm Julie and I am Mum to Thomas, who has a Labrador disability/seizure response dog, named Tori.
We are first time dog owners so struggling a bit with so much conflicting info out there about feeding Tori properly. I am embarrassed to say that she weighs a tad over 40 kg. I know I am feeding her incorrectly, I must be!
When Tori came to us (2 years ago) so came with instructions on the (expensive food) to feed her. I kept it up for almost a year but at the expense of other things like bills and food.

I ended up buying bags of supermarket branded kibble and the rolls of Natures (something-or-other) meat rolls. 

She was getting 3 cups of kibble and about 400g of the roll each night. Her poos were terrible! I cut out the meat roll and now feed her 4 cups of kibble a night with a cup of warm water poured over it to make it a bit soupy (I started the water because I once bought a brand she didn't like so was dissolving half a stock cube in water to make it more palatable until I could afford to buy a different brand. Now she expects to have "soup" every night...how smart are these dogs??........and how dumb am I??)

 

Anyway I have rambled one (sorry)... I am really hoping to have a question answered if that's OK?


How much, and what do I feed Tori?
What is best to 'treat' her?

 

Things to consider:

  • I am on a pension and pay ridiculous rent and really cannot afford big brands.
  • Bones really scare me because she eats so fast and I've read horror stories about bones splintering etc.
  • Treats are usually 1 dry cat biscuit at a time. When she is working, she gets rewarded regularly for following commands. she probably gets a small handful of cat bickies 2 times a week in all.)
  • She occasionally has a pigs ear to chew.
  • She gets no table scraps at all (in fact 'human food' is forbidden for service dogs so they aren't tempted by food bits on the ground when she is working.)
  • She appears to be starving to death all.the.damned.time!
  • The only food she hates is carrot. She will accept a carrot off me, only to promptly grate a neat little pile for me to clean up! (She loves apple though!) 

Thanks so much for reading this ramble and I hope to hear back.

 

Julie 

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