A Friend for life
The hunting Labrador in particular is a breed that is constantly immensely popular. It is a dog that fits in with a family that has an active leisure time and with a hunter. It really does matter what you activate a hunting Labrador with, as long as you activate it. Then it is fun to practice retrieval and hunting with a labrador, as the labrador is bred to hunt and retrieve. Whoever you are, regardless of whether you hunt or move a lot in the woods and nature, you will love having a kind and affectionate labrador by your side. It will be a friend for life.
Pick the right Kennel
It is often said that there are three different types of Labradors, exhibition Labradors, ”dual purpose” and hunting Labradors. I usually say that there are only two different labradors, an exhibition labrador and a hunting labrador. Dual purpose is seldom good and mostly an invention. You can usually see the difference between an ordinary show Labrador and a hunting Labrador, the ordinary Labrador is larger in the body and does not give an equally painful and energetic impression. You do not need to activate an ordinary Labrador as much as a hunting Labrador. Of course you can teach an ordinary labrador to hunt, you can teach all dogs to hunt. Only the results can vary. If you choose a hunting Labrador, it is almost certain that you will get a dog with a lot of will to learn, a lot of drive and what they love most, is to hunt and train. I have heard the expression that the Labradors are ”Hunting Dog’s Formula 1”, and I am prepared to agree. They are fast, incredibly fast, and not only that, they are also fast in the head. They are very easy to learn and they love to be challenged and learn new things. Their positive outlook and joy are also contagious.
If you want to buy a hunting Labrador, be sure to choose a kennel that breeds hunting Labradors and nothing else. Many of these kennels sell only to active hunters, some do not even sell to only hunters but also only to hunters who are to have the Labrador for retrieval. So when you contact a kennel, be prepared to be questioned. They usually cover everything, from puppy time until the dog is an adult and how to activate his labrador. It pays to be well prepared, look for several kennels and contact them all. Leave a serious impression, even if you are not hunting with the Labrador, the breeder can feel that you will give the dog a loving and active home.
Activate your hunting labrador
These dogs must be activated. It is A and O to get a happy and well-balanced dog. Then if you choose to hunt with it or to train it in tracks and search, it does not matter but a dog like this must be activated to feel good.
Hunt with your Labrador
The hunting Labrador is very multifaceted and can be taught to do a lot. They are mainly bred to work after the shot, they will then locate the shot game and pick it up for the shooter. To be a good retriever, you have bred on dog lines that can sit still and completely silent for several hours and just wait for a sign from your driver. Meanwhile, the dog studies everything in its environment, if it sees a bird fall to the ground, the dog should discover it and know which direction to run. When the dog handler then gives his signal, the Labrador should run at full speed, straight towards the bird lying on the ground. Pick up the bird and then bring it back to its driver or shooter. It’s the main occupation of a hunting Labrador.
But, these dogs are incredibly good at so much more. You can train a hunting Labrador to search, they are an absolutely fantastic snout. If you train your dog correctly, you will get a fantastic search dog that can go after most game and look them up. If you are lucky, you get a labrador with sharpness that can pull down an injured deer as well. If you want, you can also train your hunting Labrador to hunt ungulates and other game above ground. Because they are so fast, you should only use them as a shock dog, they seek out the game and speed up the game, but after a couple of hundred meters, the dog should return to its driver. Then one can hope that the game chooses to go up in the passport of a passport shooter. You could say that they should find the game and make them go away, where they stop hunting. Because Labradors are bred to be quiet, you can advantageously put a bell on your dog, so that the game can hear when the dog comes and then it will not be as stressed. A game that is not as stressed comes much calmer to the pass shooters.
Hunting Labrador whitout hunting?
It is not possible to mention this too often, but if you do not activate your labrador, you will get an unhappy dog. If you do not want to hunt with your dog, it must be activated with other things where the brain is activated at the same time as the body. These can hardly be physically exhausted but also need a mental stimulus.
You can train your dog to whatever you want and just one Labrador is smart enough to learn most things. There is a reason why the customs and the police authority use hunting labradors as drug search dogs. So of course you can own a hunting Labrador without hunting with it. There is so much else you can activate your dog with that gives it a happy life.
A family dog?
It is difficult to find a kinder and happier breed. There are individuals within all dog breeds but this dog breed loves everyone all the time. The tail is always waving and they have a genuine joy to learn new things and just be with their family. If there are guests, it’s just fun, more people who can pet the dog. Children do very well with Labradors and if you teach the dog at an early age, it will also go well with cats or other pets. The person who wants a friendly hunting companion with lots of energy, hunting desire, will-to-please, solid fetch instinct and a harmonious family member, that person should choose a hunting Labrador.
- Weight – Male dog: 29–36 kg, Female: 25–31 kg
- Height – Male dog: 58 cm, female: 55 cm
- Appearance – Raised ears, usually
- Energy level – High
- Lifespan – 10 – 12 years
- Tendency to drool – small
- Tendency to snore – small
- Tendency to bark – small
- Tendency to dig – small
- Fur – short and smooth
- Colors – Black or yellow (hunting lines) Brown is available as party labradors
- General fur care needs – low
A labrador matures at a medium speed, it reaches its adult height at 6 – 12 months of age but continues to build muscle until the age of two.