Ever wondered why a Labrador Retriever is the most common breed in the United States? Well, we will tell you. Undying loyalty, great personality, friendship, amazing intelligence… these are some of the benefits of owning a Labrador Retriever.
A Fox Red Lab is not a separate breed but simply a color variation of the yellow spectrum of Labrador Retrievers. So, whether you are looking for a furry friend with a friendly nature or one with a generous amount of curiosity and an outgoing attitude, a Fox Red Lab will surpass your expectations.
Although there aren’t a lot of controversies surrounding Fox Red Labs, some people don’t consider them to be purebred Labs. So, what can you expect from this breed if you decide to be a parent of one?
Well, like other pets, the breed comes with some challenges of its own. Here’s a highlight of both the pros and cons of owning a Fox Red Lab.
1.Striking and Rare Coat
One of the unique features of a Fox Red Lab is the color of their coats. They are not different from other standard Labs except in their coat pigments. Their coats tend to have a darker shed of yellow—something that is quite striking and rare! Apart from the coat color, they are stocky with thick otter-like tails and thick powerful necks. They also have a cute facial expression with beautiful, large round eyes.
2. Good Trainability
Labrador Retrievers rank number seven on the list of the most intelligent dogs in the world. If you plan on having a Fox Red Lab soon, keep in mind that your doggie will spend his days finding how things are done around the home. He will want to know how the refrigerator door is opened and how to fix himself a treat in your absence.
Unlike other dogs that wait to be told what to do all the time, a Fox Red Lab is very curious and quite independent on this front. This kind of drive and motivation is a perfect attribute for training a dog to adopt new behaviors.
Additionally, with an immense passion for being good to their parents, these dog breeds respond very well to training. Focus on training your pup indoor calmness, loose-leash walking, and no jumping. You should also ensure that you invest in plenty of chew toys to keep your Lab occupied.
3. Socialization skills
Apart from being smart, Fox Red Labrador Retrievers have exceptional socialization skills. This is why they fit well into many family structures. They are great friends with enough love to go around for everybody (kids, adults, livestock, and other pets). They are especially great at striking good relationships with their cantankerous and sharp-clawed cousins: cats. Of course, you should make proper introductions to avoid any unpleasant dog behavior.
4. Emotional stability
Another fantastic character trait of Labrador Retriever dog breeds is their stability. They are sweet and happy for the most part. They are very emotional and don’t shy away from sharing a strong emotional connection with their owners. This is why they make great support dogs.
With a Fox Red Lab, be sure you will get a smile and stable mood, behavior, character. Having said this, there are individual dogs in this breed that can be quite unstable but if you give your pup enough fun and play, you will have the best pup for life.
Compared to other purebred dog species, Labrador Retrievers are generally healthy. The reason is that they were bred for quite a long time for a demanding and practical job of work and are thus spared from major health issues led by conformation.
A Fox Red Lab is physically balanced which helps to keep them healthy. However, there are few illnesses and conditions you should look out for including ear infections, hip and elbow dysplasia, muscular dystrophy, idiopathic epilepsy.
5. A soft pout
In the past, Labradors were bred to retrieve prey such as fowl from fields and lakes. This led them to develop a soft pout that cannot bite down the prey but carry it safely to the required destination. This habit makes Fox Red Labs exceptionally good in fetching games. They are also easy to train not to bite.
With an outgoing personality and high intelligence, a Fox Red Lab can easily get bored if not properly entertained. Many Labradors between the ages of one and three often developed at dog shelters because of a wide range of behavioral issues.
Your pup requires a high dosage of exercise than other laid-back dog breeds. This is because, without the right amount of fun and play, your canine will develop destructive behaviors to try and kill boredom. If your home doesn’t have enough space, you might need to make arrangements to walk your dog every so often.
Apart from exercise, these middle-sized dog breeds need mental stimulation round the clock to kill boredom. Their intelligence demands this. A Fox Red Lab can easily become destructive if it gets bored in a bid to entertain himself.
You need to throw your pup plenty of challenges on a daily basis. This can be learning a new thing or performing a command correctly. If you don’t have the time to do this, get him sufficient puzzle toys and ensure they are filled on the regular.
A Fox Red Lab’s two-layered, waterproof coat is great for playing and sporting but sheds a little more than most other breeds. Although these dogs shed constantly, the more abundant shedding takes place twice a year – in the Fall and Spring. To keep up with it, perform regular brushing and grooming and invest in a quality vacuum cleaner to remove loose hairs.
3. Body odor
All dog breeds can give off an unpleasant odor if they are not regularly washed but Fox Red Labs are perhaps the worst of them all. This is because they produce more oil than other breeds to help keep their coats dry quickly. The downside of this is that it causes body odor. The solution is to bathe your dog regularly.
4. They may be Prejudiced in the show ring
Because a Fox Red Lab is scientifically a Yellow Lab, they are often allowed to be shown in the conformation ring as well as other obedience and performance competitions. However, judges tend to mark them less favorably compared to their traditional and lighter colored Lab counterparts. So, they are never likely to win or even come close to winning. So, if showing your pooch in any competition is a factor to you, then you should forgo the Fox Red Lab or simply try your hand on the traditional colored Labs. Alternatively, you should always be ready to move on if your Fox Red Lab doesn’t win these shows even if he is one of the best. However, if he wins, then you should definitely know that he’s a rare and outstanding Labrador specimen.
Important tips to help you take care of a Fox Red Lab
To help you take good care of your Fox Red Lab, here’s a list of things to do:
- Regular Brushing: Brushing your Labrador’s coat several times a week helps with the distribution if his natural oils. It also keeps the coat healthy so that it offers protection during the cold climate.
- Grooming: Like other dogs, your Fox Red Lab needs grooming from time to time. You need to trim his nails when you hear them produce a clicking sound as he walks around. Additionally, bath him regularly with dog shampoo to keep his coat looking fresh and beautiful. If you have a large dog, install a dog shower attachment to make washing easier. Apart from bathing, be sure to brush your dog’s teeth daily using toothpaste made for dogs. This will keep dental issues at bay.
- Take your dog for swimming: A Labrador loves to take a dip in the water just as much as you do. Whenever an opportunity to take him for swimming comes up, don’t let it pass. After a successful training session, consider rewarding him by letting her jump in the pool or lake.
- Get a leash: Fox Red Labs should be on a 6-foot leash when walking in the public. Choose one made from rope, nylon, or chain for comfort for both you and your pup.
- Purchase a collar for the dog: A collar helps keep your dog’s tags in place and helps ensure effective training. There are a number of collars on the market worth your money including a choke collar, a traditional collar, and a hybrid collar. Choose one that fits your dog’s needs.
- Excitement and fun: If you want a healthy, stable, and sweet Labrador, offer a ton of excitement and fun. Take them to the park, go for walks and jogs with them, play fetch, and give them puzzle toys.
- Plenty of food: Labradors love to eat. In fact, this is scientifically proven—Labradors lack the POMC genes (which tell dogs that they are full), so he is hungry most of the time. Accordingly, be sure to give them enough food for their nutritional requirements—about 3 cups of food per day. Be careful though lest they become overweight.
- Test your dog for common Labrador-related conditions: To keep your Fox Red Lab healthy all the time, ensure that he is tested for some of the top health conditions that are common with Labradors including Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, muscular dystrophy, idiopathic epilepsy, Exercise Induced Collapse (which can cause loss of muscle control), and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (which might lead to loss of vision).
Labradors are great pets that get along with everybody in the family. As they throw their intelligence around and shower you with love, don’t forget to reciprocate the same. Feed them well, train them, take them out for walks and exercise and find creative ways to bond with them. This way you can derive all the benefits of owning a Fox Red Lab.
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