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Top 11 Articles on The Lab Brats Dog Blog in 2010

Yes, 2010 has been a great and yet interesting year for me and my beloved Chocolate Labrador Retrievers, Dakota and Cheyenne. To highlight the year, I’ve compiled the top 11 articles on our Labrador Retriever Dog Blog for 2010 – as voted by the wonderful readers. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them!

1. Lab Weight Scale
So many people e-mail me asking what the proper weight is for a Labrador Retriever or how big their pup will get. Lab owners must realize that each Lab is different plus there are two distinct types of Labs: American (Field) Labs and English (Show) Labs. Our Lab Brats are the English breed and therefore are larger than the leaner American Labs. However, with Cheyenne & Dakota’s help, we have put together this age weight scale based on the Lab Brats themselves. Now, remember, the Lab Brats are full blood sisters from the same dame and sire but from two separate litters.

2. When do Lab puppies calm down?
If you are new to the Labrador Retriever world and you have a new puppy, you may be wondering when Lab puppies finally calm down. First, for those that do not know, the Labrador Retriever breed is not for those that want to lay back on the couch and toss back a few beers. Labs are people dogs meaning that they are very sociable and do not like to be left on their own all the time. They have a great deal of enthusiasm and energy. That is why it is important for this breed to get plenty of exercise and social interaction.

3. Labrador Retriever Eye Discharge
I thought this was over! When Dakota was a puppy, she started to develop a colored discharge in the corner of her right eye shortly after we brought her home. We thought it may have been the dog food we put her on at the time and started to switch her to a better dog food to help clear up her eye as well as take care of her dry, flaky skin. Now, at a little over a year old, she has developed the same yellowish colored discharge and her sister, Cheyenne, has decided that Dakota shouldn’t be the only one to have it. That initiated my search on the Internet to get more information about eye discharge in Labrador Retrievers and I was able to find the following informative article.

4. How much to feed Labs?
In a normal week, the Lab Brats receive at least a handful of emails specifically asking how much Labrador Retriever owners should feed their dogs daily. I remember that when I was a newbie to the Lab dog breed, there was a lot of confusion in our house because 1) Labs will keep eating until they explode if you let them and 2) too much weight on this large breed dog’s hips and you can have some serious canine hip dysplasia. I read everything I could get my hands on online, read almost every single dog food label in the pet stores, checked with our veterinarian (who is owned by 2 black Labs himself) and solicited all the wonderful Lab owner friends I had made online. My head was spinning.

5. What are Brindle Labs?
It seems that there are many new Labrador Retriever owners that are confused about what denotes a purebred Lab. Some believe that any mismarks, brindling or mosaic coloration demonstrates a mixed Lab breed or a non-reputable dog breeder. This, however, is not entirely true.

6. 4 Best and Healthiest Dog Food Brands
Choosing the best dog food for your pup is one of the most important decisions you will make as a responsible dog owner. With so many dog foods to choose from and ingredient lists that make your head spin, which dog food not only the best for your beloved canine companion but also will health it live a long and healthy life as part of your family? One dog lover asks the question: what dog food brands are bad and which are good?

7. Infected Canine (Puppy) Acne?
Dakota and Cheyenne have both had puppy acne before – a pimple here or there but now I am concerned. Last night we started to notice blood on certain things that Cheyenne was brushing up against or putting her head on. We took a closer look and found that her puppy acne exploded and it is just getting worse!

8. Best Dog Food For Labrador Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers love to run and play but when you notice that your dog is starting to get muscle cramps after your morning run, it’s time to take notice and look at the possible causes.

9. Hard of listening Lab
Question: My fiancée and I adopted a 4 year old purebred female chocolate lab from friends of our family. She is very obedient both in the house and on a leash, but when she gets outside she does not respond to her name, won’t sit, play or anything of the sort other than sit and bark at us when we approach her.

10. 5 Reasons Dogs Won’t Eat
Question: My 9 month old female chocolate Lab has stopped eating for the pass 2 days. I don’t know what to do or why she has stopped eating. Can you please [help] me?

11. Don’t Shave Me!
I keep receiving emails and post comments from people asking whether or not they should shave their Labrador Retriever to keep them cool during the summer. The answer is simple: NO!

Did your favorite blog post make the list? If not, which one did you like most?