Country of Origin: Canada
  • Activity Level: high
  • Grooming Level: low
  • Trainability: high
  • Adaptability: high
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Average Size: Medium
  • Average Lifespan: 12-19 years
  • Prey Drive: low
  • Watchdog: aware
  • Registered?: aca, akc
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Fox Red Labrador Retriever Breed Profile

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Fox Red Labradors are a rare-colored version of the Labrador Retriever. As with the Silver and Charcoal Labs, they are currently not recognized by the AKC based on the Fox Red color. Despite this, they can be registered as a purebred Yellow Labrador Retriever, as the darker colored coat is not considered to be a disqualifying factor. Due to its unique and certainly eye-catching color, the Fox Red Labrador continues to grow in popularity.

Labrador Retrievers are known for being exceptionally sweet. They yearn to be a part of a family, and fit right in when joining one. Fox Red Labrador Retrievers follow suit. They are usually calm, and don’t provoke easily. When Fox Red Labs want to play, they’ll let you know by exhibiting excitement – but won’t go overboard in the display. They’re content to play at your leisure as long as they get to run.

Fox Red Labradors can adapt to most settings. They prefer larger spaces, as they are larger dogs, but they won’t turn up their noses at a smaller apartment. As long as this dog breed has a chance to go outside and run at least once a day, and it gets plenty of attention, it’s content. They are not overly affected by cold weather, but because they have a dense double coat they can become sensitive to high temperatures. The Fox Red Retriever is happiest when in the presence of people, and likes to be with his family whenever possible.

Fox Red Labs are a generally healthy breed, especially when proper attention is paid to screening potential genetic issues. Some things to watch for with this dog breed are weight gain, which can lead to joint problems, and Gastric Torsion. Make sure your Fox Red Labrador Retriever sees his vet regularly to stay healthy.

Being one of the most intelligent and trainable breeds out there, any color variant of the Labrador Retriever is ideal for beginner dog owners. They can become stubborn at times, so asking an obedience trainer for help never hurts.

Labs have a dual coat which consists of a short, thick top coat and a soft, water-resistant undercoat. Grooming a Fox Red Lab is a treat – they love spending one-on-one time with their owners. Since they have dual coats, they should be groomed at least once a week and brushed once a day. They will still shed occasionally, and definitely during seasonal shifts. It’s important to check your Lab’s ears for dirt and wax buildup and clean them carefully. Their teeth should be brushed each week, and their nails trimmed once per month.

The activity level of the Fox Red Labrador Retriever is fairly high. While they will settle down a bit with age, they will always have that puppy spirit even in their twilight years. When trained, Labrador Retrievers can become impressive athletes in swimming, running, and obstacle courses.

Fox Red Labs are between 50 and 90 pounds, and stand between 20 and 25 inches tall.

This dog breed has a moderately long life-span at roughly 10 to 12 years.