- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: low
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-14 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: aca, akc
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 get in daily walks and go outside and run at least once a day, and they get plenty of attention, they are 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 their vet regularly to stay healthy.
Being one of the most intelligent and highly 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. Overall, they are eager to please and tend to pick up on training quickly.
Labs have a double 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 double coats, they should be brushed at least once a week or a few times a week. They will shed moderately year-round and more heavily twice a year during seasonal shifts.
It’s important to check your Lab’s ears for dirt and wax buildup and clean them carefully as needed. This helps prevent ear infections. Their nails should also be trimmed monthly and their teeth brushed regularly as well. Proper dental care for dogs is essential for preventing the tartar buildup that leads to dental diseases like gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing their teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is a good start. You can also supplement your dental care efforts with dental hygiene chews, a special dental care diet, and more.
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.
A Fox Red Labrador Retriever generally lives 10 to 14 years.
Labrador Retrievers became one of the AKC’s most popular dog breeds in 1991 and has stayed towards the top ever since.