Red fox Labradors are purebred Labradors that are a slightly darker shade than the traditional yellow Labradors. These beautiful dogs are one of the most loyal dogs around, they are bred majorly for their rare colored fur, and they are also extremely rare themselves. These adorable creatures are perfect family pets and are very friendly and affectionate, they are also one of the most intelligent dogs in the world and can be trained to do almost anything, and they also have an independent trait and like to do things by themselves.
History of the Red Fox Labradors
The history of these intelligent pups can be traced to Newfoundland in Canada, they were originally dogs used by hunters who worked with fishermen, and they helped their masters to collect catches like fishes and ducks.
A close ancestry to the Red fox Labradors is the St John's dog which the visiting nobles from England were so fascinated by it that they took it with them all the way to Great Britain.
Over the years, the breed was refined, and they were named the Labrador retriever because of their unique capabilities. The Red fox Labradors are just a different color variant of the main Labradors.
In the year 1917, they were officially registered in America, and since then, they have been introduced to various parts of the world, and they have gone to become the most popular dog breed in America according to the AKC (American Kennel Club).
The red color of the Labrador dogs is a sign of genetic evolution as the original Labrador dogs did not have that color. In the olden days, people of that time did not appreciate it.
The red color of the dogs, so there is a slight possibility that many of them were culled at birth since, according to their genetics, they must have started the color evolution many years ago.
Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club does not recognize the red color of the Labradors, though the breed has gained popularity throughout the world. Red fox Labradors are recognized as a variant of the yellow Labradors, and so they are registered as yellow Labradors.
APPEARANCE AND SIZE
The appearance of Red fox Labradors is no different from any other Labrador, and the only major difference is the red color of their coat though it is referred to as a darker or deeper shade of the yellow Labrador.
Their color is marked as Fox Red because it is the same color as a Red fox. Some of them are also born with a slightly deeper shade of pink in the pigment of their skin, in their nose color, or around their muzzle. Some others also share distinct black color features as their ancestors. It is also more common for them to have white spots on their underbelly.
Just like most animals, the Red fox Labrador males are slightly bigger than their females, with the males measuring about 22.5 inches to 24.5 inches in length from their shoulders to their paws and weighing about 65 to 80 pounds, while the females record a length of about 21.5 inches to 23.5 inches also from their shoulders to their paws and about 55 to 70 pounds in weight.
They are chunky dogs with stout and puissant necks, they also have otter-like tails that are incredibly thick, and they have very attractive facial expressions with large expressive round eyes. Red fox Labradors have broad skulls, large heads, and strong jaws, their ears hang at the sides of their heads and are floppy, and they also have a level back and a strong build which makes them to be considered as medium to large-sized dogs. They also possess weather-resistant coats with webbed feet that increase their swimming skills and make it easier for them to move around in the water.
Their coats are straight and dense, but they are short in length even though the length does not stop them from shedding. Their coats also act as a waterproof guard, which insulates them and helps to regulate their body's temperature. Red fox Labradors also have a soft pout since, in the past, they were used to fetch prey and carry them to their masters without biting down on them. The attractive frame of the Red fox
Labradors are often mistaken for other dog breeds like the Vizsla and the Lab and Rhodesian ridgeback mix.
These dogs are known to be heavy shedders, so it is important to brush their hair daily, though they have a shedding season which is mostly during the spring and autumn when it is advisable to brush their hair regularly.
A slicker brush proves to be very handy because it reaches the soft undercoat and removes the excess hair. A rubber mitt brush is also good for smoothening the coat and removing loose or dead hairs. These brushes can be found in pet gadget stores.
Since Red fox Labradors have short hair, they don't need their hairs to be shaved, clipped, or trimmed, as this could prove to be harmful to them by affecting their natural ability to regulate their body's temperature.
Their nails should be trimmed as soon as they start getting too long or as soon as they start making clicking noises when the dog is walking, and they should be bathed regularly every month with dog shampoo to keep their coat looking neat and attractive, regular brushing of their teeth with dog toothpaste is also advised to avoid dental problems.
Red Fox Labradors, like other dogs, look more attractive with collars. There are various collars available for dogs, and any one of them would look nice on the dog. You can also purchase an attractive leash for taking the dog walking.
Friendly, active, and outgoing are some of the attributes of Red fox Labradors. They are majorly energetic and full of fun. They are playful and affectionate towards everyone, especially in a family. As long as they fraternized with people as a pup, they will be nice and gentle with children and other animals.
They can also get quickly bored if they are not entertained, and this can lead them to develop behavioral issues. They are known to develop destructive habits in a bid to entertain themselves and kill boredom. They are also extremely intelligent and are not difficult to train as they are extremely responsive and eager to please.
Red fox Labradors live for quite a number of years. Their average lifespan is between 10 to 12 years.
They are majorly healthy dogs with no major causes for alarm. The rare color of their coat also has no effect on their health in any way.
They are affected by generally the same health issues as any color of Labradors, and it is advisable that they are tested for Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Exercise Induced Collapse, which is when they can suffer a loss of muscular control owning to rigorous exercises and they should also be tested by an ophthalmologist for diseases like Progressive Retinal Atrophy which can ultimately lead to a total loss of vision or blindness, some other conditions that may occur are; Muscular dystrophy, Ear infections, Idiopathic epilepsy, Gastric dilation or Volvulus and Obesity.
TRAINING AND EXERCISE
These breeds of dogs are very active and are one of the most trainable dogs in the world. They need at least 60 minutes of active exercises each day which needs to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated.
There are a number of activities to engage Red fox Labradors with. They can range from swimming in lakes to participating in local agility events. They can also be engaged in retrieving sticks and Frisbees. They are very good at retrieving things like their name, and they are golden retrievers.
They are also very popular assistance dogs for blind and disabled people. They are also great support dogs as they show more empathy than most dogs. Since they are very active dogs, they require about two walks per day. They can also play games of tag, catch, hide and seek, and others.
These dogs are eager to learn and love to see their owners happy. In order to train them, all you need is a mixture of patience and consistency as they view training as a big and they are always happy to learn.
METHOD OF BREEDING
Red fox Labradors are rare colored Labradors, and as such, it takes two red-colored Labradors to produce more red-colored offspring since the red color gens are recessive in nature. If the red-colored Labrador is bred with another color of Labrador, it will produce the other color of Labrador offspring because other colors of Labrador possess dominant color genes.
They usually produce about five to nine litter of puppies though some can also produce more than that, the puppies are born majorly after a gestation period of about 58 to 68 days, and it takes between nine months to one year for them to be fully grown though they are believed to mature between the age of 2 to 3 years.
FOOD AND DIET
The Red fox Labradors love to eat a lot, and this is probably due to the absence of POMC genes that inform dogs when they are full, so they are always hungry all of the time. They require enough food to meet their nutritional requirements, they need about 3 cups of food to get through the day, but extra care should be taken when feeding them at least they become obese. As young pups, they require a lot more food than an adult does, and after six months, they can graduate to adult food. Nutritional value of food should be considered greatly when shopping, their food should be full of proteins and fat gotten from natural sources, and they can also eat human foods like yogurt and peanut butter. Meals should be rationed, and eating out of mealtimes should be discouraged to prevent bloating and obesity. A total of eight hundred calories is the allocated amount of calories encouraged for an adult Red fox Labrador, for example, 2 cups of kibble per day. You should also watch out for the dog food you give your pup.
WHY SHOULD YOU PURCHASE RED FOX LABRADORS?
Red fox Labradors are an attractive and intelligent dog breed, so there are a number of reasons why you.
should purchase them, some of the reasons are:
1. One major reason to purchase a Red fox Labrador is precise because of their uniqueness, the color of their coat is very striking and rare, their beautiful kind eyes and facial expressions make them a lovable companion.
2. Another reason to purchase a Red fox Labrador is their emotional stability. This amazing trait causes them to provide emotional support and empathy to their owners when they are sad, and they also have a stable mood and are relatively happy dogs.
3. One major cause of concern in getting dogs is their health, and Red fox Labradors excel in this aspect
as they are generally healthy dogs with a long lifespan.
4. Red fox Labradors provide great assistance to their owners, from picking up objects, warding off unwanted animals and people to providing directional assistance and help to blind and autistic people.
WHERE TO BUY RED FOX LABRADORS AND HOW MUCH THEY COST.
In addition to being rare, Red fox Labradors are pure breeds and, as such, are much more costly than other Labradors. They cost about $850 to $1200 depending on their sizes and other physical appearances. Red fox Labradors can be bought from online stores like Greenfield puppies, Gumtree from registered breeders of Red fox Labradors.
In conclusion, Red fox Labradors are unique breeds of dogs, and they are great pets that show affection and love to all the members of the family as long as their feeling is reciprocated. They are extremely loyal and are very friendly dogs that live up to the man's best friend expectations. They are great swimmers and are less likely to bother you on your vacations even if you decide to go to the beach, and they are great companions.
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