Compare/Contrast Essay Labradors and Rottweilers

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Labradors and Rottweilers are two of the many breeds of dogs that people find very cute. There are many differences and a few similarities between Labradors and Rottweilers. Some of their differences and similarities that this paper will look at are their appearance, temperament, performance, and health.

First, let us look at the Labrador, which is a sporting dog, bred to function as a retrieving-gun dog. The Labradors appearance is that of a medium sized breed, which stands 23 to 24 inches high at the shoulder and weighs about 60 to 80 pounds when full grown. (5) They also have short and exceedingly dense black, yellow, or chocolate-colored coat that is almost unaffected by water. (3) Labradors do shed. They have a clean-cut head with a broad back skull, powerful jaws and their ears are medium-sized which hang fairly close to their head and kind eyes that are friendly and usually black or brown.

Labradors also have a wide, deep chest and straight legs. (8) Their tails are like that of an otters, which is of medium length, very thick at the base, and tapering gradually to the tip. (7) The tail is also covered with the same short, dense hair, just like their coat. (6)

Labradors have a temperament that is of a kindly, outgoing, eager to please and they are not aggressive towards humans or other animals. (8) Some of the Labradors qualities that appeal to many people are their gentle ways, intelligence, adaptability, even-tempered; they are utterly dependable with children, loyal, devoted, affectionate, and highly trainable. (6) While the Labrador is not an aggressive dog, they will bark to ward off strangers and definitely let you know someone is lurking around where they should not be. (8)

The performance of the Labrador is that it is...