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Black Labrador Retrievers

Black Labrador Retriever

The Black Labrador Retriever can be one of two breeds of Lab. Either the English Lab or the American Lab. The former is a little heavier, and has a more sturdy build than its American counterpart, which tends to be a bit taller and thinner. The Black Lab differs from other Labrador Retrievers only by the color of its coat, which is entirely black. The coat is short-haired and smooth. Originally bred in Canada, they were trained to bring in fishing nets from the icy-cold water for the fishermen. A breed of medium size, the Labrador Retriever is very active and strongly built. It has a fairly wide muzzle and medium sized eyes that are set well apart.


The Labrador Retriever is a loyal, loving and affectionate dog. They are highly intelligent and eager to please which makes them quite easy to train. Black Labs who have been trained and socialized properly are both obedient and good-natured. Labrador Retrievers are very sociable dogs and get on very well with children making them fantastic family pets. Whilst they make good watch dogs, often barking at strangers, their sociable nature makes them poor guard dogs, despite their strength and athleticism.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 22-24 inches (56-61cm) Bitches 21-23 inches (53-58cm)

    Weight: Dogs 60-75 pounds (27-34kg) Bitches 55-70 pounds (25-32kg)

  • Health Problems

    The Lab can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, PRA and eye disorders.

  • Living Conditions

    Can be apartment dogs, but are much more suited to larger households that include an average sized yard or garden.

  • Exercise

    The Black Labrador Retriever is very athletic and needs a lot of attention and exercise on a daily basis. Around two hours of solid exercise each day should be enough for the energetic Labrador. A couple of long, daily walks will suit the Black Lab very well.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 10-12 years on average. In some cases Labs can live up to 15 years.

  • Litter Size

    7-12 puppies. 8 puppies on average.

  • Grooming

    The Labrador Retriever's coat is of short to medium length and requires no trimming. Brushing the coat once a week should suffice and keep it in top condition. The coat requires very low maintenance although it can have moderate shedding when moulting.

  • Group

    Gun Dog, AKC Sporting

  • Recognition


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