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Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retriever

There are two types of Labrador Retriever, the English Lab and 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. 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. Their coat is thick and dense and the under-layer is water resistant. Webbed feet aid the dog when swimming, which it is known to have a particular fondness for. Coat colors tend to come in solid black, yellow or chocolate.


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. They are obedient and good-natured. Aggression should not be present in this breed and, if so, is considered a fault. 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

    The 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.

  • Exercise

    Exercise can range from a long walk to a jog or a run. Humans should always lead the Labrador.

  • 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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