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Labrador Retriever

Although some are highly dynamic, Labrador Retrievers are frequently considered as having a happygo-lucky or easygoing nature, Their calm nature joined with their fit inclinations and stamina initially well suited the breed to be hunting dogs, and now enables them to become service dogs mainly in search and rescue and disability aid. However, just like other working breeds, the athleticism of the pet Labrador Retriever needs physical and mental stimulation within the household environment. They’ll appreciate retrieving things for example tennis balls or floating toys that supply the needed stimulus while taking great advantage of the Labrador Retriever’s outstanding swimming skill. Labrador Retrievers are generally quite food motivated, which facilitates learning and training, so furthering the dog’s bond for the family.

Nicknames

Lab, Yellow Lab, Black Lab, Chocolate Lab, Small Water Dog

Origin

Great Britain (1800s)

Today’s Role

Companion Dog

Breed Group

  • Sporting

Size

  • Large

Color

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Yellow

Minimum Height

21 Inches

Maximum Height

28 Inches

Minumim Weight

55 Pounds

Max Weight

79 Pounds

Coat

Length: Short. Type: Dense,Short Coat,Water-Repellent

Energy

High

Indoor / Outdoor

Both

Barking

Medium

Other Animal Compatibility

High

Temperament & Behaviour

The Labrador Retriever is good-natured, intelligent and lively. This breed is a willing participant in training and almost any adventure. However, it may be wary of strangers unless socialized at a young age. The Labrador Retriever can be more independent and willful than the Golden Retriever. Due to the size of this dog, early obedience training is key. Teach Labs not to pull on their leash from the beginning because, as an adult, they become very strong. Labs make good watchdogs and will alert owners to an intruder or disturbance. However, the breed does not have a protective nature and should not be expected to guard.

Exercise

The Labrador Retriever needs daily exercise, including long walks or jog; romps, runs or playtime in a fenced yard. Labradors love to swim.

Grooming

No special grooming requirements.

Temperament

  • Alert
  • Cheerful
  • Independent
  • Responsive
  • Social

Good with children

  • Yes

Shedding and Grooming

  • Moderate Grooming
  • Seasonal Shedding

Hypoallergenic

  • No

History

The favorite Lab was initially recognized in Newfoundland, Canada, in the 1800s. The Laboratories were used as water dogs to help fishermen recover cork floats and fishing nets. Now the Lab keeps its love of the water and is really one of the very famous pets on the planet.

Health Concern

Labradors are energetic and sociable dogs.

Popularity 2012

#1

Popularity 2011

#1

Popularity 2007

#1

Popularity 2002

#1

Litter size

7-12 puppies

Mininum Life Expectancy

10 years

Maximum Life Expectancy

12 years

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