Labrador Retriever Facts
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 21.5" - 24.5"
- 55-80 lbs.
- 12 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
True Cost Of Ownership
The Lab originated in Newfoundland, Canada
Date Of Origin
This breed developed in the 1800's.
Bred as a hunter and water retriever, the Lab was developed from Saint John?s Newfoundlands and other gun dogs in the early 19th century. It was a distinct breed by the mid-nineteenth century. The Labrador retriever is the most popular companion dog in the U.S. and still is used for hunting, as well as a number of other jobs, including search and rescue, detection, and service work.
This is a medium to large-size muscular dog. It has a broad head with a black or brown nose (black on black and yellow Labs, brown on chocolate labs); brown or hazel eyes; and short, triangular drop ears. The otter tail is long and thick. The double coat has a short, dense undercoat and short, straight, water-resistant outer coat in black, yellow, or chocolate. There may be a white spot on the chest.
The Labrador retriever is enthusiastic, social, and biddable. It is even-tempered and friendly with almost everyone, including children and other dogs, It loves the water and carrying objects in its mouth.
The Lab has an excellent sense of smell and knows how to work in perfect synchronization with its master. It is an outstanding retriever in marshes and in water. Due to its gentle and loyal nature it has become one of the most loved companions of the canine world.
Arthritis, hip dysplasia, PRA.
It does well with an active family in a rural or suburban environment but can adapt to city life with sufficient exercise.
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