Labrador Retriever


A medium to large sized Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever Quick Summary
Also Known AsLab
Height (at withers)21-25in (53-64cm)
Weight55-80lbs (25-36kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, yellow, chocolate
Lifespan10-12 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size7-12
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityHigh
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if left

The Labrador Retriever is a robust and handsome looking dog. The sturdy body is muscular with a level top-line, long front legs and a long tail. The broad head has well spaced dark eyes, triangular ears that hang close to the head, and a wide nose. The water-resistant double coat is short and sleek, and the colouring tends to be black, yellow or chocolate.


Labrador Retrievers are affectionate and good-natured dogs that have plenty of spirit and love to play. These loyal and patient dogs make popular and reliable family pets and companions, and despite being athletic and energetic, can be quite laid back and relaxed. They thrive on companionship and affection but can have a tendency to chew, which can become destructive if neglected. Although some can be independant, they are intelligent, responsive, very quick to learn and obedient too, which makes them very easy to train and housebreak. As a result, they are suitable for both novice and experienced dog owners alike. Labrador Retrievers are confident, friendly and sociable animals, and will get on well with children, other pets and strangers too. Despite the latter, they still make good watch dogs.

History & Skills

Labrador Retrievers originate from Newfoundland in Canada, where they were used for hauling fishing nets to shore by jumping overboard into cold waters, as well as stray fish and water birds. This very versatile breed has a range of talents including retrieving, hunting and tracking, they make good watchdogs, and they are also used by the police for detecting illegal drugs and as guide dogs for the blind. In addition to that, they make fine family pets.

Breed Specific Ailments

Labrador Retrievers tend to live between 10-12 years, and some of the health concerns noted in this breed include eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, CMO, thyroid problems, vWD, diabetes, PRA, OCD, allergies, seizures, and heart problems. These dogs like to chew and can tend to become overweight.


Labrador Retrievers are medium shedders and also shed more heavily on a seasonal basis, and so are not suitable for those suffering from allergies. Their grooming requirements are fairly low though and the short coat will simply need brushing once a week to keep it in good condition, although this will need to be increased when they are shedding more heavily. Bathing should be carried out only when necessary.

Exercise & Environment

Labrador Retrievers tend to live indoors and are suitable for small homes such as apartments, as they will be fairly active when inside. However, they will also need outdoor exercise in the form of a daily walk and the chance to play in a secure yard or garden area. These dogs like to chew and can be prone to weight gain, so need adequate chew toys combined with regular exercise. A chance to swim would be greatly appreciated too.


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