Labrador Retrievers are medium to large sized dogs with a smooth short coat. These intelligent dogs make great family pets but they do need a lot of exercise, mental stimulation and training. They enjoy long walks and to swim.
Labrador Retrievers make excellent sporting dogs and excel as retrieving gun dogs. They are also used as guide dogs for the blind and therapy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dog breed in many countries.
American Kennel Club Breed Standard:
Male: 22.5 inches – 24.5 inches to the shoulder
Female: 21.5 inches – 23.5 inches to the shoulder
British Kennel Club Breed Standard:
Male: 22 inches – 22.5 inches to the shoulder
Female: 21.5 inches – 22 inches to the shoulder
Male: 65 – 80lbs
Female: 55 – 70lbs
Labrador Retrievers have a short, thick, dense and weather resistant coat in black, yellow, chocolate or silver. Silver Labradors are not yet recognised by the American Kennel Club.
The difference between English and American Labrador Retrievers :
English Labrador Retrievers have smaller, shorter bodies and a fuller face, and American Labrador Retrievers have a larger body and some would say a more boisterous personality.
Webbed Feet – These act as ‘flippers’ and make Labs very strong swimmers
Otter-Like Tail – Acts like a rudder in the water.
Layered, Slightly Oily Coat – Keeps them warm and dries easily.
Soft Mouth – A well trained Lab can carry an egg in it’s mouth without cracking it
Ability To Learn – The Labrador Retriever is intelligent, adaptable, obedient, sociable, affectionate and loyal. They are also very energetic, especially when very young.
One of the reasons Labrador Retrievers are so popular is their excellent temperament. They are friendly, loving and non-aggressive. These outgoing dogs are playful and always eager to please. As someone once said “A Lab never has a bad day”. Due to their easy-going, non-aggressive nature, Labrador Retrievers do not make good guard dogs. They may bark protectively but unlikely to take things further.
As with all breeds Labradors Retrievers are prone to certain health problems. Such as Canine hip dysplasia, epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and skin allergies. Labrador Retrievers are also susceptible to Gastric Torsion – or Bloat.
10 – 14 years.
Upkeep and Maintenance:
Labrador Retrievers must be well exercised on a daily basis. Whenever possible, this should take the form of running and swimming. A well exercised Lab is a happy Lab!