Dog Profiles - Description of Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Description: The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, very active dog. Wide over the loins and strong and muscular hindquarters. He is easy to train and is good with children and other dogs. The Labrador Retriever is good natured, loyal and hardworking. He should never be aggressive. He makes a good gundog and domestic pet.

Height: Males 22-24 inches, Females 21-23 inches.

Weight: Males 60-75 lbs., Females 55-70 lbs.

Colors: Black, yellow, chocolate

Coat: Close, short, dense without waves or feathering.

Temperament: Responsive, friendly, non-aggressive, intelligent. Good with children. Devoted to his family and pleasing them. Good with other pets. Good field sports dog, guide for blind, drug search dog, and family pet. Good watch-dog. Fair to poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Needs plenty of exercise and should not be kept in a locked space. Minimum light brushing will keep his coat in great shape. Needs daily contact. Loves vigorous exercise including swimming. Puppies are easy to raise and train and should be introduced to people at an early age.

Training: Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience: High, Problem Solving: Medium.

Activity: Outdoor - Medium, Indoor - High.

Living Environment: Urban or country environment with a fenced yard with sufficient exercise. Labs are active and enjoy human interaction. The owner of a Lab needs to be able to spend time to exercise, train and play with him.

Health Issues: Usually hardy. Potential problems with hip dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy and skin allergies.

Life Span: 10-12 Years

Litter Size: 7-8

Country of Origin: Canada

History: The Labrador was brought from England to Newfoundland Island, Canada in the early nineteenth century. He worked collecting fish that fell out of the nets. He was also used as a retriever for water birds. At one time Labradors were only black, now yellow has become more popular. He remains one of the most popular breeds of dogs.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 8), KC(GB), UKC