Dog Breeds

Labrador Retriever Advantage and Challenges


  • Attractive and friendly
  • Good natured and enthusiastic
  • Gets along with people and other animals
  • Responds well to training and is eager to please
  • Very athletic
  • Short-hair coat is relatively easy to care for


  • Requires lots of exercise
  • Can resort to barking and chewing when left alone too much
  • Too rowdy and strong for small children and seniors
  • Too friendly to be much of a guard dog
  • Acts like a puppy for up to three years
  • Prone to numerous health problems

Labrador Retriever Physical Characteristics


  • Compact, medium-sized


  • Male 68-70 lbs
  • Female 55-70 lbs


  • Short, straight hairs in topcoat, soft, waterproof undercoat.


  • Black, yellow and chocolate

Life Expectancy

  • 10-13 years
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Labrador Retriever Personality

It’s not hard to figure out why Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dogs registered with the AKC in the United States. An ideal family pet (except for the smallest kids or most frail seniors), the typical Lab is cheerful, outgoing and dependable. These people-loving dogs will make friends with everyone, including other animals. Just watch out for that wagging tail, it can pack a wallop!

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Labrador Retriever History and General Information

History and Origin

The Labrador Retriever’s hunting and swimming skills have been cherished for centuries, particularly by early fishermen and whalers. Originally known as the "St John's Dog," the Labrador Retriever hails from Newfoundland, Canada, where the dog was trained to jump overboard into the icy waters to haul fisherman's nets to shore.

General Information

TheLabrador Retrievers is a lovable, good natured dog that needs plenty of attention. This dog won’t be satisfied with the occasional walk; he needs to run, hike, swim or fetch regularly to stay happy and healthy. The Lab’s excellent responsiveness to training makes it a popular assistance dog for the blind, as well as a crackerjack search and rescue or narcotics agent. Still, the animal’s innate friendliness means he’ll never make much of a guard dog. In fact, this animal is more likely to lick a thief to death than to attack.

A terrific swimmer, the Labrador Retriever is one of the only dog breeds with webbed feet, useful for retrieving waterfowl more easily. An “otter” tail helps steer the dog in the water effectively - just like a real otter. Even the dog’s double coat serves an important purpose: the topcoat helps repel water, while the soft undercoat keeps him dry and warm in cold water.

Adorable when small…. Thinking about getting a Labrador Retriever puppy? If so, read this advice first.

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Labrador Retriever Health

Health Ailments

Despite his natural athletic ability, the Lab suffers from a number of health problems. Some common ailments include hip and elbow dysplasia; eye problems (progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, retinal dysplasia); ear infections; and mild skin allergies.