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Labrador Retriever


Breed Description

Labrador Retrievers are medium sized dogs, with a short but thick coat and a muscular body. The have webbed feet and otter-like tails to aid them in swimming. With a life span of 10 – 13 years and an average weight of 24kg – 37kg. Known for their gentle, protective, caring and energetic nature, Labradors are highly intelligent and are eager to please and work. They love swimming and a good long game of fetch. Often used as guide dogs, therapy and service dogs. They make fantastic family pets and get along well with other pets.

Additional Information


Labrador Retriever

Life Expectancy

10 – 13 Years






Moderate Shedder














Labrador Retrievers have a strong, muscular build body, with a square muzzle, black noses and naturally floppy ears. With a special short but thick double coat to help with the coldness from water and making them waterproof. They also have webbed feet to help with paddling and an otter-like tail to aid in swimming. They come in three colours – black, brown and yellow.


Labrador Retrievers have a short straight but thick double coat, which comes in three colours, Black, Brown and Yellow. They require a weekly brushing to remove dirt and help aid in shedding. During shedding seasons, they require daily brushing. They also require frequent nail clipping, teeth cleaning and ear cleaning.


Labrador Retrievers are high energy and require a high-quality, protein rich diet. They can thrive on a high quality breed specific kibble supplemented with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins – such as fresh meat and additional dietary supplements – such as omega 3.


Labrador Retrievers are an energetic and working dog! As the name suggests they love retrieving, whether that's a ball or prey. Daily walks and exercising is necessary to keep them healthy along with lots of play time. Swimming is also a great form of exercising for them. Training from a young age can be very beneficial. Labradors thrive with a positive reward-based training. Not to mention they are very easy to train as they are eager to please. They require both mental and physical stimulation.


Labrador Retrievers are known for maintaining a healthy life and have few major health issues. Common health problems for the breed include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, allergies and joint issues. Regular vet check-ups, exercise and a high-quality diet can lead to a happy healthy life.


Labrador Retrievers thrive in a large space to run around. They require loads of exercise and playtime for both physical and mental stimulation. Labs get along great with other people as well as other pets especially other dogs. They require daily exercise to prevent destructive behavior.


Maintenance of a Labrador is fairly low. They require weekly brushing, daily exercise and play along with a high-quality diet. They benefit greatly from training and are a very affectionate breed.


Labradors are a cuddly, loving, energetic, loyal and intelligent breed. They are always friendly, cheerful and very playful! They are highly intelligent and are eager to please. They do great with other pets and make great family dogs! With their loving and intelligent nature, they make fantastic guide, service and therapy dogs. They are an energetic breed and love working, especially retrieving.

Family Life

Labradors make fantastic family pets as well as single companions. They are usually great with kids and other pets, although they need an active family as they require loads of exercise and do even better with proper training. Labs are devoted and loyal companions and won't give up an opportunity to cuddle up with their owners or play a game of fetch.

Fun Facts

-Labradors are the most popular dog breed in America and the UK!<br />
– Being absolute lovers of water and swimming, Labs have webbed feet and an otter-like tail to aid in swimming and a thick cot to that makes them practically waterproof!<br />
-They were originally bred for hunting and retrieving.<br />
– Labradors are more prone to dog obesity than any other dog breed

Breed History

Originating in Newfoundland as waterdogs, the breed started out as a duck retrievers and fisherman's mates. After English nobles took a liking to them and transported them back to England in the early 1800's and called them "Labrador dogs". Why Newfoundland dogs were called Labradors are still unknown. During the late 19th century the dogs were bred and refined to what we now know as Labrador Retrievers. The breed quickly rose to popularity in family homes due to their kind and gentle nature and even more so between hunters as retrievers for their hunting expeditions. It wasn't long before the military started using them in the war as medical assistance dogs. The breed really rose to fame after being the first dog to appear on the cover of Life magazine in America, they were also the first dog to be featured on a U.S. stamp! They later replaced other breeds as the preferred guide dogs due to their high trainability, eagerness to please and gentle, caring nature. They are also popular search and rescue dogs, drug detecting, service and therapy dogs! Labradors became a world favourite and rightfully so! Their loving, cuddly, playful nature paired with their intelligence, eagerness to work and energetic spirit was the perfect mix! Labrador Retrievers are still one of the most popular dog breeds.


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