Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

This intelligent dog is a quick learner who loves to retrieve. A well-trained Lab is obedient and kind toward children and other pets and makes a great family pet.

Breed Overview

One of America's favorite family pets is the Labrador Retriever. They originated in the 18th century in Newfoundland, Canada. Black Labs were used to retrieve game and help pull fishing boats through the water. The first yellow Labrador appeared in a litter of blacks and the Chocolate Lab later developed as a cross of the two. Labs are easygoing, happy, gentle and patient. They love people, are eager to please, and are quick learners. Because they are patient and gentle with children, they make a great family pet. They are also good pets for outdoorsy people, hunters, and fishermen because they are active and love to swim and retrieve. They need plenty of mental and physical exercise daily. Grooming Labs requires only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
 
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
 
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
 
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
 
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate
 

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 22.5-24.5"; Female: 21.5-23.5"
Weight: Male: 65-80 lb; Female: 55-70 lb
Lifespan: 10-12 years

Breed Traits

Eager to please, Loves to retrieve, Loves to swim, Sporting group,

Labrador Retriever

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