Labrador Retriever Information

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Standard Labrador Retriever Characteristics

Breed Group: Sporting Group
Height: Male: 22.5-24.5 inches inches tall, Females: 21.5-23.5 inches tall
Weight: Male: 65-80 lb., Female: 55-70 lb.
Color: Black, yellow, chocolate, a small white spot on the chest is permissible
Temperment: Labs are kindly, outgoing, gentle, intelligent, eager to please and non-agressive dogs.
Origins: From Newfoundland, Canada, this dog was used as an outstanding retriever.

About the Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was used as a gundog in Great Britain beginning in the 1800's.

Today, the extremely versatile Lab is used as a gun dog, assistance dog, field trail dog, and companion dog.

This breed is known for being lovable and feectionate with everyone that it comes into contact with. A great family dog, this breed gets along superbly with children and other animals. They are very willing to please and are quick to learn. They are kind to everyone and give love whenever someone needs it. They love nothing more than hanging out with their family members. They have a seemingly endless amount of energy which makes them excellent partners to play with and great dogs to work with in the field.

The skull of the Lab is wide and is somewhat pronounced at the top where it meets the eyebrow. Their lips are slightly curved against their square jaw.They have a wide nose with open nostrils. The color of the nose varies depending on the color of the dog. Yellow and black dogs have black noses and brown dogs have brown noses. They have lears that are proportional to their size. They are se lot on their head and are slightly folded over. Their eyes are set far apart on the skull and like their noses, the color varies depending on the color of the dog. Black dogs have brown eye, and both yellow and brown dogs have hazel eyes. They have a thick-ish neck which is just long enough for them to retrieve game. Their tail is thick at the base and tapers towards the end. It is curved when alerts and is carried high when excited. Their legs are well muscled and appear thick when they join their small feet with well arched toes. Their coat is short and straight, appearing somewhat rought to the touch. The double layering helps to protect the dog from the different elements the weather presents. The most common colors are solid yellow, black or brown.

This breed is prone to dysplasia and eye disorders.

Labs can do well in an apartment if they get enough exercise. If in a home with a yard, they will do fine outdoors in any type of weather though they prefer to be with their family instead of being kept outside in a kennel.

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