Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. There are two types of Labrador Retrievers—English and American. The English bred Labradors are usually heavier, thicker, and stockier than the American bred Labradors. The American bred dogs look skinnier and lanky. Both versions have broad heads and thick, black noses. Their coat colors are solid yellow, black, or chocolate. Their eyes are usually brown but some chocolate Labradors can have green, hazel, or blue eyes. They are commonly referred to as “Labs.” Labs are highly trainable and are not only popular family companions but working dogs as well. This breed is often used for police work, narcotics detection, guide dogs, service dogs, search and rescue dogs, and therapy dogs.
Once known as the “St John’s Dogs,” the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. The Lab is native to Newfoundland, where they worked alongside fishermen catching fish that came loose from the lines. These dogs were trained to jump into the icy waters and help pull in the fishing nets. The breed was brought to England in the 1800s by English ships coming from Labrador. They were crossed with setters, spaniels, and other types of retrievers to improve their instincts as hunters.
Labrador Retrievers are loyal, loving, affectionate, and patient. They love children and socialize well with other animals, making them great family dogs. Most Labs are highly intelligent, good-natured, and eager to please their families. Labs are lively and love to play and swim! This breed is usually easily trained. Labs long to feel like part of the family and need to receive as much love as they give!
- Height: 21 – 25 inches
- Weight: 55 – 75 pounds
- Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
- Grooming: Brush regularly
Care & Health
Labrador Retrievers will do okay but not great in an apartment. They are moderately active indoors and like to run and play daily. They do best with at least an average-sized yard. They need to be taken on long, brisk walks, jogs, or runs daily. This breed is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Be sure not to overfeed, as they gain weight easily. Overfeeding can exaggerate preexisting conditions or lead to new health problems.
Your Love Match
The perfect pet parent of a Labrador Retriever:
- Likes to play