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Labrador Retriever

Outgoing, gentle and kind

About the Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers have made a name for themselves as being wonderfully family-friendly dogs. This breed wants nothing more than to be with humans, exploring the outdoors or working hard in the field.

To say that the Labrador Retriever is fun is like saying water is wet. Which is fitting, since Labradors love to swim and play in the water, as well.

Most Labrador Retrievers have a happy attitude to life and are game for anything their owner can come up with – whether it be a walk around the block or a month-long adventure trip.

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Labrador Retriever Breed Characteristics

53 to 60 cm at the shoulder

55 to 80 pounds

Life Expectancy
10 to 12 years

Coat Colours
Yellow, chocolate, black

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Labrador Retriever, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Labrador Retriever Breed History

For almost 300 years, Labrador Retrievers have been helping the fishermen of St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador off of the eastern coast of Canada. The breed was originally named after the city, and went by the name St. John’s dog or lesser Newfoundland.

The Labrador Retriever lived up to its name, getting back fish that had slipped off lines and helping to pull in fishing nets. When not working hard out by the water, the Labrador would serve as a family pet in its downtime.

Their import to Australia was mainly facilitated by Mr. and Mrs. Austin of Mortlake, Victoria. The Labrador has continued to be one of the most acceptable examples of a well-behaved, low-maintenance dog.

Labrador Retrievers retain many of the qualities that made them popular in the 18th century, with their excellent work ethic and gentle nature.

Caring For a Labrador Retriever

How to Choose a Responsible Labrador Retriever Breeder

Labrador Retriever puppies from responsible breeders have the best chance of growing up to be successful, happy and well-behaved dogs. Any ethical breeder should be licensed and should know the genetic profile of the puppy you are buying.

When looking for a Labrador Retriever for sale, try to arrange a meeting with the puppy’s parents at the breeder’s location. The health and temperament of the dam and stud will give you the best indication of your future puppy’s health and personality.

Labrador Retriever FAQ

The Labrador Retriever is definitely not a good fit to be a backyard dog that is left alone most of the day. They require lots of stimulation, and may become moody and develop destructive behaviours if they do not get enough attention and exercise.

They are far too gentle to be guard dogs. While they may bark if someone approaches them, it’s often more out of a desire for attention than as a stern warning. They may make friends with intruders rather than protect your property. 

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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