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Labrador Retriever

Learn all about the Labrador Retriever and their vivacious, fun loving personalities. Includes links to various Kennel Clubs and pictures.

Labrador Retriever Description

Overview and History

Labrador retrievers are one of the sweetest dogs around. They were bred to be a multi-purpose water dog and retriever, getting their start in Newfoundland. They are a very popular breed for a reason. They possess all the qualities of the best family pets: easy to train, excellent temperament, and their love for people, children, and other dogs. It’s also wonderful how much they love the water and thrive off of retrieving in the water. These are the kinds of dogs that can play fetch for hours, and with some light training they’ll bring that ball back to you every time so you’ll throw it again and again.

Labrador Retriever

Place of Origin



Farm Living

Guide Dog

Service and Therapy Dog

Good With Children

Best With Families

Water Dog - Enjoys swimming!

Should Not Be Left Outdoors

Average Litter Size

5 – 10 Puppies

Average Life Expectancy

12 – 13 years

Breed Group

Sporting Dog

Registered Breed

 (Links below are to the Breed Standard Page for each organization)

FCI (The World Canine Organization)

Canadian Kennel Club

American Kennel Club

The Kennel Club (UK)


Labrador Retriever Appearance

Labrador Retriever

Size, Height, and Weight

Large Breed

Height at the shoulders:

Females 21.5-23.5 in

Males 22.5-24.5 in


Females 55-70 lb (25-31.5 kg)

Males 60-75 lb (27-34 kg)


Length: Short, Straight, dense

Hypoallergenic: No

Light Shedding

Grooming Requirements:

Minimal Care

Coat Colors:

Black, Yellow, Chocolate

Labrador Retriever Personality





Fond of People

Eager to Please

Fond of Other Dogs



Loyal to the family

Loyal to the Pack Leader





Friendliness Towards other Dogs

Friendly – this breed tends to prefer being around other dogs.

Friendliness towards other Pets

Friendly – this breed tends to be friendly with cats and other animals.

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendly – This breed tends to enjoy the presence of, and meeting, strangers.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Energy and Trainability

Energy Level

High Energy/High Exercise Needs – This breed tends to have seemingly never-ending energy and won’t be satisfied with one short walk a day.

A large yard and daily run is a necessity with this breed. Expect to provide regular stimulation to prevent unwanted behaviors.

Training Ability

Easy - This breed tends to learn commands and expectations easily. Recommended for inexperienced owners.

Labrador Retriever

Additional Information

Tips for Raising Your Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are prone to becoming overweight and so you may have to be extra careful about portion control.

Labrador Retrievers are a versatile breed and are often used in various fields such as search and rescue, as therapy dogs, and they are excellent competitors in a variety of dog sports and competitions.

As with all dogs, it is important to not over exercise a puppy. They grow quickly and too much pressure on their joints can cause issues later on in life.  Wait until your puppy is at least a year old before you take them on any lengthy hikes or runs.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Rescue and Adoption Organizations

The Labrador Rescue of Nova Scotia

If you are a rescue and adoption organization and would like to see your information on this page and/or on our CAN Rescue and Adoption Organizations List, please use the contact us form and provide:

-   The organization name, Web Site URL, breed/page you would like your site listed, and city and province of shelter location if applicable. 


Wikipedia, CKC, AKC, The Kennel Club (UK), and the FCI​​​​​​​​​​​

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