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Labrador Retriever

Size: Large

Weight: 55 - 80 lbs.

Height: 22" - 25"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; elbow dysplasia; arthritis; eye disorders; cataracts; progressive retinal atrophy; easy weight gain

Origin: Great Britain (1800s)

Also Known As: Lab, Yellow Lab, Black Lab, Chocolate Lab, Small Water Dog

Group: Hunting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Labrador Retriever needs daily exercise, including long walks or jog, romps, runs or playtime in a fenced yard. Labradors love to swim.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.

Temperament

The Labrador Retriever is good-natured, intelligent and lively. This breed is a willing participant in training and almost any adventure. However, it may be wary of strangers unless socialized at a young age. The Labrador Retriever can be more independent and willful than the Golden Retriever. Due to the size of this dog, early obedience training is key. Teach Labs not to pull on their leash from the beginning because, as an adult, they become very strong. Labs make good watchdogs and will alert owners to an intruder or disturbance. However, the breed does not have a protective nature and should not be expected to guard.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

The popular Lab was first recognized in Newfoundland, Canada, in the 1800s. The Labs were used as water dogs to help fishermen retrieve cork floats and fishing nets. Through the fish trade, these dogs were introduced to the shores of England, where locals introduced the breed to hunting. Today the Lab retains its love of the water and is one of the most popular pets in the world.