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Labrador Retriever Dogs

A healthy adult Labrador sitting, waiting for some attention from it's owner An adult Labrador Retriever resting, enjoying the floor A beautiful, black Labrador Retriever sitting neatly, showing off its healthy, thick coat A friendly little Labrador Retriever puppy liying neatly A healthy young adult Labrador Retriever with a thick golden coat A mature chocolate Lab enjoying a rest on the floor A beautiful, white Labrador Retriever sitting neatly, waiting for some attention A close up of a Labrador Retriever's beautiful, thick, double coat Three lovely, adult Labrador Retrievers sitting patiently together A Labrador Retriever lying down, waiting patiently for a command An adult Labrador Retriever with a beautiful, thick, blonde coat

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The original Labrador originated in Newfoundland, but looked very different to the Newfoundland breed we know today. The breed were all black and much slighter than modern day Newfoundlands. They were the precursor to the modern day Labrador and used to retrieve game, fish and pull boats across lakes. They loved the water and helped fisherman with any task that involved swimming. The breed died out in Newfoundland, but a group were taken to England in the early 1800's and a breeding programme began. Black was the only colour acceptable and yellow and brown were culled at birth, but by the early 1900's, the other colours became popular too.


Labradors are the worlds most popular dog. They are loyal, obedient, intelligent and easy to train. Much favoured as assistance dogs for blind, deaf or those with other disabilities, gun dogs, therapy dogs, explosive/drug dogs etc, the Lab is suitable for most jobs, including a loving and playful family pet. Labs are very happy with children, patient and calm, making them an ideal pet. They have high intelligence and like learning, so training from an early age will benefit dog and owner. They adore water and swimming and will happily play fetch with a floating dummy for hours.

Labs will crave human attention and want to be with you. True family dogs that will follow you around, sit on your lap and lean against you for attention, however, they learn fast and will fit into your routine quickly. They can be left alone without too much trouble, but not for too long or their minds will start thinking of mischief. They are good with other dogs, people and children and useless as a guard dog, unless the burglar doesn't like being licked by this gentle breed. Labradors have masses of energy, so will need a long daily walk and given a chance to run around and play. Their recall, once trained, is excellent, and they make good running partners. The breed typically matures around 3 year of age, so will be quite puppy like for the first 3 years. Training is important at all stages, but more so with this breed as they learn so quickly. Training is fun and rewarding as they like to please you, hoping for a tummy tickle as reward. With short coats, they don't require too much in the way of brushing, but when they moult, it's best to brush as often as possible to stop the fur ending up everywhere.

They are a greedy breed and will eat anything, so obesity must be watched. Make sure you have a Labrador-proof kitchen bin or they will find a way in. They put on weight easily without sufficient exercise, so food intake must be watched. Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia can be a problem with the breed.


The Labrador has a loving and friendly temperament. It is hard to say that anyone who has the time and space for a Labrador can go wrong with this breed. A friend to everyone they meet the Labrador is one of the biggest softies in the dog world.

Needless to say they are great with children, other pets and strangers alike. This does mean they make terrible guard dogs. They love a good walk and you will have a hard time keeping them out of muddy puddles as most individuals love water.

Health Problems

Health problems that may affect Labradors include canine hip dysplasia (CHD), elbow dysplasia, luxating patella (dislocation of knee cap), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA: degeneration of the retina which can lead to blindness) and cataracts.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 11 - 14 years
  • Weight: 25 - 40 kg
  • Height: 21.5 - 24.5"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming Requirements: Once a week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Large House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
  • Breed Type: Gun Dog
  • Size: Large
  • Energy Level: High
  • Exercise Required: Over 2 hours

Labrador Retriever Pictures

A labrador retriever sitting on the floor
A dog wearing a scarf.
A labrador retriever in a wood
Labrador retriever - so handsome.
Labrador Looking Happy in Field
Labrador with Harness on at the beach
a black Labrador dog sat on grass looking happy with its tounge out
a black labradoor lying on the floor playing and looking happy
Watching birds
Pepper my beautiful lab
Labrador and beagle puppy.
Lab puppy
Benji boy
Lab puppy
a black Labrador dog on a walk in the grass

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Labradors - Jean,

I have had three Labradors, and have yet to find a bad trait. I have raised four children with Labradors as family pets, the dogs have all been patient and loyal , greeting the children as long lost friends on their return from school. Very much the family dog. The downside of owning a Labrador is much the same as any other breed, if they get bored they get naughty, and if they feel high spirited on a particular day mischief abounds. Over the years mine have eaten a hole in the sofa, down to the frame, eaten their way into a large box of tea bags, and spread them around the sitting room, ( a box of 180 spreads across 26 feet!) and shredded pot plants. Probably best not to have this breed if you are houseproud, they love water and muddy walks. Give some thought as to how you could wash your dog down, lifting a puppy into the sink is one thing, doing the same for a 40 kilo fully grown dog is quite another. A downstairs shower works best! Labradors are well known for having cast iron stomachs, will eat anything and everything. Will steal food if there is an opportunity to do so, without a trace of shame. Who cares if it was meant for the humans? Loving , funny and loyal, calm and easily trained. Their love of food makes training very simple. The best dog for a life in the countryside, not too sure how they would cope in towns, or being left alone for long periods, which IMHO is not the best life for any dog, regardless of breed.