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Labrador Retriever

Also referred to as Labs

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Labrador Retriever

All About the Labrador Retriever

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Average Height & Weight

The Labrador Retriever is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 22.5 to 24.5 inches.

Weight: 65 to 80 pounds.

Females – Height: 21.5 to 23.5 inches.

Weight: 55 to 70 pounds.

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Labrador Retriever


Typical Coloring

Labrador Retrievers are commonly yellow, black or chocolate.





Labs are America’s most popular dog breed … and for good reason. They are high-energy yet quite tempered. Their personalities change by the hour, from playful to protective to fierce hunter, but they are a generally well-behaved, obedient breed. They make good watchdogs even though they are also notoriously difficult to train.




Activity Level

Labrador Retrievers are a high-energy breed requiring a lot of physical activity!

Labrador Retrievers have strong legs that allow them to run and swim tirelessly, and they are, as their name suggests, wonderful at retrieving things. They make excellent hunting companions.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 12 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Labrador Retrievers include canine hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, retinal dysplasia/skeletal dwarfism, muscular dystrophy and elbow dysplasia. Cataracts and pyotraumatic dermatitis are less common but still occur within the breed, while diabetes is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Labradors love to run and swim outside, and they are capable of living in very cold climates. However, they prefer to be indoors with their families.



Labrador Retriever


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Because of their non-aggressive nature, Labs are great with children and other pets. They’re especially ideal for active families.




Fun Facts  


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