All About the Labrador Retriever
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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.
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.
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.
- Labs have short, straight fur that is water-resistant.
- They shed seasonally and should be brushed weekly, but generally they have few grooming needs.
- Their jaws are powerful, helping them to retrieve large items, and they have an otter-style tail.
10 to 12 years
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.
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.
Because of their non-aggressive nature, Labs are great with children and other pets. They’re especially ideal for active families.
- Labrador Retrievers are originally from Newfoundland.
- Early breeds often worked for fishermen and even pulled their small boats through the icy Canadian waters when they needed assistance.
- Labradors became the top pet dog breed in America in 1991 and have held that title for 21 years.