Labrador Retriever


Originated in Newfoundland & taken to England in the early 19th century. Here they were developed and bred as a hunting dog, being used for retrieving game in rugged terrain and icy waters. Today, Labrador Retrievers are a most popular family dog but also work as police dogs, customs dogs and guide dogs for the blind.


Strongly built, short coupled, very active; broad in skull; broad and deep through chest and ribs; broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: Minimal grooming due to the short coat, however they will need occasional brushings and baths.
  • Coat Type: Short dense without wave or feathering, giving fairly hard feel to the touch; weather resistant undercoat.
  • Moulting: Moderate shedding.
  • Exercise Needs: Daily walk of a minimum of thirty minutes. As a Labrador will need some free running, a large backyard is desirable especially if you live in an area where having a dog off leash in public parks is not permitted.
  • Average Life Span: 12 – 14 years.


  • Family: Families with a well fenced yard. As Labradors can be exuberant and boisterous as youngsters, it may be difficult for either very young or elderly to control them unaided at this age.
  • Temperament: Friendly, good-natured dogs who are affectionate with everyone. They are adaptable dogs and are naturally social animals.
  • Trainability: Intelligent dogs, Labradors are easily trained.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Excellent with other dogs and pets.
  • Barking: Medium tendency.


Ideal for use in field sports, obedience competitions, as search dogs, as guide dogs and as hearing dogs.


Hereditary problems: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and epilepsy.