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.