Country of Origin: Newfoundland (Canada)
History: The Labrador Retriever was bred as a hunter and water retriever, the Lab was developed from Saint John’s Newfoundland’s and other gun dogs in the early nineteenth century. It was a distinct breed by the mid-nineteenth century. The Labrador retriever is the most popular companion dog in the U.S. and still is used for hunting, as well as a number of other jobs, including search and rescue, detection, and service work.
Physical Description: Labs are a medium to large-size, muscular dog. It has a broad head with a black or brown nose (black on black and yellow Labs, brown on chocolate Labs); brown or hazel eyes; and short, triangular drop ears. The otter tail is long and thick. The double coat has a short, dense undercoat and short, straight, water-resistant outer coat in black, yellow, or chocolate. There may be a white spot on the chest.
Height: 21.5 to 24.5 inches
Weight: 55 to 80+ pounds
Temperament: The Labrador retriever is enthusiastic, social, and biddable. It is even-tempered and friendly with almost everyone, including children and other dogs. It loves the water and carrying objects in its mouth.
Activity Level: High
Best Owner: It does well with an active family in a rural or suburban environment but canadapt to city life with sufficient exercise.
Special Needs: Exercise, training
Possible Health Concerns: Arthritis, hip dysplasia, PRA
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