Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Dog Facts

High energy
Exercise Requirement:
Medium - high
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Not very protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Temperature Preference:
Cool - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

About the Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever, normally just called the Labrador, is a very social dog and has a good relationship with humans, as a result of its history working alongside hunters as gundogs. Fittingly, it is square in proportion and strong, with large bone and substance, and a wide, strong jaw that is easily capable of picking up and carrying the largest of game. Used to retrieving water fowl, the Lab is comfortable in water and is a good swimmer.

It has a short, dense coat which is double layered and weather proof. The soft undercoat provides warmth while the outer coat sheds water easily. The Labrador coat is either yellow, black, or chocolate. It has a strong tail and webbed toes which help when swimming or walking on snow.

The Labrador has a famously loving temperament; it is a very social dog and loves to spend time with its owners, relaxing in the house or out exercising on a walk or with a game of fetch. It has a curious side and likes to follow scents, and has a tendency to disappear, so make sure you keep an eye on it!

This dog also likes to carry things in its mouth, and is likely to affably chew on a hand or arm if allowed, which isn't a problem as the Labrador Retriever has a very soft mouth, meaning it can hold things (originally game) lightly, without damaging it with its teeth.

The coat of the Lab sheds about twice a year, but in temperate climates, it is likely to shed constantly, and so needs occasional brushing to remove dead hairs.

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