Breed Group: Sporting Group
Shoulder Height: 21-24 in.
Weight: 55-80 lb.
Life Span: 12-13 years
Colors: Black, blonde, chocolate
- The Labrador Retriever is currently the most popular dog breed in the United States
- Colloquially called “labs”
- Commonly combined with Poodles to create the popular “labradoodle” hybrid
- Originally bred by hunters in the Labrador region of Canada, for waterfowl retrieval
- Possess waterproof and hypoallergenic coats
Labrador Retrievers make for wonderful dogs for both individuals and families. Known for their amicable personalities, high amount of intelligence, and abundance of spirit, labs are energetic dogs that love physical activity as well as attention.
As members of the sporting group, labs are fairly large dogs that need a good amount of physical and social activity. Trips to your local dog park are highly recommended so they can get the proper amount of mental and physical stimulation.
Labs do have longer coats that blow during the warmer months, so be prepared for a tremendous amount of shedding. However, unlike other dogs with longer coats, they do not require constant grooming to keep them looking good.
Labrador retrievers may be larger dogs, but a big part of their appeal is that they do not suffer from quite as many health problems and do live longer than other large breeds.
- Labradors are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Hip scoring is recommended before breeding occurs
- Knee problems (such as luxating patella) are relatively common also
- Floppy ears make them prone to ear infections
- Labs have a tendency to overeat, leading to bad obesity problems if they do not get proper exercise
- Labs are also prone to exercise-induced collapse
- Former President Bill Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin both keep Labradors
- Marley, from the book and film Marley and Me, was a Labrador Retriever
- The mascot of the Michigan State University Spartans is the fourth Labrador Retriever to represent the school at sporting events
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