Labrador Retriever

Breed Description

The Labrador Retriever, or simply "Lab," is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. Originally bred as a hunting dog, Labs are now commonly used as guide dogs, assistance dogs, and family pets. Labs are medium to large-sized dogs, typically weighing between 55 and 80 pounds. They have short, dense, water-resistant coats that come in black, yellow, or chocolate.

Size Medium to large. Adult males typically weigh between 65 and 80 pounds, while adult females typically weigh between 55 and 70 pounds.
Coat Type Short, dense, water-resistant coat. Labs shed moderately year-round and more heavily during shedding season.
Temperament Friendly, outgoing, and eager to please. Labs are known for their loyalty and affectionate nature, and they get along well with children and other pets.
Energy Level High. Labs are active dogs that require daily exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
Exercise Needs Labs require daily exercise, such as walks, runs, or games of fetch. They also benefit from activities that challenge them mentally, such as obedience training or agility classes.
Grooming Requirements Moderate. Labs have short coats that require regular brushing to remove loose hair and maintain their water-resistant properties. They also require occasional baths and nail trims.
Lifespan 10-12 years on average.
Health Issues Labs are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions. Common health issues in Labs include hip and elbow dysplasia, obesity, and ear infections.
Trainability High. Labs are intelligent dogs that are eager to please and quick to learn. They respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.
Good with Children Yes. Labs are known for their gentle and patient nature, making them great family dogs.
Good with Other Pets Yes. Labs are generally friendly and get along well with other pets.
Origin Newfoundland, Canada
Breed Group Gundog
KC Recognition The Labrador Retriever is recognized by the Kennel Club UK as a member of the Gundog group.

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