Labrador Retriever Dog

A Good Natured Water Lover

Yellow, Black and Chocolate Labrador Retriever pictures

Breed History

The early Labrador dog did not originate in Labrador, Canada. It descended from former dogs of Newfoundland. Those dogs had been left there over many years, by European fishermen and settlers. It was first called the "Black Water Dog", followed by the "St. John's Dog." Subsequently, in the early 1800s, specimens were taken to England. There, sportsmen, and certain English noblemen, were totally impressed with the dog's hunting and water retrieving abilities, and desire. Unfortunately, their plans for breeding were spoiled by new expensive import taxes, and recent, strict British quarantine laws. The importation of these dogs stopped. This caused the original St. John's dog, back in Newfoundland, to disappear. The English breeders, were then forced to cross-breed to other retrievers. Fortunately, the desired hunting dog traits, the bird dog characteristics, prevailed. Eventually, the breed got its present day name. A breed standard was drafted, and from then on, all out crossing to other breeds, was prohibited. The breed gained recognition from the Kennel Club in 1907. The AKC registered its first Labrador Retriever dog in 1917.
Dog: 65 - 80 lbs. (29.5 - 36.4 kg).
Height: 22.5 - 24.5 in. (57 - 62 cm) at withers.
Bitch: 55 - 70 lbs. (25 - 31.8 kg).
Height: 21.5 - 23.5 in. (55 - 60 cm) at withers.
Colors: Chocolate Labs, Black Labs & Yellow Labs.
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years.

Lab Temperament

Labrador Retrievers are a very gentle-mouthed breed. They are highly intelligent. They excel in obedience trials. Many Labrador puppies, with proper training, have become exceptional guide service dogs. It is as a family pet however, that this breed has gained such wide renown. It is so dependable and friendly with children, A Labrador puppy thrives with socialization. It is an intelligent breed. It learns quickly, with proper instruction. As for grooming, it needs regular brushing to minimize shedding. A Lab puppy does well in the suburbs, or country. There it can grow, and get lots of needed exercise. Caution: A determined adult Labrador Retriever can escape over just about any backyard fence or gate. It doesn't matter the height. By hurling itself at the gate, and using its powerful hind legs to grip, it climbs up and over. It should also be noted that this breed has some health issues. Be sure to check out the health issues. Then you will be able to ask any breeder, the applicable questions. You will also want to inquire about health guarantees. Trustworthy, dedicated Labrador breeders should always test their breed stock, before breeding. That is the best way to avoid potential genetic problems.

Additional Lab Information

Do you want to see pictures and read more detailed information on this friendly large dog breed? Do you want to find breeders who might have Labrador puppies for sale? If so, see the breeders section for available Lab puppies, and pictures! If there are no nearby breeders, check the Canadian Club, Lab Retriever rescue section. Also check the US Club, Lab rescue section, for additional information on Labrador breeders in your area.

Health Issues

The Labrador Retriever can have some serious health concerns, from hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, eye problems, muscular dystrophy, to elbow problems. There are some minor concerns too, such as arthritis. Be sure to check out the Health Issues page, for more breed information.