Labrador Retriever

A guide to the Labrador Retriever

“The sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds, year after year. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around, especially in families.”

“The sturdy, well-balanced Labrador Retriever can, depending on the sex, stand from 21.5 to 24.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 55 to 80 pounds. The dense, hard coat comes in yellow, black, and a luscious chocolate. The head is wide, the eyes glimmer with kindliness, and the thick, tapering ‘otter tail’ seems to be forever signalling the breed’s innate eagerness. Labs are famously friendly. They are companionable housemates who bond with the whole family, and they socialize well with neighbor dogs and humans alike. But don’t mistake his easy-going personality for low energy: The Lab is an enthusiastic athlete that requires lots of exercise, like swimming and marathon games of fetch, to keep physically and mentally fit.”

Key Stats

Life Expectancy:
11 – 13 years
55 – 80 pounds
21 – 25 inches

The perfect blend of friendliness, outgoing spirit, and high-spirited energy, makes them the ideal addition to households in search of a medium-to-large dog with an abundance of affection to share. The Labrador Retriever, with its sturdy and well-balanced frame, stands as a beacon of versatility, ranging in height from 21.5 to 24.5 inches and weighing between 55 to 80 pounds. Adorned in a dense, hard coat that comes in shades of yellow, black, and luscious chocolate, Labs exhibit an unmistakable eagerness in every aspect of their being.

Their wide heads and eyes gleaming with kindliness complement the iconic ‘otter tail,’ a perpetual signal of the breed’s innate enthusiasm. Renowned for their friendliness, Labs seamlessly integrate into family life, forming strong bonds with every member. Their sociable nature extends to interactions with neighbor dogs and humans alike, marking them as excellent companions for a variety of social settings. However, beneath their easy-going exterior lies an enthusiastic athlete, with Labs requiring ample exercise, including swimming and marathon games of fetch, to stay both physically and mentally fit—a testament to the breed’s dynamic nature and enduring charm.

An overview of the Labrador Retriever

2 blonde Labrador retrievers amongst green shrubbery.
Difficulty Overview
Labrador Retriever
Potential Positives
  • Very social
  • Training can be easy
Potential Negatives
  • Somewhat messy
  • Can be very vocal
Family affection
Good with other dogs
Good with other children
Shedding Level –
Drool quantity –
Openness to strangers
Protectiveness –
Ease of training
Barking level –

“Naturally this overview is generic to a breed and not every single of its kind. However the information and stats we provide in our breed overviews can really make a beneficial impact on your decision making in regards to a specific breed.”

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