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Labrador Retriever Facts













Labrador Retriever History


It is thought that labrador retrievers originated from New Foundland in Canada and were developed as a breed in the UK. It is closely related to the New Foundland dog and like this breed is thought to have emerged from the St John’s Water Dog through ad-hoc breedings by early settlers in the 16th Century. The labrador was originally used for pulling in fishing nets grabbing floating corks and pulling these to shore. It is thought the name labrador was given to the breed when they were introduced to Britain to represent where the breed was from (Labrador Peninsular, Canada).


Labrador retrievers are now commonly used by the police, military and rescue services as well as perhaps being best known as assistance dogs.


Labrador Retriever Known Disorders


Labrador retrievers are prone to suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disorders and hip scores and clear eye certificates are recommended before breeding.  

Labrador Retriever Diet


The labrador evolved from the St John’s Water Dog and will have been exposed to natural food products existing by the sea.


Labrador retrievers have a tendency to place everything in their mouths which means they are scavengers by trade and makes them ideal candidates for obesity if their diet is not strictly monitored and maintained.


The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced diet is recommended to include fish, poultry and natural meats.


Labrador Retriever Temperament


Labrador retrievers are naturally curious dogs that thrive on company and play. They particularly like playing in the water as their naturally webbed paws and muscular physique make the labrador one of the best swimming dogs. labradors make very good family pets as they are largely well-balanced and friendly and not known for being defensive, territorial or aggressive.


Labradors are boisterous and have a sense of fun. Always willing to retrieve a stick or ball, a labrador loves nothing better than your time spent together. They are prone to put most things in their mouths and will chew on anything, however with training this can be controlled.


Labrador Retriever Appearance


The labrador retriever has a strong muscular physique and a smooth, short straight-haired coat. The UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is 56-57 cms for a male and 55-56 cms for a female. Weight from 25-35 kgs. Working labs may have been bred to a significantly bigger size.


There are two lines of labrador retrievers. The Conformation (‘English’, ‘Show’ or ‘Bench’) and the Field (‘American’ or ‘Working’).  The Conformation is typically smaller and stockier with a fatter face. The Field line is typically taller with a lighter frame.


There are three colour varieties of labrador retrievers. The most common is the ‘Black’ followed by ‘Yellow’ (cream to dark red) then ‘Chocolate’.


A labrador’s coat is thick, dense and water-repellent which means that it is naturally oily and a bit dry. There is a tendency to moult twice a year although there is variance amongst individuals (and geographic location). The tail is thick and sturdy and can be the source of minor accidents in the home (labradors express their excitement with a sweeping tail which can send objects flying).


Generally athletic in appearance, labradors should look strong and muscular and care should be paid to their diet so as not to encourage obesity.


A strong jaw and broad face are key characteristics which make the labrador retriever one of the most popular dogs in the UK.



UK Kennel Club  Class.

Gun Dog

Est. Reg. Number in UK


Average Lifespan

13 Years

Average Size

55-57 cm

Exercise Requirement


Grooming Requirement


Hereditary Disorders