Breed experts believe that the Labrador Retriever or Lab is a product of Newfoundland and off the coast of Greenland; fishermen used this breed to retrieve and drag the ends of fishing nets in to the shore. Also, they used retrievers for fetching game and held in high regard as a guide dog and sniffer dog detecting drugs, and explosives. In addition, this is an outstanding water dog. It has a distinctive short, dense coat, hard to the touch and with a water-resistant undercoat.
The Labrador Retrievers coat can be black, yellow, or liver/chocolate. Also, yellows ranging from light cream to a red fox. Another characteristic feature of this breed is the otter-like tail, very thick at the base and tapering towards the tip. The Retriever has a strong build. It is short-coupled and broad. To prevent this breed from carrying too much weight, it requires regular exercise and sensible feeding. This is a very good-tempered and agile breed. It is an adaptable and enthusiastic companion who is intelligent, keen, and obedient. In fact, they possess a very strong will to please.
Labrador Retriever Breed Facts
Temperament: Labrador Retrievers are versatile, easygoing, and friendly. They love water and retrieving. Very intelligent and willing to please, they respond well to positive training methods. Labs are very sociable and require plenty of play with their families. Labrador Retrievers mature slower than other breeds and will maintain their youthful enthusiasm until the age of 3. These dogs love to mouth and chew things. Therefore, it’s important to supervise puppies to prevent accidental chewing damage and the ingestion of foreign objects.
Activity level: Modest to elevated. Labs are highly athletic with plenty of energy and stamina for long hunting days. Therefore, they require plenty of daily exercises; They enjoy swimming, agility, flyball, and retrieving.
Coat: This breed possesses a short, straight, dense, weather-resistant outer coat with a soft undercoat.
Size: Males—22–24 inches, 65–80 pounds; females—21- 23 inches, 55–70 pounds
Color: Labs come in black. Yellow, or chocolate
Grooming: The Labrador’s coat needs a brushing at least 3 times per week. In fact, they need brushing more frequently during their heavy shedding periods, which are usually in spring and fall.
Before purchasing a puppy, visit the breeder to meet the parents and assess temperament. See to it the parents were health screened.