This friendly, gentle natured dog is the most popular pedigree dog in the UK and it's easy to see why! It's the perfect fit for families thanks to its warm, sociable nature, making it a great companion for children and other animals alike. They are also very energetic and playful, having been bred to help fisherman pull in their nets, making these gundogs surprisingly athletic. Labs are still often picked as working dogs today, most commonly as assistance dogs due to their intelligence and eagerness to please meaning that they are generally easy to train.
|Also known as||Labrador or Lab|
|Typical lifespan||Between 12 - 14 years|
|Height range||56 - 61 cm (Male)|
56 - 61 (Female)
|Average weight||29 - 36 kg (Male)|
25 - 32 kg (Female)
|Coat types||Short in length, Smooth, Thick coats|
Tendancy to bark
Tendancy to chew
Tendancy to drool
Good for first times
Good with kids
Good with strangers
Good with animals
Labradors' roots can be traced back to the 1700s on the Canadian island of Newfoundland. The dogs would help the local fishermen bring in their lines and retrieve any fish that had escaped off the hooks.
It is thought that English traders who travelled to Canada brought their hunting dogs with them, these dogs mated with the local St. John's Dog- a much smaller type of Newfoundland- to create the modern day Labrador Retriever. Some of the offspring were taken back to England where they soon gained popularity from the sporting community for their retrieving skills.
The majority of British Labradors are descendents of the first Labs brought to the UK in the 1800s by the Earl of Malmsbury who is also credited with naming the breed. His work brought Labradors back from the brink of extinction in the 1880s, with them being recognised as an official breed in 1903.
In order to be a responsible owner to a Labrador Retriever you should be able to provide the dogs with all of these requirements.
Needs a home that is medium, large or very large
The outdoor space should be average, large or Acerage
Requires regular daily exercise of at least thirty minutes.
Shouldn’t be left alone for any longer than four hours.
Doesn’t need much grooming at all, once a month should be fine.