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Labrador Retriever Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Labrador Retriever so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginEngland Canada
Group Gun Dog
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Other Names
What other names does the Labrador Retriever have? The dog breed also known as...
Labrador, Lab
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Labrador Retriever recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Labrador Retriever recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Price
How much does the Labrador Retriever puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Labrador Retriever price:
$1000-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Labrador Retriever, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Labrador Retriever for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Labrador Retriever gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Labrador Retriever size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Labrador Retriever weigh? Labrador Retriever weight:
Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine? Labrador Retriever average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Labrador Retriever? Labrador Retriever height:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Labrador Retriever average height:
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Labrador Retriever have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseWaterproofHard
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Labrador Retriever's coat?
YellowChocolateBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Labrador Retriever and how often?
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Labrador Retriever is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Labrador Retriever dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of this canine? Labrador Retriever shedding level:
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Labrador Retriever have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateCheerfulFriendlyIntelligentLoyalPlayfulSocialAlertEnergeticGentleLovingOutGoingResponsive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Labrador Retriever? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Labrador Retriever dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Labrador Retriever sensitivity:
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owners emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does this dog need? Labrador Retriever social needs:
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Labrador Retriever dogs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Labrador Retriever good as a watchdog?
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Labrador Retriever dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Labrador Retriever bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from this dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Labrador Retriever? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Labrador Retriever do?
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Labrador Retrievers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Labrador Retriever to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Labrador Retriever roam?
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Labrador Retriever have high prey drive?
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Labrador Retriever good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Labrador Retriever dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Labrador Retriever dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Labrador Retriever and children:
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Labrador Retriever dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Labrador Retriever good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Labrador Retriever dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Labrador Retriever can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Labrador Retrievers good office dogs? Do Labrador Retrievers make good office friendly dogs? Can Labrador Retrievers be ofiice dogs?
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Labrador Retriever dogs get along with the elderly people? What is this canine temperament with senior people? Are Labrador Retriever dogs good for elderly owners?
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Labrador Retriever dogs get along with other pets? Are Labrador Retriever dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Labrador Retriever breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Labrador Retriever be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Labrador Retriever breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Labrador Retriever be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Labrador Retriever breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Labrador Retriever be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Labrador Retriever breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Labrador Retriever be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Labrador Retriever breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Labrador Retriever be a boat dog?
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Labrador Retriever be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Labrador Retriever is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Labrador Retriever dogs have health problems?
Labrador Retrievers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Labrador Retriever dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Labrador Retriever breed hypoallergenic?
No
Labrador Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Labrador Retriever have?
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Labrador Retriever dogs require per day?
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Labrador Retriever need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Labrador Retriever risk for obesity:
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Labrador Retriever more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Labrador Retriever's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Labrador Retriever drool?
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Labrador Retriever puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Labrador Retriever: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Labrador Retriever have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Labrador Retriever have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Labrador Retriever

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
  • Adaptability: Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
  • Boat Dog: Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Labrador Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Stinkiness: The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Mouthiness: Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Alexander von Spleny

    Apr 14, 2019, 1:34:04 PM:

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