Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever


Labrador Retrievers were created in Newfoundland during the 17th century and were imported to England during the early part of the 18th century. These dogs are among some of the oldest currently recognized breeds. Due to their limitless positive qualities and their versatility, they've become quite popular as a family pet.


Labrador Retrievers are very delightful dogs to be around. They're energetic and high spirited so a lot of exercise is required. These dogs love play sessions with their families, walks on a secure leash, swimming and being able to run and play independently in a fenced in yard. Labrador Retrievers can live in apartments as long as they get plenty of exercise and attention.


The Labrador Retriever dogs must be brushed regularly using a firm bristle brush. Their undercoat must also have special care given to it in order to keep it from matting and tangling. They need to be bathed or dry shampooed only when necessary. Health concerns with these dogs include eye disorders, PRA, and hip and elbow dysplasia.


Labrador Retrievers are medium size dogs with exceptional strength and athletic abilities as well as being well balanced. They're outgoing, friendly and extremely sweet dogs. There are two Labrador Retriever types. The American Labrador Retriever is tall and lanky. The English type is heavier and thick. They are a sporting breed and are quite good at retrieving and hunting. These dogs are treasured companions and very respected for their affectionate nature.


The coat of a Labrador Retriever is a double one. The top coat is short, straight, and quite dense with a hard texture. Their undercoat is weather resistant and soft. This is the part of their coat that protects them from the cold, water and all ground cover. Coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. They're average shedders.


Labrador Retrievers are very intelligent, deeply devoted and loyal. They're also affectionate, reliable and must have plenty of human attention and companionship. They are amazingly wonderful with children along with getting along very well with other dogs. They're a bit wary of strangers, which makes them ideal watchdogs. These dogs don't need to be left alone for long time periods because without the attention they need, they get bored, lonely and start destroying things.


Labrador Retrievers are easy to train. Be sure to initiate socialization at a very young age as well as obedience. These dogs are quite strong and must understand that they can't pull on their leash. They don't respond to heavy handed or harsh training methods. Training for these dogs must be conducted with firmness, respect, fairness, consistency and rewards. They stand out in the areas of police work, tracking, agility, competitive obedience, search and rescue, guides for the blind, and service dogs for disabled dogs.