Labrador Retriever

By: Zack Bradley


The Labrador Retriever, despite his name, did not come from Labrador, but from Newfoundland. The area was populated with small water dogs, who when bred with Newfoundlands, produced a breed referred to as the St. John’s Water Dog, a prototype for the Lab of today.The lab was bred to be a great hunting/swimming dog.

Physical Characteristics

  • Black, Chocolate (Brown), or Yellow
  • Live 10-12 years
  • Males average 60-100 lbs and 22-24 inches
  • Females average 55-75 lbs and 21-23 inches
  • Broad head and chest
  • Strong legs
  • Webbed paws
  • Short, straight, water proof coat


  • Devoted, friendly, loyal, and loving
  • Great family dog
  • Great for hunting
  • Eager to please


  • Once known as "St. John's Dogs"
  • Not from Labrador actually from Newfoundland
  • One of the most popular breeds in the US
  • Good service dog
  • Good family dog but was bred to hunt and fish


Feeding - Don't over feed, gain weight easily

Exercise - Should be exercised daily

Grooming - Brush regularly