Labrador Retriever

By: Zack Bradley

History

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

Temperament

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

Facts

  • 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/Grooming

Feeding - Don't over feed, gain weight easily

Exercise - Should be exercised daily

Grooming - Brush regularly