Characteristics :

Classification: Retriever

Size: Large

Daily Exercise Requirements: 1 – 2 hours (2 Walks)

Lifespan: 10 – 14 years

Coat Length: Short

Weight: 23 – 36Kg (50 – 80lbs)

Height: between 55 – 62cm (22 – 24 inches)

General Information :

Labradors are one of the most favourable dogs around the world today. Their shiny coats commonly come in three distinct colours; Yellow, Chocolate Brown and Black and they are easily recognised by their distinct otter like tail.

Historically Labradors originated as the companions of fishermen, they would assist mostly in retrieving fish and would spend the evening with the fisherman’s family. After being identified for their retrieving skill and soft jaw, which avoided harm to whatever the dog carried, Labradors were soon the chosen dog to accompany a sportsman during a hunt.

Labradors have a good ability to track on scent alone and are very obedient staying close to its owner at all times until it is commanded to retrieve.

Their otter like tail alongside their webbed paws and water-resistant coat makes for a dog that is comfortable and strong in water.

Generally speaking, Labradors are easy going and have a very tolerant temperament, this in addition to the fact that they are very obedient, dependable, highly co-operative and intelligent, results in a dog that is willing to learn which fits their reputation of being easy to train.

Labradors are known as the friendliest, sweet-natured dogs, they are eager to please, alongside their willingness to obey unquestioningly and quickly, this is why Labradors are the chosen dogs to perform critical tasks in modern society such as explosive detection, search and rescue or assisting the handicapped.

Outside of being a working animal, and as a friendly pet, Labradors are well known for being playful, humorous and clumsy. They are very affectionate dogs and therefore become stressed if left alone for long periods of time. If left alone, a Labradors reputation often becomes tarnished as a bored dog is likely to become destructive to burn off energy. If you are a full-time worker, then daily dog care visits are a must.

In the prime of their life a Labrador will typically require 1-2 hours of exercise with a mixture of walking and high intensity exercise (running/playing fetch) to release energy. A daily walk is necessary, however a shorter walk twice a day is preferred to one long walk as a Labrador will commonly keep playing even if it exhausted as it aims to please.

Grooming :

The coat of a Labrador has two distinct layers, a short thick topcoat and a soft water-resistant undercoat. Grooming a Labrador is quite easy compared to most dogs, however they do shed a large quantity of Coat which can heavily affect allergies.

A Labrador should be brushed daily, have its nails trimmed once a month and its teeth brushed at least twice a week. Labradors should be bathed every other month, however they are very well known for rolling in mud which may result in more frequent washing!

As always, as you groom your dog, examine it for any health problems.