Labrador Breed Factsheet

Thinking a Labrador is the perfect dog for you and your family? Learn more about this loyal and fun loving dog!

The Labrador is a solid and muscular dog. The short dense weather resistant coat comes in three colours; chocolate, black and yellow.


It is said that the Labrador Retriever is one of the best all round dogs. They are intelligent, adaptable, good tempered and kind, making them an excellent addition for many homes. Comfortable on land or water, The Labrador is best suited for an active family whose interests include loads of outdoor activities.

This dog is affectionate and devoted. Friendly with strangers, they can not be regarded as a good guard dog, but one should never doubt their loyalty. They will protect the family if necessary.

Though extremely intelligent and easy to train, they are still probably best for an experienced owner. As a youngster they can be very rambunctious and boisterous, needing firm but fair training to become a reliable and calm adult.

The Labrador fits well into almost any environment, city or country, as long as the exercise needs are met. The Labrador makes an excellent choice for a family as they are both playful and loving with children and other animals.

Origins:  The Labrador Retriever is a native of the province of Newfoundland in Canada. Here they were used as a fisherman’s helper and sold to the British.  In the 1800s their popularity in Newfoundland waned due to a high dog tax and tough quarantine laws. The breed was so popular with the British they preserved and standardized it.

Special needs:  Labradors love food and are known for both overeating and stealing. Special care should be taken to ensure they don’t become overweight.


Labradors are not mature till three years of age so owners should expect puppy like enthusiasm until they hit the third year. The biggest problems are jumping up, pulling on the lead and obsessive ball chasing.

Not a dog who likes to spend hours alone and will get bored easily. Not enough activity can make them prone to destructive digging, chewing and barking.

Due to their popularity they can be prone to many health problems and it is highly recommended that perspective owners buy for a reputable breeder .

Usual life span is around 12 years.

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