Males 22.5 - 24.5 inches, Females 21.5 - 23.5
Close, short, dense without waves or feathering
Black, yellow, chocolate
Medium - High
Responsive, friendly, and intelligent
Males 60 - 75 lbs, Females 55 - 70 lbs
Labradors are relatively large with males typically weighing 27 to 36 kg (60 to 80 lb) and
females 23 to 32 kg (45 to 70 lb). Their coats are short and smooth, and they possess
a straight, powerful tail like that of an otter. The majority of the characteristics of this
breed with the exception of colour are the result of breeding to produce a working
Labradors have a reputation as a very mellow breed and an excellent family dog
(including a good reputation with children of all ages), but some lines (particularly those
that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field rather
than for their appearance) are particularly fast and athletic.
Labs often enjoy retrieving a ball endlessly and other forms of activity (such as agility,
frisbee, or flyball), are considerably "food and fun" oriented, very trainable, and
open-minded to new things, and thrive on human attention, affection and interaction, of
which they find it difficult to get enough.
The Labrador is believed to have originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of
the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Many fishermen originally used
the Lab to assist in bringing nets to shore; the dog would grab the floating corks on the
ends of the nets and pull them to shore. They were brought to the Poole area of
England, then the hub of the Newfoundland fishing trade, and became prized amongst
the gentry as sporting dogs.
Labradors are a well-balanced and
versatile breed, adaptable to a wide
range of functions as well as making
very good pets.