Labrador Retriever

Sporting Group

Chocolate Labrador Retriever lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 21.5-23.5 in, Males 22.5-24.5 in

Weight

Females 55-70 lbs, Males 65-80 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Labrador Retriever originated in Newfoundland, Canada before the 19th century. When exactly they came to exist is unclear, but it is known that in the early 1800's, English nobles visited Canada and brought the Labrador Retriever's ancestors back to England. These dogs were descendents of the St. John's Water Dog, a breed that was essentially a smaller Newfoundland. Once in Europe, the Labrador Retriever was refined to a friendly and hardworking gundog. Their name is the result of a bit of a mix up, as they are actually from Newfoundland, not Labrador. However, the modern day Newfoundland is from Labrador. Today, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the United States and serves as a therapy dog, service dog, seeing eye dog, police dog, and hunting dog.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Labrador Retrievers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★★★★★

Common Traits

Sweet, friendly, and helpful

Favorite activities include swimming and playing fetch

Intelligent and very eager to please, making them easy to train

Known to excessively bark and chew if not given enough exercise or mental stimulation

Prone to overeating and may not be able to recognize when they have had enough