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labrador retrievers

Updated on January 17, 2011

Labrador "Lab" Retriever

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"Lab" Stats


Labrador Retriever

Classification: Sporting Group

Weight: 55-80lbs (25-36kg)

Height: 21.5 -24.5 inches (55-62cm)

Lifespan: 10-12 years


Child with Labrador Retriever Puppy

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What Labrador Retrievers Bring to a Family

 Labrador Retrievers are fun – loving, gentle, versatile dogs that are great with children and other family pets.  They are ranked as the number one family dog among families in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.  This is a very popular breed for families because the breed is very gentle, intelligent and easy to train. Labrador Retrievers are often used in highly respected public positions such as search and rescue teams, detection dogs, and therapy work. 

Gentle Giants

The breed is known for it's gentle nature.  The Labrador Retriever has a very soft mouth.  These dogs are so gentle that they can hold an egg in their mouth and carry it safely without causing it to crack.  The breed is appreciated for it’s even temper and great ability to interact safely with children when supervised. Labrador Retrievers or “Labs” as they are often nick-named, love to work and are egar to participate in any “job” the family might encourage.  These dogs excel at sports and games such as agility, Frisbee or flyball.  They also are very good at and joy playing retrieving games. These dogs require moderate exercise.

Labrador Retrievers Love Water Games

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They Strive to Please

Labs are overly friendly dogs that usually do not have any stranger anxiety and love to enthusiastically greet new people and animals.  Because of this they do not make good guard dogs, but they will bark occasionally to sudden noises or sense of danger.  Because of their popularity Labrador Retrievers are prone to being stolen and it is recommended that each dog be tattooed for microchipped to prevent dog-napping

Black Labrador Retriever with Microchip Indentification Collar

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Protecting Your Dog: Tattooing Versus Microchipping

I suggest the inside of the groin (for tattoos) and the dog’s back (for microchips).  Sometimes tattoos will be placed on the inside of the a dog’s ear, but I discourage this because some dog-nappers have been known to cut the dog’s ear off, to discard the tattoo and then claim that “their” dog always had a missing ear.  This is a very unfortunate

Brown or "Chocolate" Labrador Retriever

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A Canadian Breed

The Labrador Retriever originated on the island of Newfoundland, Labrador, Canada in the 16th century.  At this time they were known as the St. John’s Water Dog and thought to be a mix of English, Irish and Portuguese working dog breeds. 

Hard Working Dogs With Jobs

The St. John’s Water Dog had an important roll on the fishing ships in Newfoundland.  The dogs were used for retrieving and pulling the fishing nets from the water.  They also carried ropes between boats for the fishermen, and even towed the small fishing boats when necessary.  The fishermen admired the breeds loyalty and hard working

Black Lab Fishing with Boy

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Earl of Malmesbury

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The Breeds Spreading Popularity

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