Breed Profile: Labrador Retrievers

Everything you need to know about America's most popular dog

Group: Sporting

History:
Despite being an American favorite, the Labrador Retriever has its roots in Newfoundland, Canada. The breed was developed from small water dogs and Newfoundlands and were originally called “St. John’s dogs.”

In the early 19th century, the dogs were brought over to England to hone their hunting skills. They subsequently became known as retrievers of game. The breed died out in Newfoundland but thrived in England and, later, America. In fact, Labrador Retrievers are now considered the most popular dog breed in this country.

Size:
Females – 55 to 70 pounds
Males – 60 to 75 pounds

Average life span: 10 to 12 years

Colors:
Chocolate, Black or Yellow

Common Health Issues: Some Labrador Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and osteochondrosis.

About the Breed: It’s easy to see why Labrador Retrievers are so beloved: They’re affectionate, easygoing, patient, eager to learn and great with children. A high-energy breed, Labs need plenty of exercise and their webbed feet are perfect for their favorite activity, swimming. Thanks to a smooth coat, grooming is a cinch -- just comb your dog regularly and bathe when needed.

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