Labrador Retrievers Dog | History, Domestication, Physical Traits, Breeds, & Facts

What is a Labrador Retriever?

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States. There are three main colors for Labradors: Golden Lab aka Yellow Lab, Black Lab and Chocolate Lab (Brown). There are different shades of these types of Labrador, but all Labs are generally classified into one of these three types of dogs.

How big do Labrador get?

The Labrador Retriever is a fairly large breed. Male labrador typically weigh between 60 and 80 pounds while females weigh between 45 and 70 pounds. Labrador Retrievers are known for their smooth, short and waterproof coat. They are also known to be excellent swimmers. Webbed feet and wide tail help them swim.

Are Labrador Retrievers Good Pets?

Labradors are known for their good nature. They are also very intelligent and fairly easy to train. This laid-back personality has made the Labrador Retriever a popular family dog, however, they are not always the best watch dog as they are generally friendly with non-territorial strangers. Labs are athletic and agile dogs that love to play and love attention. They can make great pets, but need attention and training to keep their excitement from spiraling out of control.

Labradors are wonderful dogs, but they do have some downsides as companion dogs that should be considered before adopting them as pets. They can get cranky and chew on things, especially when they’re puppies. Labs lose and some can lose a lot. Some Laboratories may suffer from separation anxiety if they are not given adequate attention. The lab needs a lot of exercises and activities. If you get one of these dogs, be sure to plan on running and playing with them for an appropriate amount of time each day. It helps if you have a large yard for them to explore and run around.

Labrador are working dogs

These dogs were originally bred in Canada for hunting as hunting dogs or duck hounds. Because they are easy to train, always pleasing, tough, and good swimmers, Labradors are often used as working dogs around the water and excellent hunting dogs (hence the name).

Taking Care of a Labrador Retriever

A typical labrador will live 12 to 13 years. In general, Labradors are fairly healthy dogs, but they are prone to hip dysplasia. Labs also love to overeat and can become overweight if they eat too much and don’t exercise enough. Tracking your dog’s diet and making sure they get enough exercise is key to keeping your Labrador healthy.

Famous Labradors

President Bill Clinton has two Labrador dogs named Seamus and Buddy. Other famous Labradors include Vincent (the dog from the TV show Lost) and Zeke (the Michigan State University mascot).