Labrador Retriever

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Overview

Other dogs wish they had the versatility of a Labrador Retriever. The Lab’s beauty is undeniable with their luscious coat in  yellow, black, and chocolate brown and beaming dark eyes. Don't be mistaken though, Labs are not just a pretty face! They are working dogs made for the water with their webbed toes and strong tail. Labs can be everything from prestige show dogs to retriever-gun dogs. Their obedient nature and curiosity for the world makes them quick learners. They boast sharp intelligence, athletic ability and good temperament. Though bred to be hunting and sporting dogs, these qualities also make them highly sociable. Labs love having a job and they are often trained as search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, assistant dogs, and therapy dogs. After a long day of work or retrieving in the water, there is nothing a Lab loves more than coming home to snuggles. Despite being five times the size of a lap dog, nothing stops them from being the big or little spoon. This sweet-faced companion has enough love to go around for a very large and busy family. They’re great for kids of all ages. Labs are best suited to homes where they can get plenty of activity to keep mentally and physically fit. Rigorous hunting, long walks, swimming in the lake, playful wrestling—your Lab will go on every and any adventure with you. Labs love exercise and need lots of it. The energy of a Lab is contagious, leaving you feeling cheerful and happy.

Did you know?

Twenty-two different yellow Labrador Retrievers were used to play the title character in the movie “Marley and Me.”

Labrador Retriever Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Therapy dog Therapy dog

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
21.5-24.5 in / 55-80 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
10-12 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

4 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1-2 hours


Grooming frequency

Every month

Dog Food

Feeding your Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers should eat a healthy diet because of their activity level. This means food with high protein and low artificial ingredients. They should eat two meals a day of one to two cups of kibble depending on size and activity. Watch out though—Labs aren't the best at portion control! Because they will eat whatever is in front of them, it is important to regulate so they don't put on weight. Treats can be crucial to training, but be careful of not too many! If Labs eat too much and don't exercise, it can be bad for their health.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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