Characteristics of the Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is a strong and sturdy dog, very heavy. The head should be proportionate to the size of the body, well modeled, dry, with somewhat fleshy cheeks. The skull is wide, with a well defined stop. The eyes are dark brown or hazel, of medium size, with a good, intelligent expression. Ears should not be large or heavy: they are worn hanging close to the head and tied a little behind. The thorax is ample and well let down, well-sprung ribs (barrel). The back line should be straight from withers to rump. The tail is a characteristic of the breed: very large at the base, it tapers towards the end. She shows no fringe, but is covered with short hair, thick and provided that gives it the appearance of a “otter tail”. Members must have good bone structure and be straight.
Coat: Short, supplied without fringe, rather rough. The undercoat is dense and weatherproof.
Color: the only permissible colors are yellow, black or brown (called chocolate).
Height: 57 cm maximum for males and 55 cm maximum for the female
Weight: approximately 30 kg

Origins and history

The origin of the Labrador Retriever has much in common with that of Newfoundland and it is rather difficult to distinguish the two original forms. In many texts of the nineteenth century, without distinction uses the terms “Newfoundland” and “Labrador” to evoke water dogs the Canadian coast. The ancestor of the Labrador seems to be the “St John Dog”, a smaller version of Newfoundland that has developed in Canada at about the same time as this dog. The Cão de Castro Laboreiro has probably also contributed to the Labrador training. The race was then much widespread in Britain and this country who got fatherhood.

Character and abilities

This is one of the friendliest dogs, happiest and most playful in the world. While this is an excellent worker, he does not think that actually is work and wants to just have fun and be happy (that’s why the best training system has to go through the game). The Labrador Retriever is absolutely safe for children old enough but it can be “dangerous” for children because of his great strength he did not even realize: it might, for example, hurt them by making their festival . Like all Retrievers is a tireless worker, very soft and very easy to train, but he has known for some time a huge success as a pet.


When he is very young Labrador Retriever should not do too much exercise (eg, do not make it up the stairs); once it has grown, it is a dog with an iron health. All we have said for other Labrador Retrievers applies: thus, when it comes out of the water, it must dry the base of its tail.
Average life expectancy: about 13 years


Theoretically, it can also live in an apartment, but when he is young … you have to see if the apartment can resist it! As an adult, he became “a little” more tranquil but his unbridled joy of life (which is also contagious as the Labrador can be a very good antidepressant) is rather tip the balance toward a plant in the garden.

Information and tips

The fact that this is a very sweet and very nice dog does not automatically mean it is suitable for everyone. Before buying a puppy, so you have the most information possible about the breed.