The perfect family pet!
Country of Origin: Canada
Dog Group: Gundog
Origin of Name: This dog breed gets its name from Labrador Sea in Canada. Fishermen used these dogs to retrieve the nets from the icy water. Due to their amazing retrieving qualities, they were named Labrador retriever.
SheddingA bit high
Monthly keeping costPremium
Tendency to Bark:Medium
Life Span - 13 to 14 years
Availability - Easy to get
About Labrador retriever:
This is one of the most loved and wanted breeds across the globe. They are known for their heightened intelligence and the ability to get trained easily. A perfect breed for first time owner! They make a perfect family dog. This dog grows big but extremely friendly with humans. In fact, the love and crave human attention all the time. Once you bond with this breed, you have got a friend for lifetime. They are fondly known as Lab by dog lovers and pet parents who have this pooch at their homes. They have a protective instinct which makes them perfect guard dogs for families.
They are one of the most widely available dog breed across the world. First time owners consider and favor this breed a lot. They are extremely good with children and love to keep them happy. They are incredibly patient around toddlers and love them as their own pup. If you are looking for a pet and you have small kids or older adults at home, this is the right pet for you!
The origin of Labrador Retriever can be traced back to Newfoundland, Canada. Fishermen created this breed to help them retrieve nets from icy water of the Labrador Sea. They wanted to create a dog that loves water and could easily swim in and out. This breed was brought to England in 1903!
They are one of the best family pets. They love water; they even have a distinctive otter like tail, which helps them swim even in tough conditions. Their outer coat is a bit oily that helps them to repel water. Similar to Golden retrievers, they have a soft mouth that helps them retrieve fragile fishing nets from water.
They are also one of the best guide dogs and famous for their sniffing abilities. Police and armed forces recruit these dogs for their sharp guiding and sniffing abilities. Their heightened intelligence is another benefit.
Grooming – Medium attention required
Drooling – No
Bath – Regular
Climate adaptability – Can handle normal heat and cold conditions
Exercise Requirement – Lots of exercise required
Outer Coat – Yes
Color - Yellow/Chocolate/Black
Coat Type - Short and dense
Hair Length – Medium
Hair Density – Dense
They are a generally healthy breed but there are some issues that they are prone to. The most common ailment that troubles labs are:-
Labrador Retrievers is a versatile dog. It can be a work dog and a perfect family dog as well. They are great with kids and are extremely loyal. They have a special bond with kids and can protect them from any intruders at home.
They love water. They cannot resist it! Be it playground or at home, they will love to spend time playing in water. They are highly energetic and crave physical activities.
Training & Intelligence
These are extremely intelligent and talented dogs. They are easily trained and versatile. They can be trained to be guide dogs, sniffer dogs etc. The best thing about labs training is that you can start training them at any age. They have the intelligence and ability to learn and grasp new things quickly and retain them for a long time.
Litter Size - 6 to 9 puppies (approximately)
Complication in Breeding – No
One of the easiest dog breeds to manage. They reach sexual maturity somewhere between 6-9 months but the right age for breeding would be 2 years. Vet care is recommended if you are a first timer and trying to mate your dog with another lab. You can find different color breeds in same litter.