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Labrador Retriever


General Description:

Labrador Retrievers are friendly, sociable dogs who need to be included as part of a family. Easily housetrained, they prefer to be indoor dogs. Basic obedience training is a MUST for this active breed! They learn quickly and love to participate with their owners in a wide variety of activities: obedience, agility, hunting, flyball, tracking and other doggy sports. They make wonderful therapy dogs, too. They are also happy just fetching tennis balls in the park or going on hikes with their owners. They are usually very gentle with children and make good family pets. However, they are active dogs who require daily exercise: a walk around the block is not enough for a Labrador! If they are given plenty of exercise, Labs settle down nicely for long snoozes in the house (preferably on the couch, of course!) Labradors come in three colors: black, yellow and chocolate. There are no differences in temperament or activity level among the three colors. Adult rescued Labs generally adapt very easily to a new home and family.



Males: 22 1/2 - 24 1/2 inches at the shoulder, 65 to 80 pounds; females: 21 1/2 - 23 1/2 inches, 55 to 70 pounds.



Black, yellow, chocolate.


Energy Level:

Medium high.


Life expectancy:

12-14 years.



Excellent family pets.


Other animals:

Usually good with other dogs; need to be socialized with cats.



Love to play fetch and to swim; prefer an active lifestyle.



Self-cleaning coat; moderate shedding.



Hip and elbow dysplasia and eye problems occur in the breed but are not widespread.


Best with:

Active owners with a fenced yard and time for daily exercise.


Not for:

Owners who are gone for long hours every day or people with a sedentary life style.



Friendly, loving, people-oriented; easy to train; great family pets.



Need daily vigorous exercise to prevent destructive behaviors (digging, chewing, barking).


Further Information:

Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association
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