Labrador Retriever

Growth Size

Labradors grow to a height of 50 – 60cm, and a weight of 25 – 35kg.

Lifespan

12 – 13 years.

Temperament

Labradors are known to be gentle, happy and lovable pets. Their intelligence and intuition is what sets them apart from other breeds and this is the main reason they are used as guide dogs. They love being with their owners and enjoy socialising with other people and other dogs.

Training Difficulty

Labradors respond well to training , which is recommended for understanding their owners’ commands. Good training makes this large breed a pleasure to walk and a well behaved pet in the house. When left alone without sufficient space to play, or without toys, Labradors tend to destroy things to keep entertained. They need daily exercise and love playing in water!

Recommended Owners

Labradors are suited to all family environments.

Origin

Labrador ancestry can be traced back to the Canadian island of Newfoundland. The breed was developed from the St John's Water Dog to retrieve downed waterfowl from lakes. They were also used by fishermen to help with carrying ropes between boats, towing, and retrieving nets.

Diet

It is not recommended that owners feed their Labrador as much food as they ask for. About two to two and a half cups of food per day for adult dogs should suffice. Labradors are prone to becoming overweight, so regular exercise is highly recommended.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Although Labradors have a short coat, it is very thick and tends to shed. Weekly grooming with a de-shedder brush will keep shedding to a minimum.

Comments

Labradors are still used as hunting dogs today, but they have also found employment at airports as sniffer dogs. This breed is commonly used as seeing-eye dogs as well.