What’s In This Guide
The Labrador Retriever has had a well earned place as one of the most popular pedigree breeds for years.
From a rich history as a working companion to finding their place in modern homes around the world, this lively, dog makes friends wherever he goes.
Labrador Retriever FAQs
By following the links below you can check out the answers to our readers’ most popular and frequently asked questions about the Labrador Retriever.
- Is a Labrador Retriever a good family dog
- Are Labs aggressive
- Which color Lab is the best
- Are Labrador Retrievers easy to train
Breed At A Glance
- Popularity: 1st! The Labrador Retriever is no. 1 in the USA.
- Purpose: A sporting breed, used to retrieve shot game. Now a beloved family pet too.
- Weight: An adult Lab can weight anywhere between 55 and 80lbs.
- Temperament: Friendly and even tempered
Labrador Retriever Breed Review: Contents
Here are some of the most popular topics on the Labrador Site.
Click on the links below to jump to the ones that interest you the most.
- History and original purpose of the Labrador Retriever
- Fun facts about Labrador Retriever
- Labrador Retriever appearance
- Labrador Retriever temperament
- Training and exercising your Labrador Retriever
- Labrador Retriever health and care
- Do Labrador Retriever make good family pets
- Rescuing a Labrador Retriever
- Finding a Labrador Retriever puppy
- Popular Labrador Retriever breed mixes
- Labrador Retriever products and accessories
History and original purpose of the Labrador Retriever
Labradors Retrievers have an amazing history.
From humble beginnings as a sporting companion, to a place as the most popular breed in America for many years running.
Labrador Retriever appearance
Labrador Retrievers were bred to carry out a job, which required them to be strong and athletic. They needed to be able to run for long distances while carrying game, and to cope well in the water too.
They are between 21.5 and 24.5 inches tall, and weight up to 80lbs.
Their coat officially comes in three colors, and you can find out about each of them individually here:
But there are some other shades gaining popularity, including the controversial Silver Labrador.
Labrador Retriever temperament
Labs are well known for being friendly dogs that crave human company.
They do not tend to have aggression problems, provided that they are well socialized and bred from friendly parents.
But there are aspects to their eager temperament that owners need to be aware of, and you can find out all about them in our complete Labrador Retriever personality guide here.
Training your Labrador Retriever
Due to their history as cooperative working companions, Labs are fortunately fairly easy to train. If you know what you are doing, of course!
However, there are areas of training that all owners need help with at one point or another, you can find some popular helpful training guides here:
- Puppy Potty Training
- Stop Your Puppy Biting
- Come When Called
- Lie Down and Stay
- Teaching Your Dog To Sit
- Walking To Heel
Keen to learn more about positive reinforcement methods and clicker training? Then these articles will provide some interesting reading too:
- What Is Clicker Training
- Ten Reasons To Clicker Train Your Dog
- Charging The Clicker
- Is Shock Collar Training Worth It?
Training is not just for teaching your dog new skills, it’s also a great source of exercise.
Labradors are lively dogs, that need plenty of physical as well as mental stimulation.
Labrador Retriever health and care
While Labradors are a relatively health breed, they do have some problems that they are more likely to suffer from than some other breeds.
Fortunately, many of these can be avoided or reduced through good health testing of breeding pairs.
Here are some conditions you will need to be aware of if you are thinking of buying a Labrador puppy:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease
Labrador lifespan is on average around 12 to 12.5 years.
To stay healthy they will need a great diet, in appropriate amounts, and of course lots of love and care.
One important part of Labrador ownership is grooming. As these dogs tend to be rather prolific shedders.
Do Labrador Retrievers make good family pets
Labrador Retrievers make great pets for active families, who are around for much of the day or are able to put in place effective cover plans during the working day.
Although generally good natured, Labs can be quiet bouncy and pushy and knock over very small children or the frail.
Rescuing a Labrador Retriever
Rescuing an older Lab is a great way to bring a new dog into your home for some families.
You will be able to meet your adult dog and get to know their personality and make sure that it matches with the environment you would be able to provide.
There are some potential pitfalls with rescuing so be sure to check out our extensive Labrador Retriever rescuing guide here before you take the leap.
Finding a Labrador Retriever puppy
If you are thinking of becoming a Labrador puppy parent in the near future, here are some articles to help you to decide whether now is the right time:
- 6 Things To Consider Before Buying A Labrador
- Are You Ready For A Labrador?
- Labrador Breed Information
Searching For A Labrador?
If you have decided that now is the right time for a new Labrador puppy, then these articles will help you to find the best breeder, rescue or dog for you:
- How To Find A Good Labrador Breeder
- How To Find A Healthy Labrador Puppy
- 41 Ways To Spot A Bad Labrador Breeder
New Puppy In The House?
From puppy care and feeding, to potty and obedience training, we have you covered.
Our Labrador Puppies section has all the information you need to help you raise your puppy.
Check our top puppy care articles here:
- Feeding Your Labrador Puppy
- How To Potty Train Your Puppy
- 15 Puppy Potty Training Problems Solved
- How To Stop Your Puppy Biting
Popular Labrador Retriever breed mixes
Not sure that a Labrador is the perfect pup for you? Then you might be considering a Labrador mix.
You can find in-depth guides to some of the most popular Labrador cross breeds here:
- Akita Lab Mix
- American Bulldog Lab Mix
- Australian Shepherd Lab Mix
- Basset Hound Lab Mix
- Beagle Lab Mix
- Border Collie Lab Mix
- Boxer Lab Mix
- Chow Chow Lab Mix
- Cocker Spaniel Lab Mix
- Corgi Lab Mix
- Dalmatian Lab Mix
- Doberman Lab Mix
- English Bulldog Lab Mix
- German Shepherd Lab Mix
- Golden Retriever Lab Mix
- Great Dane Lab Mix
- Great Pyrenees Lab Mix
- Greyhound Lab Mix
- Husky Lab Mix
- Mastiff Lab Mix
- Newfoundland Lab Mix
- Pitbull Lab Mix
- Pointer Lab Mix
- Rottweiler Lab Mix
- Rough Collie Lab Mix
- Schnauzer Lab Mix
- Shar Pei Lab Mix
- Vizsla Lab Mix
- Weimaraner Lab Mix
- Whippet Lab Mix
Labrador Retriever products and accessories
One of our favorite things on the Labrador Site is searching for great new dog products.
Pros And Cons of Getting A Labrador Retriever
Although Labradors are undeniably lovely dogs, they do have their downsides. Let’s compare their pros and cons.
Labradors are energetic and so need lots of exercise, although not too much when they are puppies to keep their joints healthy.
They do have some potential inherited disorders, so you will need to buy your puppy from a breeder that has made sure both parents have great health tests.
You will have to work hard to keep your home fur-free and dedicate lots of time to training to prevent unwanted behaviors such as jumping up or pulling on the leash.
They will also probably want to meet and greet everyone, and every dog, they see whenever you leave the house.
They can also be prone to separation anxiety.
Their intelligence means they are easy to train with modern positive methods, and their eagerness for food means it won’t be hard to keep them motivated.
Health testing means that you can hope to avoid or reduce the risk of all the most common Labrador health problems.
They are generally very friendly to other dogs and people. They are often good with cats too if introduced carefully or brought up in their company.
Comparing the Labrador Retriever with other breeds
Want to know how the lovely Lab stacks up against some of his popular canine cousins?
- Beagle vs Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever vs Labrador Retriever
- Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever
References And Resources
- Gough A, Thomas A, O’Neill D. 2018 Breed Predispositions to Disease In Dogs and Cats. Wiley Blackwell
- O’Neill et al. 2013. Longevity and Mortality of Dogs Owned In England. The Veterinary Journal
- Adams et al. 2010. Methods and mortality results of a health survey of purebred dogs in the UK. Journal of Small Animal Practice