The appearances of the two main breeds of Labradors are different – the American Labrador Retriever dog breed tends to be tall and lanky, while English-bred labs have a thicker and blockier appearance.

  • Labrador Retrievers are muscular dogs, with a broad head and nose, a wide muzzle, and a powerful neck.
  • Labs have a short, easy to care for coat that comes in black, yellow, chocolate, or, in rare cases, silver or gray.
  • Labs have intelligent-looking chestnut or hazel eyes and medium-sized pendant ears.
  • Bred to retrieve game in the water, most Labs have webbed feet that aid in swimming.

Labrador Retriever

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  • These affectionate and patient dogs are known for being good-natured, loyal, intelligent, and friendly.
  • They love to play both on land and in water, and are wonderful with children and other dogs.
  • Labs love to feel that they are part of your family and are easily trained, particularly if they are well-socialized as puppies.
  • Talents include tracking, retrieving, hunting, police work, guiding the blind, acting as service dogs for the disabled, sledding, competitive obedience, and search and rescue.
  • Field lines of the Labrador Retriever dog breed may become nervous and destructive if their human owner does not act as “pack leader” or if they do not receive enough exercise.

Height and Weight

  • Adult males tend to be 22-24 inches tall and weigh around 60-75 pounds.
  • Adult females will be between 21-23 inches tall and weigh around 55-70 pounds.

Living Conditions and Exercise

  • Labrador Retrievers are energetic dogs that must work and play hard. They require daily exercise including long walks and jogs – and they are happiest when they have a job to do!
  • Moderate food intake – Labs are big eaters, and may quickly become overweight if they do not receive enough exercise.
  • Labs do best with a yard for playing, but can be kept in an apartment if they are given enough exercise during the day.

Life Expectancy

  • Well-cared for Labs can be expected to live 10-12 years.


  • Their smooth double coat is easy to groom with a brush with firm bristles. Pay attention to the undercoat, and bathe only when necessary.
  • They are are average shedders.


  • Originally from Newfoundland and known as St. John’s Dogs, Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S.
  • The Labrador Retriever dog breed was originally bred and trained to jump off of fishing boats in frigid water to bring fishing nets to shore.

Group and Recognition

  • Grouping: Gun Dog, AKC Sporting