All About Labrador Retrievers

The Labrador Retriever originated in Newfoundland, Canada. They were bred as water dogs for retrieving fish.


Labs have a friendly, outgoing personality. They make great family dogs and get along with kids.


Labrador Retrievers are medium-large dogs, weighing 55-80 pounds. Males are larger than females.


Common Lab colors are black, yellow, and chocolate brown. Some Labs are silver or charcoal.

Coat Colors

Labs are energetic and require 30-60 minutes of daily exercise plus playtime and mental stimulation.

Exercise Needs 

Labs are generally healthy but prone to joint problems like hip and elbow dysplasia. Lifespan is 10-12 years.


Lab puppies are rambunctious and need early socialization and training. Potty training requires diligence. 


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