Labrador Retriever Breed Information and Photos

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Labrador Retriever 1Breed Description: The Labrador Retriever is the original water dog. Originally bred to assist fisherman in Newfoundland, these sturdy, muscular dogs are now respected worldwide for their contributions to the military, police work, as guide dogs and for performing search and rescue. They have exceptional patience and an easygoing temperament. This breed is intelligent, hardy and eager to please. A powerful swimmer, the Labrador Retriever makes a reliable hunting partner and a friendly house dog.

Group: Sporting Group

Purpose of Breed: Helping fishermen

Country of Origin: Newfoundland, Canada.

Average Size: Ranges from 21.5 inches to 24.5 inches and 55 to 80 pounds depending on sex.

Color(s): Black, yellow or chocolate.

Coat Type: Coats are short, straight and dense. Their coat is easily cared for with once a week grooming

Grooming: This breed is a moderate shedder. The easy to maintain coat should be brushed occasionally to remove dead hair. This breed requires standard care for eyes, pads and nails. Ears should be cleaned and examined regularly.

Exercise Needs: Labrador Retrievers are an active breed and need daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. They especially enjoy long walks, swimming and games involving retrieving.

Temperament: Labrador Retrievers are gentle and easygoing. They are intelligent, easy to train, and renowned for their patience with children. Labs are eager to please and very forgiving, so much so, that their good nature is sometimes taken for granted by thoughtless owners. This breed is courageous and hard working and adapts easily to new situations.


Common Ailments: Susceptible to skin allergies, epilepsy, eye diseases and hip dysplasia.

Life Expectancy: Averages 10-12 years

Trivia: To assist fishermen, Labrador Retrievers jumped overboard when boats neared land, gather the ends of fishing nets in their mouths and swam ashore where awaiting crew members could empty the catch.

More Information: Labrador Retriever Cub, Inc. Labrador Retriever 2

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September 25, 2009

In order after a day out in the snow: Char (4 1/2 years), Fluid (11 months) and Coal (20 months). They are labs. Char was bought on March 5, 2005, the others followed after mama found a boyfriend.


She had 2 litters, 12 pups each, 9 months apart

3 black dogs on the couch

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October 1, 2009

Kasey is 2 1/2 years old and a AKC Labrador Retriever. We got Kasey as a puppy at 8 weeks of age. Kasey loves to go for a walk every evening, swim, play ball in the yard and chase squirrels.

Kasey (Labrador Retriever)

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February 22, 2010

Barney is a 1 1/2 year old Registered Black Lab. A friend bred a large litter of pups and sold all but the last 3. She knew that we had lost a golden retriever a while back and felt in her heart that she should give us this puppy.


He was 9 weeks old at that time.

black lab

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October 6, 2015

My mom's friend gave it to us in August.

black Lab with red collar

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February 5, 2015

We got Khaleesi from a friend that was giving away hunting dogs in the fall of 2014.

Khaleesi (Labrador Retriever)

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December 27, 2012

He was the last pup in the litter. We got him for my husband's Xmas present.

Tank with St Paddy's Day hat.

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May 20, 2015

I got him from a rescue at 7 weeks old. He's a big goofball that trips over his big feet all the time, but that doesn't keep him from running around.

black Lab wearing a red collar with a white Pom in an Easter basket

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July 8, 2005

Lucky was a dog that someone had evidently dumped out at the elementary school where I teach. Everyday she was there and the kids shared their lunches and played with her.


She would be so sad when recess was over and the kids lined up to go inside!

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December 8, 2005

This is Sadie. She is my 5 month old yellow labrador retriever. I got her from a friend on Sept. 1st. She loves to SWIM and chase squirrels.

Sadie Rose with Santa (Yellow Labrador Retriever)

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August 2, 2006

Alvie (Labrador Retriever) Photo. This is Alvie, our Black Lab. We got him on a Friday and by Monday he was breaking out with little blisters on his face.


Took him to the vet and he said it was "puppy mumps".

Alvie (Labrador Retriever)

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December 18, 2009

Holly Molly is a 4 year old Labrador. I got her when she was 8 weeks old. She likes swimming, getting a bath, playing ball and loves going in the car. I love all seven of my dogs.

dog with headress

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March 16, 2012

Ranger is a 1 year old Labrador Retriever. I went to a shelter and got him along with his twin sister in 2011. He loves to chase tennis balls and swim in the ocean. He's the most loving, sweetest dog I know.

Ranger (Labrador Retriever)

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