Dog Breeds 101: Labrador Retriever

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Commonly regarded as America’s favorite dog, the Labrador Retriever, or “Lab”, is a wonderful breed of dog that has stolen the hearts of dog lovers all over the globe. Labs are not aggressive, destructive, whiny, sulky or territorial. This breed is known for its ability to get along with everyone and everything.

The Labrador Retriever was first developed in Newfoundland, Canada before the 1800s. They are also descendants of the Newfoundland dog and were first known as St. John’s water dogs. This name accurately describes this dog’s ability to swim. They were originally bred to help fishermen to accomplish a variety of tasks such as hauling nets, retrieving fish and catching those that tried to get away. [1]

These dogs may not be considered to be excellent guard dogs but because of their natural obedience and patience, Labs can be trained easily. However, unlike most dogs these should not be given too much positive reinforcement. Constant praise will cloud this dog’s mind on whether their owner truly approves of their action. [2] It is true that, unlike most dog breeds, this dog is likely to greet an intruder with a wagging tail rather than bite them! Check out this Labrador training page.

Packed with energy, Labs are also usually athletic and muscular. Nonetheless, they are known to be stellar family dogs because of their loving, loyal, devoted, and passionate nature. In addition to being good natured, Labs are eager to please, and are highly intelligent. Also, they are very friendly and are widely recognized for their reliable temperament. Labs are also known to be very active and sociable dogs.

Labs are found in three colors: yellow, black and chocolate. They have a double coat that protects them from water and cold weather. The outer coat is somewhat more coarse and more easily sheds water. [3]

These dogs were bred to perform physically demanding tasks and therefore have a lot of energy. It is for this reason that this dog needs at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Owners should also be aware of the right amount of food to feed this dog because they are highly prone to obesity.

With an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, the Labrador Retriever can do well even in an apartment, as long as they are provided with adequate daily exercise. This breed needs a daily dose of brisk walking, running, or jogging for them to stay healthy and fit.


[1] September Morn, Training Your Labrador Retriever (Barron’s Educational Series, 2009), p.1.

[2] Steve Smith, The Labrador Retriever: A Comprehensive Guide to Buying, Owning and Training (Willow Creek Press, 2000), p. 7.

[3] Kim Campbell Thornton, The Everything Labrador Retriever Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training, and Caring for Your Lab (Everything Books, 2004), p. 17.

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