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America’s Favorite Dog
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Personality Traits
Friendly, Active, Outgoing, Sunny, Smart, Warm, Kind, Eager-to-Please, Gentle
Related Breeds
Flat-Coated Retriever, Pointer, Weimaraner, Clumber Spaniel, Golden Retriever
Best Breeds For
An active family with kids or lots of people who love to play. They love kids and the commotion of a big family. They’re good with other pets, too.
Super easy to train. They’re smart, love to please, and are eager to get to work.
They love, love, love being active. A backyard is the Lab’s best friend.

Breed Popularity

Mixed Breed
Labrador Retriever
Shih Tzu
Golden Retriever
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Top Labrador Retriever Name

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History of Labrador Retriever


Lots of small water dogs were bred in Canada in the 1800s as fishermen’s helpers who reeled in nets, fetched ropes, and pulled fish out of the cool water. Labs were especially great for this since their double coats kept them warm and their webbed feet are great for swimming. The name Labrador comes from a province in Canada, but it’s not where Labs were first bred. They hail from the province of Newfoundland, and were bred with a dog of the same name, Newfoundlands and the St. John’s Water dog. In 1830, the Duke of Malmesbury started calling his pups Labradors, after another Canadian province, and the name stuck.
Facts about Labrador Retriever

Good To Know

Labs are super fast—they can go from a standstill to 12mph in just three seconds. A Silver Lab is a Chocolate Lab with a gene that dilutes their coat’s color. A silver lab has a brown coat but it isn’t as pigmented as a typical Chocolate Lab’s is. They aren’t recognized as an official part of the breed, but they’ve got all the same personality traits as any other Lab out there. Yellow labs who have the same gene are sometimes so light they’re almost white.
Labrador Retriever health and care

Health & Care

Height: 21” to 24” at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 80 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Most Labradors are healthy dogs, but some face health problems such as hip or elbow issues, eye disease, or exercise-induced collapse.
Labrador Retriever personality


Labrador Retrievers are easily the most popular dogs in the United States. They’ve topped the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular breeds for 24 consecutive years—the longest reign of any breed in AKC history. And there’s no sign they’ll be stepping down from their throne anytime soon. They’re sunny, smart, laid-back, high energy dogs who love to please. Not only are they the top choice for search-and-rescue teams but they’re also phenomenal guide dogs for the blind, too. What’s not to love?

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