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Labrador Retriever Characteristics

The Labrador Retriever is kind, outgoing and eager to please. They are gentle, patient and reliable. They are extremely lovable and want to be part of their human family.

Labrador Retrievers (or Labs) were bred to help local fisherman haul net, fetch ropes, and retrieve loose fish – which explains their love of water. Labs love to have a job and make great therapy dogs or an assistance dog for the handicapped. They also excel at search and rescue jobs thanks to their courageous nature and athletic body.

They make good watch dogs as opposed to guard dogs, as they are alert and vigilant, but normally not aggressive.

Labs are very people-oriented and crave human attention. They are devoted to their family and have a sweet, gentle nature. They do have a high energy level, though, and need adequate exercise. If not properly exercised, they can become destructive. Early training is required as lab puppies are very hyperactive and need to be taught good manners.

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Labrador Retriever Major Health Concerns

The Labrador Retriever is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. They may suffer from Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and other eye disorders. Labradors that like to eat and without adequate exercise, can become obese.

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Labrador Retriever Interesting Facts

Labrador Retrievers are registered in three colours: black, yellow (anything from light cream to “fox-red”), and chocolate (medium to dark brown). Puppies of all colours can potentially occur in the same litter.

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Canine Breed Inheritance Infographic

Our Dog Breed Inheritance Chart explains how purebred and mixed breed puppies inherit DNA from their parents.