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Breed Info

The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled,
dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a
retrieving gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long
hours under difficult conditions; the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the
temperament to be a family companion. Labradors come in 3 colors of various shades;Yellow, Chocolate and Black. There is no such thing as a charcoal, silver or champaign Labrador.

Knows No Strangers

Devotion to this breed runs deep; Labs are loving, people-oriented dogs who live to serve their families, and owners and fans sometimes liken their Labs to angels.

Let's go for a run

A tired Labrador is a happy Labrador. Labrador Retrievers were bred for physically demanding jobs, and they have the high energy that goes along with being a working breed. They need at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Without it, they can vent their pent-up energy in destructive ways, such as barking and chewing.

A Dog for all Reasons

The Lab's sweet nature makes them an excellent therapy dog, visiting homes for the elderly and hospitals, and their intelligence makes them an ideal assistance dog for those with disabilities. They also excel as a search and rescue dog or as a retriever for hunters, thanks to their athletic build, strong nose, and courageous nature. And Labs have also become the breed to beat at dog sports such as agility and obedience competitions, especially obedience.

Feed me please

Labrador Retrievers love, love, love to eat, and become obese very quickly if overfed. Limit treats, give your Lab plenty of exercise, and measure out regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time. And be warned that the Lab's large appetite extends to people food and even inedible items. Labradors will forage in garbage, counter surf, and can make a meal out of chewed-up items like children's toys.

Height: Females 21.5 to 23.5 inches Males 22.5 to 24.5 inches
Average Life Span:11 - 14 years
Weight: Females 55 to 70 pounds Males 65 to 80 pounds

Personality

This is a smart, loving dog who wants and needs to spend lots of time with his people. A fun-loving freethinker, the Labrador Retriever takes well to training when it’s done in a positive manner with lots of food rewards, praise, and play.

Health

In Labradors, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better), elbow dysplasia, exercise induced collapse, cardiac, PRA, dilution free ; and from the Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) certifying that eyes are normal. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (offa.org).

Care

Labradors need a lot of exercise. They have fairly high energy levels, although there are exceptions to every rule.  They need daily exercise through  walks or play times in the yard. Labradors enjoy playing and will spend much of their time in various activities, such as swimming and retrieving.

Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Our Labs do best on a 30/20 high performance blend.

Grooming

Labs are fairly easy to groom but they do need weekly brushing to keep their coat healthy. They are high shedders. Begin grooming your Lab at a young age and teach your puppy to stand on a table or floor to make this experience easier on both of you.