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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.