Labrador Retriever Information

Labrador Retriever Information

The Labrador retriever is a friendly, lovable medium-sized breed that is an excellent gun dog and an awesome family dog.

The Lab is the number one most popular breed in the United States so if you are considering a Labrador retriever, you aren’t alone. Every Labrador owner will credit your good taste.


Becoming a pet parent to any breed is a big responsibility. Just as having a child, canines are dependent on us for their home, food, medical care, and recreation.

Before rushing out to buy any breed, you should first research the particular breed you have in mind to see if their needs and your lifestyle are a good fit.

Some dogs, like the Lab, need plenty of exercises and are more suited for an active family, while other breeds can be couch potatoes and do well with an owner who has a more sedentary lifestyle.

Contained in this post will be information on the Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab.. Also included will be Labrador retriever temperament and the personality of Labrador retrievers.

To check your labrador Retrievers’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vetOpens in a new tab. website for all the help you may need.

Labrador Retriever Information
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Origin of the Labrador Retriever


The Labrador retriever’s origins date back to the 1830s. European settlers had bred St. John’s water dogs in Newfoundland and Britons aboard a trading ship liked what they saw.

They bred the water dogs with their English hunting dogs and created the Labrador retriever.

This dog and its name were often confused with the much larger and furrier Newfoundland because of the connection with the St. Johns water dogs, but Newfoundland and Labrador are one region in eastern Canada.

It is sometimes referred to as NFLD. and consists of the region of Labrador and Newfoundland, the island and creates one Canadian province. This is how Labrador got their name.


Labrador retrievers are excellent hunting and retrieving dogs which is exactly what they were bred to do and they can aptly retrieve games without damage due to their soft mouths.

They also have a warm insulated coat to keep them warm in the frigid and sometimes icy waters of the North Atlantic and webbed feet, making them excellent swimmers.

The Labrador retriever was recognized by the Kennel Club of the UK in 1903 and by the American Kennel Club in 1917.

Labrador Retriever Appearance


The Labrador retriever is a medium to large breed and can weigh from 55lbs to 80lbs with females weighing less than males when fully grown.Opens in a new tab.

Their height at the shoulders can range from 22 inches to 25 inches. This dog is no dainty petite lightweight.

They are a stocky, sturdy, and muscular breed as well as being quite strong. The Lab has a large broad head with a sweet face that always displays a friendly expression.

The Labrador has a double coatOpens in a new tab., that was made for cold frigid weather and for swimming. The undercoat is thick and insulated while the topcoat is mostly straight and shiny due to oils that make it water-resistant.

When this retriever is swimming, they have a sleek appearance like that of an otter. They are strong and powerful swimmers and have webbed feet and a thick long tail that acts like a rudder on a boat.

When choosing your Lab, it shouldn’t be too difficult as there aren’t many colors to pick from to confuse you; just three and no spots or markings either.

Your choices will be black, chocolate or yellow. The only variations may be that some shades are darker or lighter than others.

Labrador Retriever Temperament

Temperament is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the “characteristic or habitual inclination or mode of emotional response. This means that the response that is given by your pup is a habit or characteristic.

Temperament, especially unacceptable behavior can sometimes be caused by genetics, being hereditary in nature, and can occur by getting your pup from a less than reputable breeder, or perhaps a pet shop that uses puppy mills.

These types of temperaments are often inbred and cannot be changed even with extensive training.

Temperament though depends mostly upon the way you raise your pup, with socialization being key, proper nutrition, exercise, and the all-important training to have a well-adjusted and well-mannered Lab.


Labrador retrievers are mainly a stable breed with their naturally happy and friendly nature. They are very rarely aggressive, get frustrated, or are stubborn.

It just isn’t in their nature. Even though they are large muscular dogs, they are extremely gentle with children and because of their intelligence, they can just tell the difference between the small size of a child and an adult.

The Labrador retriever has a zest for life or as the French say, “joie de vivre!” They have a contagious exuberance and enthusiasm that has everyone joining in on the party.

This can sometimes lead to their only flaw which can at times be overexcitement that includes jumping on people and too much ecstatic barking.

This is when training comes into play because Labs don’t generally calm down until they are between one and two.

Training is easy with a Lab because they are intelligent and what they don’t possess in smarts they make up for is their willingness to learn, eagerness to please, and love to love and be loved attitude!

All of these stellar traits have made Labrador retriever therapy dogs that give their all and are highly sought after.

Along with German shepherdsOpens in a new tab. and golden retrievers, they are the breed most often trained for the sight-impaired.

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The personality of the Labrador Retriever

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of personality is ” the collection of emotional and behavioral traits that characterize a person,” or in this case, a dog.

Different Labs may all have similar traits, but each one will have its own personality, just as humans do. The Labrador retriever can be clumsy, yet athletic, charming, welcomes all, friend and foe alike, and are loyal and devoted to family.

They want to be friends with everyone and don’t understand when a barking, snappy dog doesn’t want to be best friends! They will play tirelessly and are eager to please.

They are also highly adaptable dogs because of their even-tempered ways, calm and friendly behavior around strangers, and their acceptance of new environments and situations.


Below are five personality types in dogs. See which type of personality you think most describes the Labrador retriever.

  • Shy


Shy dogs tend to be nervous and uncomfortable in many social situations and need to be slowly coaxed to be acclimated to something new and different.

A timid dog is not good in busy, noisy environments and is often frightened. This can sometimes lead to aggression if they are fearful and lash out. Socialization, training, and much reassurance are needed.

  • Adaptable

This dog personality likes to please its owner, is easy to train, and gets along well with people, children, and other animals. They are calm and accepting in any environment or situation.

  • Easygoing and laidback

This type of dog loves everyone and everything. They get along well with children, strangers, cats (yes!), and dogs.

The easygoing dog, however, can be a little over-excited and can knock someone down with their over-exuberance. Some extra training helps with excitability along with positive reinforcement.

  • Independent

This type of personality does need extra training because they do not see you as the alpha leader of the pack and want to do things their way by often showing stubbornness. They may just bond with one person in your household or often no one.

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  • Confident

In all surroundings, a confident dog is at ease and comfortable. This confidence, however, can spill over into dominance.

A confident dog wants to take the lead, but you are the appointed leader. This could prove to be a tug of war as they may want to be a leader of the pack. Extensive ongoing training may be needed.

Of the personality types listed above, I would say that the Labrador retriever is mostly the easygoing, laidback type but also has more than a pinch of adaptability which is both the embodiment of good qualities.

Again, any breed of dog you consider is your responsibility. Labrador retrievers are a happy-go-lucky, friendly breed that always appears to wear a smile and their heart on their “sleeve.”

Along with feeding, grooming, and medical care, they require exercise to use up some of that exuberant energy.

Before you decide on a Lab, think about how active you and your family are and if you are energetic enough to keep up with this happy camper.

Keep in mind that even though Labs have that amazingly calm and lovable aura surrounding them, they, just as any other breed require training to be well behaved and to keep that excitability dialed down a notch!

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