Known for being a great family pet, this large, friendly dog fits in well with active families. Don’t mistake a Labrador Retriever for a Golden Retriever, as while similar, they are different breeds.02-labrador-retriever

An all-round ray of sunshine, the Labrador Retriever has a reputation for being an excellent family pet. Good-natured, friendly and affectionate, Labrador Retriever puppies may be the cutest around, but beware they grow into relatively large dogs. They are patient with children and trusting with strangers too (yes, maybe not the perfect watchdog). They are very loyal and love being around the family.

Labrador Retrievers love to chew and often follow their nose toward any smell. They are also known to eat anything in sight. Provide a high quality diet and ensure you follow recommended feeding requirements.

Fun fact: Labrador Retrievers were originally

bred for fishing due to their waterproof coat,

webbed toes and otter-like tail.

They are strong, athletic dogs and love running and swimming. Leash training is highly recommended from a young age. They even have a water-resistant coat and nothing makes them happier than fetch at the beach. However, they are prone to gaining weight, and maintaining a high level of daily exercise is important.

Their coat requires some maintenance. Brush weekly and bathe when necessary for a glossy looking coat. They are moderate shedders. Their coats are usually black, yellow or chocolate coloured.

Scheduled six monthly health checks with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Common ailments include hip dysplasia and eye problems. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.

Size

A Labrador Retriever is a medium- to large-sized breed, weighing between 28 and 30kgs, with a height between 54 and 57cms.

Space

As large dogs, Labrador Retrievers need space to run around in. A backyard is ideal.

Energy Levels

A Labrador Retriever has bundles of energy. A daily walk, run or swim is a must-do for this pet.

Difficulty of Training

Leash training is crucial. Labradors readily pick up basic commands and can even be taught some tricks.

Family Suitability

Labradors just want to make friends with everyone. They aren’t great watchdogs, but are perfect for families of all ages.

Compatibility with other Pets

Being so friendly, they’ll get along well with other pets.

Need for Company

Your pet just loves you and wants to spend lots of time playing fetch and exercising.

 Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?

No

Coat and Grooming Needs

They have a distinctive coat, made of an outer layer of dense hair and an under layer of soft fur that acts as an insulator to trap heat and keep water out. Brush weekly and bathe when necessary.

Shedding

Labrador Retrievers shed a moderate amount of hair.

Tendency to Bark

Your Labrador has a voice but won’t often use it, unless to say, ‘Hello’ at the park.

Similar Breeds You May Like

Golden Retriever

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Flat-coated Retriever

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