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Labrador Retriever

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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Canada as a Hunting Dog 
Life Expectancy
10 - 15 years 
Color
Black, yellow, chocolate 
Coat
Short, straight, and dense, with a water resistant undercoat. 
Exercise Needs
High energy level, likes to carry things. Does best with two daily exercises totalling 2 hours. 
Temperament
Friendly, outgoing, willing to please. The Labrador Retriever is also responsive, non-aggressive and intelligent. 
Good with Children
Excellent with children and other pets. 
Grooming Needs
Moderate shedder. Should be brushed 3 times per week. 
Average Size - Male (in)
22.5 - 24.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
21.5 - 23.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
60 - 75 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
55 - 75 
Health Issues
Usually hardy. Potential problems with hip dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy and skin allergies.v
Living Conditions
Adjusts well to all environments. Not a watchdog 

Breed Description

The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, very active dog. Wide over the loins and strong and muscular hindquarters. The Labrador Retriever is good natured, loyal and hardworking. He should never be aggressive. He makes a good gundog and domestic pet. The Labrador was brought from England to Newfoundland Island, Canada in the early nineteenth century. He worked collecting fish that fell out of the nets. He was also used as a retriever for water birds.

Breed Infobits

A yellow pup can sometimes appear in an otherwise all black Labrador litter.
This large dog actually enjoys playing with children and loves to be included in their games.
The Labrador makes a superb companion animal because of its gentle nature.
Labrador Retrievers are commonly used throughout the world as guide dog.

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