Labrador retriever

Other names: Labrador, Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is a medium-sized, robust looking dog, sand, chocolate or dark in color. Very appreciated by families, it is often the pleasure of children for whom it is a great playmate. Its jovial and friendly expression greatly contributes to its success. The Labrador is one of the favorite dogs of the youngest.



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Hair type Short
Origin UK
Template Big
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 28 kg to 33 kg From 52 cm to 56 cm
Male From 30 kg to 35 kg From 54 cm to 61 cm
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History of the breed

In 1814, he would have thus conquered England. The selection would have started in 1822 when this Newfoundland dog received the name Labrador by the Earl of Malmesbury. He arrived in France at the end of the 19th century. Since then, he has been one of the favorite dogs of French families.

Labrador Retriever Pictures

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Physical features

His hair : short, thick, without waviness. It is weatherproof.
Its color : the dress is entirely yellow (sand), black or brown (chocolate). The sable Labrador takes several weeks to obtain its final shade, unlike the black Labrador. Chocolate Labrador has long been snubbed in France. However, this aspect is increasingly appreciated.
His head : round with a straight muzzle. The skull and nose are broad, but the cheeks are not thick.
His ears : set behind and of medium size, they fall to the sides of the head.
His eyes : medium in size, are brown or hazel.
Its body : presents a horizontal line on the top. The chest is large and well built, as is the kidney, which remains short and strong.
Its tail : imposing at the base, it becomes thinner towards the end. She should not curl up on her back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Sweet, loyal, intelligent and playful , the Labrador Retriever is the perfect companion for everyone . It is also one of the most widespread dog breeds in the world. A good keeper , he is not too fearful . Particularly patient and docile , he is fantastic as a guide dog for the blind. Listening, ardent and determined , he is greatly appreciated by rescuers.

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Puppies can be very rowdy . Nevertheless, the Labrador Retriever is good at learning . He will become a pleasant dog to live with if you firmly teach him the basic rules of conduct necessary for his safety and yours. The education of the Labrador Retriever must take place primarily through play . You should also not hesitate to reward him for his good deeds. He is quite receptive and affectionate.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Labrador Retriever can adapt to an urban environment , although it is more suited to the countryside . He is very welcoming by nature and enjoys company . Loneliness can quickly weigh on him . So much so that it will turn into a bulldozer if you don’t give it the attention and time it deserves.


Ease of gaining weight

The Labrador Retriever is prone to obesity, regular exercise and a balanced diet are essential. This will minimize joint problems like hip or elbow dysplasia. Some eye concerns are also common: retinal dysplasia, cataracts and retinal atrophy. The torsion or the gastric swelling are elements that the master must imperatively watch. An untreated swollen belly can prove fatal for Labrador.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Patella dislocation
Centronuclear myopathy
Osteochondrosis of the shoulder and elbow
Occasional concerns
Exercise-induced collapse
Ear infections
Dead tail syndrome
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Labrador Retriever dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Labrador Retriever is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The maintenance of Labrador is not very restrictive. Only brushing during the moulting periods (spring and autumn) requires a lot of time.

During the moult period , where the Labrador Retriever sheds a lot of hair, use a wire brush . Regarding his claws, he must be able to wear them regularly on hard ground. Shorten them, if necessary, using specific pliers. As the nails contain blood vessels, it is recommended to seek advice from the vet if you are a novice. 2 baths per year are sufficient .

In the Labrador Retriever, the major fragility is in the ears . They should be monitored and cleaned regularly with a product recommended by your veterinarian. Otherwise, he will be prone to chronic ear infections. Nothing should be inserted into the ear canal. As for the teeth, they must be brushed regularly in order to avoid the accumulation of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Labrador Retriever is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,450
€ 1,550

The annual maintenance cost of a Labrador Retriever is between € 1,450 and € 1,550.

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Be careful not to overfeed the Labrador, which appreciates food and is quite greedy. His ration of high quality croquettes must be given in 2 times . In the morning with a fairly light meal and in the evening with a larger dinner. If his diet is not monitored properly, the Labrador could suffer from obesity.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The agility, obedience or flyball tests are adapted to the Labrador Retriever.

Famous Labrador Retriever Breed Dogs

Marley : This is the name of the Labrador Retriever in the movie Marley and I , directed by David Frankel and released in 2008. John , played by Owen Wilson , and Jenny Grogan , played by Jennifer Aniston , work for a newspaper in the south of Florida. Before having children, the couple decides to adopt a dog, which is none other than Marley .

The animal very quickly shows itself to be incorrigible. His misadventures with his Labrador became the main subject of the journalist’s columns, and quickly became popular with readers. Despite the ups and downs, Marley becomes an indispensable member of the family. The film was inspired by the autobiographical story of John Grogan .


Classifications & Standards
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(AKC) American Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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