Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 22½ - 24½ in (56-61 cm) Bitch: 21½ - 23½ in (54-59cm)
Weight: Dog: 60-75 lb (27-33.5kg) Bitch: 55-70 lb (25-33.5kg)
Coat: Short and dense, without wave or feathering; weather-resistant undercoat
Color: Wholly black, yellow, or liver/chocolate; yellows range from light cream to red fox; a small white spot on the chest is permissible
|The Labrador Retriever does not come from Labrador
but from Newfoundland, Canada, where it was
used to help fishermen land their nets. The dogs are
thought to have originated in Devon, England, and
to have been taken to North America by fishermen.
In the 1830s, Newfoundland fishermen reimported
the dogs into England, and it is these dogs that
formed the basis of the breed as we know it.
The Labrador Retriever is a first-class gundog
and fine swimmer, and ideally combines the role of
pet and sporting companion. It is a worthy contender
in obedience competitions, draws large entries in the
show ring, and works as a guide dog for the blind.
Exuberant in youth, but easy to train, the Labrador
is good with children and rarely seems to get into any
kind of trouble. It needs plenty of exercise and regular
brushing, and can be kept either in or outdoors.