Non-sporting Breeds

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 22 - 24 in (56-61 cm) Bitch: 21 - 23 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.
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