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Labrador Retriever

Summary of Characteristics:Labrador Retriever

Exercise: Medium
Grooming: Low
Shedding: Medium
Ease Training: High
Sociability with Strangers: High
Sociability with Children: Good with kids


Labrador Retriever PuppyThe Labrador Retriever is good natured, mild mannered and adaptable and makes a great family pet. It's no wonder he is the number one breed in popularity. He likes daily exercise and enjoys playing fetch. He is good with kids and gets along well with strangers and other animals. Some can be destructive if left on their own for too long. He responds well to obedience training, but he needs a firm hand as he can be high spirited and rambunctious.

Physical Features and Grooming

Labrador Retrievers stand approx. 21-24 inches tall and weigh 55-75 pounds. They have short, smooth, dense coats and need brushing weekly. His coat may be black, yellow or chocolate brown.

Health Issues

Labrador Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, cataracts and other eye abnormalities.

Read more about Labrador Retrievers:

Encyclopedia of Dog BreedsEncyclopedia of Dog Breeds: Profiles of More than 150 Breeds This is an excellent, highly rated book that discusses each breed's physical and personality traits, suitability as a pet, information on each breed's vulnerability to specific health problems, longevity, exercise needs, compatibility with children, and more.



New Encyclopedia of the DogNew Encyclopedia of the Dog Another great book that describes 450 different dog breeds including rare breeds and experimental breeds like the Labradoodle. Lots of photos.

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