Labrador Retriever

Ever been enchanted by a Lab’s sunny, spirited disposition? You’re not alone; we’re America’s favorite breed! I’m warm, friendly, and highly obedient—a perfect family dog who’s great with kids. I’m okay alone for brief periods and can live in apartments, though I can get into mischief when bored. I do tend to bark and drool.

Bred for retrieving water fowl, I love to swim. A perfect day of exercise for me would be a long game of fetch and a splash in a lake or pool. I’m smart and easy to train, and can often be seen working as a rescue dog, assisting people with disabilities, or cheering elderly patients as well as working in the field. I’m far too amiable to be a watchdog!

Built for the hunt, I’m muscular and athletic. I’m 21 to 24 inches tall, and I weigh 55 to 80 pounds. My coat is thick, sleek, and weather resistant, and it may be black, chocolate, or yellow. Daily brushing will control my constant shedding; professional trims aren’t required. Give me a bath every couple months to keep me smelling fresh. Go easy on treats because I can easily gain weight.

As with other popular dogs, I do have higher health risks. Major issues include hip and elbow dysplasia, gastric bloat, retinal dysplasia, dwarfism, and muscular dystrophy. Less significant issues include eye problems and dermatitis, and there’s an occasional risk of diabetes. With responsible breeding and regular care, I’ll be a devoted and beloved member of the family for 10 to 12 years.