Labrador Retrievers come in black, chocolate and yellow. They have a broad, clean-cut head with hanging ears and alert, friendly and intelligent eyes. They have thick noses and wide muzzles and strong necks.
Labradors have a short, dense and water-resistant outer coat and a downy undercoat that keeps them warm.
Their straight tail, also covered by the coat, is otter-like—beginning thick and tapering at the end and defecting water—and their webbed feet are great for swimming.
Though not very tall, Labs are solid and well built. They are usually slim but can get a little heavy without enough exercise.
Labrador Retrievers are waterproof. Their hair coat is a distinctive feature. They have a double coat—the soft undercoat is weather-resistant and acts as an insulating layer that protects the dog from extreme cold, from getting wet, or from any type of terrain or ground cover while the dense straight outer coat is coarse reinforces the hair coat’s waterproof quality.
The soft undercoat also allows the body’s natural oils to repel moisture.
Labrador Retrievers are non-territorial thus they don’t make excellent guard dogs. They are over-friendly even with strangers.
The life expectancy for Labrador Retrievers is generally 10-12 years. They have relatively few health problems, but are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections and eye disorders.
Labs that are fed too much and exercised too little may develop obesity problems. It’s very important that they get daily exercise along with moderate rations of food.
If possible, Labradors need an average-sized yard. They can manage in an apartment, as long as they get regular walks or visits to the park.
A Labrador Retriever is known for experiencing “separation anxiety”. They have been bred to spend their day with people and they have developed the emotional need to constantly interact with the other members of the “pack”. Although they are known for their unrivaled loyalty and affection, they can develop vices and destructive behavior when they are left alone for a considerable period of time.
Compared to other dog breeds, Labs mature slowly. They usually reach the age of four years before they are considered mature. Even if your Lab has already reached its adult size, it will still behave like a puppy for a longer time.
Labrador Retrievers are the happiest dogs on earth.