Labrador Retrievers are originally from Newfoundland, Canada. In the 19thcentury English aristocracy began importing the dogs into their country and the breed has been refined and developed there ever since.

As they are even tempered and highly intelligent and trainable, they are commonly used as working dogs. They can regularly be found as assistance dogs, detecting drugs and contraband, hunting and giving pet therapy.

They are the most commonly used breed as Guide Dogs for the visually impaired.


  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Loyal
  • Athletic
  • Great with families

Labrador Retriever Temperament & Size

Labrador Retrievers are large breed dogs withwater resistant coat that comes in a variety of colours including yellow, black and chocolate.

They are the most popular breed of dog in the world.

Distinctive characteristics include webbed paws and otter like tails that help these dogs to be excellent swimmers.

Labrador Retriever Life Span & Health Problems

There lifespan is on average 10 – 12 years. They are susceptible to some genetic conditions, however, regular exercise, weight control and good veterinary care can help minimise their effects.

Common Illnesses include;

  • Hip/Elbow Dysplasia – Genetic conditions that cause abnormal development of the elbow and hip joints in young dogs. This can lead to early onset degenerative joint disease.
  • Hypothyroidism (Underactive thyroid gland) Seen in middle aged dogs, common signs include obesity, lethargy, skin and ear infections.
  • Arthritis – A condition causing damage to joints resulting in pain.
  • Bloat (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, GDV) – Twisting of the stomach resulting in rapid swelling of the abdomen causing pain and eventual death if not treated.
  • Ear Infections – Their conformation i.e. long ears doesn’t allow adequate airflow in the inner ear and predisposes them to infection.
  • Cataracts – Clouding of the lens causing blurred vision to blindness.
  • Progressive retinal Atrophy (PRA) – Degeneration of the retina resulting in progressive sight deterioration and eventual blindness
  • Obesity – Prone to weight gain and obesity related illnesses.

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