Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

The Labrador Retriever Dog Breed is among the most popular dog breeds

The American Kennel Club has ranked the Labrador Retriever Dog Breed as the most popular dog. The Labrador retriever is a medium sized dog breed with a very nice temperament suitable for working along side a hunter or being a fine companion in the family home.

The Lab is known for its friendly, amendable and extroverted nature. It is a highly trainable breed of dog that was primarily bred as a working gun dog. Its breeding was for retrieval of game and as such it enjoys being outdoors in the fields and swimming. It also enjoys playing games like fetch. A young lab has lots of energy and can work or play for hours before tiring.

If you are an active person (or family) the Labrador may be a great choice for you

The Labrador Retriever is a strong, medium sized dog standing 21-25 inches and weighing 55-80 pounds. It is usually brown, black or yellow in colour and has a weather resistant coat that is short and thick.

A well known feature with the Labrador Retriever dog breed is its otter tail that is thick at the base and thin at the tip. The Labrador Retrievers that I have met are just the right height where drinks on the coffee table are at risk by an errant wagging tail – watch your red wine!

When taking one of these dogs for an off leash walk in a nearby park it showed just how much it loves to swim when it noticed some ducks in a nearby creek and pond. Before we noticed the ducks the lab was off to the races – leaping into the pond and swimming after the ducks. I am happy to report that no ducks were injured. And the lab had a great time swimming and barking (to show how happy it was).

If you meet a lab you will see why it is one of the most popular dogs there are. If you decide to adopt a pet lab please make sure that you have the time and energy to give it enough exercise, especially in the first few years.

Visit our Hunting Dog Breeds page for more breeds that are great for active people looking for a companion.

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