What Are Labrador Retrievers?
Labrador Retrievers, often referred to as Labs, are medium to large sized dogs that have been bred for decades for the purpose of being gun dogs/hunting dogs. Although they make for excellent bird dogs, they are also one of the most popular dog breeds in the world for their loyal companionship and fun, loving personalities.
Temperament or Personality
Labrador Retrievers are intelligent, kind, outgoing, and athletic dogs. They are very curious and love to explore. Labs are considered to be fully mature at around 3 years of age, however no matter how old they are, they are always full of puppy-like energy. They are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and can be trained to be an amazing service dogs or world-class hunting dogs. They are also very gentle and trusting and make for excellent family pets.
Coat and color characteristics
Labs have short, neat coats but they are also very dense coats suited for colder weather or swimming in cold water. Labs do shed a fair amount but routine brushing does help with this. Labs come in three colors: black, yellow, and chocolate. Here in Nebraska at J & B Doodles we raise both black and yellow AKC (American Kennel Club) registered lab puppies to offer you a dog that meets your preferences.
How big are Labs?
Labs have an average height between 22 and 25 inches tall, and can weigh between 55 and 80 pounds, depending on their sex and the size of their parents.
How much Exercise do Labradors need?
Being such active, energetic dogs with a natural drive to hunt and be outside, labs need daily exercise of at least 30 minutes. Not only do they enjoy walking or running, they also are at their happiest when they get to play for at least a few minutes on a daily basis.
Health and Lifespan
Labs are considered to be a very healthy breed with few major health problems. On average, labs have a great life span of around 12 years, making them great long-term companions.