The Labrador Retriever has a smooth flat coat that comes in solid black, yellow or chocolate (there's also a controversial silver or grey colour, but some claim it is a Weimaraner cross) and webbed feet that are good for swimming.
One of the most popular dog breeds in the world, the Labrador Retriever is loyal, affectionate, patient, very smart, good-natured and eager to please. Among the top choices for service dog work and excellent with children, the Labrador loves to play, especially in water, is easily trained, craves human leadership and needs to feel as though they are a part of the family.
The Labrador is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, PRA, mast cell tumors and eye disorders. It puts on weight easily so do not overfeed.
Because it is so energetic and eager, the Labrador Retriever must be given daily vigorous exercise.
The Labrador Retriever’s smooth short-haired double coat is easy to groom. Simply comb and brush regularly, paying attention to the undercoat. This breed is an average shedder.
The Labrador Retriever will do best in at least an average-sized backyard, but will do okay in a smaller space like an apartment as long as it is exercised daily.
Native to Newfoundland, the Lab used to work with fishermen by jumping into the icy water to help pull in the nets.