One of the world’s most popular dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever is the descendant of dogs taken to Newfoundland by explorers, fishermen and settlers. The Labrador was used to retrieve and drag in the ends of the fishing nets to the men on shore. The breed was later introduced to Britain were it was further developed. Coat colours may be black, yellow or chocolate.
Temperament: The Lab is a loving and affectionate breed with oodles of patience. He is the quintessential family pet – superb with children and very eager to please. A very sociable, intelligent and versatile breed.
Lifestyle: While they can adapt to apartment life, they do best with some outdoor space for exercise. He also loves the water and will enjoy a dip in the pool under supervision. Pups need plenty of chew toys.
General care: The short, straight, dense coat, with weatherproof undercoat, is easy to maintain with a good brushing two or three times per week. More frequent brushing is needed during heavy seasonal shedding. Labbies can be greedy with food and are prone to weight gain. A well balanced, controlled diet from puppyhood is essential.
Exercise: An energetic breed who excels as a field dog and in agility, obedience and retrieving. The Labrador needs regular exercise