Labrador Retriever

A.K.A. : Labrador, Lab
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Overview: The Labrador Retriever is probably America's favorite dog. He is playful (well into his adult years) and is often seen as a lifelong friend.
Breed Group: Sporting
Weight (lbs): male: 65-80, female: 55-70
Height (in): male: 22-24, female: 21-23
Colors: Solid black, yellow, or chocolate.
Coat: It should be short, straight and very dense, giving a fairly hard feeling to the hand. The Labrador should have a soft, weather-resistant undercoat. A slight wave down the back is permissible.
Character: Labrador Retrievers are obedient, sociable, and affectionate. Loyal dogs, they have a very playful nature ' even into adulthood.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with children, other dogs, and most household pets. They are not considered to be great watch dogs, however.
Care: The Labrador Retriever requires weekly brushing, though twice weekly brushing is needed during times of shedding.
Training: This breed learns very quickly and is always eager to please. Training is quite easy.
Activity: The Labrador Retriever can easily adapt to the exercise level of your family, but actually needs a lot of exercise, including long walks and field sports.
Country of Origin: Canada
Health Issue: This breed is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and other eye disorders.
Life Expectancy: 10-12
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