Breed Profile

By some margin the world’s most favourite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever has its origins in Canada and was once known as the Lesser Newfoundland.

Other Names: Labrador, Labby, Lab
Country of Origin: Canada
Size: Large
Height: Male 56 - 63 cm (22 – 25 ins)
  Female 54 – 60 cm (21 – 24 ins)
Weight: Male 27 - 36 kg (60 – 80 lbs)
  Female 25 - 31.75 kg (55 - 70 lbs)
Colour: Black, Yellow, Liver/Chocolate
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Coat: Short, Dense
Grooming: Minimal
Exercise: Moderate
Child Friendly: Yes
Pet Tolerant: Yes
Novice Owner Suitability: Yes
Health Issues: Acquired Myasthenia Gravis, Acral Lick Dermatosis, Addison’s Disease, Atopy,
Blastomycosis, Cataracts, Cerebellar Degeneration, Coloboma, Copper Storage
Disease, Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture, Cushing’s Disease, Diabetes Mellitus,
Ectopic Ureters, Ectropion, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Epilepsy, Exocrine
Pancreatic Insufficiency, Fibrosarcoma, Follicular Dysplasia, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
(GDV/Bloat), Hemophilia A & B, Hip Dysplasia, Histiocytoma, Hypothyroidism, Laryngeal
Paralysis, Lipoma, Lymphosarcoma, Mast Cell Tumours, Medial Canthal Pocket
Syndrome, Melanoma (Limbs), Micropapilla, Muscular Dystrophy, Myopathy, Narcolepsy-
Cataplexy, Nasal Cavity Tumours, Nasal Depigmentation, Osteochondrosis, Panosteitis,
Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Pemphigus Foliaceous, Pericardial Effusion, Pododermatitis,
Portosystemic Shunt, Polyneuropathy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Pulmonic
Stenosis, Retinal Dysplasia, Seborrhea, Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Digit, Urolithiasis, von Willebrand’s Disease, Zinc-Responsive Dermatosis