About Labrador Retrievers

The Labrador Retriever originated on the island of Newfoundland, off the north-eastern Atlantic coast of Canada. Originally called the St. John’s dog. After the capital city of Newfoundland. He was bred to help the local fisherman - hauling nets, fetching ropes and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic – as well as to be a family dog.

Labs are built for sport, muscular and athletic. He has a short easy-care coat, friendly demeanor, keen intelligence, and plenty of energy. Devotion to this breed runs deep.


Labs are loving, people-oriented dogs who live to serve their families and owners. Today, most Labs skip the hard labor and spend their days being pampered and loved by their people. However, some Labs still serve as indispensable working dogs.

Labrador’s sweet nature makes them excellent therapy dogs, visiting homes for the elderly and hospitals. His intelligence makes him an ideal assistance dog for the handicapped.


He also excels as a search and rescue dog or as a retriever for hunters, thanks to his athletic build, strong nose and courageous nature. Labs have also become the breed to beat at sports such as agility and obedience competitions – especially obedience.

Labradors have proven their usefulness and versatility throughout the breed’s history, easily shifting from fisherman’s companion, to field retriever, to show dog, to modern working dog. One role has remained constant, wonderful companion and friend.


Strongly built, short-coupled, very active; broad in skull; broad and deep through chest and ribs; broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.

Good tempered, very agile (which precluded excessive body weight or excessive substance). Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water. Adaptable, devoted companion.

Intelligent, keen and biddable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.

Skull broad with defined stop; clean-cut without fleshy cheeks. Jaws of medium length, powerful not snipy. Nose wide, nostrils well developed.

Medium size, expressing intelligence and good temper; brown or hazel.

Not large or heavy, hanging close to head and set rather far back.

Jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Clean, strong, powerful, set into well placed shoulders.

Shoulders long and sloping. Forelegs well boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.

Chest of good width and depth, with well sprung barrel ribs – this effect not to be produced by carrying excessive weight, Level topline. Loins wide, short-coupled and strong.

Well developed, not sloping to tail; well turned stifle. Hocks well let down, cowhocks highly undesirable.
Round, compact; well arched toes and well developed pads.

Distinctive feature, very thick towards base, gradually tapering towards tip, medium length, FREE from feathering, but clothed thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat, thus giving ‘rounded’ appearance described as ‘Otter’ tail. May be carried gaily but should not curl over back.

Free, covering adequate ground; straight and true in front and rear.

Distinctive feature, short dense without wave or feathering; giving fairly hard feel to the touch; weather-resistant undercoat.

Wholly black, yellow or liver/chocolate. Yellow range from light cream to red fox. Small, white spot on chest permissible.

Ideal height at withers: Dogs : 56 - 57 cms (22 - 22˝ ins); Bitches : 55 - 56 cms (21˝ - 22 ins).

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect on the health & welfare of the dog.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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