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Description of Labrador Retriever

´╗┐The Breed History

This breed, the most popular breed in North America, took its name from the province of Labrador-Newfoundland in Canada, where this hardy breed was first reported in the early 1800s. They were exported to England not long after, and recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1903. AKC registrations began in 1917.

Breeding for Function

As their name implies, these solid, muscular dogs were bred to be gun dogs for retrieving waterfowl. They are much more versatile than that, and so have also become popular as assistance and therapy dogs, for companionship, obedience, agility, and as search and rescue and narcotics dogs. The field lines are leaner and taller than average.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 21.5-23.5" ( 54.5-59.5cm), male 22.5-24.5" (57-62 cm)

Weight: females 55-70lb (25-32 kg) , males 65-80 lb (29.5-36.5 kg).

Coat: Their glossy water-resistant coat is flat, dense and short, and comes in three colors: black, chocolate and yellow. They have a soft wooly undercoat that provides insulation and water resistance. Longevity: 11-13 years.

Points of Conformation: These are compact muscular dogs, a bit longer than tall that have a distinctive thick tail, referred to as "otter" type. These tails extend to the tarsus and taper from a thick origin, and are not feathered. The skull is broad and mesocephalic in type, with moderate stop and well-developed jaws and soft mouth for game handling. Eyes are medium-sized, dark, and express a gentle look, and the nose is wide and pigmented brown on chocolates, and black in black labs. The eyes are usually brown, but can be hazel in the chocolates. The ears are medium sized, leathered and pendulous in a triangular shape. The neck of medium length has moderate arch, and the topline is level. The chest is moderate in volume and depth and the abdomen is not tucked up. Limbs are straight and solid boned. Feet are compact and the toes are webbed and arched. The dewclaws may be removed. Their way of going is easy and straight, giving the impression of stamina and sturdy grace.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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