Breed Profile

Breed Overview

Nicknames: Lab

Dog Group Kennel Club: Gundog

Breed Classification: Labradors belong to the gundog group and are used as companions, assistance dogs (hearing and sight), gun-dogs and seen in the show ring.

Physical Description: Labradors are very strong muscler dogs with strong bone substance. They have a double short and dense coat, the undercoat being weather resistant. Labradors have unique otter like tails with a movement that is straight and true both front and back.

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Lifespan: 9 – 15 years

Litter size: 4 – 14 (8 on average)

Bitch – Min 54cm (21″) / Max 56cm (22″)
Dog – Min 56cm (22″) / Max 57cm (22″)

Bitch – Min 25kg / 32 Kg
Dog – Min 27kg / 34 Kg

Build: Medium

Aliments: Overbreeding can be an issue for this breed, therefore it is important the breeder has screened for hereditary problems such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and epilepsy.

Common Aliments: Cancer, Metabolic liver defect, Ear Infections

Susceptibility To Illness: Low

Ownership Expenses

Food cost: £4.00 – £8.00 per week

Average puppy price: £300 – £700

Other: Labs on average our a very healthy dog breed, so vet bills should be low.


Energy Level: High

Daily exercise needed: 2 hour minimum

Distress if left alone: Medium

Barking Tendency: Medium

Ease of transportation: High

Aggression level: Low

Compatibility for children: High

Suitable for children: High


Coat length: Short/Medium

Grooming requirement: Once a week

Colour: black, yellow, brown, liver

Shedding: Medium

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