Lab is the most common name for the Labrador retriever.
The Labrador retriever, despite his name, did not come from Labrador, but from Newfoundland. The area
was populated with small water dogs, who, when bred with Newfoundland, produced a breed referred to as
the St. John's Water Dog, a prototype for the Lab of today. Early in the 19th century, the Earl of
Malmesbury reputedly saw one of the dogs of this type and had it imported.
In 1830, the noted British sportsman Colonel Hawker referred to the Lab as "the best for any kind of
..generally black and no bigger than a Pointer, very fine in legs, with short, smooth hair.
extremely quick running, swimming, and fighting.
..and their sense of smell is hardly to be credited."
Use/Misuse of the Breed:
The height at the withers for a dog is 22½ to 24½ inches. Approximate weight of dogs in
working condition: dogs 65 to 80 pounds.
For a female is 21½ to 23½ inches. Approximate weight of females in working condition:
females 55 to 70 pounds.
Labradors live from between 12 to 15 years of age.
The Labrador retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog possessing a sound,
athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog; the substance and
soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions.
True Labrador retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the "otter" tail. The
ideal disposition is one of a kindly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards
man or animal. The Labrador has much that appeals to people; his gentle ways, intelligence and
adaptability make him an ideal dog. Aggressiveness towards humans or other animals, or any evidence of
shyness in an adult should be severely penalized.
Health Problem (genetic defects):
The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog possessing
a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving
gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours