Labrador Retriever FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Labrador Retriever Dogs

January 4, 2014 – 01:24 pm

Labrador Retriever dog breedHow big are Labrador Retrievers?

About 21-25 inches at the shoulder, with males usually in the higher half of that range, and females usually in the lower half. Weight can be as low as 55 pounds, but is usually 65-80 pounds.

Unfortunately, the trend seems to be for heavier and heavier Labs, with a lot of individuals topping 90 pounds. I say unfortunately because heavier weight isn't good for their joints.

Where does the Labrador Retriever come from, and why was the breed developed?

You'd never guess it from his name, but he actually originated in the Canadian province of Newfoundland as a hunting dog who retrieved shot ducks from the water.

What kind of temperament and personality does the Labrador Retriever have?

To get an idea of what a breed might be like, always look at what he was developed to do (see the question above). Many of the Labrador Retriever's characteristics - his strong body, his energy level and enthusiasm, his love of swimming and retrieving, his strong desire to carry things around in his mouth - are hardwired into his genes, because they were needed for a retriever to do his work.

What colors do Labrador Retrievers come in? My neighbor says she has a Golden Lab.

Labrador Retrievers come in black, yellow, chocolate, and silver (gray).

Color names like Golden Lab or Fox Red Lab or White Lab are often used, erroneously, to refer to yellow Labs whose shade of yellow happens to be golden or reddish or whitish. But whatever the shade, it should be called, simply, yellow.

I heard that silver isn't an accepted color in Labrador Retrievers.

It depends on what you mean by accepted. The official Labrador Retriever clubs, and breeders who show their dog in the conformation ring, assert that silver is a disqualified color for showing and breeding purposes, and that silver Labrador Retrievers aren't purebred. Their position is that the silver gene probably became part of the breed's gene pool by crossbreeding Labrador Retrievers with Weimaraners.

I think they're probably right, that one or more Weimaraner crosses probably did introduce the gene into the Labrador's gene pool at some point. However, since genetic diversity is such a good thing in living creatures, I don't view cross-breeding as evil (read my article, The Truth About Crossbred Dogs).


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