An easy-going, loyal and affectionate companion always eager to please

The UK's favourite breed has come a long way from its hard-working Canadian roots, but today's Labrador still makes a reliable working dog because the breed is active, eager and easy to train. We can see why this highly intelligent breed is so popular, and for a good-natured family pet, the Labrador is a sensible choice.

Vital Stats

Size: Large
Coat: Short and smooth, requires weekly grooming
Exercise: 2+ hours a day
Life span: 10-12 years
Breed group: Gundog
Temperament Easy-going, loyal, affectionate
Size 53cm
Coat short
Exercise 2hrs plus Life span 10-12years

Labrador Temperament & Personality

Labradors are playful and intelligent, with a warm, friendly temperament that makes them ideal for first-time owners.

Labrador Training & Exercise

Smart and highly energetic, Labradors need the right amount of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and well, with at least two hours of exercise daily.

Labrador Grooming

Labradors have a short and smooth coat which can come in yellow, chocolate or black. Although their fur is sleek and easy to take care of, they can be prone to shedding.

Labrador Nutrition

Keeping an eye on your Labrador's weight is crucial to their health, especially as they can be prone to gaining a few extra pounds.

What to know before you buy or rehome a Labrador Retriever

Considering buying or rehoming a Labrador Retriever? Before you find a puppy or adopt a Labrador, here are a few important things to remember.

Labrador insurance considerations

Labradors can be prone to suffering from genetic disorders like elbow dysplasia, which can lead to arthritis. As these conditions are lifelong, it’s important that when choosing dog insurance, that you check for any limits in your cover and understand how long conditions will be covered for.

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