Labrador Retrievers a Family Dog
Lifespan: 12 to 14 years
Activity Level: Medium-Hi
Coat: Short, smooth, dense
Temperament: Friendly, outgoing, not aggressive
Information / Facts: Since 1991, the Labrador Retriever has been listed by the American Kennel Club as the most popular breed of dog in the United States and several other countries. Originally bred as a hunting dog, the Lab is a descendant of the now-extinct St. John's Water Dog which originated in Canada. These breeds have been around since sometime during the 16th century, and have been bred to become the Labrador Retriever as we know it today. This dog is a medium to large sized dog, and one of its most prominent features is its "blocky" or square-shaped, stocky head. The Labrador Retriever comes in two subtypes. The yellow Lab can come in any shade from off-white to darker tan and bright yellow. The chocolate Lab ranges in shade from a light brown to black. While many consider the black Lab to be its own subtype, it is just a variation of the chocolate Lab. This breed has a short, smooth coat that is very dense. The purpose of this coat was for repelling water during hunting and keeping the dog from becoming water-logged. Your Lab will shed its coat once or twice per year, so it's important to keep a good brush on hand.
Pros: The Labrador Retriever is great for families and those with an active lifestyle. This dog is on the larger side of the spectrum, so it's important to have a fenced yard or some place that your dog can get plenty of exercise.
Cons: At least one daily walk is a must for your Lab. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle or want a lap dog that will just chill, the Labrador Retriever is probably not the best choice for you.