Breeds of dogs: Labrador Retriever

Breeds of dogs: Labrador Retriever

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 8 - retriever dogs.

The origin of the Labrador Retriever has much in common with the "Newfoundland", so it is very difficult to separate the two original forms. In many nineteenth century writings the terms "Newfoundland" and "Labrador" are used without distinction, which referred to water dogs from water on the Canadian coast. The progenitor seems to have been identified in the so-called "St. John's Dog", which appeared to be a reduced version of the "Newfoundland" that developed in Canada at the same time as it. The “Cao de castro laboreiro” also seems to have played its role. Subsequently, the breed spread widely in Great Britain, where it was selected, until it obtained paternity. Breed greatly advertised on TV by many commercials and programs.

General aspect

Medium-sized dog; very strong and robust. Very tonic and muscular. Very elegant and distinguished dog. It has a shiny and very soft coat. One of the best known dogs in the world.


He is one of the cutest, playful and cheerful dogs in the world. Despite being an excellent worker, in reality he always thinks only of having fun. By now this breed is more regarded as a companion dog than a retriever. It is very safe with children. Like every Retriever he is a truly tireless worker. A subject of this breed can theoretically also live in the apartment. As an adult he is a fairly quiet dog. As a puppy you don't have to exercise a lot; once grown it becomes a very resistant dog.

Labrador Retriever (website photo)

Labrador Retriever (website photo)


- ideal males between 56 and 57 cm
- ideal females between 54 and 56 cm.
Weight: from 25 to 34 kg.

Trunk: wide and well descended thorax, with well-arched "barrel" ribs. The dorsal line must be equal from the withers to the croup.
Head and muzzle: must be proportionate to the size of the body, well modeled, dry, with little fleshy cheeks. The skull is broad, with a well-defined stop.
Truffle: broad, the color is related to the coat.
Teeth: the teeth must be well developed, complete and perfectly correct. Teeth should be as white as possible. Deficiencies are not allowed.
Neck: well robust and well worn.
Ears: they must not be large or heavy: they are worn hanging close to the head and attached a little backward.
Eyes: they are of medium brown or dark brown color; have good and intelligent expression.
Limbs: must have good bone structure and be perfectly straight.
Shoulder: well angled.
Musculature: good development.
Tail: it is a characteristic of the breed. Very large at the base, it tapers towards the end. It has no fringes but is covered with short, thick and thick hair, which gives it the appearance of an "otter" tail.
Hair: thick, short, without fringes, rather hard to the touch. The undercoat is thick and weatherproof.
Allowed colors: the only colors are black, yellow or brown (chocolate).
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, coat colors not allowed by the standard, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, defective teeth, incorrect gait, lack of premolars, insufficient musculature, limbs not straight, clear eyes, depigmented truffle, concave chest, slightly angled shoulder, feet too small, round skull, little defined stop.

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