Labrador Retriever

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Labrador overview

The Labrador probably descended from Portuguese Water Dogs taken to North East America by Portuguese sailors. Labradors actually come from Newfoundland. The name Labrador is derived from the Portuguese for 'labourer', not the place. Taken to southern England by Newfoundland fishermen in the 1800s where the breed was refined as a gundog.

Labradors are outstanding swimmers. They are one of the most popular family dogs, kind, gentle and loyal and they fit well with most family situations and has only one vice: food. Obesity is therefore quite common. Labradors are a classic breed used for guide dog work; modern examples tend to be a first cross with a Golden Retriever.

Other known names for Labrador




Breed Group

Gundog Group

Biological data

Male: 60-75 lbs.
Female: 55-70 lbs.
Male: 56-57 cm (withers).
22.5-24.5 inches.
Female: 54-56 cm (withers).
21.5-23.5 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Yellow (yellows range from light cream to red fox)
Liver / chocolate
Small white spot on chest is permissible.

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Labrador Retriever – Breed standard

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Labrador Retriever references and further reading

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

The Labrador Retriever Club of Great Britain
Labrador Rescue South East & Central
Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England

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If you are an animal photographer, an expert on Labrador Retriever dogs or a breeder, we would love to hear from you. We strive to have all the latest, most helpful and accurate information on our website, but nobody is perfect, so we do ask for your feedback if we can improve our website.

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Labrador Retriever colours

Below are some examples of the various colours of Labrador Retriever, colour names sometimes differ from country to country, 
Colours can vary according to lighting, whether it was taken indoors or outdoors and even the quality of the dog. 
So sadly not an exact science.

Black Labradors

AP-OGQ3PE - Black Labrador
Photo © Animal Photography, David Jensen

Liver / Chocolate Labradors

AP-EJKGAO - Chocolate Labrador
Photo © Animal Photography, Anita Peeples

Yellow / Cream Labradors

AP-07VXJA - happy Labrador Retriever
Photo © Animal Photography, Tara Gregg

Labrador Retriever
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Featured image

AP-0B1MK7 - yellow Labrador Retriever
Photo © Animal Photography, Tara Gregg

Labrador puppies

AP-1FDEU9 - chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy on white background
Photo © Animal Photography, Tetsu Yamazaki

Labradors indoors

AP-0ENA1K - two Labradors in chair
Photo © Animal Photography, Karen Morgan

Labradors outdoors

AP-SL3YD8 - yellow Labrador standing in field
Photo © Animal Photography, Robin Burkett

Labradors retrieving

AP-0N1MS4 - Labrador Retriever retrieving pheasant
Photo © Animal Photography, Nick Ridley