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Breed Profile: Labrador Retrievers

Breed Profile: Labrador Retrievers

The most popular dog in the United States for good reason, Labrador Retrievers are a well-balanced mix of a family pet and working animal. As part of our ongoing breed profile series, here is important information for current and potential owners.

Personality: Labs are active, sweet and happy. They are very loyal to their family and generally interact well with other dogs and non-family members, leading to a stable home life.

Exercise: This breed is very active, requiring ample play time to release pent up energy. Large backyards or parks are great places to play fetch or let your pet run outdoors. Younger labs are also great running companions. If not given enough exercise, Labs are prone to destructive tendencies like digging.

Nutrition: Feeding requirements are standard for this large-sized breed, with bigger pets demanding more calories. Labs are known for their voracious appetites, so be careful to not overfeed them. Individual dietary needs can be determined during a veterinary exam.

Lifespan: 12-14 years.

Health Concerns:

  • Although generally a healthy breed, Labrador Retrievers are prone to variety of joint disorders including hip and elbow dysplasia. Glucosamine and fish oil are often use as a dysplasia preventative.
  • Labs are susceptible to eye disease.
  • They are known to occasionally ingest foreign objects like toys, plastic bags, and clothing, leading to potential gastrointestinal hazards and surgical intervention.
  • Labradors are prolific tail wagers, so make sure
  • Regular immunizations and veterinary exams are an effective way to prevent serious health complications.