Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

Labrador Retrievers

The Labrador Retriever did not come from Labrador, but from Newfoundland. But, there is no way of knowing how he arrived in Newfoundland. The Labrador gradually died out in Newfoundland due to a heavy dog tax which, with the English quarantine law, practically stopped the importations into England.

The smooth or short-haired dog is preferred because in cold weather the long-haired dogs become encumbered with ice when coming out of the water. A very fast running, strong, and active dog, he loves to swim. Loyal and easily trained the Labrador makes a fine family dog. One of the breed's distinctive features is it's otter tail: very thick towards the base and gradually tapering towards the tip, with no feathering. He is medium in size.

The American Kennel Club recognizes three types of Labrador: black, yellow, and chocolate. Yellow Labradors range in color from bone white to an almost golden red. Most Yellow Labradors bred for "show" are yellow, however. There is no such thing as a purebred "Golden Labrador," although this moniker could be given to a Golden Retriever/Labrador cross.

Height - 22 to 25 inches. Weight - 60 to 75 pounds in weight.  

Coat types - short, dense, black, brown, tan. Sheds a little. Groom at least once a week.

Costs - averages $30.00 a month.

Training Information

Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. (M)

Secretary, Christopher Wincek, 12471 Pond Road, Burton, Ohio 44021

Breeder Contact, Judy Meyer, P.O. Box 454, Chesterland, OH 44026-0454, (216) 729-2064

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