The coat is a distinctive feature of the Labrador Retriever. It should be short, straight and very dense, giving a fairly hard feeling to the hand. The Labrador should have a soft, weather-resistant undercoat that provides protection from water, cold and all types of ground cover.

Labradors would not be considered hypoallergenic. Labs do shed in large amounts, and because of this high shedding, there might be more dander present that would aggravate someone’s allergies to dogs.