LABRADOR FAQs2023-04-11T15:16:26+00:00

Labrador Retriever Frequently Asked Questions

How Big Do Labradors Get?2023-04-09T16:07:37+00:00

The height at the withers for a dog is 22-1/2 to 24-1/2 inches; for a bitch is 21-1/2 to 23-1/2 inches. Any variance greater than 1/2 inch above or below these heights is a disqualification. Approximate weight of dogs and bitches in working condition: dogs 65 to 80 pounds; bitches 55 to 70 pounds. The minimum height ranges set forth in the paragraph above shall not apply to dogs or bitches under twelve months of age.

Are Labradors Hypoallergenic Dogs?2023-04-09T16:07:33+00:00

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.

How Long Do Labs Live?2023-04-09T16:07:28+00:00

The average life expectancy for a Labrador Retriever is 10-14 years.

Are Labradors Good with Children?2023-04-09T16:07:24+00:00

Labradors are usually excellent dogs for families with children, due to their friendliness, trainability, happy temperaments, and playful energy.

As with any dog you get, you’ll want to socialize and train them properly and teach your children good behavior when interacting with dogs to encourage a great relationship from the beginning.

What colors are Labradors?2023-04-09T16:07:18+00:00

The Labrador Retriever coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Any other color or a combination of colors is a disqualification according to the Breed Standard. A small white spot on the chest is permissible, but not desirable. White hairs from aging or scarring are not to be misinterpreted as brindling.

Do you have to groom Labradors alot?2023-04-09T16:07:12+00:00

Labradors require occasional bathing but do not require as much grooming as other dog breeds. You don’t need to shave them, give them summer haircuts, or take them to the groomer on a regular basis. Labs can require frequent nail trims which can be done at home or at the vet’s office.

What is the Typical Labrador Retriever Temperament & Personality?2023-04-09T16:07:07+00:00

True Labrador Retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the “otter” tail. The ideal disposition is one of a kindly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal. The Labrador has much that appeals to people; his gentle ways, intelligence and adaptability make him an ideal dog.

Do Labradors Like To Swim?2023-04-09T16:07:02+00:00

Although Labs are commonly considered to be water lovers and excellent swimmers, this isn’t always the case. Most need, at least, a little teaching and encouragement before they’re confident enough to play in the water. Teach your Lab to swim while they’re still a puppy in order to grow that confidence at an early age.

Remember – never force your dog into the water as this could lead them to develop a hard-to-overcome aversion to it.

Your best bet is to allow your Lab to learn at their own pace and let them embrace swimming in their own time.

Go to Top