dog-862937_1920By far and away one of, if not the, most popular dog in the UK, the Labrador Retriever was registered with the Kennel Club over 35,000 times in 2013. This made it the most popular dog in the gundog group by a long way, with the next closest being the Cocker Spaniel. Instantly recognisable, the Labrador Retriever is a popular pet for all types of owners.

Key Facts

Size Large
Exercise Requirements 2 hours +
Coat Length Short
Lifespan 10 years +

Personality & Training

Highly intelligent and personable, Labrador Retrievers are one of the most trainable dogs around. Regularly used as service dogs and as guides for the blind, they can be trained to perform a huge range of tasks and tricks. They are easy to train when the right techniques are used and owners are not too harsh.

Their personality lends itself to training, as they love being around people and are eager to please their owners. They are perfect pets for families and will enjoy the company of children, as well as being big enough to handle playtime. The more training and mental exercise they are given, the happier these dogs will be.

Exercise & Living Conditions

Your Labrador Retriever will require a good deal of exercise and any owner that cannot offer this should consider another breed. Two hours a day is a good benchmark, and this can consist of walks, running, training at home or in the garden, and playing with family members. They particularly enjoy the water, so offering them somewhere to swim is a good idea.

While at home in most spaces, a Labrador will be happier the more space they have. Due to their size, they are not suited to a small flat but can be comfortable in larger homes. They will be particularly happy in the countryside, but will enjoy town living if sufficiently exercised.

Grooming

With a short and smooth coat, Labrador Retriever grooming couldn’t be easier. Using a firm bristle brush, the occasional brush would be appreciated. Unless truly dirty, a bath will not be a necessary regular occurrence.