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Labrador Retriever Temperament: A wagging tail, a big stomach and so much love

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and for a good reason. They are incredibly intelligent, loyal, and energetic - and they never seem to run out of love to give! But before you adopt or buy your new best friend, there is much to know about this breed. In addition, their mischievous nature can surprise and catch you off-guard sometimes. Check out Labrador temperament aspects in the following blog post before adding a Labrador Retriever pup to your family.

Labrador sitting in grass and panting
Labradors are the most popular dog breed in the world

History of the Labrador

The Labrador Retriever breed originated in Newfoundland and was bred to help fishermen by retrieving items that fell into the water, like lines and fishnets. They were also used as sentry dogs to guard property. The breed has grown in popularity for its loving nature and gentle disposition and has been topping the list of most popular dog breeds.

They are commonly kept as family companions, guides, service, and hunting dogs. They have even been used as a canine mine detector by police forces.

Labrador Retrievers have a life expectancy of 10-13 years. They typically weigh 65-80 pounds (29 or 35 kg), with the females weighing slightly less than the males. Labradors are considered "medium" when fully grown but can grow quite large.

Their coats are short, dense and water-resistant – remember they were used by fishermen? They come in standard approved kennel colours like liver, yellow, chocolate and black. They should only need moderate grooming with weekly brushings - but their coats shed seasonally, so you may want to invest in a quality pet hair vacuum cleaner if they join your household.

Be aware of the otterlike tail. It's been known to be wagging at over-average speeds. Say goodbye to the vases in your house or keep them out of reach. Again, we recommend above adult head height.

The below numbers show the unbroken faithfulness of the British people towards the Labrador Retriever. In Q2 2022, 12,226 Labs have been registered with UK Kennel Club.

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Source: October 2022

What is it like to live with a Labrador?

Labrador Retrievers make excellent pets because they are intelligent and eager to please. They do well with children as long as they treat them gently - but their playful nature can translate into a rambunctious playmate for your little ones! Since Labs love to run, chase and swim, expect them to need daily exercise. On walks, you will notice that they usually go for the most giant sticks they find on the road. Oversized things are fun. We have some huge oversized ropes that you can shop here.

Labrador and rope