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21 Most Popular Questions About Labrador Retriever

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About Labrador Retriever

About Labrador Retriever

  • Labrador retriever dog is the most popular dog in the world.
  • They are number one top demanded dog breed in Austrlia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, India and many other countries.
  • Labrador retrievers have been America's most demanded dogs for the past 29 years. For the first time in 1971, Labradors were included in the list of the ten most popular and sought-after dogs in America. And since 1991 these are the most sought after dogs out there.
  • A total of 35,347 Labrador dogs was registered in the UK in the year 2020 and for the last two years, Labrador has remained at the top of the Most Popular List in the UK.

2. What are other names for Labrador Retrievers?

The modern retrievers, were developed from St. John's water dogs, which are now extinct. They were ancestor of the Labrador retrievers as well, and Labradors are also known as

  • Lab
  • Labrador
  • St. John's Water Dog
  • St. John's Dog
  • Lesser Newfoundland

3. To which dog group does Labradors belong?

Nowadays, most people consider Labradors to be companion dogs, but they were originally bred as a sporting and hunting dog.

They are placed in the "Sporting Group" according to the AKC Breed Standards.

UK and other major European Kennel Clubs recognize them as Retriever gun dog.

4. What are the breed standards of Labrador Dogs?

Labrador Retriever are are medium sized retriever dogs from sporting and hunting group of dogs. The breed standard for their height and coats and color is set by AKC and major kennels.

Labrador Retriever Breed Standards

Physical Traits



65 to 80 pounds


55 to 70 pounds



22.5 to 24.5 inches


21.5 to 23.5 inches


Thick, dense, waterproof coat


According to AKC breed standards, black, yellow, and liver/chocolate

Many Breeders are promoting, Fox-Red and Silver labs too, but that is not accepted by Major Kennel Clubs

Litter size

4 to 8

Life span

10 to 12 years

5. What are the different types of Labradors, according to their colors?

On the basis of the color of Labrador they can be mainly divided into three types, they are available in three colors Black, Chocolate (Liver), and Fawn (Cream).

Types of Labrador Retrievers

Types of Labrador Retrievers

Almost all the major Kennel Clubs accept only three Labrador colors, but nowadays breeders are also breeding Red and Silver Labradors. But these red and silver, colored Labradors are not recognized by any major kennel club and AKC (American Kennel Club).

Types of Labrador Retriever

Types of Labrador Retriever

6. Are Silver and Fox-Red colored Labrador Retriever purebred Labradors?

Are there silver colored labs too?

The silver colored Labrador retrievers have been available for the past few years, but none of the major kennel accepts silver or slate gray as a pure breed. They are suspected a mix between a pure breed Labradors and a pure breed Weimaraner.

Red and Silver Labradors

Red and Silver Labradors

The Red Fox colored Labrador is not accepted by most kennels as a purebred Labrador.

But it's a controversial question, Most of reputed kennels believe they are not really pure breed Labrador dogs and they can be a mix between pure breed Vizsla and a pure breed Labrador. While some others believe that they are basically a dark red shade of yellow Labrador Retriever, and should be accepted as a pure breed.

7. Does Labrador's Size and Characteristic Variety Based on Color?

According to the Labrador Breed Standard and Breed Descriptions of the Major Kennel Clubs, the size or behavior of Labradors does not vary with their color.

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers

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Are black Labradors stronger and bigger than Labradors of other colors?

According to the Lab's Breed Standards and the major Kennel Clubs, Labs of all colors has the same physical capacity. But some people believe, because the labs were originally bred in black color only and for years labs were only available in black, black Labs are the purest breed of Labs and that they are physically more capable than dogs of other colors.

According to an earlier survey of the Eagle Retriever Championship, which was conducted in the period 1909-2011, Black Lab proved better than Labs of other colors. In this survey the dogs who qualified in the race, 1790 dogs were black Labradors, compared to just 367 yellows.

8. What is the cost of purebred Labrador puppy?

Like all other breeds of dog, Labrador prices vary greatly depending on their color, health, breed line-up record, and sex. Countries where they are most popular and demanded, their average, minimum and maximum prices are,

Labrador RetrieverMinimum PriceAverage PriceMax. Up-to


$600 to 800

$800 to $1,200

$2000 to 3000


$600 to 800

$800 to $1,200

$2000 to 3000


$550 to 670

$670 to 870

$1200 to 2000


$400 to 500

$800 to 850

$1200 to 2000


$600 to 800

$800 to $1,200

$200 to 300


$80 to 100

$120 to 150

$400 to 600

9. Are Labs good family dog?

The Labrador is a calm, gentle, playful and intelligent dog that gets along well with children and other dogs. They are courteous and reliable with strangers and guests, and are also suitable for apartment living. This quality of theirs makes them one of the best family and companion dogs in the world. But like all other dogs, they also need to be trained and socialized early.

10. Are Labradors good for first time owners?

Labrador dogs are an intelligent, gentle and friendly that is easy to train and good-natured dog that make an excellent dog for first time owners.

11. Are Labs good with kids and other pets?

Labs with kids and strangers

Labs are loyal and devoted dogs to their owner and family, as well as being an intelligent and gentle dog that knows how to behave and gets along well with children and strangers.

Labrador with Baby

Labrador with Baby

Labs with other pets and dogs

The Labrador was originally developed as a hunting dog, used as a game-hunting companion. They were trained in such a way that they would not indulge in hunting until they got the command, and they still have this behavior today, and they are generally not aggressive towards other animals and other dogs.

12. Are Labs easy to train?

Labrador is an intelligent, quick learner and calm dog who learns commands very quickly, and It excels from most of the other dogs In obedience training.

13. Are Labs good for apartments?

Labradors can happily live in apartments, and are less aggressive dogs that don't bark much, which doesn't bother the neighbors either. And these are friendly and playful dogs, from which the risk of dog attack is also low. A well trained and early socialized Lab make an excellent apartment living dog, If gets daily walk and exercise.

14. What is the bite force of Labrador Retriever?

The bite force of any dog ​​depends on its age, age and health. But the bite force of some breeds of dogs is very high, such as Kurdish Kangal etc. Labrador's bite force is average compared to other breeds of dogs

Their bite force varies in the range of 230 to 240 PSI.

Comparison of Bite Forces of German Shepherds and Other Dogs

Dog's Bite Force Comparison

Kurdish Kangal

Appx. 743 PSI


Appx. 600 PSI


Appx. 328 PSI

Pit Bull Terrier

240 to 330 PSI

German Shepherd

238 to 291 PSI

Great Dane

Appx. 238 PSI

Labrador Retriever

Appx. 230 PSI

15. What is the running speed of Labrador dogs?

Labrador was developed as sporting and hunting dog and is an excellent athlete that can run faster than many other dogs, they can reach up to 20 - 30 miles per hour.

Comparison of Running Speed of German Shepherd Dogs and Other dogs

Running Speed


45 MPH


42 MPH

German Shepherd

30 MPH

Border Collie

30 MPH

Great Dane

30 MPH

Labrador Retriever

20 to 30 MPH

16. Are Labs good swimmers?

Yes, labs are great swimmers.

The Labs were developed from the fishing dogs of Newfoundland, a large island in the East Coast of Canada. Originally known as St. John's dog, after the capital of Newfoundland. Labs have inherited swimming talent from their ancestors who were water dogs, and they are good swimmers. Their floppy ears, loose skinned body and double-coated, thick and short hair of the help them for spending more time in the water.

Lab Swimming

Lab Swimming

17. Are Labradors hypoallergenic?

No, Labradors are not hypoallergenic.

Labrador Retrievers have short, dense, double-coat, and they shed their coats frequently, year around, seasonally and almost regularly and can't be considered hypoallergenic and not recommended for allergic people.

18. Are Labs suited to living in both cold and hot climates?

Yes, they can adapt to all kinds of climates, both cold and hot.

But they originated from the cold region, the Newfoundland of Canada and they have been developed in England, and they were developed primarily for outdoor activities in cold environments, and are more suited to cold environments.

19. Do Labs drool and howl?

All dogs drool and howl, which is their natural behavior, which can be more or less frequent in different breeds of dogs, such as Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and wolf dogs howl more than others.

Do labs drool more than other dogs?

Labs drool less or on average than other dogs, But sometimes it can be more than expected, such as an older dog, or an overweight dog, or if they have a problem with their teeth or gums they drool more than other dogs of the same breed.

Do labs howl more than other dogs?

Labs howl less than other dogs, Sometimes suddenly dogs start howling, such as when its sense of danger, or in reaction to a particular sound, and if another dog is howling nearby but these are situational howl.

Apart from this, there are many other reasons when dogs start howling, you can find detailed information from article, 10 reasons, why do dogs howl?

20. How much exercise do Labs need daily?

The exercise needs vary from dog to dog, Labs are an energetic and athletic breed that were bred for hunting. They need about 1.5 hours of exercise every day, that Include long walks and off-lead exercise, training and extra playtime.

But it can be a little more or less depending to their age, health, and energy level. A nine plus month old average healthy dog ​​needs at least 60 minutes of exercise per day.

21. Do Labradors bark a lot?

More or less all dogs bark, and they do require bark training, such as if you live in an apartment or they are exposed to the public then they must be bark trained. But some dogs that are naturally less barker and can be managed without special bark training, such as French Bulldog, Bulldog, Shiba Inu, Irish Setter. But Labradors are average barkers, in comparison to other dogs.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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