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Labrador Retriever | breed profile

Labrador Retrievers, or Labs as they are more commonly known, originated in Newfoundland Canada in the 19th century. Originally bred to help fisherman to haul nets/ropes and retrieve fish, the modern Lab has a diverse range of jobs including family companion, disability assistance, military support and border protection.

About the Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers top the popularity list of many countries worldwide, largely driven by their excellent temperament and friendly nature. 

Originally bred as a working dog, Labradors have a high exercise requirement, and regular exercise is essential to help avoid destructive behaviours. Labradors thrive on agility, obedience and tracking.

This active intelligent pooch is well suited to any prospective pet parent and with the correct training and attention, and they also make excellent family pets.

Labradors are a medium to large breed dog and their size ranges from 55-62cm (height) and weight from 25-36kg, with females tending to be a bit smaller than males. Labradors have a thick dense coat that requires regular brushing, with coat colours ranging from black, chocolate and yellow.

Common health concerns

Labradors are prone to allergic skin conditions, that often manifest as pruritus (itching), skin infections and ear infections.

Additionally, Arthritis is also common. To read more about Arthritis click here.

The five most common reasons for a Labrador Retriever to visit the Vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2017-2019) include:

On the other end of the scale, the top five highest single Vet treatments (or highest pet insurance claims) seen for Labrador Retrievers by PetSure (from 2017-2019) include:

Most popular Labrador names

According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Labrador names are:

  1. Bella
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Buddy
  5. Coco
  6. Molly
  7. Bailey
  8. Milo
  9. Ruby
  10. Lucy

Most popular female names 

  1. Bella
  2. Molly
  3. Coco
  4. Ruby
  5. Lucy
  6. Daisy
  7. Rosie
  8. Luna
  9. Millie
  10. Bonnie

Most popular male names:

  1. Charlie
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Milo
  5. Oscar
  6. Bailey
  7. Cooper
  8. Archie
  9. Ollie
  10. Toby

Did you know?

Our Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Dani Hoolahan has three Labradors! Daisy, Oliver and Spike.  

Chief Vet Dr Dani’s Lab Spike

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