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The sunny, smart, and hard-working Labrador Retriever is America's favorite dog.
Height: 21.5 to 24.5 inches at shoulder
Weight: 55 to 80 pounds (males average 72 pounds, females average 62 pounds)
Coat: short and thick
Life span: 10 to 12 years
Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog. Historically, he earned his keep as a fisherman's helper: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic. Today's Labrador Retriever is as good-natured and hard working as his ancestors, and he's America's most popular breed. These days the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped, show competitor, and search and rescue dog, among other canine jobs.
Amount of shedding
Ease at being home alone
Friendly toward strangers
Tendency to bark or howl
Compatible with kids