The sunny, smart, and hard-working Labrador Retriever is America’s favorite dog.

Vital Stats

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

Summary
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. Full Labrador Retriever profile on DogTime.com

Dog friendly:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Energy Level:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Good for new owners:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Mouthiness:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Need for exercise:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Playfulness:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Vigor:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Predatory tendencies:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Easy to groom:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Intelligence:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Cold tolerance:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Ease at being home alone:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Heat Tolerance:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)