Dog Breed Guide: Labrador Retrievers

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A yellow lab chewing his stuffed animal toy.

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.

About Labrador retrievers

Height (to shoulder blade): Males 22 1/2 inches to 24 1/2 inches tall; Females 21 1/2 inches to 23 1/2 inches

Weight: Males 65 to 80 lbs; Females 55 to 70 lbs

Color: Black, Yellow or Chocolate

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

Coat: Short, straight and dense

Energy Level: High

Exercise: Daily

Is a Labrador retriever the right breed for you?

Labradors consistently make the top of the list of most popular American breeds for a good reason. They are famous for their loving and eager to please temperament. With their ease of training, good nature with children and other pets, along with their extreme intelligence, this breed makes a great family and companion dog. They do require a lot of human contact, exercise and mental stimulation, as boredom can lead to inappropriate behaviors like chewing. Obedience training is best started young.  They are average shedders, with a need for only routine grooming.

5 Common medical issues with Labrador retrievers

Medical Issue Avg. Claim Amount Most Expensive Claim
Ear Infection $228 $4,365
Skin Allergies $690 $12,679
Arthritis $973 $12,749
Foreign Body $1,764 $9,682
Hip Dysplasia $850 $6,604

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best  receives.

Top Photo is Kuva, a yellow lab chewing his stuffed toy. Submitted by Kristi B.

A yellow Labrador retriever proudly props up on a tree stump.

Bindi says, “Cheeeeesssseeee!” Submitted by Sandy M.

A chocolate Labrador dog.

This is handsome Hank. Submitted by Angie F.

A lab cruises around in her owners convertible.

Lady cruises around town in a convertible, and gets quite a few double takes! Submitted by Jeff D.

Two dogs, a chocolate lab and black lab in their red bandanas.

These two pups are ready for the parade. Submitted by Kelly M.

A chocolate labrador.

Ripley a chocolate lab who went prematurely grey at 4 years old! He’s nearly 10 years old now.  Submitted by Susan O.

a yellow lab.

Trane sits happily. Submitted by Rebecca S.

a black lab lounges on a couch.

Rosco lounges on a couch. Submitted by Wendy W.

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