Country of Origin: Canada
  • Activity Level: high
  • Grooming Level: low
  • Trainability: high
  • Adaptability: high
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Average Size: Medium
  • Average Lifespan: 10-14 years
  • Prey Drive: low
  • Watchdog: aware
  • Registered?: aca, akc
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Yellow Labrador Retriever Breed Profile

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There is a reason that year after year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States. The history of the Labrador Retriever dates back to the early 1800s in Newfoundland, just off the Atlantic coast of Canada. Today’s Lab is a product of the breed being imported to England by the First and Second Dukes of Malmesbury and the 5th and 6th Dukes of Buccleuch as Water Fowl Retrievers. Had these families not played a vital part in the continuation of the breed, the loving and affectionate Labs we have all grown to love may not exist today.

The first recognized Yellow Labrador Retriever was born in 1899. One of the friendliest breeds out there, Yellow Labs are great companions and love to be a part of the family. While the color yellow is part of their namesake, their coats range from fawn or cream to butterscotch or a deep golden hue. Coming into popularity during the mid-20th century, the Yellow Labrador Retriever has been a staple for hunters and family homes alike ever since. As one of the world’s favorite pets, they’re also known for being popular guide dogs, service dogs, search and rescue dogs, hunting dogs, and, of course, a loving companion breed.

These dogs are patient and kind when faced with energetic young ones. That’s not to say that they’re couch potatoes – on the contrary, Yellow Labs are immensely energetic. They don’t usually let their need for activity affect their good nature, and remain boisterous in their reactions but never aggressive.

Yellow Labs delight in big spaces, opting to run and play wildly. However, they will happily lounge on the couch after having a long, hard run outside. So, if they’re living in a smaller apartment, they are perfectly content as long as they get time outside. When given a little training, they can easily learn to control barking habits and restrain themselves from digging. Their double coat also makes them a good fit for just about any climate. As with most dogs, they are sensitive to extreme heat or cold.

Generally speaking, Labradors are healthy. They can develop certain inherent conditions, along with cataracts and kneecap displacement, but will remain healthy overall. As long as they are taken to their vet appointments with regularity, Labs will usually feel just fine.

Yellow Labs are loyal companions with few drawbacks. They respond well to training, aren’t overly stubborn despite their intelligence, and like to stay mentally stimulated. Treats never hurt, of course. This, paired with their eagerness to please, makes them a highly trainable dog breed that is a good fit for owners of any experience level. With minimal training, these dogs can control their barking and digging without much trouble. They’re even adept at rescue techniques – if you’re up for a little extra training.

Labs have very short, double-layered, and water-resistant fur. Its density protects them from the cold, so they will often try to swim any time of year. They experience heavier seasonal shedding twice a year and slight shedding throughout the year. You should give your dog a bath every so often, especially if they’re avid swimmers. Giving them a good brush once a week or a few times a week should keep their coats shiny and healthy.

Other grooming tasks include nail trimming, ear care, and dental care. Trimming your dog’s nails monthly is usually sufficient to keep them from getting too long or snagging on things. It’s also important to regularly check your dog’s ears and carefully clean them as needed to help prevent ear infections. Proper dental care for dogs includes brushing their teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day. This helps prevent the tartar buildup that causes dental diseases like gum disease and tooth decay. You can also supplement your dental care efforts with dental hygiene chews, a special dental care diet, and more.

This breed tends to be very active. They were bred to be working dogs and need exercise. A few daily walks and some time to run should help assuage their energy levels. Yellow Labs also need a fair amount of mental activity as well; they like to stay sharp. Challenging toys and puzzles, plus fun games, will keep your dog’s mind engaged.

Yellow Labs are classified as medium to large dogs. They reach an average height of 23 inches and an average healthy weight of 75 pounds.

A Yellow Labrador Retriever generally lives 10-14 years.

It was traditional in Newfoundland for every fishing boat to have a Labrador Retriever that would help retrieve the fish as they came in off the trawl.