Yellow Labrador Retriever

This gun dog was originally bred for sporting. As one of the most popular dog breeds in America, the Yellow Lab actually comes from Newfoundland, where its talents were used by fishermen who needed help catching fish. These dogs had no problem jumping into the cold waters to assist in pulling in the nets. It was eventually bred with setters, spaniels and other retrievers to enhance its hunting ability. As a result, the Lab is easily trained as a retriever, watch dog, tracker and police dog.

Males typically grow to a height of 22 to 24 inches, while females grow to 21 to 23 inches. Males can weigh between 60 and 75 pounds, while females can weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Some males have even weighed in at a whopping 100 pounds. Two types of Labs exist: the English and the American. English labs are heavy and thick, while the American labs are tall and lanky. The Yellow Lab has a light golden colored coat that is smooth. This dog features a thick nose, wide muzzle, wide neck, long body, water-resistant coat, hanging medium ears and tapered tail. Personality: Because of their excellent ability to hunt, Yellow Labs are often selected as narcotics detection dogs, as well as search and rescue dogs. They are adept at being service dogs for the visually impaired. This dog makes a wonderful family companion, and is gentle yet playful with children. They have a lot of energy and love to run about, particularly when they are told to retrieve something, from prey to a Frisbee. These dogs are loyal and loving, displaying plenty of affection and patience. If they do not receive enough firm yet calm discipline, they can become destructive. They need to be taught early on who the leader is. This good-natured dog needs lots of exercise so it's not well suited to apartment life. It preferably needs a large home with a large fenced-in yard to run about.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Yellow Labrador, Yellow Labrador Retriever

Yellow Labrador Retriever Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

Males typically grow to a height of 22 to 24 inches, while females grow to 21 to 23 inches. Males can weigh between 60 and 75 pounds, while females can weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Some males have even weighed in at a whopping 100 pounds. Two types of Labs exist: the English and the American.

English labs are heavy and thick, while the American labs are tall and lanky.

The Yellow Lab has a light golden colored coat that is smooth. This dog features a thick nose, wide muzzle, wide neck, long body, water-resistant coat, hanging medium ears and tapered tail.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Because of their excellent ability to hunt, Yellow Labs are often selected as narcotics detection dogs, as well as search and rescue dogs. They are adept at being service dogs for the visually impaired. This dog makes a wonderful family companion, and is gentle yet playful with children. They have a lot of energy and love to run about, particularly when they are told to retrieve something, from prey to a Frisbee. These dogs are loyal and loving, displaying plenty of affection and patience.

If they do not receive enough firm yet calm discipline, they can become destructive.

They need to be taught early on who the leader is. This good-natured dog needs lots of exercise so it's not well suited to apartment life. It preferably needs a large home with a large fenced-in yard to run about.

Appearance

Colors
Yellow
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

There are not many grooming requirements for Yellow Labs thanks to their short haired, smooth, shiny coat. Just be sure to brush your dog regularly with a firm bristle brush, and don't forget the undercoat. As average shedders, you don't have to bathe these dogs too often, just as needed.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
Yes
Dog Sledding
Yes
Able to Perform Dog Carting
Yes
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Yellow Labrador Retrievers require long daily walks or jogs to keep up with their need for exercise and play
  • The full name for this dog is Yellow Labrador Retriever, or it can simply be shortened to Yellow Lab
  • The life expectancy of the Yellow Labrador is 10 to 12 years

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Common Health Conditions in Yellow Labrador Retrievers

The Yellow Labrador is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, mast sell tumors, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and eye diseases.

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