FCI Group

The Labrador Retriever belongs to the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs in the FCI grouping.

AKC Group

The Labrador Retriever is classified under the Sporting group in the AKC grouping.

Is the Labrador Retriever allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?

No.

Origin

Newfoundland, Canada, 1800s. Others say the breed actually originated in Greenland. All Labradors can be traced back to a certain Tramp, owned by Lord Malmsbury, who supposedly arrived in a ship carrying salted codfish.

Original Purpose

Water retriever.

Behaviour and Temperament

The Labrador Retriever is known to be loyal, outgoing, playful, confident, hardworking and easygoing.

Breed Characteristics

Active, strong. Fine sense of smell. Can be a good watchdog, notifying the family of strangers. Some can be barkers and diggers. Most become obese easily. Very reliable off leash. Makes an ideal family dog and is generally calm in the house. A good dog for first-time dog owners.

What are some Physical Features of the Labrador Retriever?

The Labrador grows up to between 53.5 and 61 cm; and can weigh from 25 to 34 kg. His tail is said to resemble that of an otter. Colours are black, yellow, chocolate. The yellow can range from pale cream to a reddish hue.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Short, straight dense outercoat; soft water-repellant undercoat. Moderate maintenance. No trimming. Weekly brushing. Moderate to heavy shedding.

Life Expectancy

11 to 13 years.

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Health Concerns

Orthopedic problems (hip and elbow dysplasia, cruciate ligament injuries, arthritis, OCD), ear infections, gastritis/enteritis, obesity, cardiomyopathy, bloat, eye problems (cataracts, retinal dysplasia, PRA), skin problems (inhalant and food allergies, acral lick dermatitis), cancer (osteosarcoma).

Exercise

High, especially when young. If exercise needs are not met, can become destructive, chewing anything in their path. Chocolate Labradors have a reputation of being more active than yellow or black.

Housing

Not suited for apartment life. Happiest in homes where he has access to swimming.

Sociability

Very friendly to children, but young Labs may be too exuberant for toddlers. This is a great family dog who loves the rough-and-tumble games of children. One of the best “people” dogs; loves everyone. Also good with other pets.

Trainability

Exceptionally high; these dogs are eager to please. Early training is important.

Recommended Activities

Guide dog, hunting and retrieving, obedience, flyball, sniffer dog, therapy dog, search and rescue.

Labrador Retriever Clubs / Communities in Singapore

The biggest community of Labrador Retriever lovers in Singapore can be found at the Labrador Retriever Club - Singapore Facebook page. It has close to 2000 members.