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Breed Spotlight – Labrador Retriever

America’s most popular dog breed, Labrador Retrievers are friendly, outgoing and active animals, characteristics which make them perfect for families looking for a medium to large size dog. Labs, as they are known, are also the most popular dog breed in the U.K. as well as Canada.

Because labs are so easy going in their personalities, many people think they are a low energy pet. Nothing could be more wrong as these dogs have energy to spare!

Because of their athletic nature, Labs need exercise. While Labrador retrievers make great family pets, this is a breed that requires lots of exercise, such as long sessions of fetch the ball or swimming. This level of activity is important to keep them in the best physical and mental shape. Their life expectancy is from ten to fourteen years.

Sturdy, well built dogs, Labs stand from 21.5 to 24.5 inches at the shoulder, depending on the sex, and weigh in from between 55 and 80 pounds. Strikingly beautiful, Labs come in three color coats: yellow, black and deep chocolate. 

Unlike some breeds who form a deep connection with a single family member, Labs will bond with the entire family and easily socialize with other dogs, as they are trusting, even tempered and gentle in disposition.

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