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Life expectancy

The Labrador has a life expectancy of between 10 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 21 and 22 in
Male Between 22 and 22 in

Adult weight

Female Between 66 and 77 lb
Male Between 77 and 88 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Labrador costs between £590 and £780

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More details about the Labrador

Labrador: Origins and history

The Labrador’s origins have much in common with those of the Newfoundland- in fact, it is tricky to clearly distinguish between both in their original, ancient forms. Many of the texts dating back to the 19th century do not differentiate between the use of ‘Newfoundland’ and ‘Labrador’ to describe dogs native to the Canadian coasts. His ancestor does seem to be the ‘St. John Dog’, which is a smaller version of the Newfoundland developed more or less simultaneously to the latter in Canada. The Cão de Castro Laboreiro has probably also contributed to the formation of the Labrador. The breed then spread like wildfire in the UK, the country which has eventually become the breed’s ‘adoptive’ parent.

FCI classification of the Labrador

  • Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

  • Section 1 : Retrievers

Training a Labrador

Though it is true that the Labrador pup’s energy is particularly difficult to channel at times, once an adult, he is a very pleasant dog to work with. 

Some basic dog-training and discipline must of course be implemented early on, but this remains relatively easy. Do not forget that he is ‘made to serve’, after all, and it is not in vain that he is considered the go-to choice for a guide dog to the blind. 

In order for the training methods to really be productive and to ensure best results, they must rely on playfulness and games.

Labrador: Purchase price

The price of a Labrador varies depending on its origins, age, and sex. You have to count an average of £780 for dogs subscribed to the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog of this size, you have to estimate an average of £45 per month.

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