Published on 1 Feb 2021
The lovable Labrador top the popularity list of many countries worldwide, driven by their excellent temperament and friendly nature.
Labrador Retrievers, or Labs as they are more commonly known, originated in Newfoundland Canada in the 19th century. Originally bred to help fisherman to haul nets/ropes and retrieve fish, the modern Lab has a diverse range of jobs including family companion, disability assistance, military support and border protection.
Labradors are a medium to large breed dog and their size ranges from 55 to 62cm (height) and weight from 25 to 36kg, with females tending to be a bit smaller than males.
Labrador Facts & Characteristics
|Originally bred as fishing dogs|
|Medium-large, 55 to 62cm (height) and 25 to 36kgs|
|25 to 36kgs|
|Black, Chocolate, Yellow|
|10 to 13 years|
|Short and thick, moderate to heavy shedder|
|Friendly, outgoing, intelligent, energetic|
Best suited for
|Families or any pet parent who wants to live an active lifestyle with their pooch!|
|Yes, if they receive plenty of exercise|
Originally bred as a working dog, Labradors have a high exercise requirement, and regular exercise is essential to help avoid destructive behaviours. Labradors thrive on agility, obedience and tracking.
This active intelligent pooch is well suited to any prospective pet parent and with the correct training and attention, and they also make excellent family pets.
Labradors have a thick dense coat that requires regular brushing, with coat colours ranging from black, chocolate and yellow.
Common health concerns
The five most common reasons for a Labrador Retriever to visit the vet in 2019 (excluding routine care) according to PetSure, Australia’s largest pet insurance company are:
|Rank||Condition||Average cost for single treatment|
(average pet insurance claim amount)
|Highest cost for single treatment|
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
|1||Skin condition |
(infection or allergy)
Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.
Most popular Labrador names
According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Labrador names are:
Most popular female names
Most popular male names
Did you know?
“Marley & Me”, is a memoir by American author John Grogan about the years he and his family spent with their yellow Lab, Marley. It was also made into a film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, in which 22 Labradors played the role of Marley.
Where can I get a Border Collie?
Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend!
- Wikipedia, John Grogan, Accessed on 13/11/20
- Wikipedia, Marley & Me (film), Accessed on 13/11/20
- Bow Wow Meow, Labrador Breed Profile Accessed on 03/06/2020
- Dog Time, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020
- American Kennel Clun, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020
- Wikipedia, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020
- Purina Australia, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020
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