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The lovable Lab 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.


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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics


Newfoundland, Canada

Bred for

Originally bred as fishing dogs


Medium-large, 55 to 62cm (height) and 25 to 36kgs

Weight Range

25 to 36kgs


Black, Chocolate, Yellow

Life expectancy

10 to 13 years


Short and thick, moderate to heavy shedder


Friendly, outgoing, intelligent, energetic

Exercise requirements


Best suited for

Families or any pet parent who wants to live an active lifestyle with their pooch!

Apartment Friendly

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

Labradors are prone to allergic skin conditions, that often manifest and pruritus (itching), skin infections and ear infectionsAdditionally, Arthritis is also common.

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:



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Skin condition (infection or allergy)




Ear infection












Gastrointestinal problems



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:

  1. Luna
  2. Archie
  3. Charlie
  4. Frankie
  5. Coco
  6. Bella
  7. Daisy
  8. Ruby
  9. Buddy
  10. Milo

Most popular female names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Coco
  4. Daisy
  5. Ruby
  6. Nala
  7. Molly
  8. Frankie
  9. Lola
  10. Willow

Most popular male names

  1. Archie
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Max
  5. Milo
  6. Teddy
  7. Ollie
  8. Alfie
  9. Leo
  10. Bailey

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! 


  1. Wikipedia, John Grogan, Accessed on 13/11/20 
  2. Wikipedia, Marley & Me (film), Accessed on 13/11/20
  3. Bow Wow Meow, Labrador Breed Profile Accessed on 03/06/2020
  4. Dog Time, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020
  5. American Kennel Clun, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020
  6. Wikipedia, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020
  7. Purina Australia, Labrador Retriever, Accessed on 03/06/2020 

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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