Labrador retrievers are truly man's best friend. They are wonderful companions and their loyalty is second to none. Labs come in three colors: black, chocolate and yellow.
The retriever has a great instinct and has been trained as a hunting dog for many years. Labrador retrievers are being increasingly more popular as guide dogs for the visually impaired as well as special needs children and adults who are at risk to wander off. Lab dogs can be trained to help detect when it is safe to cross the streets for individuals with special needs.
Male labs range between 22 ½ to 24 ½ inches tall while females are usually about an inch shorter. Male lab retrievers will weigh between 65 to 80 pounds and females between 55 to 70 pounds.
One common trait of labs is their temperament. They have a fairly gentle way about them. Labs are excellent pets for people who have children. Labrador retrievers tend to be less aggressive than most dogs. They are great dogs to have for someone expecting new additions to the family (babies) as well as other pets because they are so gentle.
Black and yellow labs are more common than chocolate Labradors. Breeders will only acknowledge the three colors in labs but there are two other colors: a dark red lab which is close to chocolate in color and a white lab. What color you choose is purely personal. If you are using labs for hunting, a yellow lab will blend in more into fields but all three primary color labs are great hunting dogs.
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